How Windows 10 Put Windows Back on the Map

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Okay, maybe Microsoft’s OS was never entirely off the “map” when it came to computer software. The brand has been competitive especially among desktops. But Windows 10 has made them able to compete with Apple and Android in the realm of tablets as well. The new OS has enabled Microsoft to keep their identity while incorporating the latest trends into the way users interface with their PC or Microsoft laptop or tablet.

There have been more than enough upgrades to OS’s that have seemingly left Windows in the dust. Apple has been introducing features over the years, and more popular web browsers like their Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox have been taking over and becoming more and more popular among consumers. Microsoft has finally got down to business with Windows 10, and while it’s not perfect, it’s definitely a step or two in the right direction.

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Free Update

Part of what made Windows 10 such a buzz is the way Microsoft distributed the new software. Microsoft offered free upgrades to Windows 10 for users that were currently using Windows. There are more than enough people out there still using an older version of Windows that, at least for now, are able to upgrade for free. Microsoft is even offering the ability to download the OS to a USB and upgrade multiple machines.

Startup Speed

One of the first things new users will notice is the increase in startup speed. Windows 10 starts up 28% faster, according to Microsoft, and users are sure to notice a difference in the amount of time it takes their hardware to boot up.

Cortana

For those that never played Halo, Cortana was the small holographic woman that helped the main character with intel, missions, etc. Microsoft has adopted the name and brought Cortana onto Windows 10. Users can simply say, “Hey, Cortana.” Cortana responds and is able to access information from the web and answer questions, like find the score of a sports game or what the weather will look like on Saturday.

Window’s Edge

Window’s Edge is the default internet browser for Windows 10 operating systems. The logo may look the same, as Microsoft has opted to continue with the lowercase e that was the logo ofInternet Explorer. But there is a whole lot that’s new about Microsoft Edge. Edge is lightweight and sleek in comparison with the older versions of Windows browsers. There are some features that are lacking because of what Microsoft was going for in designing their new browser. Safari and Firefox fans may not all be switching over to Edge, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an improvement over Windows Explorer.

New Customization Options

Microsoft has also added new customization options to help users feel more comfortable with their new operation system. There’s even the option to go back to a Windows 8-style toolbar if that’s what the user was more comfortable with. But the great thing about Windows 10 is the freedom to do what you want with the apps and the taskbar. Apps can be pinned to the taskbar from the desktop.

Windows 10 is an improvement upon one of the most successful operating systems there’s ever been. Sure, Windows 7 and 8 were far from perfect. But Windows’ desire to keep hanging and keep up with the latest trends without sacrificing their identity and efficiency have helped make Windows 10 successful. The only way to see if Windows 10 is right for someone is to go ahead and give it a try, whether that’s on a PC, laptop, or even one of Microsoft’s new tablets!

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