Windows 10: A Brief First Look. Part 1 of 2

Windows 10: A Brief First Look. Part 1 of 2

Windows 10: A Brief First Look. Some things to look for, some things to look out for… ( Part 1 of 2 )

After its public release on July 29th, and so far I’m happy with this release. The big question for most is do I upgrade? I will discuss some cool things about Windows 10 and few things you need to watch out for.

  1. New Platform

Windows 10 was designed to operate on many platforms from our regular PCs down to your X-Box and Raspberry Pi with the Windows 10 IoT version (internet of things). With a common platform, apps designed under the Windows 10 framework should run on any version or device.

  1. User InterfaceWindows 10 Start Menu

With all the controversy surrounding Windows 8, everyone can now celebrate the return of the start menu. Users migrating from Windows 7 will not be lost if they upgrade. The start menu has integrated the tile apps from Windows 8 and the user can customize the layout. An expanded Start Menu is also available if you are using a touchscreen device or tablet. Windows 10 should have been what Windows 8 was.

  1. New Applications

Windows 10 released some new apps worth mentioning. Edge the new internet browser, Cortana, a Siri like search assistance and Virtual Desktops.

Edge

A new re-designed web browser that not only is fast; it also gives you the ability to make notes on a page which can be shared with others. The Reading list function is cool as well as it strips out graphics and other distractions on a page and you can just focus on the text. Not sure if Edge is going to replace what you are currently using, especially when you consider all the extensions already in place for Chrome and Firefox. It will be interesting to see how Edge evolves over time.

Cortana

Is our new search assistant. It has voice activation and you can customize what content, such as news and weather that pops up. Simple voice commands like “show me today’s weather” work great, but something like “show me traffic from home to work” will take you to Bing search rather than showing you a map. Cortana if far from my Siri standard right now, but should improve with time.

Virtual Desktops

This is my favorite feature by far. To Mac and Linux users, this is nothing new. Virtual Desktops gives you the ability to run applications in another desktop window. I can have all my day to day operations like email, CRM and Excel in one desktop and have a virtual desktop dedicated for another purpose, like research and toggle between the two.

Part 2 will focus on how to avoid the some of the minor pitfalls of Windows 10.

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