Knowing Windows 10

Windows 10 has arrived. It would be free for a year for those who run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF MICROSOFT

The ultimate goal of Microsoft is to make Windows 10 the only operating system that powers all devices. Moreover, Continuum is the driving force behind this. Windows 10 determines when one is interacting with a mouse and keyboard or a touchscreen and would accordingly react. When using a keyboard and mouse, there would be standard Windows experience. If on a tablet, there would be full-screen applications and finger-friendly Start menu. Pop off the keyboard on a two-in-one device such as the Surface Pro3 and the interface would transform smoothly into a tablet mode.

WINDOWS 10 ON PHONES

The scenario on phones is as bit different, as there would be a Windows 10 Mobile. However, Microsoft has shown Windows Phones that change into PCs the moment a mouse and keyboard are being connected.

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APPLICATIONS ON WINDOWS 10

Microsoft wants users to purchase an application from the Windows Store once, and expect it to run on all devices. The universal applications would then adopt whatever form is right for the device that one is using, whether one is using a tablet or a personal computer. A taste of this could be seen with the Office suite of Microsoft, which is the full Office experience in a format that is appropriate for the device. Editing spreadsheets on a smart phone is not recommended but it works and one could have all Excel and PowerPoint and Word as well and the rest at one’s disposal.

Windows 10 brings about several truly surprising changes along with it, together with expected tweaks for relieving suffers of Windows 8 and attract more holdouts from previous versions. It’s available for preview, thus it would continue evolving in the months to come.

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES

WINDOWS 10 WOULD HAVE HOLOGRAM TECHNOLOGY

The Microsoft Holographic is a set of technologies that enables 3D hologram and imaging projection for Windows 10 applications. A live demo and video showed people wearing HoloLoens projection googles to interact with remote coworkers, explore a 3D projection of Mars and play a 3D version of Minecraft. Developers could use HoloStudio software for developing 3d apps. Nobody expected Microsoft to unveil 3d capabilities. Even though it appears first in niche apps, it definitely provides Windows a halo of innovation it has not had in a while.

WINDOWS 10 INCLUDES ‘UNIVERSAL’ OFFICE APPLICATIONS

Microsoft is making universal office applications that’s touch-friendly and run on all device. Future Windows tablets and Windows phones would come with pre-installed Office applications. All this is part of the bid of Microsoft to take back territory it has lost to the free productivity apps, namely Google Drive. What is now clear is how the universal applications would relate to Office 365 or the upcoming Office 2016 desktop software.

CORTANA

Cortana, the female-voiced, somehow sassy digital assistant that debuted in Windows Phone 8.1, would be part of Windows 10. Closely tied in with the Bing search and notifications features of the new OS, one is able to talk or type to acquire information via the personal computer. Of course, it is a work in progress, yet it is nice to see the highlight of Windows Phone arrive in Windows 10.

TWO BROWSERS

Windows 10 would have it both ways in terms of browser. It would ship both Spartan and Internet Explorer 11, the new, uncluttered browser, which Microsoft apparently develops to replace IE. However, keeping good old Explorer is Microsoft’s method of preventing wrenching changes that can alienate users.

GREAT FOR GAMING

Windows 10 would be great for gaming, with the debut of DirectX 12 API that promises closer-to-the-metal, faster gaming performance as well as greater efficiency. Windows 10 also includes a ‘game DVR’ mode for enabling recordings of the last thirty-seconds of play, all better for social gaming. Windows 10 would have a lot of new features for gamers, which include a DVR feature to record the last thirty seconds of play.

WHY UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10

Windows 10 inherits a Secure Boot feature from Windows 8, making it much more secure. This requires any code running right when OS begins being signed by Microsoft or the maker of the hardware. Windows 8 and Windows 10 personal computers could be set up so the feature may not be bypassed. Three other security feature for Windows 10 include Microsoft Passport, Device Guard and Windows Hello.

Windows 10 has many beneficial changes that could truly boost user experience, whether on personal computers or phones.

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