With details on Windows 10 finally being released let’s find out the ins and outs of it and whether they’ve delivered. Well to start it’s a complete update of the Windows 8.1 operating system which will be out on July 29th and surprisingly to hear will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. Some of the new features to Windows 10 include interface changes to streamline the desktop experience which consist of a new taskbar, a smarter Start menu which has a simple control to flip from a small menu to a full-screen one, and smaller borders around windows to give a neater finish.
Notable key features of Windows 10 are a Windows Phone style notification bar, which replaces the old Charms bar and allows you to alter and change notifications using the new settings app. Windows 10 also has something Microsoft calls Continuum, which is a tablet mode and is triggered through the Notification bar. Continuum allows you to switch all your windows to full screen which is a very simplistic way of handling a tablet interface, but combines it with the other interface features to be more useful for touch users. Alongside Continuum Microsoft’s voice driven Cortana assistant comes to Windows 10 which is well integrated into the interface, and helps you with all sorts of things from searching for files to setting reminders.
A real anticipated feature of Windows 10 is the new browser Spartan, which has been designed to deliver a better web experience, and enables you to write and mark up webpages before sharing them with others. More importantly Spartan will support built-in offline reading and PDF support, and with Microsoft's virtual assistant it will pop up with recommendations and help based on your browser behaviour.
Microsoft also haven’t forgot about apps either as they’ve come up with something called universal apps, which are special versions of key apps like Office for Windows 10 phones and tablets. Apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook will also look and feel nearly identical to the desktop equivalent but optimised for touch and screen size. Furthermore through Microsoft's cloud infrastructure all of your files will be accessible through those devices regardless of where it was created.
But I have to say it again the best news of all is you can get Windows 10 as a free upgrade, as Microsoft will offer Windows 10 free of charge for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows phones 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year. All in all Windows 10 seems to have been created carefully with functionality and usability at mind, and with that its shaping up to be one of Microsoft’s most popular releases let’s just hope its lives up to the bill.