Windows 10 has arrived and it is free! What you need to know first.

On July 29th 2015 Microsoft launched the next version of its Windows Operating System, Windows 10 and along with the welcome return of the Start Menu it will come with a whole range of new features.  Here we highlight just a few of the key features of Windows 10 including the free upgrade.

06 February 2015 Discovery  Windows PCs

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On July 29th 2015 Microsoft launched the next version of its Windows Operating System, Windows 10 and along with the welcome return of the Start Menu it will come with a whole range of new features.  Windows 10 will also be a free upgrade (for the first year) for those with Windows 7 onwards and Windows Phone and the upgrade will ensure all your applications, settings and documents are unchanged.  Here we highlight just a few of the key features of Windows 10.

One application platform for all

With Windows 10, Microsoft will be bringing together PCs, mobile, tablets and the Xbox into essentially one system which means you can switch between different devices and they will always feel familiar. 

Expanded Start Menu

One of the main criticisms of Windows 8 was the removal of the Start Menu.  Microsoft was trying too much too soon as it sought to make the Windows "touch friendly". However Windows 10 sees a revamped Start Menu which looks and works a lot more like Windows 7 whilst combining the traditional and modern touch friendly apps. The Start menu and Windows 8 Live tiles, (shown below) are customisable and resizable.

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Hello Cortana

Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Apple's Siri (voice command system).  Cortana works across all devices allowing you to talk to your PC, Phone or Xbox to search the web, or files on your device.

Multiple "Tasked Based" Desktops

When you are working with lots of different applications your desktop can end up being cluttered making it difficult to work productively.

Windows 10 will support multiple desktops allowing you to group applications and icons together into dedicated desktops that you can easily move between.

Meet the Edge Web Browser

Edge is not intended to be a replacement for Internet Explorer just yet but does lay down the foundations for the future. Edge, Microsoft's refreshed touch-friendly web browser, will arrive on PCs first before rolling out to Windows Phone.

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Task View

A new button on the taskbar called Task View is being introduced and pressing it will give you a thumbnail of all the apps which are open and is a simple and easy way to multitask.

Snap View

Snap View is a feature present in Windows 7 and is designed to make it easy to arrange several application windows on your desktop.  Windows 10 improves this further with a new "Snap Assist" feature. Snap Assist allows you to grab apps from multiple desktops within Task View, allowing you to quickly create multiple desktop environments within a single instance of Windows 10.

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Identity Based Security

Last but not least, Windows 10 will more easily allow two-factor authentication (2FA) which adds an extra layer of security known as "multi factor authentication".  Two-factor authentication usually works based on something you know (e.g. a password) and something you have (e.g. your fingerprint or a fob) and ensures that the person accessing Windows is really that person and not someone remotely trying to hack into the system.

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