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The Verdict

"Windows 10 is being vouched as the future of PC operating systems, which could be a warning sign for Apple’s Macs."

The time has finally come; Windows has begun rolling out Windows 10, the newest version of its operating system. How has it been received? From looking at reviews, it seems Windows 10 has more thumbs up than thumbs down (a sigh of relief for the computing giant). For tech enthusiasts already with their hands on it, there’s a clear message to upgrade from Windows 8, XP and so on, to the newest system. The benefit for those currently using Windows 7 and Windows 8 is that you can upgrade for free, as long as you do so within a year of its launch (a year from 29 July 2015). So for Windows enthusiasts, there are no major obstacles to taking a look and judging for yourself.

The future of PC operating systems

Windows 10 is being vouched as the future of PC operating systems, which could be a warning sign for Apple’s Macs. The new system is viewed as taking all the best bits from it’s former operating systems and combining them to form a vastly improved recipe for improved user experience, such as features that make multitasking much easier.

Some of Windows 10’s best features

• Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows 10 (like Apple’s Siri), is now built into your desktop and offers an increased personal search. Cortana can offer a lot of personalised information based on what it knows about you. The more of Microsoft’s services you use, the more efficient Cortana will be for you. The feature is most beneficial to those who spend a lot of time at their desktops, as the type or speech command is ideal for when you’re busy working on numerous things at once.

• Improved security is another feature being given the yes vote. Device Guard, Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello are the barriers to malware, online threats and the aids to hardware security. Device Guard in particular offers enhanced malware protection by blocking apps that are not trusted apps, therefore creating a trustworthy list of apps for organisations to use.

However, it is worth noting that concerns have been expressed about the vagueness of Windows’ privacy policy. This is with regards to your personal details and subsequently, your security online. What information Microsoft will collect, how it will be used and who it will be shared with, is very unclear and therefore, is worthwhile investigating before installing Windows 10. If you have already installed Windows 10, you may well have chosen the “express install” default option, resulting in the maximum sharing of your information and what you do on a Windows PC (on and offline) with Microsoft. Revisit your Settings and customise them to limit such openness to your details.

• The Start Menu has made a comeback, and it has been well received… probably because the Windows 8 Start Screen was a failure when taking into account usability. Windows 10 however combines old with new by keeping the traditional Start button at the bottom left, but then introduces its more contemporary tile layout. You can customise the Start Menu from simply resizing it, to opening Settings and running wild with the Personalisation section. You can make it what you want it to be.

• The new Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 10 and it’s evidence of Microsoft finally chasing competing web browsers, such as Chrome. It’s neater and faster, and gives you handy features, such as being able to add notes to web pages. Cortana also compliments Edge by storing useful information from web pages and summarising points that may be of interest to you.

• Windows 10 takes Windows 8’s basic notification panel to new highs with Action Center. Action Center organises notifications by app and provides quick access to various frequently used settings. Again, it’s a customisable feature in terms of appearance and which apps you would like to see notifications for. An inward swipe from the right on the screen or trackpad, or by clicking the icon in the task bar, gets you started with Action Center.

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