Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users have two more days to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, if they have a valid license. After July 29, upgrading to Windows 10 will no longer be possible, so you should hurry up and take the step, otherwise you’ll pay $119 to purchase the Home Edition or you’ll pay $199 on the Pro Edition. In this article, we’ll focus on both the positive and negative aspects when using Windows 10.
Cortana is a direct response to Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now, as it provides similar functions to the desktop. Cortana was firstly introduced in Windows Phone 8.1, then it made its way to the new Windows 10 software and it allows users to control desktop functions using their voice. Soon, Apple and Android will get a version of Cortana, but that’s a different story.
Windows 10 users don’t need to create an account in order to log into their devices. Microsoft made this mistake with Windows 8 and users were put off. Gamers are drawn to Windows 10 because it supports the latest DirectX 12 graphics interface, which boosts gaming speed and reliability, while less power is consumed.
Those who want to open multiple windows at the same time and work in parallel with more applications can create virtual desktops using the “Task View” feature. Updates will be automatically installed and the Windows Media Center application has been ditched, and users will no longer have the ability to play DVD content.
Windows 10 is bad for owners of old computers with obsolete hardware, because they can’t handle the new software and they stop working properly. If you recall the case of the woman who tried to install Windows 10 and her device became unresponsive, preventing her to work.
There are some privacy concerns regarding Cortana, because many users don’t trust the digital assistant, as it collects data about their habits. Another complaint is regarding the removal of desktop gadgets, which were popular in Windows 7. “Gadgets could be exploited to harm your computer, access your computer's files, show you objectionable content, or change their behavior at any time,” was the reason invoked by Microsoft.
Peter Bright from ArsTechnica
The biggest problem with Windows 10 is that we have little reason to use it beyond work. At home, I have a smartphone and mobile applications and websites that do not require Windows, and sometimes they do not quite match the Windows world. Windows 10 is a reminder that the operating system is not only important in itself. Among the first things it needs is for me to log into a Microsoft account. But this feels like a tough approach to us to use Microsoft services (most unpopular and lower) as OneDrive or Bing.
Geoffrey Fowler from The Wall Street Journal
It is time that Microsoft to start from the beginning and that's exactly what Windows 10 is (...). It’s not just a refresh of the Windows operating system. Is a big, ambitious, universal OS running on applications across multiple different devices. (...) With Windows 10, Microsoft fix, finally, all the problems in Windows 8 desktop. But ignores at the same time, the challenges we have in front with Android and iOS devices.
Let us know you opinions about Windows 10 if you’ve installed it on your PC. In the next article we will present the most user bugs and fixes.