What every Windows user NEEDS to know
about Windows 10…Just the Facts
Windows 10 is the super buzz in the tech industry right
now. Here’s the scoop.
These are the questions people are asking and the facts that
go with them.
Is Windows 10 a free upgrade?
Yes and No.
If you have Windows 7, you need to install service
pack 1 first.
If you have Windows 8, you need to upgrade to 8.1
(free in Windows store) then you are eligible for 10.
If you have Windows 8.1 you’re ready to upgrade.
Is Windows 10 the last upgrade for
They are skipping 9 to show how important 10 will be and
although all signs are pointing toward the end of the Windows numbering system,
they will still have security updates, fixes, new features etc…in future
updates. However, they are trying to
present W10 more as a service, so it’s possible this will be the last number
but it will remain business as usual.
What are the new features on Windows 10?
1. The Start
menu returns (Cheers from a large crowd)
This was one of the biggest complaints
about Windows 8, but they listened and brought it back. The start menu will have a power button at
the top to hibernate, standby or shutdown. Also, a great search field at the
bottom like W7 that will allow the look up of related Internet results.
assistant Cortana on the Desktop
Cortana has been getting a lot of press for
"her” robust programming. You can talk
with her and use voice control so that you don’t have to lift your heavy
fingers. The uses of voice control are
growing quickly. Search your hard drive, get photos by date, launch
applications, and send email and more and more…
so you can goof off instead of getting your work done
Now you will be able to skip that
"other” project you are supposed to be working on and play a game. (I’m not
Play Xbox 1 games by streaming
through your home network. Due to the
use of DirectX 12 support, the graphics, performance and speed makes this a
smooth gaming experience. You’ll be able
to join your friends in games across Windows 10.
Project Spartan browser
New features include PDF support, a
reading mode that improves the layout of long articles. There is a cool note-taking
feature that lets you scribble on any page and share your comments with your
friends through social networks using a slide-in menu so you won’t have to
leave the browser.
Project Spartan will feature
Cortana support within the browser, so she can pull contextual information from
the sites you’re on to do things like navigate to a restaurant you’re looking up
or pull up an upcoming flight time without having to go into your email. The uses of voice control are in its infancy
but rapidly becoming THE way to navigate.
This is a cool feature like what Apple does
with Spaces on OS X. It has great
potential but hasn’t been utilized, mostly because people don’t know about
it. Think of it like setting up separate
desktop computers, one for your home or family stuff, one for work stuff etc.…
switch between laptop/tablet device modes.
There are more devices showing up that have
a detachable keyboard and the new W10 will recognize if you have a keyboard or
mouse plugged in. Then it will
automatically reorganize the look and feel of the desktop to fit your "modus
7. W10 takes
up less drive space.
What? How? It’s true; it will take
up a lot less space. They redesigned
Windows to no longer use separate recovery images in order to bring Windows
back to factory state. This reduces the
storage footprint from 4-12GB. The new
Windows 10 also compresses system files to give back 1.5-2.6 GB of storage, 32-bit
and 64-bit respectively.
worry about all those passwords
Microsoft now supports FIDO, Fast
Online Identity. This will allow
password free sign-on for many applications.
This is sure to become a bigger deal as other heavy hitters like Google
are looking at it as well.
Bin on the taskbar
I know it doesn’t seem like a big
deal, but let it sink in. Add the Recycle bin to both the taskbar and the Start
menu. No more moving things around and
trying to find the recycle bin. Yey!
And there you have it! That’s the
skinny on Windows 10.
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