By now millions of people are already happily running Windows 10. But if you’re not one of them and still thinking if Windows 10 is your type or not, here are 5 reasons why you should let go of your older version of Windows and download the Windows 10 upgrade.
One of the foremost reasons for getting the Windows 10 upgrade is obviously because it’s free. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft has made the decision to push Windows 10 as a free upgrade for the first year. User’s currently running Windows 7 or above should be able to get it using the “Get Windows 10” app that by now should have been automatically installed on your PC. For more details, you can also check this link out.
Do keep in mind that “Get Windows 10” app installs automatically and can’t be manually installed. There is a scam going on these days which tells you that it’ll install this app but instead encrypts all your data and asks you to pay a ransom to decrypt it.
Beloved start-menu is back
Another good thing about Windows 10 is that our beloved start-menu, which was removed in Windows 8 and above, is finally back. And the best part is, it’s all new and improved with the best of both worlds i.e. Windows 7 and 8.
As can be seen in the image above, start-menu in Windows 10 includes the traditional apps list and search with the ability to pin live tiles to it. You can also divide your live tiles into groups and arrange them as you please.
Cortana makes it way to PCs
Well, this is something that most Windows Phone users have been waiting for. Finally! Cortana is now available on PCs as well through Windows 10. If you’re not familiar with Cortana, which is quite impossible, Cortana is a digitial personal assistant. It’s somewhat similar to Apple Siri or Google Now but a lot more chatty.
You can ask her to sing you a song, tell you a joke, answer silly questions, check today’s weather and a lot more. Some of her interesting responses can be seen in the images below.
Microsoft’s Edge browser
One of the most anticipated app of the Windows 10 upgrade was Microsoft’s new browser called Microsoft Edge (codename Project Spartan). This isn’t just any other version of Internet Explorer, it’s a completely new browser built from ground up to compete with other modern browsers e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Opera.
There are quite a few reasons why many people would immediately switch to Microsoft Edge. Some of these are:
- Faster browsing and better benchmark scores than Chrome, Firefox, etc.
- Reading mode which makes reading articles much more fun and distraction free.
- Read it later option that syncs with all your Windows 10 devices.
- Make a webnote feature which allows you to scribble directly on websites and share it with others.
Despite all the good features that are the part of Microsoft Edge, there’s one thing which is keeping many (including me) from making Edge our default browser. That is the lack of extensions. Unfortunately, at the moment Edge browser doesn’t support extensions but Microsoft has promised the the support will be added sometime soon. And not only that but it’ll also run most of the Google Chrome extensions.
Another feature of Windows 10 that improves what Windows 8 was originally designed to do is Windows Continuum. It adds more sense to hybrid computers by allowing Windows 10 to automatically adapt to your current hardware. If your running Windows 10 without keyboard and mouse, just a like a tablet, Windows 10 would automatically turn-on the tablet mode. If mouse and keyboard are available, tablet mode would be turned off. Despite that, you can also turn the tablet mode on/off whenever you please from the Windows 10 action center.