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Windows 10 Test Drive

The Windows 10 preview has rolled out but will not be officially available to the public until July 29th. Below are some of the coolest new features based on my first-hand experience with the slick new OS (Operating System). The easiest way for you to test it out would be to spin up a virtual machine and install the new operating system from the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO file. Before attempting this for yourself Microsoft has stated the following:

Important

  • Remember, trying out an early build like this can be risky. That’s why we recommend that you don’t install the preview on your primary home or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything.

  • If you want to stop using Windows 10 Insider Preview and return to your previous version of Windows, you’ll need to reinstall your previous version from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC????????typically a DVD. If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create a USB recovery drive.

  • After you install Windows 10 Insider Preview, you won????????t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

 

The first thing you????????ll notice after installation is the new start menu. It looks similar to the start menu from windows 8 mixed with the classic windows start menu you have seen in previous versions like windows XP and 7. I was really excited to see this as I am a fan of the classic layout as well as all of the applications being displayed as live tiles all on one screen. The new menu also has the option to switch between the regular view and tablet mode, which is a nice option to have for mobile devices. Overall this release is very stable for being a preview. Hopefully this is indicative of things to come.

 

Cortana, like Siri but way better!

Another feature I really liked was the new voice search/personal assistant Cortana. Much like Apple’s Siri you can search the web, find out what song is playing, make notes, set reminders, check the weather, and even chat with Cortana for fun. She can tell you jokes and her own opinions. My favorite feature was the ability to search your PC for documents and programs all with your voice. With cool new features and updates coming to Cortana every couple of weeks Cortana shows to be very promising.

 

Cutting “Edge” Browser

Microsoft is now working on a new browser available in the windows 10 preview. It’s official name is the ???????Edge Browser???????, formerly “Project Spartan”. After playing around with the new features, it reminded me a lot of Google’s Chrome browser. Windows new browser is set to replace and Internet explorer as the default browser on windows 10 PC????????s and mobile devices. It runs much more smoothly, looks better, and offers more personalization options than its predecessor. Integrated with Bing search and the new Cortana AI you can type or speak into the search bar to search the web. The more you use the new Edge browser the better it gets to know you much like Cortana. It will display recent searches, news and events in your area, as well as recommend articles, video????????s, and music based on your interests.

It’s free… sort of

The best part about windows 10 is you won????????t have to spend 200 hundred dollars on a new operating system. Microsoft will be offering a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. According to Microsoft,

 

“Yes, it????????s free. This is a full version of Windows, not a trial or introductory version. It is available for a limited time:  you have one year from the time Windows 10 is available to take advantage of this offer. Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer????????s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page. Windows 10 is automatically updated. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See the Windows 10 How to Upgrade page for details.”.

 

Reserve your copy before the offer expires on July 29th, 2016! check out the Microsoft Windows 10 FAQ page for additional details!

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