Windows 10 release, features, devices, and free upgrades.

You may already be aware that Microsoft released Windows 10 back in July, with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users receiving their free upgrade to the new OS for a limited time. The Windows 10 release has had much anticipation and to Microsoft’s credit they have delivered.

So go ahead and take advantage of the Free Upgrade offer while it lasts or speak with one of our IT Engineers to help best start the upgrade process.

Commandacom have put together the top 10 features for Windows 10.

1. YES...Start Menu is back

Windows Start Menu is back and better than ever. It allows pin apps, programs, or moving and regrouping tiles. If you need more space, simply re-size the start menu to make it bigger.

2. Meet Cortana

Windows 10 Cortana has been introduced which is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. It's basically a clever personal assistant. Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calender, track packages, find files, and even tell you jokes.

3. Microsoft introduces Edge

Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer with tonnes of new features introduced to your browser. Microsoft have successfully increase the load speed that troubled IE for many years. Edge is the only browser that lets you take notes, write, doodle, and highlight directly on webpages. Then you can save and share in all the usual ways.

4. New Task View Button

New task-view button which opens windows and shrink into index cards, great for multi-tasking and finding a program quick and easy.

5. Virtual Screens / Desktops

Virtual Screens are a continue on feature of the new task-view. You can now setup multiple virtual screens (desktops), each with a certain set of windows open. It allows you to group apps into desktops and spread out the various projects that your working on.

6. Settings App

New design Settings App offers almost every option in a clean, well-organised app. You'll find familiar prompts such as System, Devices, Network & Internet etc. back in a single easy ti find location.

7. Universal Notifications

New universal notifications button opens a panel called Action Center, revealing a sidebar full of recent app notifications, on/off switches for features like Bluetooth, WiFi, Battery Saver, Plane Mode etc. Its great as it give's you quick access to commonly used settings and apps

8. Snap Apps

Snap Apps allows you to arrange windows side by side on your desktop. Snap allows you to snap up to four windows with half screen or quarter screen options. Windows 10 also has Snap Assist which makes snapping additional windows easier, displaying thumbnail list of open windows.

9. Universal Apps

Windows 10 now runs on a single, unified Windows core. The enables one app to run on every Windows device, including PCs, tablets, phones, and even Xbox.

Universal Apps

10. Windows 10 works with iOS and ANDROID apps

Windows 10 has made it easier for iOS and Android developers to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps. As with iOS and Android developers need different sets of skills, Windows 10 allows developers to bring existing code across to the Windows app store.