Thursday, 18 June 2015

All you need to know about Windows 10

I am no techie but its just that I am fond of technical stuff and specially gadgets. Ofcourse I wont deny the offer if someone gifts me an iPhone however the fact is, and that's what I believe even, that you should be loyal towards the things you have been using as it is attached to you. So I have been using Windows Phone for about 2 years now and I am pretty much satisfied with it. So today lets talk about the new feature that Microsoft is about to launch on July 29th.

If the facts are to be believed then Microsoft is all set to launch Windows 10. Yes that's correct they have skipped number 9 and have went straight up to Windows 10. There are some really cool features that will catch your attention. So what are these features lets have a look -

1. The Start Menu -

Microsoft makes amends to their biggest mistake of Windows 8 by giving back the Start Menu to its deserved spot viz the bottom left corner of the desktop. But that's not all. Once you click on the start menu you will be able to see the tiles like it appears on Windows 8 and you can even turn it off if you like.

2. Windowed Metro Apps -

Those flayed Metro Apps from Windows 8 have not been removed by Microsoft, however they have been revamped to fit the desktop. When you open a Metro App in Windows 10, it will take you to a new window instead of keeping you in full screen App. Although its better than Windows 8 but you cannot cut and paste a text from Metro App to Normal App.

 3. Action Center Notification - 

Be it Android or iOS or even Windows, I believe that notification tray is one of the coolest features. It gives you all the information just by sliding it. Same is the case with Windows 10. Cortana has been integrated with Windows 10 in a much better way so you will see Action Center as a safe house of important information. 

4. Cortana - 

This feature of Microsoft is the best reply to iOS's Siri. The intelligent digital assistant of Windows 8.1 now moves to PCs and Laptops. Now that its launched for Laptops and PCs, Cortana will need your credentials or information on her Bing powered cloud smarts to fetch the information that you are looking for. Using you natural language's text or voice commands Cortana will help you find any information online. 

5. Project Spartan browser - 

Now just forget about Google Chrome or Mozilla and definitely about Internet Explorer(which used to exist in dinosaur's age). Now is the time for Project Spartan Browser. This is the flagship of  windows and is just too awesome. Things you can do? Okay so you can search pictures or any other document or articles or just anything but staying where you are. Simply open the Microsoft Edge tile on the Start Menu or search for Project Spartan. With Cortana now being introduced in Laptops, Project Spartan will help you with locations as well.

6. Revamped Mail and Calender Apps - 

The Windows 8 email and calender features have been completely changed and now look much much better than its predecessor. They are speedy and have much more information to be given to the user on the screen. The Mail App feature now has a swipe functionality to make it easy for the user to use or access their inbox more effectively. It also has a POP Mail support and Google Calender.

7. Virtual desktops - 

So what on Earth is this? Have you seen multiple Windows features on the Mac? Well Virtual Desktop comes as a fitting reply to Apple. To create a Virtual desktop what you need to do is to click on the Task View Button on the Task Bar and create as many desktops as you want. For people who are more comfortable using keyboards these shortcuts might be of help: 

  • WIN + CTRL + LEFT/RIGHT: Switch to previous or next desktop
  • WIN + CTRL + D: Create a new desktop
  • WIN + CTRL + F4: Close the current desktop
  • WIN + TAB: Launch task view
Features include the following:

  1. Give you more desktop space to group related windows
  2. Help you quickly locate and switch to any window or group of windows
  3. Let you easily re-organize your groups and move windows as tasks evolve
  4. Keep you in control of the degree of separation between your grouped windows
Well that was impressive Microsoft.

8. XBox App - 

This feature will impress the gamers. The center of the app gives you the activity feed which shows the which is populated by your Xbox Live Friends’ activities. 

Now you get better graphics and gaming experience. You can now also record your gameplay with the new Game Bar because XBOX One comes with Game DVR functionality that helps to record games. 

9. Continuum 

Microsoft has been very thoughtful about the current generation who are more into the use of Touchscreen. Microsoft has come up with a dynamic feature called as Continuum that will help enable the user to the Laptop as a Laptop or as a Tablet. "Continuum is about being able to transform your use of a device into mobile scenarios that give up no compromises in your use of input device or screen size," says Microsoft's Joe Belfiore. Connecting a Windows 10 mobile device to a larger screen allows you to utilize your phone as a PC. Now this is what I call awesome.

10. Settings Menu

 This part of your system gets a new look and better than its predecessor. The options that you get in the settings menu are: System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy, and Update & recovery. Its more resilient and of course better than 8.1. Now going to the Control Panel and finding a particular advanced setting is easier.

So that's all about the newer Version of Windows. I believe that with these interesting features it will definitely give a tough competition to its rival Mac. But you need to wait until July 29th to see whether its actually worth it.

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