The new version of Microsoft windows 10 was launched at the Microsoft’s hometown Redmond, Washington on Wednesday 21 January 2015. The company revealed that the Windows 10 upgrade would be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for the first year. During Question & Answer session after the presentation, executives declined to note on the pricing structure.
From the announcement many new updates come out in which Microsoft has framed Windows-as-a-Service which will allow developers to work across all Windows devices, as well as advancements for better protection.
The company also confirmed Cortana and the Spartan Internet web browser would be introduced across all Windows devices. Microsoft has attempted to solve the Start Screen flaw by making alterations to the new OS version and updates to increase user experience.
Let’s understand the new Updates and improvements made by Microsoft in the New Windows 10,
- The Comeback of Start menu
Microsoft has made a sin by making start menu disappeared in its previous OS version and now the company has decided to entice users by giving the Start menu as a key feature to its rightful spot in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop. The new Start Menu is a blend of the Metro Start screen functionality, sprinkling Live Tiles of Windows 8-style apps next to shortcuts to more traditional PC software to improve user experience.
By giving final choice in the hands of users, Microsoft has allow windows lovers to turn off that Live Tile functionality or unpin all the Metro apps from the Start menu to improve desktop performance. Users can also expand the Start menu to the full screen, and flexibly resize Metro apps to recreate a more Windows 8-like experience, features completely depends upon the choice of the end user.
- Windowes Desktop Metro apps
In the previous version of Microsoft Windows 8.1 spring update user can utilise mouse-friendly features not by leveraging Modern apps in desktop windows. However, in the latest version Windows 10, Microsoft has added Metro app on your PC opens in a desktop window, rather than dumping user into a full-screen app. To make a vast improvement over Windows 8, a mouse-friendly toolbar of options across the top user is included so a user can alter their interface to best fit in the size of the window they want.
Microsoft has successfully added the new enhancement to the windows 10 called Continuum. Suitably designed to increase the easiness for desktop and tablet users. To improve the OS performance in touchscreen user’s continuum is deployed, which will provide an intelligent way for users to understand the windows 10 operating modes.
According to Microsoft in todays digital world touch, non-touch, and hybrid devices, an operating system that only provides a single interface doesn’t make sense any longer and includes a handy Continuum feature that dynamically switches between the PC-friendly desktop and a Windows 8 user friendly mode best suited for touch screen users totally depends on the device. In tablet mode, the Start menu expands to fit the full screen, as do Metro apps with an elegant User Interface swapping for 2-in-1 devices.
- Action Center notifications
Notifications are one of the fresh features of Windows 10 with popups remembers all sorts of useful information a user wants. Windows 10 has built with nearly 7,000 improvements and fixes; one novel feature is a Notification-like Action Center.
The Action Center was introduced in Windows Phone 8.1; it stores all notifications for later review, based on the user decision to be notified about any app. A user can easily locate the Action Center in Windows 10 Build 9860 by clicking on the Mail icon on the Start taskbar. One can also modify the settings and choose the apps to get notifications in the Action Center window by clicking on Settings Change PC Settings Search and apps Notifications.
Microsoft has smartly incorporated their Bing-powered cloud with voice-activated personal assistant Cortana to Window 10 responsible for controlling the operating system’s search functions. She is developed and engineered to work with user information to deliver and perform other helpful tasks.
Cortana can help you to get the latest weather forecasts, to set different reminders, communicate with you, help you send, email, find files, and search the Internet, help you, call a friend, set an alarm, check your calendar, compare stocks and many more works with text or voice commands.
To activate assistant Cortana first click in the search box located on the Taskbar, Cortana window comes up, now click in the top-left corner and select Settings from the menu to enable Cortana to respond when you call it by voice.
- Xbox App
Why Xbox app appeared in Windows 10? A fan asked on Twitter to executive Phil Spencer of Microsoft, why he should buy an Xbox One, given that more Xbox games are coming to PC and with cross-platform play, too. Spencer replied, “I see why you ask and I’m devoted to Xbox owners, we will continue to focus on console.
As a result, windows 10 have added Xbox in the list of its new features for game lovers. With Xbox on Windows 10 gamers, have extra ways to connect and play games with many friends, share achievements and make new followers across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Xbox Live is a built in feature of Windows 10, allow access to the greatest gaming community across the world.
- Furnished Settings Menu
The previous separated Setting menu in Windows 8.1 for the Desktop and Modern/Metro interfaces is vanished in the new Windows 10. The new Settings menu is a more robust, more windows control panel like version of the settings charm with familiar prompts: System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy, and Update & recovery. Now, there is one Settings menu, available from the Start button.
- Advanced File Explorer
Windows 10 brings a more streamlined version of File Explorer with the flattened icons to freshen up the place with revamped icons and a few new concepts.
For quick access to file and folders, Windows 10 file explorer provides a new way to navigate the local file structure and then drag a folder you accessed regularly to the Favorites. User now can navigate to local file structure and pin it for quick access to save time.
- Spartan The Revamped Internet Browser
Microsoft has announced the end of the Internet Explorer era and unveiled its new browser Project Spartan at the event, which comes with Cortana built in with its contextual searching. The new unique Spartan features will allow users to interpret a web page using a stylus to click on any part section of a webpage to type out a comment and then share this page with friends or co-workers.
- Virtual Desktops
To add flexibility like Linux and Mac operating systems Virtual desktops were finally added as a built-in feature in Windows 10. This feature is useful to handle many programs at once and keep them organized. The virtual desktop is also called Task View and is sited on the Taskbar.
You can either ALT-TAB through the apps themselves or else hit Windows + CTRL+ either the left or arrow to move between virtual desktops, and right-click and app move it between virtual desktops, too.) Either way, virtual desktops mean that you instantly know where things are.