Ten Promising Features of Windows 10
The tech world is abuzz with the planned 2015 release of the latest version of Microsoft’s popular operating system. At some point, you might decide to upgrade to the latest Windows operating system or buy a computer that’s powered by one. So, know what’s in store for you when you upgrade to Windows 10. Here are ten of its most amazing features.
The Start Menu is back, and it has an area where you can add Live Tiles of your favorite apps. Well designed and fully customizable, this classic Windows feature is a welcome return to form for users of traditional PC. You can resize the Start Menu to your heart’s content. You can also tweak its color and transparency level. As for the Recycle Bin, you can now pin it to the task bar and Start Menu, effectively decluttering your desktop.
Continuum makes it easy to switch from a touchscreen to a keyboard-and-mouse setup and vice versa. When you unplug the keyboard from your Surface tablet, for instance, Continuum kicks in and the Windows 10 interface will automatically adjust to accommodate the transition to a touch-based environment. With this latest version of Windows, you can seamlessly transition between your hybrid computing devices.
You can search and navigate your computing machine hands-free with the full integration of the voice-controlled virtual assistant Cortana. To activate, say “Hey, Cortana,” to your device’s microphone, and then follow up with any command like “show Word documents from February 19, 2015” or “launch PowerPoint presentation with file name DIY Electromagnetism.”
Work simultaneously with many active screens even if you only have one monitor. Improve your productivity with the multiple virtual desktop functionality of Windows 10. To add a desktop, click Task View or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + D.
Ability to Schedule System Updates
No more automatic updating while you are doing something on your computer. No more pop-ups that tell you your computer is set to restart in a few minutes. Through Settings, you can schedule when to get system updates. Just make sure that you download and install all security patches on time.
Ctrl+V in the Command Prompt
You can now paste a directory using good old Ctrl + V onto the command prompt terminal. Right-clicking is the only way to go about it in the older versions of Windows. If you frequently use the command prompt, you can imagine how much this added capability speeds things up. To activate this feature, launch the command prompt’s Properties window and then click “Enable experimental console features (applies globally).”
Home Tab in Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer, the program that enables you to browse through your various computer files and the ones stored on connected devices, sports new additions. In Windows 10, Windows Explorer’s default view displays Home and a Share button on the Explorer task bar. The Home tab serves as your default window each time you open a new one. It shows your Favorites folder, recent files, and frequently-used folder.
Previous File Versions Easily Accessed via Properties
You can also find this ultra-handy feature in Windows 7. When you view the respective Properties tab of your computer files, you’ll find a Previous Versions section that gives you the prior file versions, if there were any. This helps greatly if you accidentally saved some changes and then closed the file. Restoring the original file is only going to be a few clicks away.
An awesome feature originally found in Windows Phone, the Action Center (Notifications) for PC keeps all your app notifications in one place, so you no longer have to deal with the annoying pop-ups on your system tray. Disable the pop-ups through the “Notifications” section of “Search and apps.” All your important notifications for later viewing are already stored in one place, the Action Center, which is accessible via the Mail icon found on the task bar.
Another helpful feature adopted from Windows Phone, Battery Saver is made available for PC through Windows 10. Battery Saver details the energy consumption of the apps that you use, as well as your current battery life. To optimize your energy usage, use Battery Power to tweak the power options for each running application.