A Windows Showdown: Windows 10 vs Windows 8

A Windows Showdown: Windows 10 vs Windows 8

With Windows 10 becoming a next big contender to Windows 8 and 8.1, Microsoft claims that Windows 10 will run on all Windows PCs, laptops, tablets and phones. More importantly all Windows 10 apps will work across all of those devices. It’s a bold claim, and an exciting one. It’s also a claim that we can’t even begin to assess until the first consumer beta of Windows 10 on smartphone comes out in February
Start Menu function ability:
The Start Menu is back in Windows 10, in more of a way than it is within Windows 8. The return of the Start Menu is a key change to Windows 10 on the desktop.
In Windows 10 the Start Menu is improved, in such a way that it may even make Windows apps useful even without the ability to use them across all Windows devices. The Windows 10 Start Menu includes a list of frequently used apps and shortcuts to PC settings. Here you will also find documents and pictures folders. At the bottom we see an ‘All apps’ shortcut.
And Microsoft has retained the functionality of the Windows 8 Start screen over on the right, with resizeable Live Tiles so that you can immediately check unread mail or Calender appointments. The Start Menu is customisable – you can resize it, and rearrange the tabs, You can also revert to the Windows 8 Start page, should you wish to.
Xbox Features:
Finally Microsoft is attempting to make use of the awesomeness that is Xbox, within the dreary world of Windows. Whereas Windows 8.1 users can install an Xbox app on to Windows PCs, it really doesn’t offer much of the true Xbox experience. Windows 10 Microsoft changes that, With Xbox on Windows 10, Microsoft is attempting to bring into Windows 10 the best features from Xbox Live and the Xbox console. Windows 10 comes with its own built-in Xbox app, offering a unified view of your games, the activity of your friends, and your own gaming activities. Windows 10 also bakes in Xbox Live, so that the more than 50 million Xbox Live members can connect across multiple devices in new ways.
Cortana Feature: Another key new feature of Windows 10 not available in Windows 8 is Cortana. Cortana is Microsoft’s semantic digital assistant, with a kind of super Siri, which can engage you in conversation. More than simple speech recognition, Cortana constantly scours the web for information to inform its interactions with you. And it learns from your behavior, contacts and so on, Cortana on Windows Phone is pretty great, actually. And it improves with use. So the inclusion of Cortana on Windows 10 is a big boost over Windows 8
Search improvements: Universal search in Windows 8 is a much-undervalued feature. It’s been in Windows since Vista, but really came to maturity in Windows 8. Searching to load up apps and files is much more efficient than navigating via apps and file systems. And going by the Windows 10 preview Microsoft has made strides in this area.
Because, quite simply, Windows 10 sees a search button added to the taskbar. This in one important move one of the few important aspects of the Windows 8 Start page is pulled into the Desktop. This should make finding files you’ve worked on faster and easier.
Snap Assist and windowed apps: With Snap Assist every app in Windows 10 can be dynamically resized in a window. And unlike in Windows 8 where a snapped app takes up half the screen hence Windows 10 up to four apps can be snapped per screen enhancing multitasking in a single window.
Even better, Snap a document to one side of the screen, and Snap Assist will suggest others that you may wish to open. Snap an app and Windows 10 suggests another, the feature is intended to save you the hassle of hunting about through menus to actually construct a virtual desktop.
Task View, virtual desktops, ALT-TAB: Another useful and visual productivity enhancer is the way that Task View allows you to create a kind of multi-monitor setup within a single monitor. As with previous versions of Windows you can use ALT-TAB to quickly shuffle between windows. The killer difference here is the new Task View button. Third from the left in the Windows Taskbar is the Task View button. Press it – or hit Windows+TAB – and you will see an array of ‘virtual desktops’, virtual displays into which you can snap multiple apps. So you could keep your email and web browser on one Desktop that you hide away when you are working on an Excel spreadsheet.

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