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Windows 8 Vs Windows 10: Should You Upgrade?

Published on 03 July 16
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The launch of Windows 8 was highly anticipated, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment after the success of Windows 7. Therefore, Microsoft really had to put in a lot of effort when developing and creating Windows 10 and they definitely succeeded. It is a combination of lots of new upgrades like advanced touchscreen features, improved desktop experience and a host of new apps. Its better performance has made it the best choice as opposed to its predecessor.

Microsoft made it easy for people to upgrade to Windows 10 as all they needed was their Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key for activation. If you haven’t made up your mind about upgrading to Windows 10, here are some differences between Windows 8 and 10 that can show you the differences:

· Start Screen Vs Start Menu

The return of the Start Menu is the single most important addition to Windows 10, especially for regular desktop and touch-screen users. The Start Screen of Windows 8 never really made any sense when you were using a keyboard and mouse so the problem has been fixed. Windows 10 has a Start menu that uses the Live Tiles and can also fill the entire screen.

· Tablet Mode

The new Tablet Mode can be used by tablet users as it makes everything full-screen. It provides an experience of other tablet interfaces and this is the ideal choice of users who don’t want a more conventional desktop style interface. This is also great for hybrid laptops as you can choose whatever mode that appeals to you.

· Classic Vs Universal Apps

In Windows 8, using apps becomes a tad difficult because they are all full-screen. On the other hand, Windows 10 allows you to run these apps in a windowed mode just like on a normal desktop and this makes it easier to incorporate them in your regular working style. Sure, it can still run the touch-friendly apps that were specifically created for Windows 8, but they will also perform better as desktop apps.

· Features for Power Users

Windows 8 has introduced some features outright for power and desktop users. First and foremost is the concept of virtual desktops. This enables you to pretend as if you have several monitors and you can spread your windows over numerous workspaces. This can be incredibly handy when you tend to work with several apps at the same time, but don’t have enough screen space. There is also Command Prompt, which makes it easy to type in commands.

· Cortana

One of the new features that all users will find beneficial in Windows 10 is Cortana. This is a powerful search and personal assistant that the company first introduced on its phones like Siri and it has now progressed to PCs as well. You can use Cortana for searching your PC for any files or apps and also launch web searches. However, the best part is that it keeps track of your interests and monitor activities like regular places you visit and your calendar.


Windows 8 Vs Windows 10: Should You Upgrade? - Image 1

The launch of Windows 8 was highly anticipated, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment after the success of Windows 7. Therefore, Microsoft really had to put in a lot of effort when developing and creating Windows 10 and they definitely succeeded. It is a combination of lots of new upgrades like advanced touchscreen features, improved desktop experience and a host of new apps. Its better performance has made it the best choice as opposed to its predecessor.

Microsoft made it easy for people to upgrade to Windows 10 as all they needed was their Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key for activation. If you haven’t made up your mind about upgrading to Windows 10, here are some differences between Windows 8 and 10 that can show you the differences:

· Start Screen Vs Start Menu



The return of the Start Menu is the single most important addition to Windows 10, especially for regular desktop and touch-screen users. The Start Screen of Windows 8 never really made any sense when you were using a keyboard and mouse so the problem has been fixed. Windows 10 has a Start menu that uses the Live Tiles and can also fill the entire screen.

· Tablet Mode



The new Tablet Mode can be used by tablet users as it makes everything full-screen. It provides an experience of other tablet interfaces and this is the ideal choice of users who don’t want a more conventional desktop style interface. This is also great for hybrid laptops as you can choose whatever mode that appeals to you.

· Classic Vs Universal Apps



In Windows 8, using apps becomes a tad difficult because they are all full-screen. On the other hand, Windows 10 allows you to run these apps in a windowed mode just like on a normal desktop and this makes it easier to incorporate them in your regular working style. Sure, it can still run the touch-friendly apps that were specifically created for Windows 8, but they will also perform better as desktop apps.

· Features for Power Users



Windows 8 has introduced some features outright for power and desktop users. First and foremost is the concept of virtual desktops. This enables you to pretend as if you have several monitors and you can spread your windows over numerous workspaces. This can be incredibly handy when you tend to work with several apps at the same time, but don’t have enough screen space. There is also Command Prompt, which makes it easy to type in commands.

· Cortana



One of the new features that all users will find beneficial in Windows 10 is Cortana. This is a powerful search and personal assistant that the company first introduced on its phones like Siri and it has now progressed to PCs as well. You can use Cortana for searching your PC for any files or apps and also launch web searches. However, the best part is that it keeps track of your interests and monitor activities like regular places you visit and your calendar.

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