It's human nature to be at least a little suspicious when Microsoft want to give away their latest upgrade to Windows 10 for free (to existing version 7 or 8.1 users).
It promises to include new functionality, user experience & intelligence which makes upgrading worthwhile.
But what are you getting for 'nothing'? Summarised by Microsofts' Joe Belfiore as delivering a personal experience, helping you get things done and "way more fun", we've taken a look at this new offering from Microsoft and put together our thoughts on which areas will benefit you and your team most.
1. The START button is back
Removing something so simple, but significant as this from version 8 created huge backlash, and so Microsoft have reinstated the button, which should hopefully make users feel a little more 'normal' again.
Via the Start button, you can create 'live tiles' which give you more immediate access to the applications you like and use most.
3. A modernised Office Suite
It's faster and easier to use than ever before so you can be more productive. Fortunately it doesn't stray from the way you are probably used to working with these applications.
4. You get a digital personal assistant on your PC & mobile device
Called Cortana, it will be able to give you information and answer questions right down to the specific region you are located in. It also provides voice assistance if you don't want to key in your questions.
5. An improved web browser
Without going into too much detail, it promises to be faster, more intelligent and much easier to use & consume content than ever before. One impressive new addition to mention is the ability to take freehand notes right there on your tablet's web page with a stylus.
6. Your PC knows when it's you without keying in a password
Windows Hello intelligence gives users authenticated access to all their applications the moment they sit down at their PC via fingerprint or facial recognition technology.
7. Seamless user experience across devices
The way you navigate through Windows 10 on your PC will be the same when you navigate through it on your mobile device
8. Your mobile device can behave like a PC and vice versa
Called Continuum, you are able to plug your phone into a standard screen and continue to use Windows on your phone as if it were on your PC.
Also, if you are working on your PC, you can switch to tablet mode when the need arises - very handy if you are working on a Microsoft Surface (or similar hybrid) product.
9. Multiple desktop functionality is new
It will now be much easier to work on multiple projects with improvements made to the way you move between several open work environments
10. View up to four applications at once on one screen
Multitasking will be much easier with one screen being able to include up to 4 applications in the available space which will make it much faster and easier to view multiple programs at the same time. A good example - you can now see and work between 2 or 3 different Word documents at once.
11. Better mobile device management
Probably more relevant if you manage a fleet of devices across your team, it will now be much easier to manage these devices from the cloud in addition to traditional means.
It is too good to be true?
While all of this sounds quite exciting, it should be noted that Microsoft has also removed some functionality from this new version. Below is a link to Gizomodos review which outlines what they have come across during their software testing:
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