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Ever since Microsoft launched its newest version of operating system Windows 10, reviews have kept pouring in. Soon after its inception last summer, critics were overwhelmed with its exciting new features, high-tech design, giving credit especially to its new-age approach to personalized computing. After several months of detailed analysis and intensive testing, here’s what experts have to say.
Gartner’s analysts say that Windows 10 represents a fundamental change in the way Microsoft develops supports, monetizes and messages Windows, including all of its user-facing products and services. It aims to bridge the gap between PCs and tablets in an easy and efficient manner. Many agree that Windows 10 is a corrected and an improved version of Windows 8, and that it combines the strengths of both its previous avatars – Windows 7 and 8. The new OS comprises bits and pieces of the old and new, combining familiarity and an easy to use interface to form a cohesive package that comes with a free upgrade for most Windows 7 and 8 users.
The new browser Microsoft Edge, caters to the younger audience by allowing them to make funky edits on a live webpage; that can be saved and shared with friends. It provides a better reading view without the annoying ads and offers a centralized hub that stores favorite reading lists, visited sites or bookmarked pages. Another feature called Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri, comes as a personal digital assistant for your computing needs, boosting productivity. Cortana supports digital pens and styli allowing you to scribble, and can help find files, organize meetings or simply lighten your day with a joke. Even better, Cortana when informed about your work schedule, updates you with traffic alerts, to lets you optimize your travel from home to office and back.
With regard to the security issues, it is well accepted that security issues are unavoidable when a new OS is launched. There is some concern in the user community about how Microsoft plans to safeguard and use user-sensitive data. That’s because each Windows 10 devices are now branded with a unique advertising ID to let ad networks profile users.
On the other hand, there is good news for those who prefer the good old-fashioned keyboard and mouse navigation. The start menu is back in place in Windows 10. The live tiles from the Windows 8 home screen still exist, but can be customized to size, location and can be attached to the start menu. Windows 10 also happens to be a gamers’ paradise, an important feature considering that a large number of enterprises are adopting gamification to engage Gen Y audiences. Users can stream Xbox games to their Windows 10 devices via Wi-Fi. The operating system’s fast boot times promises to cut start up times by 30% and it includes the ability to send text messages a Windows 10 desktop, saving time. Cortana is also integrated with Uber, allowing you to book a ride without opening an app.
Today’s enterprises need different channels of communication to engage with tech savvy, suppliers, partners, consumers, and employees – a requirement well supported by Windows 10 through enhanced communication features. Mobile Broadband Networking API can be used for apps that target the mobile broadband modem. The operating system also controls multiple aspects of how an application on the phone behaves, including lock-screen interactions, phone call history, and various other telephony options.
The bottom line is that, according to most experts, Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing. With an operating system suitable for both tablets and traditional PCs and free upgrades for most users, Windows 10 appears to be a winner. It is adaptable and customizable to new age computing requirements, making it one of the most robust operating systems to be released in recent times.