Whether you own a laptop or desktop computer, 2015 promises to be an exciting year for technology enthusiasts and gadget geeks alike. The year ahead is packed with exciting innovations, from consumer-level VR headsets, which bridge the gap between the real and virtual world, to Apple’s bid for wearable-tech domination with the Apple Watch. For the moment, however, everyone’s attention is on the soon-to-be-released Windows 10 operating system from US software giant Microsoft.
The company has promised its latest operating system will be its best ever, and from what we’ve seen so far, that claim might not be too wide of the mark. To help prepare you for what to expect when Windows 10 drops later this year, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite new features.
A promising Start
Upon its release, Windows 8 left veteran PC users floundering due to the lack of a dedicated Start menu. Much to everyone’s relief, Windows 10 brings the Start menu back out of retirement, bringing with it some Windows 8 favourites, such as live tiles and desktop switching.
Taken to task
The Windows 8 task switcher is no more; it’s been ousted in favour of a new Task View for Windows 10. The new viewer allows users to flip between virtual desktops, something Microsoft claim is popular among newer users who prefer task bars over keyboard shortcuts. Alt+tab fans need not be too disappointed, however, as shortcuts will still be supported.
App, app and away
For Windows 10, Microsoft is officially bringing apps to the desktop. Although there are various workarounds that allow users to side load apps onto Windows 8, the new “universal apps” feature means you won’t have to tinker with third-party programs to get your favourite apps running smoothly.
You’ve got the touch
One of Microsoft’s biggest goals with Windows 10 is to offer a unified experience, offering the same functionality whether you’re tinkering on a tablet or deployed behind your desktop. To this end, they’ve added swipe gestures for Task View, as well as a mobile-friendly, larger interface that kicks in automatically when a mobile device is detected. Mobile workers rejoice!