Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 globally

Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 globally in 190 countries on 29th July. The company is touting Windows 10 to be the “most secure” Windows ever. Microsoft's Chief executive Satya Nadella stated that the company aims to have Windows 10 OS power over a 1 billion devices in the next few years.

Microsoft stated at the launch, “The new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life,” the company said ahead of the launch. This new Windows must empower people and organisations to do great things. That new Windows is Windows 10,” it said, adding it will target devices small or large screens, or even some that don’t have screens at all.

Key features of Windows 10 OS:
1. Start Menu: Windows 10 OS gets the Start menu back which was missed in Windows 8, the company's last OS.
2. Cortana Integration: Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana is making way to Pc's with the new update. Users will be able to get information about upcoming flights, weather etc with Cortana. To access Cortana users have to either type Cortana in the search bar or can use the voice command 'Hey Cortana'.
3. Windows Hello: Microsoft has added Windows Hello biometric security system to make Windows 10 more secure.
4. Continuum: Continuum will allow users switch easily from tablets to laptop mode when they attach a keyboard to their tablet. The feature optimises apps across touch and desktop modes.
5. Microsoft Edge browser: The new browser comes with inbuilt Cortana integration. It also lets users to pin tabs, take screen shots and share pages from within the browser.

Apart from this Microsoft has also announced new mail, calendar, photos and map apps with the new OS. The Mail and Calendar apps have been given a completely new interface and features. The apps provide a lot of data to assistant Cortana who can keep a check and set reminders for meetings, flight schedules etc. Windows built-in Photos app has also been redesigned with a new interface and comes with new features like automatic image enhancement as well as basic editing tools. Microsoft Maps have also get a new interface as well as better integration with Cortana. Microsoft which has stated that Windows 10 will be last Windows version, will be treating it more like “Windows as a service,” so users should expect frequent updates to their system. 


By: Silky Malhotra

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