Well, Windows 10 is finally here. Microsoft promises this one to be the biggest update yet with a bagful of new features. It started the global roll out yesterday and if you aren’t an Insider member, then chances are that it might take a while to reach you. If you can’t wait, here’s a way for you to upgrade right away. Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for free. For all those with older versions, the price of the Home version of Windows 10 in India is Rs 7,999 and the Pro version is priced at Rs 14,999. Also Read - How to disable Cortana on Windows 10 PC in a few simple stepsAlso Read - Windows 11 preview update: How to roll back to Windows 10 in simple steps
Out of the many new features that Windows 10 brings, we highlight the best five that will compel you to get rid of the older versions of Windows right away: Also Read - Windows 11 update: New Windows version will receive only one update in a year unlike Windows 10
Cortana: With Windows 10, Microsoft has brought the personal digital voice assistant Cortana, which was previously exclusively available on Windows Phone, to the desktop platform. Just like on the phone, Cortana learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations. Cortana has deep integration with all the other Windows services. Using it, users can get fast access to information and check reminders. One can ask her to open an email, and check the game score, and weather information among other things. This feature is currently launching in 7 countries, and is even fine-tuned to each country’s unique cultures. Even though Cortana is coming to India it isn’t available yet, but the company promises that the feature is in the pipeline.
Edge Browser: Microsoft Edge is an all-new browser, and comes with a bunch of new features like Cortana integration, as well as the ability to write or doodle anything on a webpage and share them with friends or co-workers. The Cortana integration is designed to fetch and display information like bookings, flights, hotel, package tracking, and other data in within the browser. It also lets you save pages for offline reading and sync these reading lists across multiple devices. It even supports browser extensions from Chrome and Firefox.
Continuum Mode: Continuum Mode is designed to help people who are using 2-in-1 computers. The service enables a user to quickly switch between desktop and tablet modes. For instance, as a user plugs out the keyboard/mouse from a hybrid computer, the device automatically detects the transition and shows off an option for on-screen keyboard, making the device quickly start working like a tablet.
Start Menu: Users weren’t particularly ecstatic after Microsoft killed the Start button with Windows 8. With Windows 10, Microsoft has reinstalled it, with an obvious tweaked design. When opened, it gives you traditional Start Menu icons that we saw on Windows 7, but also has live tile elements that were seen on Windows 8. It can alternatively also go full screen optionally.
Xbox app: Microsoft has been long flaked for not improving the gaming experience on Windows computers. But now, users will be able to use their Windows 10-powered laptops and PCs to play any Xbox title. Windows 10 will come with the Xbox app which has features like the ability to control the Xbox One and a DVR capture for any Windows games. For developers, Microsoft says that DirectX 12 in Windows 10 will provide better efficiency and graphics capability, and offer speedy performance.