For organizations and their employees, Windows 10 may very well be Microsoft’s greatest platform ever made. Windows 10 is not only more familiar from a user experience standpoint, but it also includes so much of what businesses need—including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features, which reduces complexity and proves a better experience for the modern needs of business.
The newest powerhouse platform offers a host of new and advanced features; below are our top five:
1. New Start Menu
Microsoft has brought back the Start Menu. Now, when you click on the Start button at the bottom left of the screen, you get two panels side by side, with the left column showing pinned, recently and most-used apps.
You also get a power button at the top for options such as Hibernate, Standby and Shutdown, while the right column features a selection of live tiles that you can customize, resize and reorganize. Plus, you can have the Start Menu expand to full screen whenever you want, eliminating the need for a Modern UI Start Screen.
2. Cortana Integration
Windows 10 will bring Microsoft’s voice-controlled digital assistant Cortana to desktop computers, to make it easier for you to interact with your device without lifting a finger. You will be able to search your hard drive for specific files, pull up photos from specific dates, or launch PowerPoint presentations just by telling your PC to do so. You can even get Cortana to send an email while you’re working on a spreadsheet, making multi-tasking much easier.
3. Microsoft Edge Web Browser
Internet Explorer was replaced by Microsoft Edge, which features a new rendering engine called EdgeHTML. Edge also integrates with the Cortana Digital Assistant to provide voice control, search, and personalized info to users.
Users can also use Edge to annotate web pages, and these annotations are stored on OneDrive and can be used with other users. There is also a “Reading List” function that syncs content between devices and a “Reading Mode” that strips out formatting to allow easier reading on devices. Many of the alterations have been made to keep Edge more in line with rival browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox.
4. Virtual Desktops
Unless you have a multi-monitor setup it can be easy to run out of screen space. For that reason, Windows 10 provides multiple desktops that you can work in and quickly switch between. The virtual desktops feature in Windows 10 is called “Task View” and is located on the Taskbar. To add a new desktop, all you need to do is click the Plus sign. You create multiple desktops, and switching between them is just a matter of clicking the Task View button again and moving your mouse over the thumbnail of the one you want. Once the workspace is displayed above, click on it (or click the Task View button again) to start using it.
5. Universal Apps
To make the transition across devices more seamless, Microsoft is introducing a new category of software called Universal Apps, which use the same code but adapt their interface to the device in your hand. Microsoft is also bundling its own set of Universal apps with the OS, including Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging and Mail & Calendar, which all function the same way on tablets, phones and PCs. The content is stored and synced via Microsoft’s cloud service OneDrive so you can pick up where you left off on another device.
What About the Recent Windows 10 Creator Update?
Windows 10, version 1703—also known as the Windows 10 Creators Update—launched on April 11, 2017, is designed for today’s modern IT environment with new features to help IT pros more easily manage and better protect the devices and data in their organizations. It also provides individuals with the ability to be more productive, thanks to enhancements to Windows Ink and Cortana, including better battery life, improved accessibility, and more control over privacy settings.
Microsoft says this latest update it is a further expression of how they've moved to Windows as a service, and a delivery on their promise to keep improving Windows over time, utilizing the feedback they receive from customers through the Windows Insider Program.
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