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Windows 10 – Journey so far

When I am going to get the notification? After seeing, the news that Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10, this question started bugging me for days. At the beginning of the August, I saw a tilted window popping up in my Windows 8.1, asking if I want to register for upgrade. Sure with no delay, I booked my upgrade and again wait started for getting final upgrade. On 5th August, my wait was over and I got another notification indicating that I can now upgrade to Windows 10. Aha! the moment has arrived to get hands on the much awaited OS. The upgrade process was quite smooth and I didn’t face any problems. Finally the upgrade was done and I was ready to experience the new journey.

Start Menu
It was good to see the start menu was back. All the programs are now accessible (much like Windows 8 Phone menu). Additional options like Restart, Shut Down, Sleep are directly visible in the menu itself. The mini version of tiles view looks great and it has been named brilliantly “Life at a Glance“.

Start Menu
Start Menu

Task Bar
The task bar has been always handy in Windows to organize shortcuts and quickly get started with favorite programs. Windows 10, has enhanced it further and added Search field. The search provides dual utility of searching for installed programs and search directly on web. The Run command seems to be redundant now.
Another great feature is the Task View, which helps to manage desktops. Providing much helpful feature to organize running windows in a workspace.
The notification item in task bar makes it quite easy to scan through all the notifications and take appropriate action.

Action Center (Slide Side Menu)
There are now more shortcuts than its predecessor – Tablet Mode, Note, Connect, Battery Saver, VPN, Bluetooth, Brightness etc. This seems to be plus feature, but the display isn’t that attractive. It gives me the ugly feeling of Android, iOS grid style icons. Please make it better, the Windows 8 has much better feel for aside, though it had limited options.

Aside Menu
Aside Menu

Tablet Mode
The tablet mode is an interesting option and on activation, it takes back to the Windows 8 Metro mode (Ohh, I love that mode. Its brilliant and feels so soothing). The difference is – it shows two sections with Life at a glance & Play and explore. There is also aside menu as well as taskbar present in tablet mode. This is definitely handy, for accessing shortcuts quickly. None the less, there is also a shortcut to see all the running windows at a glance. This is different from the earlier gesture of swiping from left to walkthrough the programs. Definitely much faster mechanism to choose right program, without having to swipe through all the open windows.

Tablet Mode
Tablet Mode

From the ashes – Edge

Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge

Everyone is eager to see how the Microsoft’s new Browser – Edge looks like. From the ashes of Internet Explorer, the new browser is supposed to be changing fate of IT’s giant. Without much delay, I just opened it and it was altogether a whole new different world. The browser has been changed from the ground up. Leaving no signs of its ancestor, it has been designed pretty well. Though there are now limited options, it definitely seems to be much better. Infact, I almost forgot using Chrome while visiting my favorite sites.
But not all that was shiny, I experienced visiting some of the sites has resulted in freezing a browser for a duration of 2-3 seconds and the scrollbar simply refused to scroll the page. It worked after the freezing though, but this was something unexpected.
Settings has been optimized as well and now there is no need to run through the tabs. Most of the options are accessible within aside menu. But I didn’t find any option to change proxy settings. Though there was Advanced Settings option, it just showed few additional stuffs and not all the options that were available with earlier version. I had to run inetcpl.cpl to get the tabbed interface.
The option to annotate/edit any page is quite handy and the hub provides quick access to downloads/bookmarks.

Wallpapers/Lock Screen
The whole new set of Wallpapers with Windows 10 is nice, but I like the feature on Lock screen. The background is called as Windows Spotlight, which pulls images from internet and asks for feedback. The images are really nice.

Like What You See?
Like What You See?

Automatic Updates
Well this seems to be major pain. Microsoft has simply denied the feature to turn off updates and now users have no option but to let OS download the updates and apply it automatically. This specially is pain when I am using my hybrid laptop for heavy processing. It will be great, if Microsoft can bring the control back in the hands of user.

So far there are no major issues, but after using Windows 8 for more than 2.5 years, learning new gestures/options is taking some time. The story will unfold, once I start using it extensively, but overall the new version looks more clean.

By Carbon Rider

Hi this is Yogesh, welcome to my world. Being passionate about learning new technologies and building frameworks, I end up spending most of my time in front of computer. But over last few months, I realised apart from being good coder and designer (Yes I am) I have something hidden in me. And thats called ART.

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