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Jan 23, 2015

Microsoft Windows 10 unveiled : 10 things you should know

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Microsoft has announced its latest operating system (OS) for desktops PCs, laptops, tablets and other products. In a special launch event last night (Indian standard Time) the company announced the new OS which is expected to inspire new scenarios across the broadest range of devices, from big screens to small screens to no screens at all. today brings you 10 things about the new OS that you should know.

1. One OS Many Devices

According to Terry Myerson, the executive vice president, Operating Systems Windows 10, this new operating system is the first step to an era of more personal computing. The vision of the software is about moving away from single machine OS to a world that is more “mobile, natural and grounded in trust”. This essentially means that there will be similar (or same) interface and OS across multiple size of devices. And there will be seamless interaction of different devices like tablet and Smartphone with the computer too. 

2. A new browser called Spartan

With the new OS launch the company has also launched its new and next generation browser, code-named “Project Spartan”. This new browser comes with greater interoperability, reliability and discoverability, with a new look and feel. The browser sports advanced features like ability to annotate by keyboard or pen directly on the webpage and easily share with friends, a reading view that is distraction free, displaying the article in a simplified layout for a great reading experience for Web articles online and offline 

It also comes with support from Cortana, which has been integrated with the browser for finding and doing things online faster.

3. Cortona, the lady with sweet voice

The company has announced Cortona, its voice assistant on Windows 10, like OK Google on Android and Siri on Apple devices. Cortana learns user preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information and important reminders. Interaction is natural and easy via talking or typing, with advanced features to control Cortana for more trustworthiness and transparency.

Say ‘Hey Cortona…’ or type in the question to let Cortona find the answer.

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4. And there will be games

The new OS comes with Xbox Live and the new Xbox App that brings new game experiences to the OS. It lets gamers access games from Xbox Live gaming network on both Windows 10 PCs and on Xbox One gaming console.

Players are allowed to capture, edit and share their greatest gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices. They can also play games on their PC, streamed directly from their Xbox One consoles to their Windows 10 tablets or PCs, within their home. 

5. The Start Menu makes a comeback

The Smart menu that that did a small exit from Windows in the past is making a comeback with Windows 10. This has been resurrected and takes her place at the bottom left-hand corner of the desktop. The lower status bar is the one where you get the information about all apps and programmes you most use. Cortona takes her place right near the Start Menu button. 

6. Smart OS

The Windows 10 devices are expected to be in touch with the Internet always. The built-in apps have an updated design that look and feel the same from app to app and device to device. 

Content is stored and synced through OneDrive, enabling you to start something on one device and continue it on another. 
The OS can easily rear when the user switches from mouse to touch and back and lets them move easily between keyboard/mouse and touch/tablet conveniently switching to the new mode. 

7. Makes way for holographic experience

The OS is also world’s first holographic computing platform, says Microsoft, as it comes with a complete set of APIs that enable developers to create holographic experiences in the real world.

With Windows 10, holograms are Windows universal apps and Windows universal apps can work as holograms, making it possible to place three-dimensional holograms in the world around you to communicate, create and explore in a manner that is far more personal and human.
The company has launched HoloLens as an untethered holographic computer with no wires, phones or connection to a PC. This HoloLens allows the user to view holograms in high definition and hear them in surround sound. They come fitted with advanced sensors that can see what you are looking at and understand what you are communicating with gestures and voice.

8. Roll out starts for Insider program

Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 to its Insider Program. “Sometimes they’ll be more frequent and sometimes there will be longer gaps, but they will always be chock full of changes and improvements, as well as some bugs and things that are not quite done,” announces Microsoft.
This download ranges between 2GB and 2.74GB depending on CPU architecture and language.
The Windows 10 for consumers is expected to come before the end of this year (precisely late 2015, as revealed by Microsoft, according to a report in SlashGear). 

9. Will it be a free upgrade?

Existing Windows users including Windows 7 users will get the upgrade for free. 

10. What’s coming next?

The next version of the Office desktop suite is also currently in development, more on this will be revealed in coming months.

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