Windows 8 was developed to improve personal computers experience and it was designed to improve integration with tablets, smartphones and other touch-based devices.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work so well. The Windows 8 was so disappointing for some users that some PC makers reverted to the older, but more sensible Windows 7.
Finally, Microsoft has released the final version of its PC operating system to address complaints with the Windows 8.
Windows 8 was designed to allow us to operate the laptop and desktop monitor like tablets. Interface can be split and apps can be arranged side by side, instead of with the usual landscape layout. Unfortunately, there are not many software for Windows 8 that are adapted for touch-based operation.
Snapping and resizing features are back: With Windows 10, the snapping and resizing features have returned for all apps. Touch mode and desktop mode in Windows 8 feel like feuding adversaries, which try to dominate one another. Users feel little integration between the two. The return of resizing and snapping features may sound like cosmetic additions, but they could make a huge difference to our workflow.
Start Menu is also back: The classic Start Menu is finally back and users couldn’t be happier. The Start button at the left button interface is only available in desktop mode when using Windows 8. In tablet mode, we only see a full graphical start page.
Obviously, Windows 8 has incredibly useful Live Tiles, especially for people who want to get information at a glance. But for traditional desktop users, these tiles could feel somewhat gimmicky. If Windows 8 users want to run older apps, they need to return to desktop mode, which is quite troublesome in the long run.
With Windows 10, users feel that they obtain the classic start button once again. The full-screen start page isn’t removed from Windows 10, but it is available as a choice, not something that’s forced on us.
Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge replaces the Internet Explorer for online connectivity. Internet Explorer is not completely gone and it is still hidden and buried within the Windows 8.
So, people who need Internet Explorer can revive it. The Microsoft Edge offers numerous functional enhancements, such as virtual markers and social media sharing. For people who prefer simplicity, they could enable the stripped back UI like the Google Chrome. Even better, there are separate browsers for tablet and desktop modes.
Universal Windows: Windows 8 was essentially a radical and brave departure from the classic Windows implementation. However, Microsoft simply tried too hard with its touch-based implementations. Windows 10 feels more like a unified experience in Microsoft ecosystem with features that really make sense.
Action Center and Cortana: There are some quick settings that we can access, such as quiet hours, display brightness and Wi-Fi. Users can suspend sounds and notifications on their laptop when they give a presentation. Action Center offers a stream of notification from many apps.
We are able to sync these notifications across Windows devices and if we already read an email message on tablet, they will not pop up on emails on desktop PC. Cortana was first introduced in Windows Phone devices and it finally makes a desktop debut in the new Windows 10.Cortana will be able to help us across the whole Microsoft ecosystem.
It is a capable voice assistant similar to Siri or Google Now. If we feel a bit awkward talking to our laptop in a busy cafe, we could type commands such as “remind me to go to gas station”. Cortana integrates with Microsoft Edge too. It provides information about local stores, restaurants, gas stations and others, along with directions and hours of operation.
Better integration with online storage service: Microsoft increases its focus to online services and users are pushed to store more files on the OneDrive cloud storage.
As with Google Drive and Dropbox, OneDrive also keeps duplicates on our computer, so we are still able to access them while offline. Next time we are online, they will be synced. This is an improvement compared to what we get from Windows 8, because files were only available when we are connected to the Internet. Windows 10 keeps duplicates on local computer, unless we are running out of space in our device.
It is free: When talking about Windows 10, people often ask, is it worth upgrade? Obviously, while it is free, it’s worth updating our current Windows version. As with other major software updates, we should be sure that our favourite software will still work with Windows 10.
If something doesn’t work well with a 3rd party software, we may need to wait for developers to catch up and release an update. Although the upgrade process is very safe, we still need to back up our data.
People who use the low-end Home version of Windows 7 and Windows 8; Microsoft enables the update feature automatically. Microsoft is planning to add new features regularly, instead of delivering a major package.