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Windows 10 – What UW Windows Customers Need to Know

By Brett Williams

A major update, Windows 10 is a hybrid of the best components of its most recent operating systems. Windows 10 keeps the Windows 8 aesthetic by designing a simple interface that crosses from computer to tablet to phone. At the same time, it updates the familiar experience that Windows 7 users preferred, including the Start button and Start Menu.

Beyond the interface, the biggest change is the new browser, Edge, which replaces Internet Explorer. Currently, some UW administrative applications will not run on Microsoft Edge.

There’s also a brand new addition: Cortana is a search/digital assistant that, with some setup, will operate as a voice assistant, much like iPhone’s Siri. Windows 10 also has a number of built in apps, like Maps, Photos, Mail & Calendar, Music, and Video, all of which save and sync to OneDrive.

As a product, Windows 10 is the start of a new service model for Microsoft, one without periodic, full releases. For individual users, Microsoft will be pushing feature updates, upgrades and fixes to Windows 10 as they come available. Users don’t need to pay for a subscription, as new features and upgrades will be frequently installed automatically.

For more see Microsoft’s Windows 10 Overview and the Windows 10 Launch Page

Should I upgrade now?

Generally, the answer is yes. UWIT has tested Windows 10 for application compatibility and network connectivity, and overall the operating system works effectively. The Edge browser will not run many of UW’s web-based administrative applications, so Internet Explorer or Firefox is still needed.

 


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