Leave a comment

Windows 10: New features, release date and more

Windows 10: New features, release date and more
Microsoft / Windows 10

It'll be a year this summer since Microsoft launched its first-ever free Windows operating system. While the "free" part of Windows 10 ends soon, the launch was so successful that it's already the OS on more than 300 million computers.

With good reason, too. For starters, Windows 10's startup time is a lot faster than on older versions. It has improved security features and, well, it's not Windows 8.

While some people like Windows 8, which was designed with touchscreens in mind, a lot of people think it was Microsoft's least user-friendly operating system.

So, should you get Windows 10? Here are five Windows 10 features that'll make you want to switch, including features coming in this summer's Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

1. Start Menu

With Windows 10, Microsoft dropped the Windows 8 Start Screen. It's gone back to the classic Windows Start button, except it's better.

When you click the Start button, you get the traditional Start Menu with a list of your recently used programs, files and folders. It also includes the Live Tiles from the Windows 8 Start Screen.

These provide at-a-glance information, like new emails, the weather, new Facebook posts and whatever you want to add. You can customize the tile area so you can make it as packed or as simple as you want.

Of course, that isn't to say the Start Screen is gone. It actually works really well on tablets and touch screens. That's why Windows 10 will change the interface based on the hardware you're using, or even how you're using the hardware.

Next page: Microsoft develops an Edge
My Picks: 3 movies you might have missed at the box office
Previous Tips

My Picks: 3 movies you might have missed at the box office

Find out what Google knows about you, and delete it
Next Tips

Find out what Google knows about you, and delete it

View Comments ()