July 29th 2015 was the launch date and free upgrade of PC users to the new Windows 10 operating system from Microsoft. As of May 2016, about 300 millions of upgrades have been made on active devices and still counting.
Windows lovers were exciting with this upgrade and expected to enjoy features of this new version of their favorite operating system.
Well, the truth remains that this new operating system did not disappoint as it comes with lots of new and exciting features that were lacking with previous versions.
If you still have reservation as to whether to upgrade to Windows 10 or not, here are things you must know about the changes and features of Microsoft’s newest, sleekest, fastest, most secure OS to date.
The Upgrade is completely free until 28th July, 2016
Microsoft is offering the free update to all genuine Windows 7 and 8 users until one year after the launch of Windows 10.
You don’t have to pay a dime for this upgrade. You can opt for the free upgrade between now and July 28th, 2016.
As of the time of publishing this post, you still have a couple days before the deadline.
Windows 10 is offered as a SaaS
Windows 10 is offered as Software as a service. This means from now on your Windows operating system will not be coming as big releases every year or two years.
Instead, you will be getting regular daily updates as they are rolled out by Microsoft from time to time.
In this wise, you will not be seeing Windows 10 as a completed project but rather as a product that would enjoy life support for your device without additional cost.
The Start Menu Combines features of Windows 7 and 8
If you are familiar with Windows 7 then you must be accustomed with the Start Menu. However, this feature was replaced in Windows 8 by the Start Screen which comes with live tiles of apps arranged in groups.
In Windows 10, the Start Menu is back and the Start Screen is still there. On the left side of the Menu you easily access file explorer and other apps that would get you into the system.
The elements of the Windows 8 live tiles are clearly accessible on the right side of the menu. These can be resized according to your screen resolution.
It comes with a personal assistant called “Cortana”
Windows 10 brings on an interactive personal or voice assistant called “Cortana”. This is a search powered assistant that helps you find answers to all your queries.
Cortana is a search box located on the Taskbar. Once you type a query on it, it quickly gives you answers and location of your files, folders, photos, etc., in the local drive or those stored in OneDrive.
You need this assistant to send voice commands and track files and emails with ease.
The Microsoft Edge is now the Default Browser
Internet Explorer is no longer a part of the Microsoft experience. In Windows 10, this browser is replaced by the faster Microsoft EDGE.
If you have experienced intrusive features with Internet Explorer then you can heave a sigh of relief because EDGE provides you with the latest technology in browser experience.
It comes with non-intrusive features that allow users to easily access web pages, make annotations, save for later viewing and reading, view in PDF format, and share socially with others. This is sure a simple but powerful browser you will find running light on your device.
I have used this Microsoft Edge and find it so much better than most of the browsers out there, even better than Firefox. I have also heard from other experienced web users who say it’s fast becoming their favorite browser.
The “Action Center” Allows Quick Access to Notifications and Settings
Windows 10’s Action center gives all new notification experience. You can quickly access new notifications from the system, Calendar, Maps, mails, Battery options, Network connection, VPN, etc.
The best part is you can as well use this center to navigate through All Settings of your device. This whole new experience makes it easier to navigate, personalize, and multitask with your device.
Windows 10 is built for Better Gaming
If you are game lover then your experience on Windows 10 would be better. You can now play games with better performance with DirectX 12 and also enhance your Xbox One game streaming.
As an operating system built for games, you can play remotely or with the Controller via USB connected to the computer.
You can improve Security with “Windows Hello”
You concern about security should be assuaged when you come to realize that Windows 10 is a secure operating system.
It will interest you to know that this OS comes with “Windows Hello” as a new security feature. It works by allowing biometric authentication and facial recognition.
These are in addition to the regular password and PIN verification. The finger print authentication and facial recognition are added security you would like to be at peace with.
However, to access these added security features, your device must be compatible with hardware that can run the biometric authentication and the special camera for facial recognition.
It eliminated the Windows Media Center or DVD playback
If you already loved the Media Center and DVD playback support from previous Windows then you would be disappointed that these are missing in Windows 10.
It seems Microsoft is eager to promote video streaming than it would want to support DVD playing! More so, it the Xbox One game is being pushed as the main entertainment Windows users.
The above are possibly some of the major changes in Windows 10 that will affect your decision as to whether to install or not.
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To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade
That’s the question, right?
There are concerns that could also affect your upgrade decisions. These may include:
> You are still running a device with outdated peripherals which may not work with Windows 10
> You are concerned about privacy since Windows 10 has more syncing features that allows for the gathered data to be fed to Microsoft. Although some of the automatic syncing behavior can be turned off but others cannot be disabled.
Conclusively, so you have it, the obvious features that make Windows 10 stand out from other Windows OS. These should help you decide whether to upgrade or not before 29th of July, 2016!