Windows 10 paves way for a “new era” of personal computing, Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella said. The latest operating system will be available as a free upgrade to existing and new Windows users.
As reported by BBC News, Nadella said, “Windows 10 is a huge milestone for us as a company, and quite frankly the industry.”
While the company has released a new version of its operating system every few years until now, Windows 10 will be the last installment. After Windows 10, Microsoft will update the software for free over the next months and years.
Windows 10 comes with a line of improvements from its predecessor. While the latter couldn’t recognize which device the operating system was running on – whether it was a personal computer facilitated with a mouse and keyword, or a touch-enabled tablet – the feature called Continuum lets Windows adapt to the device that the user is working on. In a 2-in-1 hybrid like Surface, Continuum will prompt the user to switch to tablet mode once the keyboard is detached.
In Windows 10, the apps and settings appear on the bottom-left of the new and improved Start menu. The live tiles (like weather, emails and calendar appointments) are placed next to them to the right and can be readjusted or resized.
The new internet browser, Microsoft Edge, is an enhancement of Internet Explorer. The inking tool incorporates digital pens and highlighters.
According to USA Today, one of the features in Edge is a reader-view option that allows the user to remove extraneous material around the articles one wants to read later. It also has the facility to mark up a web page with virtual ink, and subsequently save it to the OneNote note-taking app.
Another significant feature in Windows 10 is the Cortana digital assistance, which draws parallels with Apple’s Siri and Google Now. A user can prompt Cortana by saying “Hey Cortana” and then make a request. One can also use typed requests – which can be written in the search field on the taskbar – for Cortana.
“I’m really excited about Cortana,” Nadella said.
“I think of it as [being] as profound as perhaps the PC operating system.
“If you think about our history in technology, we’ve had concepts that have changed how people have interacted with their computing resources.
“One of them was a graphical user interface, the second was the browser and the web. I think of Cortana as the third platform.”
Speaking about privacy concerns, Nadella said that Microsoft’s aim is to “sell you software or devices so you as a user can trust it, that it’s working on your behalf.”
He further said, “I as a consumer may want to sometimes trade off my data to get a free service, and that’s ok. But it’s the other users of that same data – that is where trust matters.
“I absolutely want Microsoft to be trustworthy. How consumers make choices between companies, I’ll leave it to them.”
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