The official release date for the revolutionary Microsoft Windows 10 is exactly one month away, and a number of screen shots and previews are rolling out in anticipation. The beta testing was quite public, making it harder than ever to keep the best bells and whistles under wraps. This also marks the first release that is entirely free — even to Windows users winging it with pirated copies. Here are the features you’ll be most looking forward to.
1. The Start Menu is Recognizable to Users of Versions XP, 7, 8, and 8.1
Users of Windows XP and 7 cringe when they see the Metro Start menu of version 8. Yet those who jumped on board with the version 8 touchscreen would be entirely lost with the menu used on versions XP and 7. Microsoft struck a suitable deal and created a menu that will please (and probably not confuse) both sets of users. The new Start Menu is resizable and you can turn the Metro look on or off. It’s a nifty compromise.
2. The New Metro Apps are Served Old School Style
The Metro Apps are no longer full screen, much to the cheers and toasts of traditional Windows users. The apps now feature a handy mouse friendly tool bar, and the interface is reactive so that it changes sizes to fit the screen of the device it’s running on. While the Cut and Paste features still don’t work in these apps, and there is a bit of wasted space on the screen, it’s an acceptable compromise between the old and new versions of Windows.
3. Windows 10 Recognizes When You’re Using Touch Versus Keyboard With Mouse Setup
One of the main complaints about the Windows 8 interface was that it was really designed only for touchscreen users, and was virtually useless to those working on the standard keyboard and mouse setups. Windows 10 is capable of detecting how the device is being used and offers a suitable interface for whatever configuration you’ve chosen to use.
4. Windows 10 Universal Apps
Universal Apps is a big deal for Windows users, because they will finally (hopefully) be able to move among their devices the way iPhone, MacBook, Macintosh users can. The same apps will be available for all devices, which should make the transition from working among devices easier for Windows users.
5. V Now Works in Command Prompt (Plus More Nifty New Features)
Why, why, why didn’t this happen long ago? The V paste feature now works in the Command prompt, but that’s not all. There are tons of other new features to check out. Some you’ll like, some you won’t, but definitely play around until you find the ones you do like. You can access all these new features by right clicking the Title Bar. Select Properties and click Experimental. Try them one by one to see how each works.
6. You Can Now Pen Your Recycling Bin
Windows 10 also offers another feature that really should have been there all along. You now have the capability to pen the Recycling Bin to the Start Menu and the Task Bar. This makes it easy to retrieve stuff you accidentally delete or to empty the bin without going all the way back to your desktop.
7. There’s a New Home in Windows Explorer
The default view of Windows Explorer has historically offered a view of all your drives and libraries. Now this view also shows your most used folders. This makes it quicker and easier to get to the stuff you spend the most time working in.
What features are you most excited about trying out in Windows 10? Have you reserved your copy yet?