With Windows 10 being released on July 29th, Kinetal IT are looking forward to what it will bring to its users.
Firstly you may have heard the news that it is completely FREE to upgrade from previous Windows versions 7 and 8, which is great for those wanting to experience the new and improved operating system immediately.
Windows 10 takes the best features of previous versions and molds them together with added functionality to create a new future-proof operating system, while still maintaining familiarity in all the right places.
For example, the classic Start Menu is back so you can quickly open the software and apps that you need, but the new Start Menu also contains Live Tiles as part of the experience, allowing you to see dynamic information relating to your favourite apps and news sources.
For those that want the lowdown on the most exciting new features of Windows 10, we have made a list of 5 interesting Windows 10 features to whet your appetite.
#1 – Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is the name of Windows 10’s brand new web browser, which includes some new features that can improve your experience when surfing the web.
With Edge, you can make use of the live note taking tool that allows you to take notes directly on pages, either with freehand if you have a touch compatible screen or a keyboard and mouse for those without. You can circle, highlight, comment and make notes on any content and also share these ideas with anyone with the click on a button.
Edge also includes a feature that allows you to view web pages in a special new reading view that simplifies the web page and removes distractions from the page, allowing you to concentrate more on the content.
Not only this, Cortana is built into the browser, being available whenever you need it and making your web experience more personal than ever.
#2 – Cortana
Cortana is your very own digital assistant that comes built-in with Windows 10. Cortana is available directly from your task bar, instantly giving you information relevant to your interests.
You can ask Cortana anything and you will get back intelligent information as Cortana is connected to the cloud, allowing it to search the internet for relevant answers.
There are also many other things that Cortana can help you with such as writing emails by the user verbally relaying the required content, allowing you to ask to be reminded about anything in particular, and other intelligent tasks such as advising you to leave for a meeting early because of bad traffic.
Users can also extend Cortana to their smart phone with Windows phones having the feature built in, and other iPhone and Android phones allowing you to download the native app, making sure you can take Cortana with you anywhere!
#3 – Windows Hello
A new feature of Windows 10 is Windows Hello. This is a feature that makes use of recognition as a form of authenticating a user.
With Windows Hello, Windows can recognise your face or fingerprint, allowing you to sign in without a password to make the process quick and easy.
#4 – Apps
Windows 10 comes loaded with a number of essential and useful apps that help you to do many things.
There are great apps for many thing such as Photos, Music, Maps and Calendar, giving you better ways to organise and access specific types of content while allowing you to share across different devices.
Windows 10 also includes new touch-first Office apps which are optimised for viewing, quick edits, note-taking and commenting in a fast and improved way.
#5 – Xbox on Windows
Windows 10 includes some great features such as allowing you to interact with other Microsoft products, particular the Xbox One.
With the built-in Xbox App, you can access Xbox live from your PC. Once connected, you can access your profile, view and earn achievements, and chat with friends.
And for those with an Xbox One, you can connect to your console from any Windows 10 PC device in your home, making it possible to play your Xbox One games – streaming over your home network – directly on your PC!
More about Windows 10 features
For more information on the new and exciting Windows 10 features, watch the Introducing Windows 10 video from the Windows YouTube channel.
I am the co-founder of Kinetal IT and an Office 365 & SharePoint Subject Matter Expert.
Certified MCSA in Office 365 with experience across most industries with clients such as;
Virgin Media, NHS, Transport for London (TfL), Department for Education, The Welsh Government (Natural Resources Wales), Viridor and Acteon