Switching To Windows 10 Best Option For Windows 7 and 8 Users
For all of you who are loyal to Windows 7 since its launch in 2009, and those who spent precious time trying to figure out Windows 8 and then fell in love with it: make way for Windows 10.
Windows 10 was showcased in the technical preview by Microsoft in September last year, and has managed to finally entice users after the rather confusing reviews that bubbled around Windows 8.
First of all, Windows 10 has brought our beloved Start Menu back, which is a great treat to the eyes. However, that does not mean Microsoft would succumb completely to the user’s demands. It has now beautifully integrated the tiled interface of Windows 8 to the Start Menu. That means that when you click on Start, the window that opens up shows the options in the form of the tiles.
It also shows a grid of “live” tiles that show you updates, latest stock prices, the weather and what is trending on Netflix. You can even expand the menu to full screen, which looks like the desktop on a tablet.
Moreover, Windows 7 users will find familiar features in Windows 10, like the taskbar icons glow when opened, and only the icon of the app which is running is highlighted.
The folder icons are less fancy and it is easier to get the gist of its contents inside at a glance. Another welcome change is of eradicating the rather confusing “libraries” directory in Windows 7, and the task manager has become even simpler to use.
So there is barely any learning curve when switching to Windows 10 for Win7 users, and switching is something I would recommend as soon as the flagship OS goes on the shelves this year.
The biggest change for Windows 8 users is of course, the rather simpler and intuitive interface of Windows 10. It requires no memorization and guessing games regarding the minimization and switching of apps.
Furthermore, if you have a convertible tablet, Windows 10’s tablet mode will recognize when it is connected to a keyboard or mouse, and when it is not. It automatically adjusts the settings to fit the device it is running on at that moment, unlike Windows 8 which had different interfaces to cater each device.
Windows 8’s useless charms bar has thankfully been replaced with Windows 10’s action center where you can get notifications and access to settings like brightness controls, airplane mode, Wi-Fi and tablet mode toggles.
Another change from Windows 8 is the app choosing feature, where you had to swipe to re-visit the last used app. Now you have all your open apps on a single screen, minimizing effort.
For a more detailed sneak peek into all of the apps and features offered in Windows 10, read here.