Windows has had a very active year, with over 300 million downloads of Windows 10 since it launched in the summer of 2015. Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade until July 29, 2016. Then the massive Anniversary Update started rolling out on August 2.
Windows 10 is a very popular operating system for a number of reasons. It is fast, safe and has browser extensions that die-hard Windows users have wanted for a long time. With all of the changes to keep track of, you might be happy to know that there will be no more updates in 2016.
Microsoft has announced that there will be two major updates to Windows 10 in 2017. The first is expected early next year and is being called the Redstone 2 update. The tech giant isn't giving many details on what the updates will bring.
The Redstone 2 is rumored to be released around the time Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface Book devices get hardware updates. Redstone 2 is said to be a larger, more important update than the one that will follow later in the year, Redstone 3. Moving forward, Windows 10 is expected to get two major updates every year.
If you are using Windows 10, you probably know it's an excellent operating system. Here are a few of our favorite features:
• Start Menu - The Start Menu is back after its absence from Windows 8. It combines the classic version from Windows 7 with the live tiles format from Windows 8. The tiles are completely customizable in terms of size, location and which ones are displayed. The size of the menu itself is also adjustable, and the left side still shows recent programs, documents and folders.
• Action Center - The Action Center is new to Windows 10. To the bottom right of your taskbar, click the icon that looks like a speech bubble and it will open up. This is where all of your notifications live, from notices about updates to new emails. They're all aggregated conveniently for you.
• Multitasking View - Another feature new to Windows 10, multitasking view will show you all the open programs on your desktop, as well as your virtual desktops. From this view, you can move programs across your virtual desktops. An added feature of the multitasking is window snapping.
There are plenty of other features in Windows 10 that you will love. The best way to see what you like is to explore for yourself. We have a powerful Windows 10 tablet with a detachable keyboard for sale in our shop that will help you get started.