What you need to know about Windows 10

With Windows 8’s everlasting negative reputation, Microsoft is on the verge of releasing the failure operating systems predecessor: Windows 10, in just two years. With Apple’s increasingly seamless experience across devices, Microsoft has had to reinvent the wheel to keep up with their competition. In Windows 10 not only will you see many of the annoying Windows 8 features eliminated you will also begin to see Windows 10 become the standard across platforms integrating the cloud and synchronizing across devices such as the Xbox One, Windows Tablets and Windows Phones.

START here

Let us go ahead and get the elephant out of the room! The poorly thought out Start Screen is no longer in Windows 10 and you will be pleased to know an even better start menu is back! This start menu integrates the old style with the Windows 8 start screen apps to create a combined view that lets you easily access everything from one convenient location. For those who DID enjoy the Windows 8 style you can still disable the start menu should you choose to do so.

Search away in the integrated search box located in the start menu. Just like previous version of Windows (Vista & 7), you can search for files, applications and even internet results just by clicking the start button. You do not even have to click in the box to start typing just click and type and see results based on your entry.

Modern Apps

Anyone who has used windows 8 can appreciate the repair the major design flaw among the modern apps displayed in the system. Many users who wanted to enjoy the desktop view they were accustom to would be greeted by the realization that the “modern apps” would not open in desktop view but would take up the entire screen forcing you into the touch screen Modern Windows side of things.

Anyone who multi-tasks will be grateful that Windows 10 will no longer have two viewing styles. Instead, the standard desktop view will launch both standard and modern applications. Modern apps will launch in a new window on the desktop, just like standard Windows applications do.

What to expect if you want Windows 10

Windows 10 is currently only available as a preview and according to Microsoft will be available for consumer purchase later in 2015. [UPDATED 2/15] Microsoft has recently reported that they will be providing free upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8 for the first year of the new operating system’s release. Until then there are a few things that you need to consider about upgrading. We always recommend a fresh installation over an upgrade to avoid incompatibility and to maximize performance.

Do not assume your old devices (such as printers) will be compatible with Windows 10. Devices that are compatible with Windows 8 will likely be compatible but older devices may not be. Check with the devices manufacturer before you upgrade to ensure that you will not have to replace your device. In addition to your devices, you should also ensure that your software or programs would run on the new operating system. You can usually find this information by contacting the company who made the software or by visiting their website.

If you are looking to update your Operating System you can expect to pay anywhere from $130-$250 for the operating system although, Microsoft has not yet commented on any pricing for the OS yet. This does not include any additional costs to install or setup your computer. Currently there are over 1 million testers using Windows 10and Jester’s Computer is a beta tester. This means that the final version could still have many changes from the current preview version.

For answers to your computer questions you can contact Ayse at help@thecomputertutor.info or by calling (717) HELP-4-ME. The computer tutor offers one-on-one technology classes and consultations.

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