Microsoft Windows has been the dominant operating system (OS) in the world since its first release in 1985, and it continues to be so three decades later. The reason why so many people prefer Windows over other options like Apple’s Mac OS and Linux, despite the rising popularity of alternative operating systems, is because of its wide range of features. There are plenty of great options out there that you should explore, but these are the 10 best features of Microsoft Windows.
You may have heard about the latest features in Windows. It’s no secret that our voice assistant, Cortana, has made its way onto your desktop with the launch of Windows 10.
Cortana is a true digital personal assistant who helps you search for content and find answers on your PC, just by talking to her.
Microsoft designed Cortana to be personal and to get to know you better over time.
Checking in with Office 365
So far, Office 365 has been a great tool. It is always gives suggestions to help with work-life balance and helps us stay organised. The OneDrive feature allows us to save files to the cloud instead of clogging up office drive. The fact that it seamlessly integrates into email, web browser, calendar and contacts helps us become more productive.
OneDrive makes it easy to back up your files
OneDrive is an essential service if you want to back up your files and access them from anywhere. You might be thinking, I use Google Drive or Dropbox for that, but the convenience and ease of OneDrive cannot be ignored. Even with a free account, there is a lot that you can do: hold on to 25 GB worth of photos and files, create online-only folders that you can share with others who have OneDrive accounts and more.
Automatic updates make sure you always have the latest version
We’re always on the cutting edge. We’ll automatically download and install the latest software updates, so you don’t have to waste your time manually checking for updates or downloading new versions. All you need to do is keep your PC plugged in and connected to the Internet. And if we find an update that improves your experience, we’ll let you know before installing it. If it’s not necessary, then we won’t bother you with a notification—we just fix it silently in the background.
All you need is a web browser
Microsoft is a household name for many, and for good reason. The company has released a number of popular software products including Windows, which is the world’s most used operating system according to one study.
Edge Browser has built-in security protections
Microsoft Edge browser has built-in security protections that can help you avoid some of the common pitfalls and fears people have when browsing on a computer. The browser also features a pop-up blocker, built-in PDF reader, and even private browsing mode.
Improved sound quality from speakers and headsets
You might be surprised to know that with all the technology we have nowadays, some people still prefer the speaker quality and physical connection to their media than what’s provided by a headset. Maybe you’re one of them. If so, here are some things you’ll like about Windows 10:
-Plug in your headphones and hit the sound icon on your taskbar to instantly play whatever’s being played on your PC. It doesn’t get much easier than this.
-No need to worry about volume levels when you switch between audio devices anymore. When switching devices, just make sure they’re both connected to your computer. Now if it’s too loud or too quiet when playing audio through either device, Windows will automatically adjust the volume for both.
-We’ve made it easy for music lovers who want to hear their tunes without turning up their speakers or risking distortion at high volumes.
Security features protect against viruses and malware
Keep an eye on your PC for viruses, malware and spyware. Windows will automatically download any updates that are needed to keep your PC as up to date as possible.
Firewall Protection protects you from unwanted outside intrusions. Your firewall keeps out data packets that may be malicious or could cause problems with your computer’s performance. It also protects you by stopping any programs that don’t have permission to use the network.
Cortana helps you get things done faster
Cortana can do much more than just tell you the weather. You can ask it to call your grandma or buy flowers for mom and it will take care of everything from finding the best car insurance comparison site to completing the purchase. It’s like having a virtual assistant with access to anything in the world, which is pretty cool if you think about it.
Productivity at work or home is easier than ever with Office apps
Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows is the most powerful version ever, with tools to help you create professional-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Keep track of your work in OneNote and share it with others easily. With new tools for photo editing, you can add more impact to every project. And Outlook helps manage your email communications quickly and easily. To be productive on the go, take advantage of Office Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. When you need a break from all that productivity, have fun with games like Minesweeper or Solitaire from the Windows Store.