Microsoft has taken a big leap forward with Windows 10. And in more ways than the obvious jump from 8.1 to 10. Below is a list of what we consider the five biggest new features to come with the new update. We hope you’re as excited for them as we are at AMC:
1. Cortana on Your Desktop –
With Windows 10, Microsoft introduces its voice controlled digital assistant Cortana, to desktop systems. Although already familiar to many Windows Mobile users, this is a big move for the expansion of hands-free computing and AI within the Windows ecosystem. Constantly connected to the web and adapting to user behavior, Cortana can respond to an ever-expanding range of voice commands. These include local file searches, Internet searches, composing and sending emails, creating calendar entries, and answering plainspoken questions – the list goes on. As functionality is extended, it has the potential to truly change the way users interact with their computers.
2. Edge Browser –
Windows 10 signals a passing of the baton from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge. Edge is the new default web browser, that adds functionality over Explorer, including sharable web annotations via OneNote, and integration into the OS like never before. It works seamlessly with Cortana, making for a perfect dynamic duo as you browse the web and continue your transition to a more cloud-connected life. Changes under the hood have also significantly improved performance, which should be a very welcome addition to any user.
3. Continuum –
Continuum, introduced with Windows 10, allows the operating system to adapt to the way a device is being used. Think of it as responsive design (now a standard practice in web development), for your entire system! This will be a very valuable feature for owners of tablet/laptop hybrids, including Microsoft’s own Slate, who are looking for a more fluid way to switch between modes. It also opens the door for further unification of all of Microsoft’s platforms – phones, laptops, desktops, and tablets, and even it’s home entertainment system, X-box One.
4. Universal Applications –
This is another key component of Microsoft’s plan to move to a single, unified OS. Introduced with Windows 10, Universal Applications allow developers to build once, and monetize across devices through a central Windows Store. End-users will benefit from app sharing, a more unified look and feel across Windows devices, and increased continuity in workflow. These apps are built to seamlessly sync to cloud storage systems, including Microsoft’s own OneDrive, to provide an uninterrupted experience as users jump from device to device. If you have a Windows phone, tablet, and desktop system, for instance, this will allow you to start and stop tasks on the device of your choosing, without any interruption. Working together with Microsoft’s Continuum, the entire process is also self-optimizing, to provide the best possible user experience for each device.
5. HoloLens –
It may seem like science fiction, but with Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing us one step closer to making everyday use of holographic technology a reality. While the HoloLens headset does not come with the update, Microsoft’s goal is for every Universal App moving forward to be compatible with its HoloLens device. This means you will be able to control and interact with everything from productivity tools like Outlook, to games like Minecraft in virtual space. The HoloLens platform has the capability to analyze your environment and to map virtual objects and displays to your surroundings. The device is controlled by a combination of user gaze, body movement, gestures, and voice, to create possibly the most interactive experience ever devised for consumers.
It’s free! That is correct, the upgrade comes at no cost to qualified customers. This includes most Windows 7 and 8 desktops users, and owners of select Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
Though we are fans of new, cutting edge technology, we realize that with every update come kinks to be worked out, and potential compatibility issues. Immediately updraging to Windows 10 is not for everyone.
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