Microsoft are set to release their newest Windows Operating System this week called Windows 10 which is the upgrade from Windows 8. We have had Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and now 10. Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9? The theory is that due to a possible conflict and disruption with legacy applications where within the code of the application, it references “Windows 9” which is indeed Windows 95 or 98 which could cause a major problem. However, the official word from Microsoft is that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows and Microsoft will be iterating on it for the coming years.
So what is Windows 10? It is the Windows you know but only better. More importantly, the start menu is back in an expanded form. Instead of moving you to a completely different screen like it has done in Windows 8, it lives in the lower left hand corner of the screen and operates similar to Windows 7. However, Microsoft have implemented the Live Tiles which were introduced in Windows 8 to the start menu but they won’t take up your whole screen anymore.
Navigating around Windows 10 has greatly improved. The hot corners from Windows 8 have been completely removed and a brand new Action Centre works as a notification centre to collect alerts from apps and provide quick access to your settings.
In Windows 10 there is an Xbox app which lets you stream Xbox One games straight to your Laptop or PC. You simply plug in an Xbox One Controller via USB then connect to your Xbox One and start streaming over your local network. They have also introduced a DVR component to the App which allows you to record, screenshot and generate clips which you can share to YouTube and other media streaming websites.
Another big feature is a process called Task View. This displays all your open windows on a screen screen so you can find what you’re looking for quickly. This will help if you have multiple excel spreadsheets open and applications. Similar to Mission Control on the Mac, there is a button to the task bar to activate this feature. No more Alt+Tab to quickly switch across applications.
These are just a small number of features being added to Windows 10 but how do you upgrade? It is a free upgrade which is valid for qualified Windows 7 and 8.1 devices including devices you already own. If you are eligible, you can reserve your free upgrade through the “Get Windows 10 App” which is the small Windows Icon located at the right-hand end of the task bar and follow the prompts. The free upgrade is only available for the first year and you’ll need an active internet connection to install it. But before you do, ensure you have a backup of your important data just in case you run into problems when going through the install.
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