A revamped interface, redesigned applications and new ways to switch between your computer, tablet and smart-phone. That’s what Microsoft has in store with Windows 10, the company’s next major operating system release, due out later this year. This week, Microsoft spent some time showing how Windows 10 can make you and your business more mobile, more secure and more productive.
“Windows as a service”
Once your device is upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device. And the company is taking steps to make this new philosophy more palatable for businesses, by offering different “channels” for different types of users. For example, consumers might want to get new features as soon as they’re available, while IT administrators might prefer to roll out features at their own pace, to ensure compatibility with company computers.
New start screen
Many businesses saw Windows 8’s full-screen Start menu as a real liability, so Microsoft hopes it can lure those users back with a more familiar interface on Windows 10. The new box is actually quite reminiscent to the classic Start menu. However, Windows 8-style tiles — for launching touch-optimized applications — are still featured prominently in a sidebar.
Microsoft actually announced those features last year, when Windows 10 was first unveiled. So what’s new? Well, Microsoft has included a way to “maximize” the Start menu with one tap, so you can easily revert to a full-screen interface that’s better on a tablet. It’s part of a new system, dubbed “Continuum” that lets you easily switch between devices on the fly.
Microsoft is betting big on 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, which can be used as tablets on the go, or docked to larger monitors at the office. But in order for hybrid devices like Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 3 to be viable in the workplace, they’ll need an operating system that works equally well with touch as it does with a mouse and keyboard. That’s the idea behind “Continuum,” a set of features that lets Windows 10 PCs quickly transition between mobile and desktop scenarios.
Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to iOS’ Siri and Android’s Google Now, is a voice-activated personal assistant that debuted on Windows Phone devices last year. Now Microsoft is bringing Cortana to the desktop. To use the feature, tap the microphone located in the new Search box on the taskbar — or simply say, “Hey, Cortana,” out loud — and use a voice command. You can set a reminder, perform a Web search, save a note or view driving directions, among other options. Alternately, you can simply type a command into the box.
And now Cortana has a variety of expanded capabilities. When you click the Search box, Cortana provides tailored information based on your interests, searches, calendar items and more. For example, if you have a flight planned, Cortana can find it in your email, then automatically alert you if there’s a delay. And unlike with Google Now on Android, you can easily control what kinds of information Cortana learns about you via the settings menu.
The End product Windows 10-
There are many other features in Windows 10 which were lacking in Windows 8 and all the flaws that were present in Windows 8 have been removed and what we will see is a highly modified, improved and far better variant in Windows 10.