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All you wanted to know about Windows 10

date: 18 August 2015
reading time: 2 min

People say ‘change is always good’, but is it? With the introduction of Windows 10, people’s opinions are divided. Was it worth the anticipation? What can we actually say about it a few weeks after its launch?

Windows 10 was first introduced on 29th of July, 2015 and to everybody’s surprise – it still can be downloaded free of charge.

Windows 10, to some people, brings the breeze of fresh air.

Firstly, for those of you who are quite nostalgic – the start menu is back but you can still take advantage of ‘live tiles’ which are now located in it. They contain your most relevant data that you remember from Windows 8.
Windows 10 happens to have its own Siri, Cortana – a digital assistant that can help you with anything and answers any question. The new operating system comes with a feature called ‘continuum’ that allows the user to switch between two modes – a tablet mode, filled with well-known Windows 8 tiles, and a desktop mode. The general interface is very simply-looking and quite easy to use, which makes the transition much easier.

 Nevertheless, users have already found problems that seem hard to overcome.

Users complain about system’s speed, because apparently it is much slower than its predecessor and programs that worked smoothly on Windows 8, crash. The same happens with games. Also, in some cases, simple actions like hibernation resulted in computer’s shutting down. What is more, users were extremely critical on Microsoft’s new browser, Microsoft Edge. Supposedly it is very slow and takes twice the time to load pictures or articles.
By default, Microsoft attains access to your location, browser history and keystrokes. Additionally, it listens to user’s microphone, and shares information with Microsoft’s reliable partners. These features can, however, be switched off.
This is not all – Microsoft is stating the operating system free, added that its support will only be available for 2 to 4 years, whereas the support for Windows 8 will be valid till 2020. No one knows what users are to do after this time because Microsoft doesn’t want to spill the beans.

Windows 10 brought improvements, as well as glitches and as everything, it will find its supporters and objectors. However, innovations usually need time – a man is a creature of habit that will eventually accept the new.

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