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Windows 10 Upgrade: Yay or Nay?

New OS the Best of Windows 7, 8

By Lucia Rossi

Look out OSX, the new Windows 10 operating system is here, and it’s free.

Microsoft released the OS upgrade, Windows 10, on July 29 and it created quite the buzz. Although there are major bugs that need fixing, Windows 10 is the perfect mix of the best of Windows 7 and 8.

If you’re interested in trying it, download it soon because it’s only going to be free for a year, after which it will cost $110.

Windows 10 restored the start menu that Windows 8 ripped away. The start screen tiles are still exist, but have been incorporated into the start menu.

On its left side are the power links and the right features the tiles which can be customized to your liking.

Continuum also makes its debut, which makes switching from desktop and tablet mode seamless for the people with PC’s that have detachable keyboards. Tablet mode is nice if you like to take the full screen approach.

Windows 10 also has an Action Center. There is a square text icon in the bottom right corner of the screen that will open it and displays notifications, like emails.

Cortana makes its way from Windows Phone to Windows 10, and while it may not be as fun, fast, or clever as Siri, it is useful and is easily accessible, since it’s placed next to the start button.

When it comes to apps, universal applications designed for Windows 10 work on all devices. This means if you use a Windows tablet, PC, or phone, the app should look the same on all of them.

Windows 10 improved its app Store by unifying apps across all devices, which makes things simpler for users and app creators.

The OS has also linked arms with XBOX One, enabling games to be played on a PC or tablet from the console. Players can also join multiplayer games.

A new browser joins the update: Edge, formerly known as Project Spartan.

Some features are nifty, like the ability to annotate with keyboard, pen or finger, or being able to use reading mode, or having a reading list that is available offline, and being able to read PDF files—features definitely useful for students. And Cortana is built-in as well.

There are some unsavory things people have to deal with when it comes to Windows 10, like going through that long and treacherous installation.

My main issue came with the update causing my computer’s drivers to not work properly. Every time I tried to watch a video, my laptop would either freeze, restart, or the video would go green.

To fix the issue, I downloaded a program called “Drive the Life” which helped solve the problem quickly.

Many tech enthusiasts are very bothered that Windows 10 still uses NTFS disk technology.

NTFS is the filing system that can erase data if your laptop suddenly crashed, leading to that long and excruciating recovery phase.

Some people are afraid that Windows 10 is actually “spyware” that misleads users so they can make more money and steal people’s information.

Justin Hutson, a former SUNY student, says he dislikes “that they can store and track personal data [and] cookies.”

Giving Microsoft the benefit of the doubt, Windows 10 just came out, so of course there will be bugs and other obstacles.

It may be irksome and tiring but we are in this trial period, that’s why it’s free. We are testing this and determining its value.

Despite its flaws, this operating system seems to be a promising tool for all students and tech users. It may even be catching up to Apple.

 

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