What Can We Expect from Windows 10?

The Windows 10 that previewed in January was everything Windows 8 should have been.  It was simple to use on both desktop computers and tablets, worked as fast as its competitors at Apple and Google, and provided a consistent performance on phones and the Xbox One.  But what does Windows 10 really offer, and why are people so excited about this new release?  Keep reading to find out.

Windows 10

Release Date

Microsoft planned for a summer release date, and it’s stuck to its word.  We can expect the new operating system to be released on July 29th 2015.  However, we think it’s unlikely that Windows 10 will be released for all devices on this date, and Joe Belfiore, the Vice President of Operating Systems, has released a statement saying Microsoft are planning a phased release approach.  Laptop and desktop devices will receive Windows 10 first with phones and the Xbox One receiving the system shortly after.

Price

Due to the poor reception of Windows 8, price is a factor that has left many people anxious.  To combat this, Microsoft is giving all users of Windows 7 and 8.1 a free year’s trial of Windows 10.  Users can then decide whether to buy a device with Windows 10 already installed, or pay the upgrade fee of £99 ($119).  Home users who want to upgrade to Pro will need to be willing to fork out an extra £65 ($99).

Seven Versions

Microsoft is releasing seven different versions of Windows 10, which are: Home, Professional, Enterprise, IoT, Education, Mobile, and Mobile Enterprise.  The versions are for the different devices in which Windows 10 will be utilised as well as expansion options which can be upgraded to depending on a user’s needs.

The Start Menu

One of the main gripes that many had with Windows 8 was the lack of a Start menu.  This was a huge problem for many as the Start button was so simple to use and gave us access to everything really quickly.  Some people (myself included) even went so far as to download a ‘classic shell’ for Windows 8 in order to get the Start button back.  Luckily, Microsoft has listened to the bad reviews and have brought the Start menu back in Windows 10.

Windows Office

Back in February, WinBeta leaked a video revealing the Windows Office apps in detail.  These apps can be used both on desktop and mobile devices and are being released in advance of Office 2016, so it’s likely that users of the new Office will be able to link up the new software with the Windows Office apps of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.  Cosmetic makeovers are to be expected on these apps, and you can take a sneak preview of these over at Tech Radar.

Cortana Will Be Released for PCs

Cortana is Microsoft’s version of Siri and Google Now, and will be available for all desktop users with the release of Windows 10.  Cortana will enable users to search for files and documents via voice, making interacting with your PC a lot easier.  Voice search will also be possible on the search engines, and is said to be able to get smarter based on your usage.  Cortana is likely to also be released onto iOS and Android operating systems this year.

Internet Explorer is Being Replaced

Internet Explorer used to be the go-to browser of all time, but it’s fallen out of fashion over the years with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox now taking the top spots.  However, Microsoft has plans to turn this around with their release of Spartan.  This new browser will enable users to mark-up webpages with comments and drawings, share live links with ease, and will also have built in PDF and offline reading support.  Cortana will also play a pretty big part.

A Universal Approach

Back in January, Joe Belfiore explained what Microsoft meant by their ‘universal’ approach to apps.  Basically, the apps that have been designed for use on Windows phones and tablets are designed to have the same look and feel as the apps used on desktop computers and larger devices.  Through the Microsoft Cloud users will be able to access their documents regardless of where they were originally created.

Microsoft is also releasing a new Photos app which will again be accessible from any Windows 10 device.  Instead of sorting photos based on when they were taken, this app will work out where the photos were taken and sort them that way.  The aim is to make photo organisation simpler, but I’m not sure I like the idea.  The app will also automatically enhance photos which is great news for people who like to upload their snaps to social media the second they have been taken.

Are you excited for the Windows 10 update?  Can it possibly be any worse than Windows 8?  Please share your views with us and let us know what you think.

 

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