Tech Talk: Windows 10

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Michael Storms

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Windows 10 was released on July 29 as a free upgrade for those who own a copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.  After having used all three versions, I can say that 10 is an upgrade worth checking out.

I originally downloaded Windows 10 on my old laptop as I was hesitant to have it on my main computer.  I gave it a spin for a few days and, after testing out the new ideas, decided it was an improvement to Windows 8.

One of the bigger complaints that Microsoft received about Windows 8 was the start menu was replaced with their new style “Metro” which is their name for the layout of square tiles.  Windows 10 brings back the start menu with a hint of the Metro design concept.  After playing around for a few minutes, I was able to customize my start menu by unpinning the programs and options I didn’t want on my menu and found it rather easy to add the apps I wanted on the menu.

Microsoft added a feature they call “Cortana” that allows users to search their computer for programs and search the Internet at the same time. Cortana also allows for voice searches as long as your computer has some form of microphone. This feature has proven to be a generally convenient option for on-the-fly Google searches.

Windows Edge comes installed with the operating system and takes the place of Windows Explorer.  Edge runs faster than other browsers on my rather old laptop, such as Chrome and Firefox, while having a sleeker appearance than its predecessor.  While many users will end up downloading their preferred browser, I found myself using Edge longer than I had anticipated.

Windows 10 has a feature that allows users to have multiple desktops running at the same time.  I was not able to have much success with my low-end laptop but when I tried the feature on a more modern computer, it ran smoothly and did not have much impact on performance.  While the feature might not be practical for everyone it comes in handy for those that have many programs open at one time.  Instead of alt-tabbing between programs or minimizing and maximizing windows, you can assign programs to another desktop and switch easily between them.

Windows 10 is worth the upgrade if you have a system running Windows 8; but for those running Windows 7 and are unsure with how they feel about all the changes, it might be beneficial for them to hold off until a later date.

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