Windows 10 was officially released to the public in July 29th, 2015. Windows 10 is available in six editions e.g. Windows 10 home, Windows 10 pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows mobile, and Windows Mobile Enterprise. To encourage the adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 to users using Windows 7 and Windows 8 that free upgrade expired in July 29th, 2016. If you have a relatively new computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can still perform the upgrade for free. Download the Windows 10 creation tool ( you will need a USB thumb drive ) to perform the upgrade.
Windows 10 is a completely new operating system compared to Windows 7 and a big improvement from windows 8. One of the biggest complains people had about Windows 8 was the touch oriented design. Windows 10 comes with a traditional desktop interface like Windows 7, but it also give you the option to turn the desktop into “tablet mode” if you have touch enabled device.
Microsoft has marketed Windows 10 operating system as a service which means improvements and new features will be implemented as updates. If this is the case, most likely Windows 10 will be the last Windows version that will be packaged and released as a standalone release.
Windows 10 Features
Live Start Menu The biggest change in Windows 10 from windows 8 is the return of the Start menu. But unlike the traditional start menus we got used to in Windows 7 and previous releases, the start menu in Windows 10 features live tiles with live app updates.
Windows Store Another thing that was rethought from Windows 8 is the Windows store. The Windows store is now a standalone application instead of opening in full screen as it does in Windows 8.
Cortana Cortana is the Siri or Google Now from Microsoft. it replaces the search function on your computer, and responds to voice commands, and has complete access to your personal information.
Task View Another nice feature in Windows 10 is task view. task view allows you see all the programs opened in your computer at once
Virtual Desktops Another cool feature in Windows 10 are Virtual Desktops. with virtual desktops you can create multiple screens and have different applications open in each screen.
Action Center Action center in Windows 10 is basically a notification center. All apps and system notifications are posted in the action center.
Redesigned Core Apps All core apps in Windows 10 like Mail, Calendar, File Explorer, etc. were revamped. they look and work much better now
Microsoft Edge is a new minimalist browser included in Windows 10 by default. It is also the default browser in Windows Mobile, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices replacing Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge was built from scratch using a proprietary engine called EdgeHTML. Edge is designed to be lightweight supporting theming, annotation tools and native reading mode.
Edge does not support ActiveX , but it supports extensions that are distributed through the Windows store. Internet Explorer is still included in Windows 10 as legacy support.
There are many more features and small refinements in Windows 10. Below you will fine many step by step tutorials on how to do certain things in Windows 10.