When Windows 10 was released last month, we were impressed by the new operating system. It sets a new precedent for PC users. It’s user-friendly and intuitive. It’s also a free upgrade. Here’s a quick rundown of our favourite features:
#1: Cortana, the personal digital assistant
Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant, and was initially only available on the Windows phone. You can either type questions into the search bar or activate the microphone to ask questions verbally. Cortana helps you update your calendar, find things on your PC, set reminders or answer random queries.
It learns your preferences (like your favourite places) and can anticipate your needs by gathering and presenting daily information (like flight times and weather). Of course, if you don’t like Cortana, you can easily turn it off.
#2: Edge, the new browser
Microsoft Edge is set to replace Internet Explorer (but don’t worry — not immediately). This is great news because Edge supports browser extensions, while IE does not. Edge has a variety of great new features, including the option to write or type notes on web pages themselves. Cortana also integrates directly with the new browser.
#3: Integration across devices
Microsoft anticipated a desire from its users to use apps and access the same data across many devices. Windows 10 works on mobile phones and tablets, as well as desktops and laptops. They created a companion app for both iPhones and Android phones (if you use a Windows phone, there’s no extra setup required). If you’re on the road or at a meeting, you can pull up documents from your desktop on your tablet or phone.
#4: The new Action Center
This is Microsoft’s notifications system on the desktop. The action center is a vertical panel on the side of the screen that keeps you updated on things like Facebook or Twitter notifications, or any security alerts with your installed software. It’s a standard feature in plenty of other operating systems and we’re happy to see it added here.
#5: The return of the Start Menu
This may seem like a small detail, but the return of the Start Menu is significant for anyone who’s a longtime user of Windows. It’s back and it’s easy to customize.
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