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Windows 10 Review :: The Best Features

Friday, August 07, 2015
The Windows 10 operating system was just released last month and there’s a lot of buzz going around regarding its new features and system requirements. Don’t worry if you’re not an early adopter and haven’t upgraded your system yet, the free upgrade (for those with a genuine copy of windows 7 or 8.1 not purchased via Volume Licensing) will be available for a year from the release date. A handful of ITR staff have already upgraded and we’d like to share some of our favorite features so far.

A sampling of the new Windows 10 task bar

Fresh interface:
The new Windows 10 interface is simple yet functional. It’s more comparable to Windows 7 than it is to Windows 8 and many of the Windows 8 features (that most users despised), such as the “charms” have been removed in Windows 10. The new interface will now work seamlessly with touchscreens and PC’s using a mouse and keyboard. The taskbar has a more practical feel that indicates which programs are active and running – similar to the MAC Dock. From the task bar, the user can switch between multiple views and manage numerous apps across various workspaces. If you struggled with Windows 8, this is a breath of fresh air.

Here's a glimpse of the new Windows 10 Startup menu

Simplified Start menu:
The Start menu, which acts as a gateway to your most frequently used programs, has finally returned. In our opinion, the Windows 10 Start menu is much easier to use than either Windows 8 or 8.1. It’s completely intuitive and can easily be customized to your specific needs. It provides easy access to your most commonly-used settings and programs with just a few clicks and comes with 3 shortcuts to File Explorer, Settings and Power. With additional setting options and improved user-friendliness, it’s evident that the return of the Start Menu is one of the best features of Windows 10.

A sampling of the new Windows 10 virtual desktop

Virtual desktop:
We’ve all been guilty of having an unreasonable amount of programs all open simultaneously. It causes confusion, slows your PC, and no one can be focused on that many projects at once. With Windows 10, all these programs can be effortlessly organized using the virtual desktop. This feature lets you create and add multiple workspaces to your PC. Meaning the user can switch between the workspaces (quick shortcut: Ctrl+Win+left cursor or Ctrl+Win+right cursor) as if they were on different screens, so files and programs can stay separated and organized. The virtual desktop feature is called Task view and is located in the task bar. An infinite number of workspaces can be added which can be a life saver when you’re working on multiple projects.

Face recognition: Another exciting Windows 10 feature is the ability for your PC to recognize your face or iris via an infrared 3D camera. While this camera is only available on specific higher end PC’s right now, you can expect to see this becoming more widespread in 2016. Since the camera will detect the user's face or iris and perform a secure authentication, this could mean the end of time for entering a password to log in each time.

If you have a favorite Windows 10 feature that we didn’t mention, share it with us on our LinkedIn or Facebook! And as with all new things, issues and bugs are expected. If you run into a problem after upgrading, give us a call, we’re here to help!
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