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What is Windows 10?

Windows 10 is released more than 3 years ago, but until now it’s easier to find a Win XP guru, than a Win 10 geek. Let’s find out a little bit more about this great operating system. I bet, you’ll love it.

Windows 10 is available from the 29thof July 2015. It is a truly universal operating system, that can be used on desktops, laptops, tablet PCs, mobile phones and even on XBOX ONE console. Unified base allows easy settings synchronization and familiar appearance across all the platforms.

Another noteworthy point is a distribution system. Microsoft made it possible for anyone adopting Windows 10 to upgrade legacy machines directly from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 without re-imaging or performing intrusive and time-consuming system wipes and upgrade procedures. Besides, the company has said it will update Windows 10 in perpetuity rather than release a new, full-fledged operating system as a successor.

Windows 10 system requirements

The minimum Windows 10 hardware requirements for a PC or 2-in-1 device are:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or system-on-a-chip (SoC)

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS

Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0

Display: 800×600

The minimum Windows 10 Mobile hardware requirements for a smartphone are 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash storage, a Trusted Platform Module, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, 32 bits of color per pixel, and 720p screen resolution. Smartphones also require a Snapdragon SoC from Qualcomm Technologies.

 

Windows 10 features

From the very beginning, Windows 10 was planned as a return to mouse-and-keyboard management principles while keeping the beauty and technical advantages of Windows 8 system.

Versatility

Windows 8 metro interface was nice for touchscreens, but it was a real pain for all other platforms, so developers took it into account and made a huge work on this. The new Continuum interface allows toggling between touchscreen and keyboard interfaces on devices that offer both. Continuum automatically detects the presence of a keyboard and orients the interface to match.

Better Start menu

The new start menu takes best of both old list and new metro plates, allowing user to fully customise the view.

Better search

The search algorithms are optimized to speed up the process and produce more accurate results consuming less CPU resources.

Better desktop

Windows 10 supports up to four virtual desktops, allowing switching between them using Win+Tab hotkeys. This feature can be very useful considering the growth of BYOD segment.

Better Task Switching

Similar system was used in Vista, but it was slow and not very comfortable to use. The new Task View offers better performance and comfort and is tightly integrated into the Virtual Desktop system.

And tons of another enhancements like the new welcome screen, biometric login via Windows Hello, updated clock and calendar, more convenient Windows store and of course, the totally new Microsoft Edge web browser instead of the Microsoft Internet Explorer.

 

Windows 10 privacy concerns

Microsoft collects a range of data from Windows 10 users, including information on security settings and crashes, as well as contact lists, passwords, user names, IP addresses and website visits.

IT and users can put limits on the data Microsoft collects. There are three settings that determine how much telemetry data Windows 10 sends back to Microsoft: Basic, Full and Enhanced. Enhanced is the default and sends the most data back, but IT or users can easily select one of the other two options. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education users can turn telemetry data off too.

Microsoft does not actually read the contents of users’ communications, however, and anonymizes all the data. The company’s privacy statement says the purpose of the data collection is to improve performance and provide a positive user experience.

Another way IT professionals and end users can limit data collection is by disabling data sharing through privacy settings. IT can also use Group Policy settings to tighten up what information leaves devices.

 

As a result

Windows 10 took all the best from previous Microsoft operating systems, bringing the user experience to the next level. It is a nice looking, easy customizable, highly integrated, performance optimized and technically advanced operating system. Of course, like any other newcomer, it suffers from some drawbacks, but most of them are already fixed with regular updates and patches.

Windows 10 is the answer to modern challenges. And it is slowly but surely taking its place in o

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