Microsoft didn’t want to wait any longer and gave us a summer gift, a new operating system that became available for download on July 29. The best part about it is that every Windows 7/8/8.1 user who bought a license has exactly one year to upgrade for free, while the others will spend $119 on the Home edition and $199 on the Pro version. Apple has different plans with its OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which will be released this fall, and which will be free to its Mac upgraders.
Microsoft made great efforts to reconcile with the users who were extremely disappointed with Windows 8, because of the Start menu removal, and because of the new interface, which was an uninspired combination between Windows and touchscreen tablet OS. The developers decided to skip the release of Windows 9 and instead, they perfected Windows 10 and managed to make it run across smartphones, tablets and computers.
Windows 10 was a big surprise, being completely changed, but the OS X 10.10 Yosemite was also overhauled, receiving a new “face” and lots of features that will be embraced by the users. Until its release in September, the users can download the beta versions and test them on their Macs.
So, Windows 10 still reminds us of Windows 8, as it still has the Windows Start Screen, which appears when the device has a touchscreen. The Kinect-based 3D gestures will be enabled when you’ll use a laptop that comes with a 3D camera, which means that you will use the camera to control your laptop, only with gestures.
From now on, smartphones and computers will run the same applications, as the developers found a way to resize them in order to fit on any screen, and to be compatible with any device that supports Windows 10. Plus, the loved Start Menu is back and you can pin Metro apps to it and to the taskbar.
The Start Menu contains the usual list of recently used applications and you can select to see the list with all applications (Desktop and Metro). The users can download applications from the Windows Store, and in there are plenty “temptations” – some are free, while others cost a few bucks.
Another addition is Cortana, the digital assistant which made its first appearance on Windows Phone 8.1, and which will respond to questions and perform many tasks, receiving voice commands from the users.
The Edge browser, which replaced Internet Explorer, obtained some good scores in many benchmarks, proving that it’s way better than the previous browser. Other features you’ll find in Windows 10 are: Virtual desktops/Task View, Action Center, the Xbox app, Continuum, unified settings etc.
OS X Yosemite
Apple has overhauled all of the icons and replaced the 3D design elements with flatter and more colorful surfaces.
You will notice that the red buttons for open, the yellow button for close and the green button for expand windows are flat circles, the thicker Lucida Grande is replaced by the thinner Helvetica Neua font, the Safari web browser and System Preferences have been revamped, likewise the Calendar app and the Mail app has two saving tweaks: Markup (you can create a PDF or image file from an email) and Mail Drop (you will automatically upload attachments to iCloud). Spotlight has a new look, the notifications are all found in the Today tab, there are a bunch of new Widgets and new functions for them etc.
In addition, AirDrop will work between Macs, iPhones and iPads, Handoff will allow you to continue a task on other iDevice, such as writing an email or replying to a text message, as the devices will sync.
Also, you will be able to save data on iCloud Drive, where you’ll get 5GB a month free.