So I jumped on Windows 10 bandwagon recently. I had never been into technology but since I work for a tech magazine, I can’t help but following the hype.
The moment I heard that Microsoft would give away Windows 10 for free to Windows 7 and 8 users, I was thrilled. After going through the agony of updating my PC to the latest version of Windows 7 and backing up my files, I finally received the reservation notification. But I hate waiting so I manually downloaded Windows 10 from its official download site.
It’s Indonesia, you can’t expect too much of good things. The same goes with download speed. It took about five hours to download Windows 10 and it took another five to install it to my PC (warning: I may be exaggerating). But it was all worth it. My PC runs Windows 10 now, along with the other 50 million+ devices in the whole wide world.
Here are five things I love about Windows 10 (in no particular order).
1. Faster boot time
When Microsoft announced Windows 10, they said that it came equipped with faster boot time. I don’t know about anyone else, but it surely is compared to Windows 7, at least on my machine.
2. It’s familiar
They said that Windows 10 has the best of both Windows 7 and 8 worlds. You’ll get both Start menu and live tiles and Windows Store. Yes, it’s so familiar. Since I departed from Windows 7, it’s a no-brainer to adapt to Windows 10, though I have to get used to programs now being called “apps” like on mobile devices.
3. Flat, flat, flat!
Since the introduction of iOS 7 in 2013, I’ve been in love with flat UI. I also love Android Lollipop design language and enjoy Windows 8’s modern interface. It’s no surprising that I instantly fall for Microsoft’s dedication to flat design in Windows 10. I was so fed up with the look and feel of Windows 7, so Windows 10 obviously brings a breath of fresh air to my PC.
4. Groove Music
Ever since I got my hands on computers, Winamp was my choice even after the company’s shutdown in 2013. Now I’m no longer its devotee, not since the arrival of Groove Music in Windows 10.
Groove Music is essentially a native music player built in to Microsoft’s latest desktop OS. It also lets user stream and download music using a pay subscription called Groove Music Pass. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Indonesia yet (unless you set your region to supported markets like the US. Same goes with Cortana).
What I love the most about Groove Music is its ability to neatly organize my music library. Give Groove Music location in which you save your music and it will automatically sorts them into several categories by albums, artists, and songs. Okay maybe that’s the thing every music player can do, but what really enchants me is Groove Music’s clean and simple interface. It makes you easy to navigate your music collection, create playlist, etc.
5. Task View
I used to use Alt+Tab and Windows key+Tab on the keyboard to switch between windows. Now Windows 10 offers the better and easier way to do this. It’s called Task View.
There’s million ways to access Task View. Okay, not literally a million, but it’s quite many. You can still use the good old Windows key+Tab or click the Task View icon in the taskbar. You can also swipe up on the touchpad with three fingers.
Of course, these are not the only wonders of Windows 10. I didn’t get all the features, mind you. That’s a shame because I always want to try Windows Hello. Cortana also can’t optimally work on my PC because apparently there’s something wrong with the mic which is too bad because I heard she does okay.
Nevertheless, I still think it’s the best version of Windows ever and I believe many people will love it as much as I do.
So you better get it already, while it’s still free.
If you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, make sure that you know what you’re doing. Seek help if you find the whole shenanigans too tech-y for you. And if you plan to take matter into your hand, by all means do it at your own risk and don’t forget to backup your files.