Windows 10 has finally arrived. With all the anticipation and all the hopes of Windows 8 users, did Microsoft hit the mark?
The first thing that most users seem to notice is the overall difference in the display itself. The vividness and clarity of the screen has surprised some.
This is a feature or benefit that wasn’t talked about in any of the preview articles. The new, bold colors and themes are well received by users who, for a while, had questioned the soft, sometimes blurry colors of the past.
The reemergence of the start button is another welcomed addition to Windows 10. Clicking on the start button – the icon in the lower left of the screen, in case you forgot – presents the newly designed start menu.
The Windows 8 apps have found a home neatly situated on the right of the start menu. Along the left side of the start menu, the most commonly used apps or programs are positioned at the top, followed by recently added apps.
This “recently added” idea is important, as Windows 8 users who installed an app or program often had a difficult time finding the app or program.
Now, right clicking on this new app will give an option for adding it to the start menu or taskbar.
Beneath the most used and recently added apps are the four stationary staple items of any operating system: File Explorer, Settings, Power and All Apps.
The Windows personal assistant, Cortana, has made users smile. Despite a few minor glitches that left users temporarily without Cortana, users have found that interacting with the computer is just a verbal command away.
Simply saying “Hey Cortana” summons the digital assistant to complete your task. She is able to search the web, set reminders, open programs, and much more, including telling a joke.
Remember, she is a “computer,” so you might have to take caution in exactly how you ask your question so as to get the correct or intended response.
Microsoft Edge, the new browser that replaces Internet Explorer, has some exciting features that users have come to love. The ability to write on, highlight, or notate a web page and then share it with a friend through the mail app is very intriguing.
Edge also allows you to add web articles to a reading list for later review, much like Apple users have done on the iPad.
Finally, Edge has given users the ability to remove distractions and clutter from a webpage and simply view the article and only the article just by clicking the “book” at the top of the browser.
These are just the beginnings of a whole new operating system experience that is greatly improved over its recent predecessor.
Kevin Sekula is owner of Lowcountry Computer Guy in Bluffton.