Windows 10 has been out there for about a month already. If you’re one of those still wondering if you should get Microsoft’s latest OS, then here are all of the basics that you need to know to make that big decision:
Start is Back
The biggest “downside” that was very quickly noted with Windows 8 was the removal of the traditional Start button, which we have become accustomed to since the days of Windows 95. Well, it’s back, and you can now easily access it by default on Windows 10. In addition to its revival, Microsoft has implemented a few additional features to the beloved Start button, some of which will be mentioned below.
Multiple Windows and Multiple Desktops
Switching windows is a no-brainer feature of almost every Windows OS that has been developed. In Windows 10, however, you can also switch between desktops. This allows for easier access to different programs and menus that you do not necessarily want cluttered in a single desktop screen.
Manage Data with a Built-in Storage Analyzer
Even after Microsoft’s shift to the mobile realm with the release of Windows 8 and 8.1, it’s been quite surprising that the company never released any default storage analyzer for the OS. It seems its developers have finally noticed, though, and added this very simple but convenient feature to help you know exactly how you’ll manage your data storage.
Access various direct uninstallation features
Remember the days when you used to access the programs menu to uninstall those unwanted apps and software? With Windows 10, you can just use search options to specifically pinpoint and uninstall features for certain apps. You can also directly uninstall a program on the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and simply selecting the uninstall option.
Command Prompt gets a feature boost
The command prompt may look simply archaic to modern users, but it is undeniable that it still has some modification-oriented perks. Guess what? Windows 10 beefed this age-old feature even further by adding more Command Prompt options. You can now, for instance, extend the number of lines in its command history or copy and paste lines directly from an open note or document into it.
Meet Cortana, the new MS Assistant
Assistant is similar to Google Now and Siri. It can be easily accessed via the Start menu, and you can use it if you need to take notes, create a reminder, set an alarm, or even launch a specific program or app. You can even ask or type in mundane questions, just as you would on a boring day, using your smartphone; it will promptly answer with whatever it can pull from the cloud or the Internet. Take note that custom usage settings would require you to sign into your Microsoft account for seamless synchronization with your other Windows devices.
Goodbye IE, Hello Edge
Finally, if there’s anything that users never really appreciate in Windows, it would probably be the Internet Explorer. Microsoft has, at last, decided to stop trying to make people appreciate IE and simply developed an entirely new browser for the OS, namely, the Microsoft Edge. Since it’s a fresh, new browser, it’s still not as comprehensive as Chrome, Safari or Firefox, but we’re sure to see more of its unique features (Cortana integration, annotation tool, etc.) enhanced better in the near future.
On a side note, does anyone else remember Jennifer Anniston and Matthew Perry introducing us to Windows 95?