Microsoft Windows has developed a cycle. Windows XP saved users from Windows ME, Windows 7 overcame the Vista mess, now Windows 10 has been launched to rectify shortcomings of Windows 8. In hindsight, it is easy to point out mistakes in Windows 8. The company took an enormous bet on touch based computing. However, using a PC with a mouse and a keyboard became awkward, confusing and outright frustrating. While the tablet interface was a great experience, rest of the things annoyed everybody. Microsoft has tried to fix all that with Windows 10.Some prominent features are listed below:
Return of the Start Menu: Users upgrading to Windows 10 on a desktop or laptop should expect a delightful surprise. The much missed and loved start menu is back. In some way, it feels odd to celebrate its return as it should have never gone. However, the company has not just simply reinstated the menu instead it has been completely redesigned. Microsoft has retained the live tiles introduced in Windows 8 but it has been placed inside the start menu. Besides, one can pin both traditional and modern apps to the start menu. Access to settings, shutdown or restart is much easier.
Charms: In spite of the rumours, the charms bar that one get while swiping the edge of a touchscreen has not gone away in Windows 10. However, one might not see it while using the Windows-C keyboard shortcut. User having a mouse, keyboard and the windows that is active is a modern app like the windows store, keyboard shortcuts brings up a mini charms menu hanging off the top left corner of the app instead. It contains three dots that give any extra commands, now clearly labelled as app commands, the search, the share and settings charm which are usually on charms bar. Besides, other useful commands like play, print and project are also present.
Management and Data Containers: Most promising features for business are not actually visible in the technical previews of Windows 10. PC’s can be upgraded using management tools. One could manage PC’s through the same mobile device management systems used for smartphones and tablets. There is also an enterprise app store that allows businesses manage volume licences for modern apps instead of making users sign in with a personal Microsoft account. However, one has to wait until the previews of Windows server and required management tools come along.
Edge: Performance is only the key thing in most browsers. Windows 10 also features a new browser called Edge. It might be new, but it’s similar to old browser in a lot of ways. Edge task bar icon bar is hardly any different from Internet Explorer. It is simplified, clean and performs well in most cases. However, it lacks the features of a modern browser. Snapping tabs into new windows is clunky and messy. The download starts automatically with no choice of storage location. It does have some new neat features. One can draw all over the web pages and send it to a friend. Another useful addition is Cortana. It is a digital assistant integrated into Microsoft Edge. For Internet Explorer fans, it still exists and one can access it through an “open with Internet Explorer” option in Edge.
Windows 10 is not like the horrors one might have heard about with Windows 8. As a matter of fact, it is not that different from Vista or XP from a visual standpoint. Although there are some differences, but one will find a similar start button and the desktop interface loved and associated with Windows. Besides, however, Windows 1o features Cortana voice assistant to the desktop, a new Edge web browser and even Xbox one game streaming.