Despite having some issues, like most other operating systems, Windows 10 has proven to be a stable and user friendly system that has received much praise over the last 3 years, and while us users had to adjust to yet another OS release, many agree that the transition should be a beneficial one in the long run, and that users can gain a lot from what the OS currently has to offer. This is valid for both regular users as well as those looking for more advanced features, and it looks like Microsoft is determined to keep paying attention to both camps for quite some time in the future. Let’s have a look at some of the things that make Windows 10 so great for productivity and everyday use.
While it’s been possible to use virtual desktops in Windows for quite some time with the use of external tools, Windows 10 is the first official iteration of the system that has them built in. It may take a while to get used to the idea that all your apps are not on the same screen anymore, but once you’ve managed to integrate this into your workflow, it’s a complete game changer. It’s very easy to organize your desktop in different sub-desktops according to their context, making it easier to find the apps you’re looking for if you have many of them running at the same time.
Microsoft are also clearly paying a lot of attention to the security of their users with this version of Windows, as they have doubled down on their efforts with the built-in defenses of the system. Windows 10 can easily keep many types of attacks at bay without even requiring any intervention from the user, and it does so without any noticeable impact on your system resources. Of course, you should not put complete trust in the default security controls of the operating system, and it’s always a good idea to get an extra antivirus solution on top of that, but you can generally keep things pretty smooth with what Windows has to offer by default.
Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, originally arrived from the realm of smartphones, but she’s been making steady progress with her integration into the desktop version of Windows. While not everyone will find her features that useful, and some may even opt to completely disable her to get some extra peace of mind, she can make some operations much more convenient and streamlined compared to doing them by hand. Getting used to the voice control capabilities of the assistant can take a while, and she will probably need some time to adjust to your particular voice, but once that’s out of the way, she’s a delight to use. Cortana is deeply integrated into Microsoft’s various other services too, giving you an extra degree of control if you are also a user of some of them.
The Universal Apps platform has been a bit of a controversial decision, admittedly, especially among more advanced users who saw it as a threat to the capabilities of standard Windows applications. So far though, Microsoft have made it clear that they have no intention of degrading the core experience of their users, and they are only motivated by the need for advanced security in Windows. And it’s true that the UWP has allowed developers to create applications that interact with Windows in new ways without compromising the security of the system underneath. So far, the platform seems to be moving in the right direction, and hopefully Microsoft are going to maintain the positive momentum and keep improving it in sensible ways.
Windows 10 is also a fantastic offer for gamers, with many new features exclusive to it that can’t be found in older versions of the operating system. A more notable one is the ability to record gameplay as a native Windows feature, as opposed to having to use external software for the job. At the same time, the operating system is more optimized for gaming purposes, doing various tasks in the background to ensure that games are prioritized in resource allocation at all times. There have actually been reports indicating that Windows 10 can offer more adequate performance for modern titles, as opposed to older versions of the operating system, so those planning to play any new releases should orient themselves in that direction.