Since first announcement of Windows 10 with the release of Windows Insider Program on October 1st, 2014, new features and improvements are gradually presented to the public via Technical Review Builds. If you feel hard to grab clear information about Windows 10 among scattered clips in technical articles from CNET, TechRadar, PC Advisor etc, Windows 10 reviews gathered in this article can do you a favor.
Windows 10 Review – Ease of Use
In addition to free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8/8.1, what surprises users is the simple procedure and high speed of installation. After the system is ready for running, we can observe that the favorable Start Menu comes back with improvements. The left column shows list of frequently used app and an “All apps” shortcut, while the left adopts Windows 8 Start screen for you to check mails, schedules or more by tapping resizable Live Tiles. Although most users don’t think it is an improvement but combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8 experience, back of Start Menu actually makes Windows 10 optimized for touch. Improved Search function and File Explorer also helps users find what you want faster and easier. On the other hand, some against reviews of Windows 10 are pointed out by TechRadar, for example awkward and fiddly Four-way Aero snap and no changes to OneDrive.
Windows 10 Review – Performance
Is Windows 10 really better than precious generations? Performance can tell. RAM storage test shows a result of about 17% on Windows 10, less than 20% on Windows 7 but similar to Windows 8. Well, the secret to make Windows 10 more efficient is dug out. Instead of IE11, the new browser Microsoft Edge (renamed from Project Spartan) boasts its great performance giving faster webpage browse speed with lower memory cost and battery consumption. It says that a pretty smooth experience can be realized while Microsoft Edge is running on 512MB of RAM. And, PCMag.com gives high praise to Microsoft Edge: “Microsoft’s new browser shows promise, and seems to be moving in all the right directions—faster speed, more standard support, extensions, and even a couple of unique features like page markup and Cortana integration.”
Windows 10 Review – Apps
Universal app platform pushed out by Windows 10 makes a reality of cross-compatible apps on a variety of devices, from PC, laptop to mobiles, tablets to Xbox and brings convenience on app running and development for users and developers. At present, Cortana and Xbox app has been launched on Windows 10 desktop for experiencing.
Cortana on Windows 10 desktop is also a devoted personal assistant like on Windows Phone 8.1. Say “Hey, Cortana” with microphone to wake her and give a voice command, for example today schedule, the weather, appointments and reminding. Ask something and she can search the web for answer based on Bing. No matter how intelligent Cortana on Windows Phone, it seemingly disappoints users on desktop. CNET reviews Cortana on desktop that: “Cortana can’t quite compete with her Windows Phone self yet. She can’t yet draft emails for you, which was one of the cooler features demoed when we first saw her in action”.
Xbox App excites gamers with game streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 supporting Xbox game playback on PCs, laptop and tablets via Wi-Fi and closer interactions with friends. Also, gamers can capture most memorable moments effortlessly through Game DVR and grab better graphic and performance during playing Xbox games on Windows 10 with support for DirectX 12. Although a majority of gamers express their pleasure to Xbox on Windows 10, some Xbox loyal fans prefer to play games with console and thinks that Xbox app on Windows 10 is quite meaningless.
Windows 10 for Phone Review
Window 10 Technical Review Build is now available on several Lumia models. Windows 10 for phone delivers a fantastic new design with translucent backgrounds which will never disturb contents in front. Advanced settings menu leads more frequently-used shortcuts for quick access. Universal app is the coolest thing but it’s not yet good enough on Windows 10 for phone in current build. And, more features (like Microsoft Edge) are expected to arrive on Windows 10 for phone.