Whether you have already decided to upgrade, or you’re still considering whether to do so or not, here are the Windows 10 features we think you should try first. It is set to become one of the most important operating system launches in Microsoft’s history.


1. New & Developed Start Menu Of Win 10

In something of a surprise move, Microsoft has softened its hard stance on the block color aesthetic of Windows 10 and added transparency back into the Start Menu. Again it is a small adjustment but one that definitely helps general navigation. The login screen has also been titivated.

After restoring the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft is now bringing back the menu to go with it. Happy times for desktop users it is no longer just a place to jump awkwardly back to the tablet friendly interface.

2. Virtual Assistant Cortana

It is accessible directly from the desktop with either a click or a voice command, it is used as a handy helper when you need to get stuff done. You can ask it basic questions, such as ‘What is the weather like?’, and it will populate with the latest news and information each morning. The virtual assistant of Microsoft, which has been present on its phone operating system for a while now, is one of the headline features of Windows 10.

3. Brilliantly New Tablet Mode

While Microsoft is making changes for users more familiar with older versions of Windows, it isn’t forgetting about the people who actually like the new touchscreen optimized features. For them there’s a dedicated tablet mode that effectively makes the Start Menu go full-screen and runs all apps in full-screen as well. Hybrids, of which there are many, should switch between tablet and desktop modes automatically if set up correctly.

4. Virtual Desktops & Task View In New Way

It is a small tweak but a very welcome one. Another part of this system is the new Task View, which makes it easier to see all the open apps and windows all at once. It is a similar to previous ‘app switching’ implementations in previous versions of Windows, but the grid layout is easier to use quickly at a glance.

The fact Windows finally supports virtual desktops natively is long overdue, but it is a very welcome addition all the same.