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10 Things To Expect From Windows 10

10 Things To Expect From Windows 10

Since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft users have been itching for the next generation of Windows. You might expect Windows 9 to be the next operating system on the list, but Microsoft says that with such huge changes, they’ve decided to name the OS Windows 10 to signify that it’s a leap from Windows 8, not just an increment in the system.

Users are hoping that Windows 10 lives up to this claim, and many believe it will do so. TechRadar reports that they feel Windows 10 is coming along well, and CNET says Windows 10 “may just be everything that Windows 8 should have been.”

Unveiled in September, 2014, Windows 10 should be out by the end of July according to rumors (there is no confirmed release date as of writing this). Also good news: Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to download the new OS for free within the first year! Want to see what this new operating system is like? Check out what you can expect from Windows 10 below.

1. The Traditional Start Menu Will Return

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Windows 10 start menu

    Let’s be honest. Not too many people were thrilled with the Windows 8 start menu on desktop. Microsoft listened to these complaints, and they’re bringing back the traditional start menu for Windows 10 all while integrating a usable menu for smaller mobile devices. This start menu will bridge the gap between the Windows 8 tiled version and the classic version by displaying the two side-by-side all without leaving your desktop.

    2. The Continuum Feature Will Adapt Your Screen to Your Environment

    Windows 10 tablet start menu

      While the classic start menu is great for desktop computers, it isn’t exactly a friendly choice for smaller touch-screen devices. That’s why when you’re in tablet mode, you’ll be able to view the start menu in a full-screen touch-friendly environment. You can even toggle your device between tablet and laptop mode for those devices that double as both using the Continuum feature.

      Continuum will allow you to adapt any device to its environment. For instance, if you plug in your phone to a monitor via HDMI, your phone’s screen will switch to desktop mode to make navigating your presentation easier.

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      3. Cortana Will Be Your New Personal Assistant

      With the Windows 10 release, Cortana is coming to desktop. This voice assistant will be accessible near the start menu on the bottom left corner of your screen, and you can call her up by saying, “Hey Cortana.” Pop-up notifications will then be displayed, and you’ll be able to search your OneDrive or hard drive. If you don’t want to use voice commands, you can type commands in the search bar.

      4. Internet Explorer Will No Longer Be Your Go-To Browser

      While Internet Explorer won’t go away – it will still be available for sites where you need it – Microsoft is introducing a new web browser with Windows 10 called Microsoft Edge. This new browser will essentially be a safer, faster, and cleaner version of Internet Explorer complete with new apps like Cortana. You’ll also be able to annotate websites and send them to others in “reader” view. Like older Windows operating systems, you can still download Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers if you’d like.

      5. Snap Quadrants Will Allow You to Work With Four Apps at Once

      Windows 10 split screen

        Do you hate toggling between apps to get to work? While previous Windows operating systems offered split screen options, Windows 10 features “Snap” quadrants that will make it possible to work with four different apps at once!

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        6. You’ll Be Able to Create Multiple Desktops

        Have several big projects going on at once? No longer do you have to open up a ton of apps for multiple projects and have them all overlap. Instead, Windows 10 will allow you to create multiple desktops so you can organize the apps you’re currently using for each project.

        7. Task View Will Make Managing Your Desktops Easy

        Windows 10 screen

          To make managing your projects easier, the new “Task View” button makes getting from one desktop to the other simple. This button is anchored to your Taskbar and allows you to manage your current desktops, move apps between desktops, and easily switch between applications.

          8. The Gaming Experience Will Change Slightly

          Among Windows 10 changes, they’re bringing back the popular Solitaire by default, so you don’t have to worry about installing that from the App store. Windows 10 will also be closely integrated with Xbox, which will allow you to stream games from Xbox to your PC as well as play Xbox users on the same game (for select games).

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          9. You’ll Have Access to iOS and Android Apps

          Microsoft’s list of apps is likely to explode when the Windows 10 update hits. That’s because with the new OS, it will take just a few clicks to turn Android and iOS apps into Windows apps. With around only 300,000 apps right now in the Windows store, these numbers could sour over 1 million thanks to Windows 10, opening Windows users to tons of new opportunities.

          10. Microsoft HoloLens Will Work With Windows 10

          The future of holographic computing is practically here. With Windows 10 will also come the release of the first holographic computer that will transform your world. Microsoft HoloLens is rumored to be released around the same time as Windows 10, and it will run on Windows 10.

          Windows 10 will bring enhanced productivity on all devices – from desktop to mobile. If you want to see what the OS is capable of, you can download the preview version now.

          Images via Flickr by download.net.pl

          Featured photo credit: Microsoft via news.microsoft.com

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          Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

          1. Zoho Notebook
            If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
          2. Evernote
            The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
          3. Net Notes
            If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
          4. i-Lighter
            You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
          5. Clipmarks
            For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
          6. UberNote
            If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
          7. iLeonardo
            iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
          8. Zotero
            Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

          I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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          In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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