Wolverton: Windows 10 fixes the mistakes of Windows 8

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14 Million Windows 10 Users On First Day.

Windows 10, the new operating system released by Microsoft (MSFT) on Wednesday, already reached 14 million downloads in the first 24 hours, the company said in a blog post. “We have seen unprecedented demand for Windows 10, with reviews and customer feedback overwhelmingly positive around the globe,” said Yusuf Mehdi, a Microsoft (MSFT) vice president said in the post.After months of teasing, testing, and technical previews, Windows 10 is finally here, and it’s one of the best operating systems Microsoft’s ever released. The upgrade, which is available for PCs, has a different design than the previous version, Windows 8.1, and introduces a personal assistant called Cortana.

Windows 10 weaves together the best parts of Windows 7 and Windows 8, adds a dash of compelling features, then gives it all away for free to current Windows 7 and 8 users. But if you’re short on time, bookmark our review, then check out PCWorld’s clear answer to your simple question: Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft is reducing its focus on smartphones and has been cutting thousands of positions that do not fit with Nadella’s vision for the new Microsoft. If you decide to take the plunge, be sure to read Ian Paul’s three tips for a hassle-free Windows 10 upgrade beforehand—it’ll save you some headache. Windows 10 rolled out to more than 14 million PCs in its first day or so of availability, and while there were some bumps, things went pretty smoothly overall. Its Microsoft Azure program, which is a competitor of Amazon Web Services (AMZN) and Google Compute Engine counts KPMG and Accuweather as clients which use the Azure program for network support and storage. Because the 1020 is so thin, it uses a power-sipping Core M Intel chip, which struggled occasionally under heavy processing loads on Windows 8.1 But performance has improved noticeably on Windows 10.

Microsoft’s still slowly pushing out upgrades to users who “reserved” Windows 10 as part of a staggered launch, and it may take weeks to plow through the queue, but fear not: You can use the Windows 10 media creation tool to install Windows 10 right now if Microsoft’s moving too slowly for your tastes. The same tool can be used to create Windows 10 ISO images, though you’ll want to formally upgrade-in-place before you try a clean install, lest there be activation woes. The return of a monolithic, traditional windowed, mouse-and-keyboard interface is probably the single biggest change — and it’s a very striking difference the first hour or so you use Windows 10 (if you’re coming from 8.1). And apps that you download from the Microsoft Store – which used to automatically launch the touch interface – now run as traditional windowed applications.

For example, a couple of dictionary apps, which previously stymied my workflow because they ran in touch mode, now behave themselves very nicely as regular Windows applications. PCWorld’s guides to Windows 10’s Edge browser, revolutionary DirectX 12 graphics technology, Task View virtual desktops, Windows Hello biometric authentication, and the Cortana digital assistant explore every nook and cranny of those capabilities.

There’s even a new Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft in the Windows Store, though be warned: It’s not the same as the desktop PC version of Minecraft. For example, you can create “Desktop 1” as your work environment, running all of your productivity applications, then create “Desktop 2” as your fun space with games, videos etc. Both of the powerful new features deeply add to the usability and overall experience of Windows 10, but they demand a lot of your personal info in order to do so. But if you don’t mind using Cortana, Satechi’s $23 Cortana Bluetooth button can free the assistant from your desktop by plopping her in your car or kitchen countertop. Getting personal with Cortana — or trying to: you can now use Microsoft’s digital “personal” assistant Cortana on a PC (already available on Windows Phone).

For example, after I gave the verbal command to “send an email,” it often failed to recognize the recipient’s name (though it did work a few times — recognizing the recipient, subject, and message text that I dictated). We’ve explained how to disable Windows 10’s contentious Wi-Fi Sense password sharing feature, and how to play DVDs in Windows 10 now that Windows Media Center is dead.

That said, Cortana is more suited to, and much better at, simple things like looking up a restaurant’s location or creating an entry on the Windows Calendar. There’s help: our guides to scheduling Windows 10 updates and labeling Wi-Fi connections as metered can force Windows to let you download updates at your own pace. Oh, and we’ve also published a guide that teaches you how to use per-monitor display scaling to perfect your Windows 10 experience on a setup using multiple monitors of varying resolutions. 4K monitors are only getting cheaper, after all, and who doesn’t like to rock as many screens as possible?

Despite all of the criticism heaped on Microsoft (include me in that heap) about Windows 8.1’s dual personality, touch itself (free of the unwelcome Window 8.1 touch mode) is nice to have as an option. If you have a touch screen (which many new Windows laptops do these days), you can always use your fingers to, for example, navigate Web pages (which I prefer sometimes). Not everything needs to change: The photos app is still pretty much the same, which is fine with me as I’ve always thought this was well-designed and a joy to use.

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