Windows 10 – All you need to know.

So by now if you are using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 on your computer, chances are you may have already seen a reminder about upgrading to windows 10. So for those of you thinking to yourself ‘what is Windows 10 and why do I need it?’ And for those on older systems such as Windows XP who are looking to upgrade and want to know what all the fuss is about, we’ll be giving you the low-down on what to expect from the July 29th release.

 

There’s no such thing as FREE….or is there?

In a bold move, Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 for all Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 users. To get a free copy of Windows 10 Microsoft are asking users to reserve the free upgrade by clicking the small Windows icon that should be appearing in the bottom right of your computers task bar. If you don’t see it you can check the Microsoft site HERE. We are told the free offer is valid until June 29th 2016 for existing users, after which the new operating system will be available to buy for approximately £80.

 

Let’s get to the good stuff… What’s it all about?

So, we know that Microsoft are having an unusual bout of generosity, but let’s find out what Windows 10 does…

 

Use on all devices.

Windows 10 will work across all devices: Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Mobiles and even Xbox One and is designed to be responsive in nature, just like a Dexterous Designs website!

 

The trusty ‘Start’ button is back.

With Windows 8 Microsoft took a bit of a diversion in terms of usability by removing the standard start menu which left a lot of users lost looking for such things as their folders and even how to turn off or restart their PC! Luckily Microsoft seemed to have learned from their faux pas and returned the popular feature along with some extras.

The new start menu will be geared to both touch and non-touch devices with the addition of tiles or apps from Windows 8, and will be fully customizable.

 

Voice search with Cortana.

iPhone users have Siri, Android users have Google Now and Windows wants a piece of the action with Cortana which is billed as a ‘personal digital assistant’ allowing you to set reminders, search the web, open files all with the power of your voice!

 

New Browser ‘Edge’ to replace Internet Explorer.

Windows 10 comes with an all-new browser to replace the long-standing, Microsoft Edge, which boasts features such as allowing users to make notes directly on web pages and share with friends & colleagues.

 

Updated Security.

Microsoft are boasting next level security on this latest operating system which will be a big plus for businesses and home users alike.

 

Overall it looks like Microsoft have learned from their mistakes and taken notice of some of the criticisms that Windows 8 received, but only time will tell if they can create one operating system that provides a great experience for business & home users alike. For a more detailed insight into what to expect, we’ve found a great review from the guys at Techradar.

See the full Windows 10 article here.