If you haven’t switched to the latest version of Windows yet, now’s the time. Unveiled on July 29, 2015, Microsoft’s latest operating system brings the best one yet. In case you didn’t know, Microsoft offers a free upgrade for machines running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, allowing them to download and install Windows 10 via windows update. However, this offer is only available until July 29, 2016. After that period, you will have to purchase Windows 10 if you want to upgrade. So what are you waiting for?
Perhaps you think that Windows 10 is just like Windows 8, which is deemed as a failure and a step back from Windows 7 mostly because of the revamped start menu. But that’s not the truth for Windows 10. In fact, this new operating system is what Windows 8 should have been and more. The best thing about it is that Microsoft brought the Start Menu back. Still didn’t convince you with that one? Then, let’s take a look at some of the best Windows 10 features to make you switch to Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Many of you got frustrated from Windows 8 because of the removal of the Start Menu. On Windows 10, the start menu is back with new twists and new design. This start menu is even present in the upcoming Windows Server Technical Preview, which is a good news for those who have or want to set up a Windows Dedicated Server.
Command Line and PowerShell
You can now use keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste things to and from the Command Line/PowerShell interface. This makes your life easier, especially if you are a fan of Google.
In addition to that, we all know that a pasted command copied somewhere can sometimes come with a lot of extras such as line breaks, tabs or even inconsistent characters. In Windows 10, they are eliminated when you paste a code into command line because they are cleaned up and are automatically converted into their command line equivalents.
If you love multitasking, you’ll love virtual desktops. This can be used to group similar applications into separate desktop instances. You can also split your screen into quarters and the ability to snap windows to the screen’s edge is enhanced.
Windows 10 comes with a central notification area. Though it shows mostly system notifications as of the time of this writing, when developers have finally adapted the new notification central, you will be able to access all notifications from it, saving you from a lot of hassle.
Much like Google Now and Siri, Cortana allows to your PC (in a meaningful way). All you need to do is to hook a microphone and ask questions like “What’s the weather today?” or you can also tell her to open a certain program or remind you about a tea party tonight.