Missing out version 9, Microsoft is likely to release Windows 10 during 2015. The new operating system introduces new features to integrate desktop and mobile devices, improve web browsing and increase productivity.
The Start menu returns
The Start menu, a familiar feature of Windows, was dropped in Windows 8 but then reintroduced after customer feedback. The Start menu is also a key part of Windows 10.
Microsoft will be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year.
Internet Explorer will be replaced by a new, stripped down web browser named Spartan. Internet Explorer has developed over many years and carries a large amount of old code even in the most recent versions. Leaving that behind allows Microsoft to develop a faster, more secure browser for Windows 10.
Cortana digital assistant
Cortana is a voice activated digital assistant first seen in Windows Phone. Bringing Cortana to the desktop could make your time with Windows 10 more productive as the app can recognise your voice and then search Microsoft’s search engine Bing to provide answers. Cortana can also take notes, set reminders and launch apps.
Hololens is a major new feature that uses a virtual reality headset to show computer generated images over your physical surroundings. Hololens will enable new applications from gaming and communication to 3D design and education.
Time to upgrade
With mainstream support now ended for Windows XP and Windows 7 an upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 10 is required to keep your data and network secure.
Call the Blue Solutions team on 0118 9898 222 for advice and help with upgrading your systems.