New Features for Windows 10 Tablets and Other Devices Unveiled
In a live press conference January 21, Microsoft unveiled its new Windows 10 OS, which is scheduled to launch later this year. Microsoft detailed new features, including the return and makeover of the Start Menu, the introduction of multiple desktops, and a new universal search feature. We’ve rounded up the top 10 reasons to look forward to a Windows 10 tablet, Windows 10 laptop or Windows 10 desktop PC.
- FREE UPGRADE FOR THE FIRST YEAR – Available for Windows 7, 8.1 and even Windows Phone 8.1 users for a full year. Upgrade to a Windows 10 tablet, Windows 10 laptop, Windows 10 desktop or Windows 10 phone for free during the first year!
- RUNS ON ALL DEVICES – Laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, embedded products, the Internet of Things, servers in enterprise datacenters, you name it. Windows 10 will be compatible with devices from 4 inch to 80 inch screens and devices with no screen at all.
- UPDATED START MENU – The Windows 10 start menu combines the familiarity of Windows 7 with the modern interface of Windows 8. On the left, apps are displayed in the familiar Windows 7 style, while on the right are more colorful “live tiles” that open the modern, Windows 8-style apps.
- EVERYTHING RUNS IN A WINDOW – Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize and close with a click.
- SNAP ENHANCEMENTS – You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. A Windows 10 tablet and all other Windows 10 devices will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
- CORTANA – Microsoft is bringing its digital assistant Cortana, which so far has only existed on Windows Phones, to Windows 10. On the desktop of Windows 10, Cortana takes the form of a search box located right beside the start button. The box will allow you to search the web and your local computer, with results popping up above it. The voice-activated Cortana software can be used to perform searches, send and dictate emails, control music and launch apps. Notifications will also pop up here.
- STILL TOUCH ENABLED – That’s right, you can use the same Windows 8 touch gestures like scroll and pinch to zoom on your Windows 10 tablet, Windows 10 laptops or Windows 10 desktop.
- COMMAND PROMPT – Use shortcuts such as CTRL+C and CTRL+V so you can paste in a directory listing from another app.
- MULTIPLE DESKTOPS – Windows 10 tablet users can create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.
- NEW UNIVERSAL APPS – Apps such as Outlook, Calendar, Photos and more will provide a consistent interface across PCs, tablets and phones. The new Photos app will automatically enhance and touch up photos and Windows 10 users can expect new apps for People, Maps and Music as well.
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