A first look at Windows 10
Like countless others on the 29th July 2015, I set some time aside to upgrade my laptop to Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 10. I thought I'd share some of my first impressions of the new software.
In my opinion, Windows 10 represents a marked improvement on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Unlike Microsoft's previous operating system, Windows 10 has done away with the tiled "Start" screen and replaced it with an interactive "Start" button which incorporates all of your apps, photos and files.
Rather than being available on your "Start" screen, all of your apps (arranged numerically and alphabetically,) can be accessed by clicking on the Windows button and selecting All apps.
A handy feature of Windows 10 is the new "Mail" app, which lets you add multiple email accounts to a single application, meaning that you can check your email inboxes without opening numerous online tabs.
Instead of coming equipped with artistic background themes, (as can be found in Windows 8/8.1,) Windows 10 has clever built-in personalization features: when you select a photo or image to serve as your desktop background, Windows 10 automatically assesses the principal colours in the picture, shading your main apps with the same, main hue.
To illustrate: you choose a desktop background:
And your main apps change colour accordingly:
As well as boasting a number of renewed designs, Windows 10 also comes equipped with a zippier, new browser called Microsoft Edge. Microsoft's new browser has a sleek, minimalist look. When you open a new tab, you are presented with a list of popular webpage apps, as well as a wealth of news updates.
In all, Windows 10 is a sleek, easy to use operating system. Whilst the tiles incorporated into Windows 8/8.1 may be effective when used with a touchscreen device, the return of the old-fashioned "Start" menu, coupled with a slick, easy to use, toolbar, makes Windows 10 ideal for conventional laptop users.
Updating to Windows 10