Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they will release Windows 10 as a free upgrade on July 29, 2015. As we prepare for this, we wanted to discuss some of the Windows 10 key features that we are the most excited about.
Microsoft first revealed their plans for a new Internet browser back in January under the name Project Spartan. We believe Microsoft Edge is one of the Windows 10 key features as it is a significant improvement over its aging predecessor, Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge comes with an improved Bing-powered search built into the address bar to allow results to appear as you are typing. This search capability will also use predictive search capabilities to stores, restaurants, and other items of interest. This could allow for users to completely circumvent the need to visit Google’s search page.
Among the Windows 10 key features you should pay attention to, we believe that Cortana deserves special attention. Microsoft’s personal digital assistant got a real upgrade on usability for the Windows 10 launch. Many of Cortana’s improvements are due to the improved interface, which makes features that have been available being easier to use. Additionally, Cortana will now have the ability to search for items on your devices, online, or in your OneDrive. The installation and set up of Cortana will also be extremely improved in Windows 10. Cortana is programmed to walk you through the set up step-by-step with illustrations allowing you to understand which features to keep enabled or disabled.
Continuum is definitely one of Windows 10 key features we believe makes a huge difference in this release. Continuum is a screen-sensing feature that allows Windows 10 to automatically detect a screen size of any device and adapt. This will allow for users to pair different gadgets and work with them together by casting screens.
For one reason or another, the start menu was missing from Windows 8. One of the Windows 10 key features that we are most excited about is the return of the start menu. Why are we excited about it? This is very different from the start menu that was available on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. For one thing, it is extremely customizable. Users can quickly organize the tiles on their start menu based on what they most frequently need. Users can also search within the start menu to quickly locate lesser used apps.
Multiple Desktops, New Task View
Task view is a native virtual desktop program and absolutely a Windows 10 key feature. This allows for users to have separate projects running on separate desktops. When they need to switch from one project to another, having the ability to keep these desktops running reduces the need to minimize and maximize countless screens in an attempt to balance different work requirements. By swiping from the left side of the screen, Windows 10 users can quickly view all open apps and switch tasks as needed. This allows for increased productivity and organization.
Enterprise features have definitely taken a back seat on the past several Windows versions. That is why we consider the several improvements made to the enterprise features to be among Windows 10 key features. The improved management capabilities in Windows 10 will deliver many of the features that were expected by enterprise users in the Windows 8 roll out. These enterprise features include:
- Increased Device Management options – Windows 10 allows for system admins to choose between mobile device management or the traditional Active Directory or Group Policy model for every device that has Windows 10 installed. This allows for enterprises to have a mobile-first strategy to their technology deployment.
- Security Improvements – From an enterprise security perspective, the list of Windows 10 key features has to include the additional improvements aimed at protecting users from identity theft and phishing attacks.
- Authentication and Data Protection – Two-factor identification is standard in Windows 10. However, one of the neat things about how Windows 10 executes this is that it allows you to enroll your device as one of the two authentication factors. This allows a pin or biometric input, such as the reading of a fingerprint, to be used to access the system.
- Enterprise Data Protection – Ensuring that containerization file techniques are implemented to keep personal and company information separate.
One thing is certain- there are several Windows 10 key features to be excited about. If you are interested in reserving a free Windows 10 upgrade, follow this simple process. Locate this icon in your system tray at the bottom of your screen.
Once you have located it, click on the icon and complete reservation process. More details about how this works can be found at this link.