Windows 10: Should you upgrade or not?

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Published on May 10th, 2015 | by Joan Makai

Microsoft Windows is back! At least that’s what the software giant is saying and trying to do. Windows 7 was relatively stable and most PC users were happy with it. Until some folks at Microsoft thought the only way forward was by integrating touch screen functionalities, adding Metro and a few other improvements with Windows 8.

The proposed evolution was not received well, however as bugs kept showing up on Windows 8 and even 8.1. The fiasco prompted engineers and programmers to design a new from the ground up operating system to help them catch up to the competition, which was already enjoying profits and popularity.

Just when the masses thought that the former leader in computer software has raised the white flag and wept in the corner, Microsoft skipped a few iterations and called the new operating system Windows 10. Anyone who knows a thing or two about computers has stayed with Windows 7 rather than deal with the many problems that came with Windows 8. However, the question remains: Is the new offering worthy of switching loyalties or should users stick to a tried and tested OS until support is ended?

The Upside

1. New Browser

Internet Explorer has not been getting a lot of love lately and Microsoft is aware of this. They call the new prototype Spartan, one that they claim is powerful but does not take up too much of the computer or device’s resources. The new browser is flexible, promising new ways to interact with the web. Spartan also features a reading mode which enables the user to save pages to be read later. Webpages can be annotated and shared with other users of Windows 10.

2. Improved Start Menu

Every Windows 7 user would be happy to know that the Start Menu that they love is back on Windows 10, and this time it’s smarter and looks even better. You will have live update tiles, pin apps and even change the background.

3. Continuum

Available across all devices from mobiles to desktops, Windows 10 lets you start work on your computer and then continue working on a phone. Feel like using a tablet this time? No problem. Your progress is saved automatically on OneDrive to make this seamless and possible.

4. Cortana

The digital assistant can be enabled so that you just have to say ‘Hey, Cortana’ and it can help you search for files, set reminders, check on the weather or available flights. Over time, Cortana learns the things you like and gives suggestions. In case you feel invaded however, you can tell it to leave private information alone.

5. Gaming Optimization

Microsoft made Xbox a native app for Windows 10, something that will make gamers happy to be home. Games can be streamed from your console to the desktop. You can also watch game clips, send messages and check the achievements board.

The Downside

1. OneDrive

Competitors have upped the ante yet Microsoft seem to have left their cloud technology out.

2. Aero Snap

In their efforts to improve the multitasking experience, the creators of Windows 10 came up with a way to view and work with multiple apps. It’s not so smooth though.

3. Experimental stage

Until now, Microsoft continues to reiterate that the actual version may be a far cry from what is available right now. This means that flaws or bugs may be fixed before the final product is released.

So are you looking forward to try the new and improved windows? You can download the prerelease software by clicking here and see for yourself.

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