Windows 10 is just around the corner, so it is time we took a quick look at the key changes and how it may affect your Windows experience.
Microsoft decided to call this release Windows 10, as it is likely to be the last release of Windows, and brings with it major changes that warrants the name, skipping Windows 9.
An interesting feature is that Windows 10 automatically reconfigures its display by using the “Continuum” feature; depending upon which device it is installed within. This also allows it to shift its display when a single device switches between two modes. For example, the interface changes on the Surface Pro, depending on whether or not the keyboard is attached to the device. I guess this means that finally Microsoft have realized than one standard interface does not fit all types of devices, which was a major source of complaint with Windows 8.
Interactions within Windows 10 should also be more natural for the user. The “Start Menu,” which was missed by many users, will be reappearing in a new layout and configuration that is easier to use. In addition, the “Control Panel” and “PC Settings” panel, which used to be separated within Windows 8, have also been placed into a single area for easy access to all of the required system tools.
New features to mention in this summary of the Windows 10 include the new browser, codenamed “Spartan,” which will be integrated into all Windows 10 devices. This browser emphasizes note-taking and reading features on the Internet. Yes, this means the demise of Internet Explorer that has been dying a slow death for years.
Cortana, the voice assistant, will also be integrated into Windows 10. This will be a major new feature that promises to outpace Apples Siri assistant and will handle for you various types of requests, reminders and making appointments.
And if you are a games player, Windows 10 will also allow for Xbox video game streaming and the use of the Microsoft HoloLens for augmented reality.
One of the most important facts to note is that Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade, for a year from its release date, for existing users of Windows 7 or better.
While the release date for Thailand is slated as late July, so not that far away!
I will provide a more detailed coverage in later editions of the Business Supplement, so watch this space.