Windows 8 (and 8.1) is one of the most unpopular versions of Windows since Vista, or even the Millennium Edition. Microsoft has struggled to create an operating system that can work for both emerging touchscreen devices as well as traditional mouse and keyboard.
What they end up getting is an operating system that is less than optimal for both cases. However, Windows 8 is overall a pretty solid operating system, even though a lot of users decide to stick with Windows 7 instead. With Windows 10, however, we finally have an operating system that seems to work just fine.
If you’re still using Windows 8, here are ten of the things Microsoft got right with Windows 10 in comparison.
1. Goodbye Metro, Hello Start Menu
Windows 8’s Metro interface isn’t bad. It had a strong design feel and actually looked more modern and trendy than Windows 7. Metro followed the strong trend at the time of “flat” design. This also saw interface designers move away from deviantism also. That is, mimicking real-world objects, textures, and functions in a digital interface.
The big problem with Metro isn’t how it looks. That is poor integration. Windows 8 is like Jekyll and Hyde of operating systems. It has a touch-focused Metro side and a more traditional Windows interface underneath. Worse yet, Windows Store apps take up the full screen and don’t look like normal Windows apps.
The most serious crime is certainly the removal of the Start Menu that was introduced with Windows 95. Windows 10 fixes all of these problems, with the Start Menu and interface integrated appropriately across all types of applications. It’s like a cohesive system.
2. Usable web browser
It may seem harsh, but Internet Explorer is best used for downloading Chrome browser, Firefox or really any alternative browser. IE is slow, often insecure, and has an overwhelming market share thanks to users who simply don’t know they can do better.
Windows 10 brought us Microsoft Edge. Based Chromium, it is a fast, modern and secure browser. While it still doesn’t offer everything you can get with Chrome or FireFox, there’s also nothing wrong with just sticking with it. Over time, we’re sure Edge will improve even more, but just having a capable, modern browser built into Windows is a big win for Windows 10.
3. Incredible video game integration
Microsoft is taking video games on Windows seriously. Windows 10 includes a focus mode to avoid interruptions when you’re gaming, a game bar for enhanced gaming features, and much-improved performance. You can now also access the Game Pass service and many other aspects taken from the Xbox platform.
Windows 10 is now definitely the operating system that all PC gamers should be using. Sticking with Windows 7 or 8 is ultimately a path with too many sacrifices. Gaming on Windows 10 is great, although it wasn’t in the early days after its release.
4. Snap perfection
Apple Mac OS It’s often praised for the ease and elegance of its interface, and compared to Windows 8, it’s like the Mona Lisa next to your kindergarten teacher’s crayon drawing. While Windows 10 is still not quite on par with macOS in many ways, one obvious place is the Windows management feature.
We used to have a quick experience with Windows 7 and 8, but Windows 10 is the perfect experience. Arrange windows in various configurations both literally and figuratively. Windows 8 offers basic snapping, but Windows 10 refines it and offers more variety so you can get your workspace just the way you want it to be.
5. Virtual Desktops, Late But Welcome
Ubuntu Linux and macOS has offered native virtual desktops for many years. Allows you to quickly switch between separate workspaces with their own applications and purposes. For example, you might be doing video editing on one desktop, but have your server management tools open on another. On the other hand, Windows 8 is barely handleable on a desktop computer.
Windows 10 takes this out of the park, providing a mission view where you can easily create multiple screens and switch between them with the click of a button. Once you’ve experienced a good virtual desktop system, going back to something like Windows 8 feels like a savage assault on productivity.
6. A worthy task manager
The Task Manager in Windows 10 is actually far superior to many of the dedicated third-party system monitoring tools we’ve used for years on older versions of the operating system. The amount of useful information that the Task Manager in Windows 10 provides is astounding.
You can see which apps are having the biggest impact on startup, see the performance and usage of almost any component, and quickly find any app or process to see what’s inside your PC your.
For most people, older versions of Task Manager were the tool you needed to get rid of a misbehaving application, but now this is the first place to go if you want to know anything. What about my system?
7. Great Cloud Integration
Windows 10 is built for a connected world, and that integration is practically seamless. From easy system resets and reinstalls to the ability to sign in to your Microsoft account and have all your data and preferences ready for you, Windows 10 is the reality of Windows 10. take the internet that Microsoft promised us with Windows XP.
8. DirectX 12!
DirectX 12 is another reason why PC gamers should use Windows 10. It offers truly next generation features and goes ahead, thanks to the new Xbox console, games will support these features like of course.
Better performance, impressive visuals, and a long list of transformative new technologies you can only find on Windows 10 and DX12 make Windows 8 a mockery and now it’s the Classic DirectX 11 features.
9. Search for Windows Supercharged
Windows 8 begins to encroach on macOS Focus search features with quick system-wide search, but Windows 10 dials it up to 10. Thanks to Cortana, which supports quick archives and smart search indexing, you can select the Start Button and type any whatever. You will immediately find it on your computer or on the web. Now it’s as easy as breathing.
10. Serious security
Windows 10 has really enhanced security compared to Windows 8. Encryption is stronger and easier to implement. Hello Windows collection of all kinds of login methods, such as fingerprints and even facial recognition. Not to mention that many applications can now rely on Windows Hello for their own authentication on your system.
Windows 10 benefits here by being run as a service, with constant updates. It’s a double-edged sword though, thanks to the long history of Windows 10 updates that have destroyed several Windows 10 machines.
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Windows 10 is far from perfect, but we can say with confidence that when you compare Windows 8 and Windows 10, it is the ultimate must-have version of Windows. It’s fast, secure, and generally easy to use. It is also likely to get better with each major update.