Windows 10 is definitely far, far better than Windows 8, especially for the traditional desktop users. It’s more than just a desktop OS – it’s also what users run on Windows phones and on small tablets too.

With the new Windows 10, Microsoft has tried to keep up with some of the touch and tablet features that it devised for Windows 8. The company has made an effort to combine the Windows 8 features with the well-known Start menu and desktop, along with incorporating a brand new browser, the Cortana assistant, improved operating system with more security, its own version of MS Office for on-the-move editing and a number of new features that are supposed to make your life easier.

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And all that definitely means that the new Windows 10 is very different to use whether you’re previously using Windows 7, 8 or XP. If you’re new to Windows 10, these are some of the key new and improved features you want to check out:

1: Cortana

The clever Windows Phone assistant Cortana makes its jump to the desktop with the new Windows 10 where she shows up in the search pane on the taskbar. Cortana takes control of your system’s search functions and you can activate it by simply saying ‘Hey Cortana.’ Activating the digital assistant will help you get access to your documents, apps you’ve installed, apps you can install, web search results, and much more. You can also play music, set reminders and alarms for various times and places through Cortana.

2: Evolution of the Start menu

Windows 10 has corrected the mistake it did with Windows 8 by incorporating a full-screen Start screen. Now the old Start menu is back to its place once again with Windows 10 – in the lower-left hand corner of the screen. With Windows 10, users get access to a scrolling Start menu that is only limited to a single column.

There are also fly-out menus and jump lists for extra options which are divided into ‘recently installed programs’ and ‘frequently used.’ Option to change to an alphabetically sorted; scrolling view of your applications is also available. Windows 10 Start menu is basically merged with Windows 8’s Metro Start screen functionality, with sparkling Windows 8-style Live Tiles. Users can turn off the Live Tile function and also unpin the Metro apps from the Start menu. They can also drag the Start menu and expand it to full screen.

3: Snap Assist

Another amazing new Windows 10 feature is the Snap Assist. Now with the Windows 10, users are no longer able to drag across the left corner of the screen to bring any other application on the screen and get a split view. Rather, users have to drag Windows into the corners of the screen to get the usual Snap view. Therefore users can now use all the four corners of their screen if they want each and every window to take up a quarter of the screen instead of taking up half part of it.

4: Task switcher

Task switcher is also an awesome new feature that most Windows 10 users aren’t aware of. This feature uses the Alt-Tab key combination to view and switch between all applications that are running, and is also redesigned with larger thumbnails. Windows 10 has also included a task view icon in the taskbar that lets users find this feature.

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5: Edge browser

Windows users should now forget Internet Explorer because now there’s a brand new browser that’s built up from the scratch for speed, smoothness, and for digging around the modern web. This new star of the Internet show in the company’s new OS is called as the “Edge browser.” Microsoft has come up with this browser to catch up with the fast-moving browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

Although the browser is still a work in progress (as it doesn’t support ad-block extensions), but users can do a plenty of things with it. For instance, users can scribble notes on a website to send to their contacts, and also use the built-in Cortana to extract useful information out of the web, such as the contact number of a restaurant or its timings, etc.