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Monday, September 7, 2015

9 things you need to know about Windows 10?

(I've got a desktop, a tablet, and am considering a Windows Phone)
Microsoft's ultimate goal is to make Windows 10 the sole operating system powering all of your devices, and Continuum is the driving force behind that. Windows 10 knows when you're interacting with a keyboard and mouse or using a touchscreen and will react accordingly. If you're using a keyboard and mouse, you'll be treated to the standard Windows experience. If you're on a tablet, you'll encounter full screen apps and a finger-friendly Start menu. Pop off the keyboard on a two-in-one device like the Surface Pro 3, and the interface will smoothly transform into tablet mode.
What about apps?
Microsoft wants you to be able to buy an app from the Windows Store once, and expect it to run on all of your devices. These universal apps will then adopt whatever form is appropriate for the device you're using, whether you're on a tablet or a PC. 

Those full-screen 'Modern' apps were a pain)

 What ever happened to them?

Those touch-friendly, full-screen apps that debuted with Windows 8 were alternately known as the "Metro" or "Modern" design. With Windows 10, full-screen apps are optional. Let's say you're using a convertible 2-in-1 device, like the Surface Pro 3. Thanks to Continuum, when the keyboard is docked you'll see the standard desktop with Windows 10's "new" old-school Start menu. Once you take the device off of the keyboard base, the OS allows you to switch to the finger-friendly tablet mode Windows 8 users are likely familiar with.

(I actually liked those Modern apps, and bought a few)

What happens now?

Existing Modern apps take advantage of Windows 10's Continuum automatically, so you'll have little to worry about there. When you're in tablet mode they'll behave like they always have. If you're in desktop mode, they'll convert into a normal windowed app that you can drag around at your leisure.

And the Start menu?
If you hated Windows 8's full-screen Start screen, you're in luck: the new Start menu harkens back to the good old days, sitting on the left side of the screen and presenting that familiar pop-up column of shortcuts. And if you liked Windows 8's approach, there's something here for you, too: the new menu will incorporate Live Tiles and can be customized.
Continuum means you get the best of both worlds, as you can jump between tablet and desktop modes on the fly. And if you never want to see that full screen start menu again, there's an option for that too.
Never mind the apps - I need to get things done. 
Windows 10 beefs up Snap, the function that lets you quickly arrange apps side by side, with a new quadrant layout that lets you split your display up among up to four apps. There's also support for multiple virtual desktops (finally), so you can keep all your work apps in one place and quickly slide back to the desktop with your blogs and Reddit once your boss walks away. And then there's the task view button that lives on the taskbar. Click it, and you'll get a quick look at all of your open files, windows, and desktops.
Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant has also made the jump from phone to desktop. Say "Hey, Cortana" after turning on the voice recognition feature and you can bark commands at your PC, whether you're searching for directions or checking the weather. Cortana is also able to send emails that you dictate to your contacts.
Is Internet Explorer still around?
Yes and no. Internet Explorer remains a part of Windows for compatibility reasons, but it's been replaced by a brand-new browser, called Microsoft Edge. The browser will offer all of the amenities we've come to expect from modern browsers, including support for extensions, a reading mode that strips websites down to their bare essentials, and a new rendering engine that's appreciably zippy while you're browsing the Web.

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