Written by Rob Young, Group Managing Director –12th July 2015

Windows 10 launched in July 2015 and is looking to be an improvement on 8.1. Windows first attempt at a universal, cross device operating system did not go as smoothly as they had hoped. On the surface we can see that Windows have kept a number of the touch screen features from 8 while introducing a start bar which has clearly been designed with desktop users in mind. The result is a good compromise in usability, which covering all kinds of devices.

Cortana

If you have a Windows phone or play Halo, you will know that Cortana is Windows digital assistant. Think of Cortana as a blend of Siri and Google Now. Cortana searches multiple platforms at once, so if you search for “flights to Paris” you could find results from your email account, your OneDrive accounts, web results and documents stored on your actual PC.

Universal apps

In an effort to increase the use of Windows apps, all apps will be universal. That means that they will work on PC, tablet, mobile, and Xbox One. This makes Windows apps easier than ever for users and actively promotes cross device use. It also acts as an incentive to developers as they will not need to redevelop apps multiple times for devices.

Project Spartan

There has been a lot of speculation that Spartan was simply a rebrand of Internet Explorer, and who could blame them? IE shoulders one of the worst reputations on the internet. It’s notorious for its lack of compliance to progressing web standards, poor security and slow performance. Later versions of IE resolved many of these issues, but the reputation had stuck. So what are you getting that’s new in Spartan? Spartan runs on a new rendering engine, has a new cleaner design and ties into a number of other features, such as Cortana. There is extra emphasis on social sharing and the added ability to annotate web pages, which can be shared with friends.

Better settings

Wave goodbye to fragmented settings menus of Windows 8.1. The focus here seems to be usability, with a clean and simple design. But the settings actually tie into all of your Windows devices. So settings can carry over from your PC to your Windows phone. For example, notifications swiped on your phone will not appear on your desktop.

Continuum

Continuum shows that Microsoft have been thinking about how users actually use their devices. Okay, so let’s say you’re using your Surface with the keyboard. Great, the surface will perform like a desktop. If you decide to pick up the Surface, and use it like a tablet everything will transition for tablet use seamlessly. This is another reason that apps are universal on Windows 10.

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