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Windows 10 Key Features

Windows 10 Key Features

Windows 10 is now available worldwide. The company’s new operating system, will be
available as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. The phone version of the OS will
arrive at a later time. Windows 10 downloads surge to nearly 27 million in 10 days.

Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10

Windows 10 is bringing many key features that users are going to love to use. Here is a
quick walk through with few of them.

A new generation of Windows :

Windows 10 – The next Windows OS is for PCs and laptops, smartphones and tablets. And,
indeed, an OS for servers and all points in-between.
Microsoft says “One product family, one platform, one store”. Windows 10 run across an
incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise
data centers worldwide. Windows 10 is going to put the same interface on devices with
displays ranging from 4-inch screens to 80-inch screens using input types such as
touch/pen, mouse/keyboard, controller/gestures all.

Availability Free (One year):

For the first time, the Windows OS is going to be available for free – for a year for
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Microsoft is promising to fully support Windows 10 for
the entire life-cycle of the device (whether it be PC, laptop, tablet, or phone).

Start Menu is back.

It lists standard Windows software and Windows apps. The Start menu is in an improved
version, and it may even make Windows apps useful. Look to the left and you’ll see a list
of your most-used apps, just as in Windows 7. At the bottom we see an ‘All apps’ shortcut,
plus shortcuts to File Explorer, Settings and – conveniently – shut down and standby.

Start Menu includes ‘Windows 8 Start screen’ on the right, with resizable Live Tiles so
that you can immediately check unread mail or Calendar appointments. The Start Menu is
customisable i.e. resize it, rearrange tiles, create tile groups etc. You can go back to
the Windows 8 Start Screen, if you wish to.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 brings a new web browser (microsoft Edge) that offers some unique features.
Microsoft Edge gives you new ways to find stuff, read—and write—on the web. No need to go to a website to search…Stay put and save time by entering your search in the handy address bar. You’ll get search suggestions, instant results from the web, and your browsing history right on the spot.

There’s a new annotation feature which lets you highlight things and add notes and crop to
a certain area of the page before sending them to others.Having these capabilities
natively in the browser is a compelling reason to use it over Google Chrome or Firefox.

Intelligent personal assistant (Search and Cortana):

Windows 10 introduces ‘Search box’ back and brings it front and centre on the Taskbar.
This is a good move and you can readily use to to find or know something you want.

Personal Virtual Assistant

Personal Virtual Assistant

The first time you click on the box, you get the prompt to enable Cortana. Cortana is an
intelligent personal assistant introduced by microsoft for windows phone. Now the voice-
based virtual assistant Cortana, has been ported from Windows Phone to the desktop.

The beauty of personal assistant is you can type in (or talk) a single word and Windows 10
will return a list of matching apps, settings and files, plus apps in the Windows store.
It will also show a list of web results.

Windows Hello:

Windows Hello is a more personal way to sign in to your Windows 10 devices with just a
look or a touch. You’ll get enterprise-grade security without having to type in a
password. Most PCs with fingerprint readers are ready to use Windows Hello now, and more devices that can recognize your face and iris are coming soon.


Continuum is a way for Windows to detect the hardware you are using and ensure that you
always have the optimum interface on your machine. If you are using a desktop with no
touchscreen, then Windows will now know this and present the traditional mouse and
keyboard interface that works best on that setup. For those with a hybrid device, such as
the Surface Pro 3, Continuum will monitor whether a keyboard is attached or not and
provide either a tablet or touchscreen laptop interface. If you then remove the keyboard
this will be detected and the interface adjusted accordingly by the system, and vice
versa. It’s simple and keeps out of the way, just like good software should.

It isn’t just Windows itself that changes to suit your hardware; applications will also adjust to offer the best way to interact with them on the platform you’re using. As Continuum comes built in to all versions of Windows 10 there isn’t much to do in terms of setup.

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