Windows 10 Top Features

1. Start Menu is back – Welcome back

Windows 10 Start Menu
Windows 10 Start Menu

In Windows 8 and 8.1, Microsoft decided to get rid of the start menu and replace it with metro UI.. unfortunately, Users were not happy with that change and they wanted to have the start menu back.. that was one of the  main reasons that Windows 8 & 8.1 had market failure. The good news for those who are missing the start menu is you will have the start menu back in Windows 10.

It is not the same style that we used to have in Windows XP and 7.. the new start menu will have the live tiles on it but at the same time it has the old structure of the start menu that we used to have in Windows 7.

  1. Cortana for desktop users.

Microsoft is marketing the Cortana as the most personalized digital assistant. I personally have been using it in my Windows 8.1 phone devise for quite good time and I found it is very great digital assistant. Cortana wasn’t available in Windows 8.1 desktop version..

Microsoft is bringing Cortana into windows 10 desktop version. I believe that would make it easy to interact with your desktop devise by voice command. It will enable you to launch applications, adding meeting requests, searching your files on hard drive and onedrive….etc.

  1. Xbox app

This will enable you to play Xbox game on your laptop or tablet. With improved speed and graphics performance.

  1. Spartan Browser
Project Spartan
Project Spartan

Bye bye for Internet Explorer.. Microsoft officially announcing that IE is dead. Project Spartan including many built in features, like PDF reading and reading mode.. Project Spartan will have Cortana support from within the browser, so Cortana can read information from the sites you’re on to do some tasks like navigate to a restaurant you’re looking up or know n upcoming flight time without having to go into your email or ticket paper.

  1. Multi-tasking improvement

Very similar to Apple’s space feature on OSX; it enable you to have multiple desktops; each desktop has its own set of open windows and apps. I believe this will make it easier for you to organize your work in better way and isolate things.

  1. Switching between to modes
Switching Modes
Switching Modes

Microsoft introduced a new way to switch between desktop mode that more convenient to you. If you have mouse/keyboard attached to your devise; then you will have the desktop mode with start menu similar to the one you have in windows 7. If you de-attached the keyboard and mouse; you will be switched to the metro UI (after confirming that in confirmation message).

  1. Action Center

With windows 10, you will have all notifications in one place, it is similar to what we have in phone devises where you can see all notifications grouped by Application that generated the notification.

Use Windows Phone Personal Assistant (Cortana) Outside US

Microsoft recently push windows phone 8.1 updates to all windows 8.0 devices. The major feature of this update was to include an interactive personal assistant software; Cortana.. it is like Siri on IPhone an Google Now on Andriod devices.. Cortana is Beta release now and it is enabled only for US area.. the good news is you can still use cotana while you are a non-US resident by following few steps to adjust the regional settings on your device. to accomplish that you need to do the followings:

1. your phone language should be English (united State); to do so, go to Settings > Language and make sure the first item on the list to be English (United States). your phone may ask for restart; if so, please do restart for your phone.

2. your region should be United state. to do so; go to Settings > Region and make sure the region is US and regional format to be US… your phone might require a restart, if so, please do a restart for your phone.

3. the last step is to make sure that you set the Location Services to be ON; this will enable GPS on your phone Cortana will use it in order to accomplish your commands. To do that; go to Settings > Location and make sure it is set to ON.


after restarting your phone, you should see cortana on your App list. swap to the left and search for Cortana and you are there.. to start it; you can use the search button on your  mobile devise..


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