Windows 10

Windows 10 has been released in all its glory.  There's very little negative feedback so far, but let's face it, it's hard to get any worse than Windows 8.  We've done a quick comparison of the two, and have found the following points to share:

  • It's a free upgrade for Windows users.  Free.
  • It welcomes back the beloved Start menu, now fully customisable with the ability to change the size and re-arrange items within.  Windows has included the Live Tiles (introduced in Windows 8 'start screen') to the right of the Start menu.
  • Cortana is a major introduction to Windows 10.  Some call it a 'super Siri' - a digital assistant with voice recognition which searches the internet for information, learns from your behaviour and contacts to tailor itself to your needs.  Here's some tips on how to use Cortana in Windows 10
  • Improved search performance - Cortana obviously helps, but Windows has also introduced the 'Quick Access' section which automatically displays recent files and apps and more.  This replaces the old 'Favourites' section.
  • There's the new 'Edge' browser, previously known as 'project Spartan' which replaces Internet Explorer.  Edge has been built with interoperability in mind and in turn includes a reading view and the ability to annotate with keyboard/pen/finger.  Cortana comes into play again here - by always running in the background, it offers up additional information on sites.  For example, on a restaurant website, Cortana will show booking and opening times information.
  • Possibly the most exciting - Windows 10 is the first holographic computing platform, meaning that when the Microsoft HoloLens are released, you'll already be set up to use them on Windows 10.  Read more on the future of holographic computing here.

All in all it seems if you are eligible for the free upgrade - which you can find out here - go for it!

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Please note that we have trialled the majority of these products and have found them to be relatively reliable and user friendly. We have not undertaken a detailed verification and we therefore suggest that you discuss the products with your computer advisers before using the technology.

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