8 Hot New Features of Windows 10

The new Windows 10 operating system is right around the corner. Microsoft has confirmed that it will be released on July 29, 2015. But what does that mean for you?

If you’re currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, it means you can download the new OS free of charge. The free upgrade will be available for one year.

As a leading computer training software developer, we have been testing the Windows 10 Technical Preview for the last few months. Before you decide if you want to download the free upgrade or not, check out our list of the 8 top new features of Windows 10:

Return of the Start Menu

It’s back! Everybody’s favorite Windows navigational tool returns for convenient access to everyday tools and go-to items.

Action Center Notifications

The lower right area of the Task Bar features the Action Center. This is the one-stop shop for notifications. Important meetings, app updates, system alerts, and more, are all displayed in a single location.

Modern (Metro) Apps in Windows

Now Modern Apps open in windows. These universal apps are identical on PCs and mobile devices, with familiar controls for minimizing, maximizing and closing.

Cortana

“Hey, Cortana!” The new, voice-activated personal assistant that searches the web and your PC, tracks appointments on your calendar, offers technical support, and even tells jokes. Activate Cortana in Settings and you’re off and running.

Microsoft Edge

A new Internet browser, Microsoft Edge, is the new world of Internet Browsing. It offers a brand new engine with fast performance and new functionality, including inking – the ability to write or type directly on a web page.

Virtual Desktops

Task View allows you to open virtual desktops – the perfect way to group and organize all of your open applications.

Continuum

The Continuum feature in the Windows 10 system works with devices that support both keyboard and mouse touch input. Seamlessly switch between tablet, or touch, and desktop modes.

Snap Assist

This convenient Windows management feature allows you to arrange and size four open windows by dragging and dropping each window to different corners of the screen.