Windows 10 – some cool features that you may underestimate

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As promised I will continue to write about Windows 10 these days, since on July 29th Window 10 will become generally available, but I’m sure you know this already. So right now I would like to concentrate on some cool Windows 10 features that may be a little bit underestimated.

1. The Start button. Yes, in Windows 10 we will have the Start button back, and I mean the real one, not a surrogate like in Windows 8.1. Sure, the Windows 10 Start button has a total different design than the one we know from Windows 7, but it really takes advantage of the live tiles. Furthermore, it is fully customizable so that every user should find his perfect button. 

2. Microsoft Continuum. This feature turns your smartphone into a full PC while being able to further use the smartphone as…..a smartphone. The idea behind is that when you connect your phone to bluetooth peripherals as well as to a monitor via a mini HDMI port, you will see on the monitor the whole Windows 10 desktop experience, while keeping your phone active as a phone, so that you can answer phone calls or write messages without interfering at all with the work you  are doing on the monitor. This feature requires pretty powerful devices, but it is still a great one.

3. Microsoft Edge, is an all-new browser designed to get things done online in new ways, with built-in commenting on the web – via typing or inking — sharing comments, and a reading view that makes reading web sites much faster and easier. With Cortana integrated, Microsoft Edge offers quick results and content based on your interests and preferences. Fast, streamlined and personal, you can focus on just the content that matters to you and actively engage with the web. A lot of people are still hostile to Microsoft Edge, thinking at their experience with Internet Explorer, but I think we should all give Microsoft Edge a chance.

4. Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App bring new game experiences to Windows 10. Xbox on Windows 10 brings the expansive Xbox Live gaming network to both Windows 10 PCs and tablets. Communicate with your friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One – while playing any PC game. You can capture, edit and share your greatest gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices. You can play games on your PC, streamed directly from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 tablets or PCs, within your home. Games developed for DirectX 12 in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability.

5. Universal apps. Even though Microsoft talks a lot about the Windows 10 universal apps, I still feel that people, and especially developers, don’t understand exactly the big shift the app world is seeing with the launch on Windows 10. Starting July 29th all user will have a true mobility across devices. There won’t be apps for the smartphone, apps for the desktop, apps for the tablet, apps for Android or apps for iOs anymore. There will be only universal apps. Developers will be able to create only one app and to target it to a market 10 times bigger than now. Users on their side won’t have the problem that certain apps are not available on their platform. In my opinion this is really game changing.

That’s it for now. I promise, the next article will be about the limitations that you may face if you choose to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Till then, I am happy to hear from you.

Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

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