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10 New features to get excited about for Windows 10
Windows 10 will be here July 29th and with every new operating system comes tons of changes, here are some of the most exciting changes coming to Windows 10.
- Start Menu – You asked for and Microsoft listened, now we get to behold the glorious return of the start menu, this time with apps built right in.
- New Browser – Windows is doing away with IE (it will still be there for certain situations, but it is not the main browser) and introducing a whole new browser named Windows Edge. It has many new features such as making notes and searching from the address bar, which should combine to create a great new browser that is a genuine rival for Chrome and Firefox.
- Cortana – Following in the footsteps of Google Now and Apple’s Siri, Cortana is a personal, search based, assistant. She will help remind you to do things, set appointments, answer questions and much, much more. More on Cortana can be found here.
- Settings – The settings are located in only one place again! One of the worst and most confusing things about Windows 8 was that it had two different locations for settings (one in the desktop view and one in the Metro menu) with two different sets of settings, which meant you needed to go to one menu for some things and a different settings page for others. It was not great. But now there is one spot for all the settings.
- Charm bar – Related to the last point, the irritating Charms bar is going away. The charms bar in Windows 8 was a bar that would appear on the right side of the screen when you moved your mouse to the bottom-right corner and then slid it up the edge. This made it difficult to get to when you wanted it as well as causing it to pop-up regularly when you didn’t. Thankfully Windows 10 is doing away with it.
- Windowed Metro Apps – Windows 8 added Windows apps to the operating system, some were great, others were not; but one of the most obnoxious things about all the apps was they were forced to be full-screen all the time. This meant you could not view anything but the active app. Windows 10 will allow your apps to be viewed in windowed mode so you can see other programs and apps side-by-side with your current app.
- Notification Center – The notification center in windows has always been very nearly useless; it notified you when your security software wasn’t functioning, but that’s about it. Now, however, with Windows 10 taking cues from mobile operating systems the notification tray should be much, much more useful.
- Xbox Integration – Xbox Live is coming built-in with Windows 10. This means all your friends, achievements, and games will follow you from Xbox to your Windows 10 PC. Windows ten will also allow you to stream games to your PC from your Xbox. It will also allow cross-platform multiplayer, which means you can play games on your PC with your friend who is playing on their Xbox.
- New Programming Language – Windows 10 is using a new more universal programming language. While that may not sound interesting to most general users; it, in fact, has some pretty neat applications, such as cross-platform coding. For more info read here.
- It’s Free!!!! – Windows 10 will be offered to Windows 7 and 8 users for free. All you do is sign-up within the first year and you will be upgraded for free. To learn more about this free upgrade please read here.