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Windows 10: Our First Impressions of It

Are you one of those people who avoids using Windows 8??

Well, I was one of them.

Going back to Windows 8, using a PC with a keyboard and mouse is awkward, frustrating, and outright confusing, especially when it’s all easy and smooth with tablets and touch-base computing.

Well here is good news! Microsoft is not going to disappoint you this time! They are back in on the market with a brand new Windows 10.

Seems like Windows 10 is carrying lots of surprises. One of the delightful ones is: your very own, lovely, much-missed Start Menu is back!

Windows 1o gives you a more developed version of the classic Start Bar containing the most visited folders, recently added software and a separate button that will show you all your apps in a single list. Depending on your preference, you can extend your Start Menu to full screen by just clicking on “Expand” button that looks like the default version of Windows 8. It’s completely redesigned in a way that combines the best aspects of the last two versions of Windows.

A default theme for this Windows is black, but if you’re not a fan of blackish themes, you can choose an accent color that is shown on the Start Menu, Task Bar, and the new Action Center. The theme is more restrained than Windows but not as boring as Windows 7.

Improved navigation, with new action center to alert from apps, which also notify you once you need to update and provide quick access to Settings. From there, you get notifications and access to handy quick settings, such as brightness controls, airplane mode, Wi-Fi and tablet mode toggles.

A different app-choosing feature is another point of divergence from Windows 8. Microsoft’s Xbox App for streaming Xbox One games to your laptop or groove is the new app which let you import and play songs from Google play or iTunes Music Library. Microsoft’s Maps app allows you to enjoy 3D images, directions, and street side imagery, a new calendar, and new stripped-down, touch-based Office apps.

Back to surprises: Windows 10 does not only ease the function of Windows 8 and correct mistakes, it also carries another fascinating surprise – Cortana, your new funny and clever assistant whose function is somehow close to that of Siri’s of Apple, but in a more pushy way. Stop looking for your last vacation photos, just ask her!

Edges is also a new browser introduced as which gives you several handy tools, you can draw all over your web page and send a copy to your friend even though its simplified and clean it has some lacks of modernity, for instance, saving your files without asking the storage location and lots of basic modern points which are missing .

What we can’t wait for is WINDOWS HOLOGRAPHIC an AR platform. A pair of AR goggles which allows you to see 3D “projections.” Microsoft also showed off HoloLens – a wearable, wire-free computer which will enable Windows Holographic the company says will be available hopefully at some point “in the Windows 10 timeframe.”

You have probably heard about the recent announcement of Microsoft regarding free upgrades, but it was somehow ambiguous. So far, it is only in a blog post by Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems. In it he states:

“We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch. This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost.”

Well, now it’s clarified that users who are running Windows 7 Home and Professional Service Pack 1, as well as Windows 8 Home, and Professional users running the Windows 8.1 will be able to get updates within the limit of one year. Starting July 29th, you have one year to upgrade Windows 10 or you will be charged. So, don’t be late.

“Right now, Windows 10 is gearing up to break the Internet traffic records. Later today, download speeds are expected to top 40 terabytes per second (that’s 40M megabytes per second) as millions of users rush to upgrade,” Gordon Kelly stated to Forbes.

Although it was just a quick view on Windows 10, we hope as this is the last Windows and Microsoft will be iterating on it for the coming years. It will be a breeze to use, a welcome change for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, and a big hit for Microsoft. Let us know your opinion and if you like it!

Prepared by Shiva Parizad