What to Expect on Windows 10 through the Technical Preview

What to Expect on Windows 10 through the Technical Preview

Microsoft announced he next version of Windows called Windows 10. Since it became available on March 30, it has come a long way. The official technical preview is free to try and see for yourself. Just download the update on Microsoft Store and install it on your system. Take note that the technical preview is only meant for testing out the system and have a sneak peek of what’s to come in the next version of Windows. Expect this to have bugs and unexpected crashes, so don’t upgrade the preview in your primary home or business PC.

What to Expect on Windows 10 through the Technical Preview

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Microsoft announced he next version of Windows called Windows 10. Since it became available on March 30, it has come a long way. The official technical preview is free to try and see for yourself. Just download the update on Microsoft Store and install it on your system. Take note that the technical preview is only meant for testing out the system and have a sneak peek of what’s to come in the next version of Windows. Expect this to have bugs and unexpected crashes, so don’t upgrade the preview in your primary home or business PC.

 

 

The Windows 10 Technical Preview has come a long way, but there’s still a lot of things to be done before it is ready for mainstream. Microsoft hasn’t announced the official release date yet, but it is near. Once it’s released, Windows users will expect to experience the following:

 

  • Free upgrade

Windows 10 will be free to existing Windows users. The current users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will be available to upgrade to the new operating system for free as long as they do that within the year of the Windows 10 launch. Everyone will get the free update including those with pirated version of Windows. Although it’s reported that the pirated versions will receive annoying pop ups to buy a license and they’ll get booted out of the system from time to time.

 

 

  • Windows Unified

The goal of Windows 10 is to unify the Windows operating system. Whether a phone, tablet, embedded systems or Xbox One, or PC everything look and works exactly the same. It will revolve around a common internal core and share a common universal application architecture.

 

Windows 10 will feature a universal app model. With this, apps will be able to run on all devices from phones, desktops, embedded, and even on XBox. These apps now float on the desktop, unlike before in Windows 8.1 where apps are in full screen and separated from the desktop. Now, Windows apps can be resized and be in full screen if needed.

Continum

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Continum is a feature excellent for 2-in-1 devices. It can change from desktop to tablet mode automatically. For example, if it detects that the keyboard is detached from your 2-in-1 device, it will automatically shift to tablet mode.

 

 

Cortana

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Microsoft’s personal digital assistant Cortana will finally appear on the desktop. Cortana appears right in the search button on the taskbar. Cortana will appear on top once it’s triggered. Just like in Windows phone, you can type in your question or through initiating voice commands by saying: “Hey Cortana”.

 

Xbox

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Xbox poses a new role in Windows 10. Through this operating system, you can enable game DVR – just install the Xbox app to get started. What this app does is share clips of PC games with friends online. They are sent across the Xbox network so that Xbox owners can watch as well. It also supports wireless streaming of games from an Xbox one to any Windows 10 PC or tablet.

 

Also, the best part is that you can play Xbox games right within your phone, tablet or PC running Windows 10.

 

Project Spartan

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Microsoft announced earlier this year that they are going to ditch Internet Explorer in place of a better browser. This new browser is called Project Spartan.

 

Project Spartan is not an Internet Explorer update, but a completely revamped modern browser. With spartan, you can collaborate with others by marking up the page with a drawing directly on it. You’ll also be able to click anywhere on the page and comment.

 

Project Spartan features a reading mode. This mode automatically downloads articles for offline reading later.

 

Cortana will be coming to the browser too. Cortana learns from your habits and give you things that it thinks are relevant.

 

Under the hood, Spartan uses a legacy-free rendering engine. Internet Explorer uses Trident Engine where it can open the page in a legacy-browser mode and has support for Active X controls. Spartan, on the other hand, is removed in the Edge engine. Spartan will use the cutting edge browser mode without that unusual browser behavior we experience in Internet Explorer.

 

Hololens

 

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Hololens is another reason to love the Windows 10. Hololens is essentially a holographic computer built to a headset which lets you see, hear, and interact with holograms within the environment.

 

Hololens will not be able to project 3D images from your living room, instead, it is projected to the Hololens device in which it poses a whole new level of interacting with computers. What it does is just overlay the images and objects into your living rooms.

 

This brings up new possibilities to interact, especially in communication. Imagine having someone teach you how to play chess by simply pointing out which piece to use by drawing into the chessboard.

 

Start Menu is back

Instead of that annoying start screen from Windows 8/8.1, Microsoft decided to bring back the start menu we used to love. This time, Windows 10 start menu is a regressed version of the start screen. There’s a list of apps on the left, and then tiled apps on the right. If you need to view a start screen version of it, the start menu can be maximized to work that way.

 

Settings unified

One of the worst things about Windows 8 is the disconnect between desktop apps and Windows 8 apps. Now that Windows 10 is more focused on unifying it, the settings section is also unified. You’ll no longer see a different setting for your apps and your desktop as they all converge in this useful and efficient settings section.

 

Why not Windows 9

There are a lot of speculations to why Windows 10 isn’t Windows 9. Some say that Microsoft has a big presence in Japan and in that country, 9 is an unlucky number. Some even speculated that many developers from third party coders uses a lazy method to check for Windows 95 or 98; thus Windows 10 is the pragmatic solution to that.

 

However, Microsoft named it Windows 10 because they can.

 

Conclusion

While there’s still a lot of improvements to the said operating system, Windows 10 will be the next big thing to happen to Windows. What’s best about this operating system is that Windows 10 will no longer have a phone, or tablet versions – instead Windows 10 will be a unified operating system that works across platforms.

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