Windows 8 vs. Windows 10
Windows 10 has been among the most awaited Microsoft Windows OS versions, thanks to the little popularity of the previous OS iteration (Windows 8). The new platform is a much intuitive integration of desktop and touchscreen interfaces. There is a host of fresh features and design changes as well, along with multiple performance improvements. But do these aspects sum up to make Windows 10 any better or different from the outgoing OS?
Windows 8 vs. Windows 10 – Side-by-Side Comparison
- Start Menu: Windows 10 brings back the much loved Start Menu, which was conspicuously absent in Windows 8. Windows 8 only popped up the ��live tiles’ whenever the Windows button was pressed. The new start screen was despised because it didn’t make much difference on non-touch devices or desktop PCs. Windows 10 presents both the Start Menu and live tiles, with the option to fill the entire landscape with the Start Screen.
- App Interface: In Windows 8, apps downloaded from the Windows Store were full-screen, cutting down the synergy between other system applications. Windows 10 provides the option to run these apps in a “windowed” mode.
- Performance: Windows 8 had a quicker boot-up time than Windows 7. It also had superior performance. Unfortunately, Windows 10 hasn’t made marked improvements over Windows 8 in the performance department, since Windows 10 is based on Windows 8. This is perhaps one of those rare areas where Windows 8 is on par with the new OS.
New Windows 10 Features
In addition to the aforementioned modifications, Windows 10 also brings some new elements to the table.
- Tablet Mode: This feature, as the name indicates, is ideal for tablet PC users who’d like the entire screen used up by the Start Menu. Turning the mode off will take the user back again to the conventional user interface. Hybrid laptop (a tablet-PC convertible) users will derive more benefits from this facility.
- Virtual Desktop: The benefit of a virtual desktop is the ability to pretend a multiple-monitor setup. This feature is useful if you work on multiple applications simultaneously, but don’t have sufficient screen space.
- Cortana: Cortana is a powerful personal search assistant that first came with Microsoft phones (the Lumia line). The virtual assistant can be used for searching the PC for apps and files and also to initiate web searches. More importantly, it also tracks user interests and oversees things such as calendar and regular hangout or eating places.
- Action Center: Another useful Windows 10 offering is its new and much centralized notification center. This is the place where all Windows updates, security flags or new email updates appear.
- Microsoft Edge: Windows 10 offers a brand new browser, Microsoft Edge. It comes with new features and utilizes a completely overhauled rendering engine. Though the Edge browser may not grab the competition by its neck, it is certainly much better than the previous browser, Internet Explorer.
There is little new mistakes Microsoft could have made with Windows 10 because all the possible blunders were already committed with Windows 8. The new OS is therefore a much better and refined version of the previous OS, with some valuable new tools and fresh features added to the mix.
Our recommendation: Upgrade to the new OS if you have the original Windows 8 copy. Even if not enamored, you’ll certainly not regret having made the shift.
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