Review of Windows 10

Windows 10 bridges the gap between PCs and tablets without alienating anyone. The new OS combines the best bits of old and new Windows features into a cohesive package, while correcting nearly all of the missteps of Windows 8. The upgrade process is mostly painless, and free for most Windows 7 and 8 users. Many of the new features will be lost on those who don’t care about touch. Automatic, forced updates could spell trouble later on. Cortana’s features are better suited for smartphones. Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that’s equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs and it’s a free upgrade for most users. When Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 which is also available at Atoz Files website, it delivered an elegant operating system that could for the first time fulfill the potential of each modern computing form factor. Equally proficient on a touchscreen tablet, laptop, or conventional desktop PC, Windows 10 resuscitated the operating system’s best features while setting the stage for Microsoft’s ongoing innovation streak that includes idiosyncratic products like the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and, more recently, the Surface Studio; a desktop PC for artists and designers in need of high-end horsepower and display and the Surface Dial, a touch-friendly dial designed to facilitate fine contextual controls.

Windows “Creators Update” will introduce 4K video game streaming and support “augmented reality,” bringing 3D capabilities to legacy applications such as Paint and PowerPoint. It will support 3D rendering for Microsoft’s HoloLens technology, which will be incorporated into forthcoming devices from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP and Asus. And it will enable a virtual touchpad that lets you control external monitors from tablets, without need for a mouse. MacOS Sierra added some new features inspired by its own mobile operating system. And though Apple clearly wishes to continue the integration of Macs and iOS products, providing additional incentives to keep your hardware inside Apple’s walled garden, it’s not always a perfect fit.

Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s venerable PC operating system; a “just right” compromise between the familiar dependability of Windows 7, and the forward-looking touchscreen vision of Windows 8. This new Windows, available as a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 non-corporate users, is built from the ground up to pursue Microsoft’s vision of a unified OS that spans all devices without alienating any one platform. It’s an attempt to safeguard Microsoft’s crumbling software hegemony, assailed on all sides by Google and Apple. And it’s a vision of the future as Microsoft sees it, where a single user experience spans every piece of technology we touch. Welcome to Windows as a service.