Windows 10 Is a Clear Winner

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft launches free Windows 10 hoping to gain mobile ground.

Windows 10, which comes almost three years after the launch of the company’s last operating system, will be available in 190 countries as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.Released Wednesday, the free update – which comes on the heels of the much-chagrined Windows 8 — allows users to control their PCs with voice commands, doodle on web pages with their fingertips and even stream Xbox One games to laptops and computers. “You never really want to be the first person on your block to get the new version of an operating system,” tech expert Carmi Levy told CTV’s Canada AM Wednesday.It seems only a short time ago that the release of a new Windows operating system was welcomed with general fanfare and more than a little consumer excitement.

It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years. But that was before the PC industry began to decline, and mobile devices took over; before apps were routinely being written by teenagers, and the idea of a 21-year-old heading up their own global network was a little more scarce than it is today. After that, a less buggy version should be available for download. “If you’ve got a second machine and you want to play with it, by all means absolutely go for it. The new operating system is designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones and is part of Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s push towards breaking Apple and Google’s stranglehold on the mobile arena.

Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. While Apple computers have a huge presence on TV shows and college campuses and at tech start-ups, it’s good to remember that most consumers and businesses are overwhelmingly Windows based, notes Bajarin.

While a tile-based interface may still be the future of Windows, to push that change on users so suddenly was a mistake, and it significantly hurt Microsoft from a competitive standpoint. Microsoft, which unveiled plans for Windows 10 in September, skipped Windows 9 altogether, to put some distance between the new system and Windows 8, which confused many users by ditching the start button menu and introducing a new layout. The move to address that, Windows 8, wasn’t quite as successful as Microsoft would have hoped, and the company learned a valuable lesson: never mess with the Start menu. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit is also now available, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10. “A new era of Windows starts today.

And if you’re in the market for a cheap personal assistant, Windows 10 comes with Cortana, a Siri-like voice command feature that can answer questions, draft emails and even sing songs. This feature, already used by Apple and Linux, is perfect for those who survive on a single computer and are looking to create separate desktops for work and home. Microsoft encourages people to share how they plan to #UpgradeYourWorld and to vote for a global nonprofit to receive a cash donation by simply mentioning the nonprofit in a post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtags #UpgradeYourWorld and #vote. Over time, it will probably help Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reach his goal of having 1 billion Windows-powered devices on the market by the next two-to-three years. Although you could split the screen, apps could be placed only side by side, not top to bottom, as you’d probably want when having email and streaming video open at once.

Windows 10 is the most secure Windows Microsoft has ever released, with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing and innovations such as Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in.3 Keeping up-to-date is also simple, as free updates will help people stay current with the latest features and security updates for the supported lifetime of the device. But there are only about 500,000 Windows 8 or 8.1 apps available today, compared to 1.3 million for Apple’s iOS and 1.4 million for the Google-owned Android. The company took a big step in that direction last Spring, when it said it would offer tools that make it easier to turn web, iOS and Android apps into Windows 10 software. If you are upgrading from Windows 7 or 8, you can download the software from microsoft.com/windows10; if you need to buy a code, it’s a trip to your local electronics shop. To start working on Windows apps, developers must be convinced Windows is a growth market where they’ll see a worthwhile return on their investments.

The Pro version has business-level security, group policy management and remote login features, but neither version will allow you to play DVD movies natively. That means 1 gigahertz or faster processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and 16 gigabytes of hard drive space for the 32-bit version or twice the RAM and hard drive space for the 64-bit version. The James Bond-style security feature, called Windows Hello, bypasses passwords and can be used to access applications, data and websites. “It’s a solution that government, defense, financial, health care and other related organizations will use to enhance their overall security,” wrote Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, in a blog post. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimised for large-screen PCs, laptops and 2-in-1 devices such as the Surface Pro. You get some functional improvements, such as a virtual marker to draw arrows or circle an entry on a Web page to share over email, Facebook and other means.

At the same time, Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile platform has utterly failed to gain any traction in the handset marketplace, meaning it won’t help offset that dropoff in PC sales. If Microsoft and its partners can ship at least 275 million PCs a year — along with mobile devices, Xbox One units and other devices running Windows 10 — it should be able to reach Nadella’s 1 Billion Devices goal by the end of 2019.

When the screen size is smaller it also displays things appropriately, to make sure you aren’t peering at a tiny app on a big screen and vice versa. Windows 10 includes built-in, enterprise-grade security, so customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities, and run only the software they trust.

New management and deployment tools simplify device management, help lower costs, and enable companies to power their business with the enterprise strength of the Microsoft Azure cloud. Some websites, including those from Google, aren’t as smooth on Edge as they are on other browsers, but the problem might be limited to Microsoft’s Surface tablets. — An Action Center offers quick access to settings such as Wi-Fi, brightness and “quiet hours” — a way to suspend notifications and sounds if, say, you’re giving a presentation. Because you might feel awkward talking to your computer, you have the option of typing in commands, such as “Remind me to get milk.” Cortana is integrated with the Edge browser, too. Retail partners are ready to help people upgrade to Windows 10 with our largest tech bench program ever, including more than 100,000 trained retailers and tens of thousands of stores around the world.

Copies were grabbed from the Internet only when you needed them, which meant files weren’t always available when using laptops on the go, away from Wi-Fi. As with any upgrades, make sure your favorite apps and accessories will work, as it might take time for outside developers and manufacturers to catch up. It depends. if your computer is crucial for your business and you aren’t sure if all your software will run properly with the updated operating system, it might be best to wait a few weeks to see if any bugs rear their head early on. The Windows Insider programme has been testing Windows 10 for some time, with ordinary users signing up to run the beta software, so it’s reasonably safe to assume that the final product is a stable version.

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