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1. Comparison between Windows 10 & Windows 8.1

Microsoft has launched its new version of operating system called Windows 10 which is an advanced version of Windows 8.1. As for now Windows 8 has three or four operating systems if you take into account 32 and 64 bit versions, whereas Windows 10 will include all these in one system.

2. Cortana a new feature in Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is installed with Cortana which engages the user in conversation; this is a new feature which was not available in Windows 8.1. Apart from recognizing the users speech Cortana searches the web for information and informs about its interactions to the user. It also observes the users contacts, interests etc., in order to give better service to the user. The digital assistant included by Microsoft in its new version is a great improvement over Windows 8.

3. Search improvements in Windows 10

The search to load up files and apps is now more efficient rather than navigating through files and apps since windows and search are now woven into Cortana. The search button is now located near the search box which is very convenient. Windows 10 now allows the user to talk while typing and searching for something that is stored online or locally, the search box for all these functions is the same. The name of the wanted file can be said or typed or a Photoshop can be launched by Cortana if the user asks for it. Appointments in calendars or weather forecasts can also be searched. Another new feature is Quick Access which is an updated form of File Explorer which is a replacement of old Favorites. Automatic displays of the users frequently visited folders as well as recent files makes finding them faster and easier.

4. Snap assist and windows modern apps:

Unlike Windows 8 where the user can simultaneously run as many apps as the user likes, the new apps feature allows four apps to be snapped on one screen. The user can carry out multitasking on a single screen without going through the trouble of resizing the apps manually and without wasting precious pixels.

5. Virtual Desktops and Task View:

The task view button when clicked on enables the user to have a new version of the thumbnails which are in Windows 8 or 8.1. This is another feature that is useful and also enhances visual productivity. A multi monitor setup can be created in a single monitor with Task View. As with the older versions of Windows the Alt Tab can be used to shuffle in between windows. Simply clicking on the button of the Task View takes the user to the Add Desktop button located at the bottom of the right hand corner. On every Desk Top the user can run or snap apps in the desired size on windows. Users can keep their web browser and email on a single desk top that can be hidden while working on Excel spreadsheet.

10 Great New Features in Windows 10

Using the Computer becomes more convenient with Microsoft 10

Though it might take some time for the launching of Windows 10, you can wait with bated breath for the features which are included in this, making your PC a lot more valuable asset you own. You will find loads of stuff, all of which is different, making your experience with the Windows 10 a memorable one. Some of the features which are in this Windows 10 are listed below, so that you are aware what you are looking forward to,

  1. Return of the Start Menu

With many of us wishing for the Start Menu, Microsoft has managed to get this back. Clicking on the start button which is on the bottom left of the given screen, you find two panels which are side by side, with the recently, pinned, most used apps being shown on the left column. For options like standby, Shut down and hibernate you get a power-button which is on the top. The column on the right will feature a selection of tiles which are live and can be customised, reorganise and also resize. The search field which is at the bottom can look up programs, files and also Internet results.

  1. Desktop with Cortana

Microsoft will be bringing the digital assistant Cortana which is voice controlled, to computers. This will make it easier for you to interact with your device without actually lifting your finger. You will be able to search your hard-drive for any specific files and also pull up any photos from the dates you wish, or even launce your Power Point presentations by just telling the PC to do so. You will be able to send an e-mail by telling Cortana to do so.

  1. X-Box App

The X-Box app on Windows 10 will help you play the desired games as this operating system is able to support the game streaming of X-Box through the network in your home, that too, with a speed which is higher and a great performance of the graphics. With this app you can share, edit and even record your victories with the feature of the Game DVR. With Windows 10 you can join your friends and see the activity via Xbox live.

  1. Spartan Browser

Internet Explorer is going to be replaced with the Spartan browser. The features include a mode for reading which is able to improve any layout of articles which are long, A Support of the PDF, and a feature for note taking. This feature of note taking is able to let you write on any page and also share with your friends on any social networking site through a slide-in menu. You will find the Cortana being supported by this Spartan Browser, which makes it more convenient.

  1. Multi tasking improved

The multi task Desktop allows you to run a set of windows as if it is on another screen, but without the use of another monitor. You are able to keep a track of the apps which are open with Windows 10. This operating system you can either swipe from the edge on the left or hit the button for the New Task which is on the Task Bar. This give you a view in one page of all the open apps and files.

  1. Universal Apps

Microsoft has decided to introduce new software to make the transition between different devices more seamless. This is known as the Universal Apps, which is able to use the same code. With the OS, you have the company bundling Universal Apps in a way so that all the content like People and Messaging, Photos, Music, Videos, Maps, Calendar and Mail can be stored and synced via the One Drive cloud Service of Microsoft. This enables you to pick up from where you left ,on any other device.

  1. Touch Support for Office Apps

The new version of Office Apps, Excel, Word, Outlook and Power Point will provide an interface of touch-first across laptops, tablets, and also PC’s. The app bar which has replaced the top function ribbon can show up only when required.

  1. Continuum

This system will be able to detect if you are plugged in a mouse or keyboard and will be able to switch modes for a more convenient interaction. In case of you removing the mouse or the keyboard you will receive a notification from the bottom task-bar asking you if you need to switch over to the Tablet mode.

  1. Action Centre

With this you will be able to go through all your notifications in one place. The Charms menu is replaced with this Action Centre. This will be able to collect all the alerts from the device from all the apps and you will be able to respond or even react from the very same panel with the expansion of each panel showing actions.

  1. Control Panel and Unified Settings

You have Microsoft bringing together the two apps which are used for controlling the settings of your device in PC Settings and Control Panel so that it is less confusing and you can manage your device more easily from a single place instead of having to hunting for any menu.