Windows 10: Microsoft’s latest Operating System so great that it surpassed the traditional counting system we all abide by, and skipped the number ‘9’ to go straight to Windows 10.

Excitement has been accumulating within the Windows fan-boys and fan-girls during the past few weeks of countdown until the long-awaited launch of Windows 10. The new OS boasts not only the return of the bitterly missed ‘Start’ button, but also an aesthetically minimalistic revamp of the user interface, new features such as Cortana (a virtual personal assistant), the new Edge browser, and some other great looking features. However, now that it is released – should you upgrade so soon?

As a general rule, a new piece of software, especially an OS, should be given around four months to a whole year before being used commercially; the reason being that a newly released program is typically infested with bugs, and a few months trial period give the manufacturers time to roll out updates; ironing out any creases.

Despite it being primitive human nature to want things which are free, and yes, Windows 10 is free up until the 29th of July 2016 – I will not be taking the lack of price tag into consideration.

With that in mind, here are three good reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:


1) It looks marvellous –
The first noticeable change is the new, minimal look Windows 10 has been given – although this was somewhat predictable in view of the fact that recent Microsoft products, such as Office 365 online and Microsoft Office 2013, have been moving away from the ‘bubbly’ icons to more square-like and minimal designs.

Media:
Windows 10 introduced new applications to open video and audio files, and one cannot help but notice the elegantly unadorned interface when compared to the older Windows Media Player (which, by the way, is still available on Windows 10). Below is a screenshot of the new ‘Film & TV’ app for opening videos, abreast Windows Media Player which has had effectively the same look since Windows XP.

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Smart Start:

By far the most welcomed feature of Windows 10 was the return of the affable ‘Start Button’ which Microsoft figured we didn’t need for Windows 8 and 8.1. This time round, they decided to intertwine the Windows 8 Retro UI with the older Start Menu we all grieved. From personal usage I consider the new Start menu to be more convenient when it comes to accessing computer settings as well as applications. The fusion between the two proves to be effective. Start

Oh, and the menu is adjustable.

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That being said, the Windows 8 Retro UI proved to be effective with touch screen devices, and so, Microsoft decided to keep it- and it is accessible through the brilliant ‘Settings and Notifications’ tab found betwixt the Volume and Clock on the task bar.

Through the Action centre you’ve got quick access to settings which might be used on a daily basis, as well as notifications from Windows. For example, as soon as I plug in my cell phone, a notification window will appear on the bottom right of the screen which I may decide to deal with later through the action centre.

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Here is the desktop in ‘tablet mode’.

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The revamp of the OS’s UI proves to be effective; both in regards to aesthetics and user-friendliness. The computer’s settings have never been more conveniently easier to access!

2) Cortana: your personal assistant- Cortana is a virtual personal assistant created, by Microsoft for Windows 8.1, which proves to fulfil the helpful organisation an active person would find advantageous.

 Apart from more practical and orderly task you can ask Cortana to do: like adding an event to your agenda or asking her to change the time of an event, Cortana is capable of cracking you up with a few good jokes should you ask for any, as well as retrieve the appropriate information when asked questions like: “What was the final score between Birkirkara and West Ham?” and “How many calories are there in a slice of white bread?”.

Cortana retrieves the information from the internet using Bing (Microsoft’s search engine), and so far this seems to be a default which cannot be changed to any other search engine.

 Regrettably, Cortana is only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America – however, if you are capable of speaking and comprehending the native tongue of any of these countries, the region settings of your computer can easily be changed to the respective country; thus enabling Cortana.

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3) Multiple Desktops –
A feature which I first saw in Ubuntu, Windows 10 now boasts the feature of allowing multiple virtual desktops; an element which is rather self-explanatory, virtual desktops allow you to have different ‘work areas’ should you have the need to separate multiple open applications. This proves to be valuable when keeping yourself and your computer organised.Desktops

 

To Conclude:
Upgrading to Windows 10 is ultimately your choice; naturally. However, there may be a few reasons you might want to postpone updating: for example, your computer might not be capable of running Windows 10 (in which case you’d might as well completely refrain from upgrading), or you feel safer using an OS which is proved to be stable, or you might be deeply in love with the Windows 7 desktop gadgets and vowed to use them “Until Microsoft End of Service do us part”. Luckily, Microsoft have allowed the download of Windows 10 onto portable storage mediums, which allows you to install Windows 10 at a later stage.

As of yet there doesn’t seem to be any major issues or flaws with Windows 10, and the update didn’t in any way jeopardise programs and files which were installed and saved prior to the update. Personally, I am rather satisfied with what Microsoft have produced and I certainly believe that Windows 10 merits credit.