Using Windows 10
Have you been using Windows 10 on your computer? I must admit I have kept all of my computers on Windows 7 purely because they are all working well and I am a firm believer in ‘if it’s not broken don’t try and fix it!’ However, I have been using Windows 10 on many customer computers and so far I am very impressed, it seems to be fast a stable and compatible with most common software.
When using Windows 10 the user interface is similar to Windows 7, the start menu is still there, programs are now called apps, but all the functionality is still there. You can again shut down and restart the computer here too, just like Windows 7, Vista and XP. If you have been using Windows 8 or 8.1 you will notice that using Windows 10 start menu will still give you the live tiles for app information etc..
The new browser Microsoft edge seems good for performance, although I still prefer Chrome. It has a more actions button that enables you to import you bookmarks from Firefox or Chrome. Browsing with edge is fairly easy, the ability to easily add and remove tabs in new windows is there. When using Windows 10 edge browser, you will notice some new features such as being able to drag and drop files, highlight text, of course, copy and paste works fine. One of the new features is the ability to make notes and save on web pages. If you use Cortana, then you can right click highlighted content and ask Cortana, this will bring up a sidebar with information about your highlighted content.
I have found Cortana pretty good when using Windows 10. If you are signed into your Microsoft account Cortana call search the internet or your computer, send emails or set up new appointments on your calendar. Presuming you have a microphone on your computer you can easily activate Cortana by saying ‘Hey Cortana’. It seems to work quite well, at least as well as Siri does on my iPhone, although as with Siri ( and my wife ), it does sometimes misunderstand me! I am not sure if that’s due to my British accent on a US computer. Cortana can also be enabled by typing ‘Cortana’ into the search bar. I have noticed that if Cortana can’t find or do something it will search the internet for a solution.
So far I have been very impressed while using Windows 10. Although I personally am not ready to upgrade my computers yet, I feel confident that I will do In the near future. I also believe that Windows 10 will become the best operating system from Microsoft after the initial bugs have been fixed. Unfortunately the only real way that Microsoft can improve their product, and hit the nail squarely on the head, is to use us, the general computing public to beta test their product! What do you think so far?