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 Windows 10 update – what do you need to know??

Think of Windows 10 as the more mature older brother of Windows 8. Windows 8 had its’ plus points, it just needed to graduate High school and go through puberty. Well, Windows 10 has graduated and grown a beard! Here’s what we know……

 

So, what’s new??

 

Windows 10 will include one platform to make it easier for everyday users.  It will run on mobile phones, tablets, and PC’s, and with the recent arrival of a new app in the Windows store, users will be able to see if there are pre-releases of the new operating system that they can install.

Windows have included an expanded start menu, which allows you to pick and choose what you want on your desktop, make the icons smaller and customize them. In recent times Microsoft have made a new voice control system called Cortana. Cortana is Siri’s female counterpart of voice control. She is designed to do everything that Siri already does but on a windows phone.

There’s a new button on the taskbar called Task View. Press it and you see icons of all the apps which are open. It’s very much like Mac OS X’s Expose feature, and that’s a good thing. It’s Microsoft’s way of helping novice users get familiar and proficient with multitasking.   Windows 10 snap function will work with all apps, whether new or old.  But eventually, a new layout will mean you can snap four apps on the same screen. A new feature called Snap Assist allows you to grab apps from multiple desktops within Task View. Windows 10 is simultaneously a touch and desktop operating environment, it will have a mouse-and-keyboard operating system on a PC, then switch to a touch-friendly OS on a tablet.

Another good thing about this windows update is that Internet Explorer is finally getting upgraded to the all new Spartan browser. Spartan is a new web browser altogether. Like Chrome and Firefox it will support extensions, and will be built using Microsoft’s own programming engine. Here at AnyIT we have tried out Windows 10 and we really like it. It incorporates the old style start menu with a live menu as well. When opening the start menu is shows your recent apps to help you get to the things you use the most often. AnyIT MD Gary Rayner is currently trialling this new OS and he really enjoys using it. Gary has said that he prefers the new layout, and that it looks more organised than Windows 8, it looks more professional for the everyday user.

Although unconfirmed, it’s looking likely that when Windows 10 officially releases, users of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1, will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (yes, FREE!!).

Microsoft really, really wants users to install and use the new OS, so the company is putting a deadline on the deal. One year after Windows 10 releases, the new OS will no longer be offered as a free upgrade. The free upgrade deal for Windows 10 will be for consumers only.

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, they will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost.  After this one year free offer, Microsoft will start to charge their customers for the upgrade.

Windows 10 will be released later on in 2015, full details will be released soon. Rest assured, we’ll be listening out for further information to bring to you.

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