on 14 June 21
Before you go any further, hereâs a sneak peek of what Windows 10 has to offer.
As quoted from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference, he stated that "Right now weâre releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, weâre all still working on Windows 10."
It has been confirmed that Windows 10 is expected to be released on July 29, and will be a free download for anyone running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. As stated by Windows, the free update will be available for a year.
With that being said, letâs move on to the good stuff and talk about features.
Microsoft Edge edging out I.E
Though IE11 will be kept for compatibility with legacy and enterprise websites, Edge will finally emerged from its Project Spartan-labeled chrysalis and become Microsoftâs primary browser.
The all-new browser has been built to give you a better web experience. Its features include a new menu for sharing Web pages along with a nifty settings menu where it has a new drop-down theme that lets people choose from the browserâs default light theme or a dark theme that turns its user interface black and dark gray. It is believed that the Dark mode would be easy on the eyes for a late-night browsing session.
Furthermore, one of the Edgeâs key highlights, the Edge browser experience revolves around a brand-new rendering engine that speeds up performance, and offers new, sharing-centric functionality. Cortana is built right into the browser, and it'll chime in as you're performing searches or browsing the Web.
Plus, it has the ability to annotate Web pages directly: you can draw right on Web pages, type notes and clip sections of interest to OneNote, share them via email or pass things along to friends on your social networks.
Not to mention, the Spartan team is working on bringing extension support to the new browser. Microsoft has announced that they will be enabling users to import Chrome extensions directly to Spartan.
With Windows 10âs Phone Companion app, it easily enables users to integrate their Smartphone with Microsoftâs services.
The companion app provides a set of instructions about how to set up apps like OneNote and Skype on a Windows Phone handset, iPhone or Android smartphone. Which means, to let you comprehend the gravity of that statement, Microsoft is providing instructions for using its competitorsâ mobile platforms inside Windows 10!
The Phone Companion app also allows you to see how much storage space is available on your device when you plug it in and it can transfer your data to and from your phone.
Lastly, Windows 10 comes with great built-in apps like Maps, Photos, Mail & Calendar, Music, and Video. And these apps use OneDrive to back up your information and sync seamlessly across your Windows 10 devices!
Easier Interface for greater productivity
One of Windows 10 key feature is that you are able to set up four apps on your screen interface and enables you to see open tasks in a single view. You can even create virtual desktops when you need more space or want to group things by project.
Windows 10 lets you work smarter, too. Click the Task view button, and you'll get a quick glimpse of all of your open apps and windows. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts you can press Windows key + "Tab," or swipe in from the left side of your display on a tablet or Smartphone.
Furthermore, thereâs a sort of private island that keeps everything you open there as an independent work space. You can, for example, create one desktop for all of the applications you use for work, another for gaming forums and another for just browsing sites!
And Microsoft is staying competitive with Linux and Mac with virtual desktops where you can organize your apps simply with a right click and youâll be in task view to select a specific desktop to move into.
Another feature worth elaborating on, Windowâs 10 multi platform enables your apps to look and work great in all devices. On 2-in-1 devices, your screen can be optimized to work with touch or keyboard and mouse.
Similar to the Surface Pro 3: the program will have little prompts that will pop up asking if you'd like to switch to "tablet mode." Press it, and the apps on your desktop will instantly transform into their full-screen, tablet incarnations.
With multi platforms, you can access stores on your PC, tablet, or phone and easily purchase great digital content including apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.
You are even able to stream games from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 device from anywhere in your home.
Finally, once you are tired of using the Windows tablet, you can simply switch back to the desktop by popping the device back onto its keyboard, or by pressing the "tablet mode" toggle button in the Windows 10 Action Center.
Going back to the old days, the windows 10 Start menu will be a fusion of the Windows 7-style interface and Windows 8 Live Tiles.
The start menu will have frequently used apps stacked in a column, whereby you can press the All Apps button and you'll find the endless column of nested folders we've all been scrolling through since Windows 95, though they're now grouped alphabetically. Also, Sitting alongside that column are Windows 8's animated Live Tiles, endlessly serving up news bites and social-network updates.
Its new transformed start menu is designed for both touch and mouse users as well.
Moreover, the Start menu features empowered search capabilities as well, able to crawl your entire machine, not to mention web results. You may also search on Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant.
Cortana is windows 10 virtual voice assistant. You can use your trusty voice activated assistant on your phone, your tablet and your PC, and it'll learn more about you and store such knowledge into a "Notebook." You may also adjust your list of preferences and settings to your liking, while leaving some things off-limits to preserve your privacy.
Microsoft has been emphasizing on how Cortana is more about machine learning, and how it analyse patterns of human behaviour, than simply retrieving files and facts for you. Plus, Microsoft intends on releasing the voice assistant to iOS and Android
Last feature before we wrap it up, Microsoft has recently announced Windows Hello, where the operating system will be able to sign in to their devices using their fingerprint, their face or even the iris of their eye.
It appears that Microsoft has been discussing the idea of Windows as a service, but the company hasn't elaborate much on how exactly will they play out with future versions of Windows. Rumors have it that there won't really be any future major versions of Windows in the foreseeable future. Microsoft has re-configured the way it engineers and delivers Windows, and the initial result is Windows 10.
Which means instead of newer versions of Microsoft, there will only be regular improvements and updates. It is a revolutionary notion, but it's something Microsoft has been actively working on for Windows 10.
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