Windows 10 will officially launch on the 29th July with all new features including the return of the start menu, the adding of Cortana, the new Microsoft browser – Edge and Windows Continuum are a few of the main new features.
Here is a list of all the great new features:
- The start Menu is back in back in an expanded format. The design combines both the traditional Windows 7 style with the Windows Live 8 tiles and benefits both touch screen and mouse users. The start menu also incorporates new enhanced search capabilities through Cortana.
- Cortana is Windows’ personal digital assistant. Cortana like its counterparts Siri and Google Now is already available on Windows phone but will be available for PCs and tablets operating Windows 10. Cortana learns your habits and preferences and makes predictions based on this information providing you with relative information and recommendations.
- Microsoft Edge, is an all-new browser designed to provide a better web user experience. It has been speculated that the new browser “which has been named Project Spartan” is to replace Internet Explorer but this is not certain. Edge features include, a sharing option where you can type notes directly onto webpages and share with others, thanks to Cortana you also have instant access to key options like making reservations and reading reviews without leaving the page.
- New Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail & Calendar apps with updated designs that look and feel familiar from app to app and device to device. You can start something on one device and continue it on another since your content is stored on and synched through OneDrive.
- Office on Windows: Apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook will have an almost identical look and feel to their desktop counterparts, but will be optimized for touch and screen size. All your files can be accessed through the Microsoft cloud via any device regardless of where they were created. With new touch-first controls in Excel you can create or update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. Like the whole of Windows 10, these apps are designed to work on Windows 10 laptops, tablets and phones.
- Xbox live and integrated Xbox App: Communicate with your friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One – while playing any PC game. Capture, edit and share experiences with Game DVR, and compete against players across devices and stream games from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 device from anywhere in your home.
- Windows Continuum enables laptops and 2-in-1 devices to elegantly transform from one mode to the other, enabling smooth transitions of your tablet into a PC, and back. On 2-in-1 devices, your screen can be configured to work with touch or keyboard and mouse. The OS detects if a keyboard or mouse is attached and adapts its usage mode accordingly. The new Windows phones with Continuum can be connected to a monitor, mouse and physical keyboard to make your phone work like a PC.