What's new in Windows 10

1/6/2016 3:34 PM

Windows 10 boasts a new browser, a personal assistant that seems to work well called “Cortana”, task view which gives you multiple desktops so you can switch them to group windows, and a new word processor called “One Note” which allows you to copy annotated web pages to Notes within OneNote for later “offline” viewing, and copy notes. Microsoft has also implemented one interface for all devices, tablets, phones and desktops so they all work with one operating system and tablet mode can be automatically detected, depending on whether a keyboard is connected. They call this feature “the continuum”.

Windows 10 new features

·         Start menu   - it’s back and it’s better!     Tiles are here, as well as the old start menu.

·         Cortana – the personal assistant.

·         Microsoft Edge – the new faster browser with annotating feature, IE is still there hidden away.

·         Task view (and snap) – allowing virtual desktops.

·         Continuum – treats tablets and desktops same, switching to tablet mode depending on whether a keyboard is detected.

Microsoft Edge Web Browser

Microsoft Edge is the first browser that lets you take notes, write, doodle and highlight directly on web pages. Use the reading list reading list icon to save your favourite articles for later, then read them in reading view reading view icon. Hover over open tabs to preview them, and bring your favourites and reading list with you when you use Microsoft Edge on another device. Plus, Cortana is built in to Microsoft Edge to help you do things faster and more easily.

Cortana personal assistant

Cortana, your personal assistant, is right on your desktop. Ask her to set up a meeting or send an email to a friend. She can even find your files for you and tell you jokes. Select the search box and type what you want Cortana to do, or just select the microphone to talk to her instead. You just have to say “Hey Cortana” “Do I need an umbrella today?” to see the weather, for instance.

Virtual desktops/Task View

It’s time to stop begging, enthusiasts: Virtual desktops have finally come to Windows. The poor man’s multimonitor setup allows you to go back and forth between either open apps or multiple virtual “desktops” of apps, organized how you like them.

Task View, as Windows 10’s virtual desktop implementation is called, won’t appeal to everybody but it provides deep new functionality for power users. (The integration with windows snapping is especially handy!)

Continuum

Yes, Windows 10 is vastly improved on PCs, but Microsoft didn’t forget about touchscreen users. The operating system includes a handy “Continuum” feature that dynamically switches the interface between the PC-friendly desktop and a Windows 8-like mode that’s better suited for fingers, depending on how you’re using the device.

Windows tablets will default to the latter; PCs to the former. Hybrids will intelligently switch between the two modes depending on whether you have a keyboard attached. Windows 10 Mobile phones will even ape a full-blown PC when they’re connected to an external monitor (though Windows 10 for phones won’t be released for a few more months).

In tablet mode, the Start menu expands to fit the full screen, as do Windows apps. If you’d like to force a switch, the new Action Center has a dedicated “Tablet Mode” button that you can enable or disable at will.