Windows 10 Finally Arrived

Microsoft_Windows_10_thumb800After what seemed and endless wait, it finally arrived, and downloaded onto our computers here at AHB IT Solutions, the long awaited and much promised upgrade to Windows, the all new Windows 10.

It already has a familiar feel for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft is trying to keep some of the touch and tablet features it created for Windows 8, combine them with the familiar Start menu and desktop, and run it all on top of an improved operating system with more security, a new browser, the Cortana assistant, its own version of Office for on-the-go editing and plenty of new features intended to make life simpler. Of course, that can also means it’s very different to use, there’s even a new place even to turn your PC off. Here’s a few features and improvements right away;

  • The Start button is back, but this doesn’t just bring up a menu, it brings up a version of the old familiar Windows 7 and a tiles area reminiscent of the Windows 8 Start screen.
  • A more user friendly notification system to be found on the notifications are of the task pane. This brings up a complete list of notifications from email to wireless settings.
  • Cortana, the Windows Phone assistant, shows up in Windows 10 as a search pane on the taskbar, which you can also trigger by saying ‘Hey Cortana’ – and when you start searching the Start menu. That gets you apps you have installed, documents you have access to, apps you could install from the Store, search results from the web and a range of other information – including from apps and services that integrate with Cortana.
  • Most Windows users don’t know the Alt-Tab keyboard combination to see and switch between all running apps, so as well as having a redesigned task switcher with bigger thumbnails, there is also a task view icon in the taskbar to help them find it.
  • The snap screen from Windows & still exists, pulling the window to the left or right side of the screen snaps the window. All four corners can now be used also effectively snapping 4 applications in one screen
  • If using the command prompt there has always been limitation to the size of the screen, this has been improved in the usage of the screen.

There’s many more feature that I’ll be looking into in the next few weeks.

If you’d like help or training on Windows 10 please contact us now.

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