As of July 29, the latest Microsoft OS release, Windows 10, is officially available to the general
public. Although the first wave of consensus is that the newest version is a breath of fresh air,
some consumers may be wondering if the upgrade is actually worth the trouble. Read on to learn
the major facts, additions, and revisions of Windows 10.
Cortana—A rival to Apple’s Siri, Cortana is the Windows 10 digital personal assistant. Let Cortana
help you manage your calendar, set reminders, search the web, or find files; it can even tell you a
joke. It has voice recognition capabilities and is always just a click or a “Hey Cortana” away from
making your day run a little smoother.
Virtual desktop—Maximize organization with multiple desktops. Click the task menu in the
taskbar to give you a clean view of all open windows. You can then drag and drop an open
window to the “New desktop” icon to free up desktop space and separate your tasks. It’s great for
adding a virtual barrier between your work and personal life, but arrange your desktops however
you like. There is no limit to the number of desktops you can create.
Microsoft Edge—Take your web browsing to the next level with Microsoft Edge. The new
browser lets you take notes or highlight text directly on the page. The Hub feature lets you save
web content to the browser’s Reading List, and the Reading View feature allows for a clean layout
and distractionfree reading. Microsoft Edge also integrates Cortana into the address bar to assist
you and speed up your web browsing experience.
The return of the Start Menu—Yes, it’s back. The absence of the Start Menu in Windows 8 had
many users scratching their heads. The non-desktop-friendly fullscreen Start screen of Windows 8
has been replaced with a smarter, sleeker Start Menu that combines the live tiles from Windows 8
with the traditional Start Menu icons that veteran Windows users will welcome back with open
Snap Assist—An older feature with a new twist, the snap feature lets you arrange apps side by
side, vertically, or in a 2×2 grid that allows you to snap up to four windows at a time. The
improved Snap Assist will now display a thumbnail list of all open windows so you can quickly
pick any app to appear on the other side of the screen. Simply click a window and drag it to one
side of the screen to snap it into place or press the Windows key + right or left arrow to arrange
the window to your liking.
Where’s Windows 9?
Simple. It doesn’t exist. If you’ve worked with Windows over the years, you’ll know that the
naming system is fairly arbitrary. Before Windows 7, there was Windows 95, 98, 2000, Vista,
among others. So although Windows 9 might seem to make sense as a followup, Microsoft
decided to skip it. And really, with all the problems that came with Windows 8, it’s probably not a
bad strategy for the company to distance itself from its less-than-stellar earlier creation.
Ready to Upgrade?
If you’re already using Windows 7 or 8, you’ve probably been invited to download the newest
Windows upgrade for free. You may notice a Windows icon in the lower right side of the system
tray. Click it and follow the directions to upgrade. If you don’t see it, you may need to run a
Windows Update first. If that doesn’t work, you can always visit Microsoft’s website and follow
the prompts to download from there. Either way, be smart and make sure you take the time to back
up your data first. If you need help you can always get in touch with one of our Certified Techs to make the switch an easy one.