On July 29, Microsoft released their newest operating system: Windows 10. A noticeable first perk to the update is that the new software is free to all users. If you have a PC, chances are that you’ve seen the little window icon in the bottom right corner prompting you to upgrade. The question remains: should you?
1. Start Menu: The first impressive feature about Windows 10 is that it gives its users what they’ve been crying for ever since Windows 8 came out: a start menu. Windows 10 incorporates this while integrating the app portion of Windows 8 and bringing back the original search bar and program shortcut menu.
2. Cortana: Apple’s Siri and Android’s Google voice just got some serious competition. For all you old Halo players, Microsoft has taken Master Chief’s companion Cortana and made her the voice of their integrated voice command system. This feature applies to Windows 10 downloaded on computers, tablets and phones.
3. Microsoft Edge: Microsoft has finally realized that Internet Explorer just wasn’t going to cut it. With the dominance and competition of Google Chrome and to a lesser extent Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft either had to make a move or just give up on their default browser. Microsoft Edge is clean cut, with fast browsing and multiple bookmarking options. It also dumped Active X, Silverlight, VB script and many other built in utilities that only Explorer uses. Microsoft has also embraced Flash Player, which helps load videos on your browser a lot faster.
1. New Additions: The problem with all new things in upgraded operating systems is there are often bugs. Cortana could definitely use some work, like Siri when she was first introduced. Cortana may misinterpret your words, and it she can be slow in opening a program. Microsoft Edge seems like an Internet Explorer upgrade with a new name. However, with time, these issues should be worked out, but it will take an update or two to reach perfection.
2. The Microsoft Store: With Windows 8.1, Microsoft introduced apps to the computer. Instead of just running a program on your computer, push apps (that slowed computing) were incorporated. The one thing Microsoft didn’t learn was that unless the user is handling a tablet or phone, running an app on a computer, which can just run the full program for half the RAM, is a little ridiculous. The Microsoft store is still there, and annoyingly so.
3. Universal App Integration: This one is not surprising, but it’s still hard to use cross platform programs on Windows 10. A good example is that it’s still a huge pain to integrate a Gmail account into Microsoft Exchange. It’s also hard to play .mp4 videos with Microsoft default media players in decent quality. Possibly the biggest annoyance is the fact that iTunes still runs slow and buggy on Windows 10.
Overall, Windows 10 is a great improvement over Windows 8. To anyone who enjoys playing around with new operating systems and learning new things, I would recommend upgrading right away. However, if you enjoy simplicity and functionality, I recommend holding off a month or two and letting Microsoft work out a few kinks.
Christian is a senior business administration and computing major.