Microsoft’s last version of their operating system – Windows 10 is finally here. Windows 10 is arguably the best version of the operating system family, but should you upgrade for free immediately?
Windows 10 will run on almost every device
Windows 10 will run on everything from smartphones, tablets, Xbox, laptops, desktop PC’s to servers which means their removed the pain of learning different interfaces and made is simpler to use all across these devices.
The Start menu is back
The Start Menu is the most obvious feature that will please Windows 7 and older operating system users. In addition to that, it combines a list of programs from the Windows 8 Metro screen. You can still use regular desktop applications – Windows 10 won’t force you changing the way you work, which is a huge step forward in Microsoft thinking.
Microsoft latest Windows 10 product comes with some pre-installed apps that are improved over Windows 8 versions. In particular: Mail, Calendar, Microsoft Photos and the PowerShell. Windows Media Center, games and gadgets from Windows 7 are gone, but Windows Media Player is still there. Free replacements for missing apps are available in the Windows Store.
Some highlights of the latest product:
- Cortana – the personal assistant that is already been used widely by Windows Phone Users. Cortana is a digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. It can remember your interests such as TV shows and sports teams, as well as previous questions. Yes, you will be able to talk to your computer in a similar way as you talk to your smartphone.
- Windows Hello – a new sign-in system that uses face recognition but you must have an Intel RealSense-compatible camera.
- Action Center – replaces Windows 8 Charms and from now on will provide you with notifications and quick access to common settings.
- Groove – a music app/service that replaces Xbox Music and can import your Google Play and iTunes music libraries.
- Edge – the new lightweight and up to date version of Internet explorer. Microsoft states it’s a completely new product and not an upgrade. Edge isn’t finished – it still doesn’t support extensions and has other missing parts in it– but it works quite well. And it’s fast.
- Microsoft DirectX 12 – hugely important update for those hungry gamers. It looks like it even has a built-in DVR to record your gameplay.
- Other features…
The launch is just the start. Microsoft is planning to continuously upgrade it over time and hopefully this will become a well performing product. At the moment – it looks promising but as been said before – it’s still in its early days and it’s worth waiting for a few weeks before upgrading in order to get more feedback about the product it self.
Pros: Smaller, lighter and faster than previous versions, free upgrade
Cons: Requires some relearning, some new features require new hardware, may break some applications
Please note that upgrading should take between 20-90 minutes depending on your device capabilities.