Windows 10 Review

Windows 10 has been released for over a month now and for free for those upgrading from a previous iteration of Windows. After the negativity surrounding Windows 8 when it was first released, how has Windows 10’s first impression stacked up? Let’s say, it is a very positive improvement!

Windows 10 is a new start for Microsoft as it moves in a new direction where the Windows OS is a service. The new OS functions seamlessly between desktop computers, tablets and smartphones whereby integrating them into the same OS with little differences and provides a great experience to both platforms. The user-interface has a modern feel and yet, familiar at the same time, unlike Windows 8 that was almost confusing and difficult for desktop users. Bringing back the familiar Start Menu will make all desktop users happy, while at the same time allowing for the Start Screen through Tablet mode will make it easy for mobile device users while running Windows 10. We really like that Windows 10 can function across different platforms by offering the best of both worlds, for desktop and touch or mobile device users, rather than the Windows 8 approach where it was catered towards mobile devices and left desktop – keyboard and mouse – users in the dark with a tedious interface to use.

Start Menu!

windows 10 start menuFor desktop, users get their desktop mode and traditional start menu back (though it was released on Windows 8.1 update) with a familiar look as before. The start menu has been updated to look more modern and with the addition of live tiles like the start screen. You can also customize your live tilesto suit your needs and also the ability to widen the Start Menu to your needs.  The updates to the Start Menu is a welcome change as it makes it more efficient to find what you want and adds a modern style to Windows.

For those who have a touchscreen device, like Microsoft’s Surface tablet, the Tablet Mode option enables users to have the style of Windows 8 where users will have the Start Screen to make it easier to browse by touch controls. At the same time, you can turn tablet mode off to enable the traditional desktop browsing of Windows 10 – giving users the same Windows 10 OS as on both desktop and touch devices.

Windows 10: New Web Browser

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Microsoft’s Edge browser

Other notable updates is Microsoft’s new internet browser known as Edge. Its uniqueness compared to the Internet Explorer, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox is its ability to allow users to draw or take notes down on a webpage and save it for their own use. Edge is also lighter in terms of memory usages. Apart from those noticeable add-ons and improvements, there isn’t much difference with Microsoft’s new internet browser.

Voice Assistant

Windows 10 features Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana, which integrates with the Edge web browser. Users can get quicker access to searches when they need it, just like on their smartphones with Google Now on Android and Siri on the iPhone. Cortana does replace Windows’ old search function while adding the ability to search the web and find places for you, like restaurants etc. Apart from finding applications within your own computer, we don’t find it to be useful from a desktop standpoint as it is just as easy to load up Chrome and search on Google, but may be more applicable when it comes to mobile devices like Surface or Windows Phone.

No Update Flexibility

The one thing that is difficult to understand with Windows 10 is the forced updates. No longer do you have control when to download your updates or when to install them. It is either allow for updates to download and install or turn it off completely. This has caused some issues with users with nVidia Graphics card in which Microsoft will provide a driver update that will conflict with the 3rd party’s driver update. We really wish Microsoft would allow users to decide on how they like to update their operating system. But, Microsoft is likely doing this so users will always have their system up to date.

Windows 10 brings in the modern feel of Windows 8 while making it all familiar with the traditional Windows experience. This really helps Microsoft across their different platforms from desktop uses and mobile uses as it integrates into one familiar Windows that offers the same experience whether you’re using a desktop computer, touchscreen computer/device or a smartphone. Let us know what you like most about Microsoft’s new OS or what should be improved upon?

Andrew is a co-founder of DeviceCritique. As a tech savvy individual, he aims to explains tech in a simple manner while also providing support for those who need help with their devices or computers.

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