Windows 10

So the big new craze, it seems, for the technology world is the newest iteration of Microsofts Windows operating systems. The first Windows I ever used was on my very first computer, running Windows XP. Many people still use Windows XP, centenarians, great grandparents and certain older and cheaper corporations love the old thing. Since then we’ve had Windows Vista, a complete joke that not a single person in their right mind liked, and then Windows 7, the revolutionary Windows that many still use today, it’s not the most user-friendly thing but it’ll get a whole lot of jobs done, and damn quickly at that. A few years after Windows 7, Microsoft addressed the issue of ease-of-access with Windows 8, the supposedly-revolutionary operating system that brought touch screens to computers, and turned everyone’s PC into a computer-tablet hybrid. Personally, I was not at all affected by the change, but die-hard Windows 7 fans hate it because of the restrictions it has compared to Windows 7, and the removal of the all-powerful and rightfully worshiped Start Menu. With Windows 8.1, things didn’t improve. A few bug fixes were made and another access point to Microsoft’s new “Live Start Menu” was put in place of where the old Start Menu used to be accessed from, infuriating users more. Along with the bug fixes came more than a few bugs of their own, and not just minor ones. Bugs like internet connection cutting out every five seconds and randomly slow and fast boot times are just two of the bugs plaguing a decent portion of Windows users, including myself. Microsoft decided that Windows 8 just wasn’t the best thing they’d ever done and said “Fuck it, time for innovation” and oh boy did they innovate. Typing this to you on a Windows 8.1 machine, glaring at the small Windows icon on the bottom right telling me about how, in 10 days, I’ll be given free access to one of the coolest new things in technology in a while makes me quite excited. Two of the coolest new on-the-surface features before we dive into detail are both named after Microsoft’s award-winning video game series, Halo, Cortana, your AI assistant in the game is making her debut on Windows 10 as a truly personal assistant. By taking all of the information you allow her to see, she can anticipate what your going to ask her for before you even open your mouth. She can give you any information you want and has access to tinker with whatever you tell her she can. The other Halo-related feature on the menu is Project Spartan, Internet Explorer’s replacement. Project Spartan is the newest, fastest and best we browser that’s been announced so far, and has a bunch of new features compared with the clunkier, older, and famously slow Internet Explorer that Microsoft has used since their first release of Windows. In the second page of this summary we’ll go into depth on the new features that Project Spartan offers and more into depth on the inner workings of my new favorite Operating System.

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