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Windows 10: Ten Ways This isn’t Windows 8

Microsoft Windows operating systems come and go like the emperors of a great dynasty. Their qualities become etched in time. Some make sweeping changes whereas some maintain the status quo. Some we come to adore and yet others we are not so fond of. As an InformationWeek slideshow discloses, Windows 10 is being hailed as the “great unifier,” supplanting its unpopular protégé, Windows 8. And if you’re wondering what happened to Windows 9, read on.

1: One

Feature number one is a feature called “One,” that changes the web layout of Microsoft programs regardless of device.

2: New Starts

Good tidings – the Start button is back! It is a new start menu reminiscent of Windows 7, but with the feel of Windows 8, in addition to columns of recently used apps and live tiles for updates and news bites. From the OS10 Start menu one can access apps, accounts, contacts, websites, search contacts, etc.

3: Spartan Browser

The Spartan web browser is designed for many formats – tablets, laptops, etc. It comes with IE 11 and has simplified options for reading and downloading content, in addition to being more agile and compatible.

4: Multiple Virtual Desktops

Another useful feature is that of multiple virtual desktops. This has been done before (think Mac OS X or Linux). One can create a separate desktop arrangement for work and for home, for entertainment and for practical functions.

5: Cortana Digital Assistant

OS 10 comes with a digital assistant, Cortana, that functions in the same way as Apple’s Siri or Android’s Google by taking typed or voice commands and attempting to provide useful information to the user.

6, 7: Apps and Command Prompt

There’s been a complete command prompt overhaul, with resizing options, shortcuts, and other new functionality improvements. Much latitude is made for apps, which can now be enabled across the entire spectrum of devices. Additionally, the Windows 10 app store can be customized to suit enterprise-specific needs.

8 – 10: Settings, Design, and Navigation

Happily, the settings menu has been expanded and made more useful, with more toggle options and notifications that sync across devices. The task view has been tweaked. It now has a dedicated button, though additionally it can be viewed through ALT + Tab. One can navigate between multiple desktops using Win + Ctrl and left / right arrow keys. Lastly, the File Explorer has been given a makeover – all new designs with an overall brighter, more nimble feel.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master’s degree in communications at Penn State University.

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