Microsoft’s first entrance into a cross-compatible operating system designed for computers and tablets was a flop with Windows 8.1, but they certainly didn’t make the same mistakes with Windows 10 when it was first released in July of 2015. Frequent updates have improved functionality and added features, and the option for a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 for the first year, certainly helped their reputation and pleased consumers. Take a look at the top new features available in Windows 10 to maximize your computer or tablet’s functionality.

The Start Menu
One of the primary complaints from people with Windows 8 was the elimination of the Start menu. Microsoft listened and brought it back to Windows 10 with a newer, fresh look. The newly designed start menu includes a list of all your applications and programs, with the most used and recently added at the top. The right side includes tiles that were first introduced with Windows 8 that can be resized or removed if you prefer. You can also revert to a Windows 8 appearance by making the start menu full-screen. Users have the option to customize their experience however they want.

The Windows Store
As the popularity of Windows phones and tablets rises, more app developers are expanding beyond Android and iOS and introducing versions for Windows tablets and computers. Another improvement is that applications open in windowed mode, instead of full-screen, which previously took over anything else you might have been doing.

Cortana Assistant
The Cortana assistant, first introduced on Windows 8.1 phones, helps users search through their computer to find personal information, files, and online information. Voice commands allow you to search the Internet for virtually anything, and “she” is also capable of creating reminders, alarms and play music. Cortana’s capabilities will expand continuously with new updates.

Edge Browser
Internet explorer has a history of being slow and inefficient and Microsoft took the hint with their new Edge browser, built from the ground up. It offers extensions similar to other popular web browsers and allows users to use digital ink to make marks on sites and share them with other users.

Notifications and the Action Center
Notifications give users pop-ups along the right side of the screen. These range from updates available in Windows to game and app notifications. These notifications are archived so you don’t have to be sitting at your computer to get them. The action center also includes options to manage networks, switch to tablet mode and modify other computer settings.

Windows 10 is a fresh, versatile operating system with multiple new and improved features to appeal to a wide market of consumers.

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