Microsoft recently announced that Windows 10 will be hitting our shelves in July 29th. One of its primary goals on Windows 10 is to provide over 1.5 billion people using Windows, an operating system that runs well on traditional desktops and laptops, as well as touchscreen devices. Although Windows 8 was meant to achieve the same goal, its table-centric design did not work well on desktops and laptops.
Microsoft has designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for its users around the world. Windows 10 makes enhancements to the user interface, with additional features and removals. Microsoft has great features riding on Windows 10.
Here are 10 most critical and crucial feature additions in Windows 10:
Continuum Mode: Continuum is a feature in Windows 10 that will provide an intelligent way for the platform to understand the operating mode required by the user. You can choose it manually and easily access the setting adjustment using the new notification center. Continuum is more than a mere software switch that forces OS components and apps into a full screen when enacted.
Holograms: Windows 10 is the first holographic computing platform. Windows Holographic is an augmented reality platform that lets users see 3D projections powered by HoloLens headsets. HoloLens are a pair of wearable, wire-free computers that will enable Windows Holographic.
Redesigned mail and calendar app: Windows 10 will allow users to switch between their email and calendars making it easy to set up appointments. Users can set different swiping gestures to move or delete emails. The new mail app incorporates some new formatting features for changing the colors and fonts in emails.
Xbox app and streaming: Good News for gamers! Windows 10 come with Xbox app with excellent features like the ability to control Xbox One, and a DVR capture for Windows games. Users can play cross-platform multiplayer games between the PC and Xbox One. In addition, Windows 10 will support game streaming from the Xbox app.
Cortana: Cortana is one of the headline features of Windows 10; Windows 10 brings Cortana to the desktop. It is Microsoft’s voice-controlled virtual assistant that was initially restricted to Windows phones. Cortana assumes control of the search function in Windows 10, allowing users to access their personal information and then use the information along with cloud smarts powered by Bing, to intelligently help with the information they are looking for. It uses natural language queries that users can ask using text or voice commands.
Start Menu: Windows 10 brings back the much-loved start menu, with updated graphics and can optionally go full-screen. A section of the menu looks like the one in Windows 7 but with other additions like Live Tiles. You can now run apps from the start menu and open them in windows on the desktop instead of switching between two interfaces.
Universal apps: Windows apps will now be universal and ran across all devices from PCs to phones to tablets and even Xbox One. Most of these apps are refreshes of existing apps while others are entirely new. They include refreshed photo apps and a new version of Outlook, which uses word engine for composing and displaying emails.
Project Spartan: It is a brand new browser designed from the ground up for slickness, speed and scanning the modern web. Spartan uses a new Edge rendering engine by Microsoft and includes digital linking tools that let users easily mark up a website and share it with others. It also includes a splendid clutter stripping reading view that enables you to hoard articles in the corresponding reading list app to review them later.
Unified settings menu: A unified settings menu will be available in Windows 10 with a clean design and simple actions.
Notification center: A new action center that provides more toggles for other settings, and a new notification center are also available. You can sync these notifications across devices.
Five most critical feature removals in Windows 10:
Charms menu: There is one setting menu on Windows 10 available from the start button. The charms menu thought to be annoying in previous Windows versions has been removed in Windows 10.
Windows Media Centre: Windows media center is one of the critical feature removals in Windows 10. Those affected include users upgrading from Windows 7 (ultimate, professional and premium versions) and Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro with Windows Media OS on their PCs.
Desktop gadgets: For users upgrading from Windows 7, there will be no desktop gadgets.
Games: Games in previous Windows versions such as Solitaire, Hearts, and Minesweeper, have been removed in Windows 10 and will be replaced by and Microsoft Minesweeper and Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
OneDrive application: Users of Windows Live Essential will see the inbox version of OneDrvive replace their OneDrive application.
How do changes in Windows 10 affect users?
- Changes in critical features on Windows, 10 affects users in different ways.
- It will breathe life back to into Windows operating systems as it is set to succeed previous versions that have been criticized. Windows 10 is expected to help sort incompatibility issues plaguing Widows Phone and Windows 8 versions for ARM and Intel processor
- It brings a consistent user experience across all devices
- There are some changes that users need to familiarize themselves with to get the best out of Windows 10. They include the changes in how updates work, detailed system requirements for the new OS.
These are some of the features that will be missed most:
1. Windows media center
2. DVD Playback
3. Floppy drive support
With the significant advancement in technology, all devices require a powerful operating system; higher-quality, more memory, and faster processing. Consumers today are looking for an operating system that is responsive across every computing platform.
Here are some of the things users will like in Windows 10:
Free upgrades to Windows 10: One of the biggest development in Windows 10 is that it will be entirely free to upgrade
Windowed apps: Instead of snapping apps on one side of the screen or being forced to run them full screen, users will now run apps without switching between two interfaces. Windows 10 will allow users to run apps from the start menu and open them in windows on the desktop which is an improvement from previous Windows versions.
No charms menu: Most users found the charms menu annoying and misplaced and Microsoft has not included it in Windows 10.
Start menu: Windows 10 brings back the much-loved start menu
Windows 10 will bring great new options to Xbox users:
Windows 10 redefines personal computing: What users do with their PCs is up to them but it enhances user experience, making it easier than ever before. The platform also allows users to interact with technology in a natural way, and that is one of the reasons why it will heavily rely on voice, gaze and gestures.
Great user interface: Windows 10 is designed with all users in mind. It is the most comprehensive version of Windows that will work seamlessly across a broad set of devices. The platform is meant to empower all users to be productive in both their digital work and digital life.
Microsoft has really got the interface with Windows 10 and with plenty of organizations running outdated desktop operating system, many users are more likely to get inclined to upgrade in an effort to keep from falling too far behind in technology. With significant new and enhanced features, Windows 10 is likely to become a huge success. However, for Window 10 to be successful, Microsoft has to:
1. Balance innovation with continuity in the platform
2. Give users a compelling reason to upgrade
3. Prove that the new OS is well-designed, and its cross-platform capabilities can offer real benefits to users
Microsoft has a big task ahead to convince the world that Windows 10 adds incorporates new technologies and features to push the software forward and gain mainstream acceptance. Previous versions have faced a lot of criticism, and if Windows 10 doesn’t go well with users, Microsoft risks losing its industry’s influence to Android OS and iOS.
Microsoft has a target of having 1 billion computers with Windows 10 in the next 2-3 years. This target is obtainable as customers are responding well to changes in Windows 10 and with its fully integrated and collaborative experience, chances of having Window 10 on more devices are higher. Microsoft is also taking the right approach in developing the OS, and it is up to the company to make competitive offerings on Windows 10 to lure more users.