On July 28 of this year, just a month ago, Microsoft launched its newest operating system update, Windows 10. After 30 years from releasing its first Windows, Microsoft is moving toward more personal computing and the ease of interacting with technology by using voice, pen, gestures and even gaze for the right interaction, in the right way, at the right time.
As a free update for laptops, desktops and Windows tablets using Windows 7 and Windows 8 for the first year of its launch, the new update promises to be faster and more familiar while becoming more personal and productive. It also has a lot of new interesting features, including Microsoft’s new web browser, Edge which contains tools such as, “web note” that lets you mark and write on live pages and then save a screenshot of the page to be able to share it with anyone via social media or email.
“Windows 10 is what Windows 8 ought to have been – a piece of software that is suitable for the mobile era but that does not neglect the millions of people who still use it on a desktop.” Sophie Curtis, Technology Reporter, The Telegraph.
Windows 10 had also been described as the “the answer to Windows 8 mistakes” as it fixes many of the things people didn’t like about Windows 8, especially the tile system. Windows 10 kept the tiles, but it brought back the start menu which made it more refined and familiar.
“I’ve been testing Windows 10 for three months on these computers and even on my everyday work laptop. It’s the best PC experience I’ve had since Windows XP. Here’s why: it’s familiar. The Start menu is back, and all your apps launch in your standard desktop view.” Geoffrey A. Fowler, a Technology Columnist, Wall Street Journal
Another big feature in Windows 10 is Cortana, the personal digital assistant – like the Siri to iOS. Cortana takes all your personal information (contacts, location, browsing history, your daily interactions etc.) and tailors answers and advices to the user’s questions.
As a new update, Windows 10 is expected to have some bugs and features that need more development, but as always, that is what an update is all about. If you are currently using Windows 10, please let us know what you think!