Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s famous Windows OS. It brought a lot of features and personalization options. It introduced Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. These apps are fast, light and code-efficient. Microsoft is set to launch its second biggest update for Windows 10, named Creators Update (codenamed ‘Redstone 2’) on April 11, 2017 (expected).
Windows 10 has acquired some features from its previous versions and introduced a lot of features which will be handy. Here are some of the features you will notice while using Windows 10.
1. Start Menu Returns
After a huge opposition against Windows 8.1’s Start Menu, Microsoft restored Windows 7 style Start Menu with the addition a panel to the right of it, which displays live tiles.
The new Start Menu also provides an option to pin tiles in the extreme left, above the Start button.
The new Start menu can also be expanded by dragging it towards right. Microsoft has done a favour for Windows 8.1 users. This Start menu can also be changed as of Windows 8.1 Start Menu.
2. Cortana on Desktop
What is it like to have a personal assistant working for you free? Yes. Microsoft brought its Personal Assistant to the desktop and it is much more powerful than any other personal assistant is.
Cortana can perform many functions like shuffling music, keeping track on meetings, birthdays, and train or flight tickets. Therefore, you will never miss any birthdays or meeting.
Get jokes and thought of the day right on your finger. Perform arithmetic calculations or search for an app or file in hard disk, Cortana can do everything.
Synchronize your phone with Cortana to call or text using your PC.
3. Xbox App
With the introduction of new Xbox app, Microsoft allowed to play Xbox One games on PC or tablet. The new operating system will support Xbox game streaming (through your home network), with improved speed and graphics performance thanks to DirectX 12 support.
The app also lets you record, edit and share your fragging victories with the Game DVR feature, which lets you grab the previous 30 seconds of your game so you do not miss unexpected wins. You will also be able to join your friends in games across Windows 10 or the Xbox platforms, and see your friends’ activity via Xbox Live.
4. Microsoft EDGE browser
Forget Internet Explorer. Microsoft introduced a new browser, Edge. This browser changed the definition of a browser. Use edit button to edit a webpage, save directly to OneNote, and share it with your friends, family and teachers.
This browser can open pdf and Cortana can interact with it.
5. Improved Multitasking
A new Multiple Desktops feature lets you run another set of windows as if on another screen, but without the physical monitor. This is similar to Apple’s Spaces feature on OS X, and helps you manage your multitude of open windows and apps. Instead of having multiple windows open on top of each other on one desktop, you can set up a whole other virtual desktop for those programs to reside in. Set up one specifically for home and leave your apps such as Netflix and Amazon open, and create another desktop for work on which you keep Word, Excel and Internet Explorer open. With the new desktops comes a new way to keep track of your open apps on Windows 10. On the new operating system, you can either hit the new Task View button on the task bar or swipe in from the left edge of the screen to pull up a one-page view of all your open apps and files. It is not much different from using the Alt-Tab combination shortcut on your keyboard, but this presents a convenient way for touch-oriented users to get an overview of what is running.
6. UWP Apps
To make the transition across devices seamless, Microsoft is introducing a new category of software called Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Apps, which use the same code but adapt their interface to the device in your hand. The company is also bundling its own set of UWP apps with the OS, including Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging and Mail & Calendar, which all function the same way on tablets, phones and PCs. The content is stored and synced via Microsoft’s cloud service OneDrive so you can pick up where you left off on another device.
Some of these apps, such as Photos, are brand new. Photos will pull your images across your PC and mobile devices and organize, enhance and synchronize them through OneDrive. The system even detects duplicates and stores just one copy of the same image, and can automatically create good-looking albums for you. The Mail app has also been overhauled and will now be a version of Outlook, complete with an editor based on Microsoft Word.
7. Office Apps Get Touch Support
A new version of Office apps Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook will provide a touch-first interface across phones, tablets and PCs. The persistent function ribbon at the top of the apps is now an app bar that shows up only when you need it. In Outlook, you will now be able to delete messages from your inbox by swiping each entry to the left. Swiping to the right flags that message. The apps will look and perform the same way on a PC as they do on a mobile device for a more coherent experience.
With the rise of hybrid laptop-tablet devices, Microsoft wants to make it easier to switch between either modes. The system will detect if you have plugged in a keyboard or mouse and switch modes for more convenient interaction. If you remove the keyboard/mouse, a notification will pop up from the task bar at the bottom, asking if you want to activate Tablet mode. When you do, you are greeted with the more touch-friendly profile. Dock your tablet into the keyboard again, and you will receive the same prompt, this time asking if you want to exit Tablet mode. Connecting your phone to your PC, will act as your phone.
9. Action Center
Windows 10 provides a new way to look at all your notifications in one place. The Action Center appears to replace the Charms menu that slides in from the right on Windows 8 devices. It collects alerts from your device from all your apps, similar to the notifications drawers in iOS and Android. Depending on the app, you can also respond or react from this panel itself, with each notification expanding to show more actions. The Action Center also offers a quick way to toggle connectivity options and other settings such as display brightness and contrast.
10. Unified Settings/Control Panel
Instead of having two apps to control your device settings in Control Panel and PC Settings, Microsoft is making things less confusing by bringing them together in one. You will be able to manage your device from one place instead of hunting for a specific menu.
We expect more changes and new features as Microsoft gets closer releasing Creators Update.
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