There has been a lot of discussion about Microsoft’s new operating system this year. Now it has finally arrived, does Microsoft’s Windows 10 live up to the hype? Let’s find out.

Windows 10 is a major upgrade over the previous versions. It’s not just the cosmetic improvements, but major changes have been made to the way windows works. Don’t get me wrong they are still issues with Windows 10, but nothing that should put off any Windows 8 users. Microsoft have also been very generous with Windows 10 by giving users a free upgrade option until July 2016.

Microsoft have removed the much hated Charms Bar from Windows 8. They have also brought back the extremely popular Start menu.  A new virtual desktops has been added. Windows Snap has been updated. A replacement for the Charms Bar called Action Center has been added, which is the new notification system. A new feature called Wi-Fi Sense, which connects the user’s devices to trusted Wi-Fi hotspots. For gamers Microsoft have added the ability to stream Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC. There is also a brand new web browser built into Windows 10 and it goes by the name of Microsoft Edge. Finally, I cannot forget the addition of Cortana, Microsoft’s new virtual assistant.

What’s really good about Windows 10 is the return of the start menu, it finally feels like windows again. The new web browser looks very promising, but it will need time to be updated to compete with Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. The new theme chosen for Windows 10 is a big improvement over the previous version. Action Center is a huge improvement over the Charms Bar. Virtual Desktops is one of my favourite new features in Windows 10. Finally, I would like to point out since Windows 7 Microsoft have done an excellent of improving security and stability, and I am glad to say Windows 10 continues that pattern. For Windows 8 users, updating your machine to Windows 10 is highly recommend.

For the bad, privacy has become a big issue with Windows 10. The new Wi-Fi Sense feature is very worrying, as it could be a security risk. If you use Cortana, Windows 10 will be sending information back to Microsoft. The start menu is just not as good as Windows 7’s start menu. Microsoft has added Windows 8’s Metro apps to the right hand side of the start menu, and it does not seem right. The icons on the taskbar are too small, but this not the end of the world. Windows 7 users can wait for the update. If you are happy with your current setup, maybe even wait until you need a new machine.

If I had to sum it up, Windows 10 does not quite live up to the hype, but nothing in life really does.

Windows 10 Review
A major improvement over Windows 8, but Windows 7 users can wait and see.
Design9.4
Features8.1
Performance9
Support9.5
Usability9
Value10
9.2Overall Score

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