Windows 10 Basics

The launch of Windows 10 by Microsoft intends to unify the desktop, mobile and smartphone user experiences.  Windows 10 combines the strengths of Windows 7 and Windows 8.  It is a massive improvement on Windows 8 which misunderstood its users when it changed the user interface by removing the iconic Start menu, something difficult to get used to.

For a Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or a Windows Phone 8.1 device, the Windows 10 upgrade is free for the first year of release across 190 countries.  Currently only desktops and laptop users can upgrade – phones, the Xbox One, Arduino machines, and HoloLens users will only be able to upgrade down the line.

4 Selling Points of Windows 10

Key Features

Windows 10 Enterprise

Update for Business was introduced to adapt to business environments.  IT managers are able to stagger the Windows update process across all company devices and systems, to ensure certain systems are in use for those critical points.

Windows 10 Cortana

Apple’s Siri. With Windows 10, the Cortana feature can also be used on PC’s and tablets.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Window’s 10 default browser.  A new tab layout will display suggestions for other apps based on previous user interest and behaviour.

Universal Apps

A key feature of the Windows 10 Store is Universal Apps.  These apps will work across all Windows 10 operated devices, and consequently are targeted at both consumers and developers.  It is appealing for developers because once they have developed their app, they will be able to position it across multiple platforms.

Windows 10 will drive built-in and third-party apps (Android and iOS apps), which will eliminate the competition amongst company’s developing apps.

The ‘Get Windows 10’ app has been created to ease the upgrade process.  It ensures your device is compatible with the free upgrade, and facilitates your learning of the new features provided by Windows 10 by providing relevant information.


Continuum is Microsoft's new feature that allows users with touch-enabled devices i.e. Microsoft's Surface tablets, used with or without a mouse, to easily switch between tablet and PC modes.

Windows Hello

Windows Hello is a security feature which allows the user to access all their Windows 10 devices without a password.  This is done through an Intel RealSense technology-powered biometric authentication system.


Feedback from Inspired Dwellings

After trialing Windows 10, the early adopters of the Inspired Dwellings team have provided us with some feedback on the upgrade.

Operations Director:

“I have moved from Windows 7 to 10, and love the familiarity of the user interface as well as the fact that all my old applications work with the new windows 10.”

Project Manager:

"I’ve been using Windows 8 on a Macbook Pro via Parallels for 2 years now and it has been good, but the upgrade to Windows 10 is immediately faster and a cleaner more logical interface. Very good!"

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