Microsoft has millions of users who installed older versions of Windows or they upgraded to the latest Windows 10. The previous Windows wasn’t the best version, but still, 250 million licenses have been shipped worldwide. Microsoft’s biggest mistake was to remove the Start menu, adapting the new Metro UI which confused many fans who were accustomed with the tablet version. The Windows 10 was announced one year ago and until July 29, the users were able to download Technical Preview builds with lots of experiments and additions. If the users were finding bugs and other errors, they were sending Microsoft their feedback and the developers tried to fix them. Apple did the same with its OS X Yosemite, which is El Capitan’s predecessor. But this version focused on bringing the desktop UI to iOS 7’s flat aesthetic.
Microsoft wanted to make a combination between the Windows 7 and the tablet environment, but the result didn’t please many users which considered the Windows 8 too jarring. And the removal of the Start Button and Start Menu made the users very frustrated, being forced to download tools to restore them. Windows 10 is similar to Windows 8, keeping the live tiles and unified search, but they’re now integrated into the requested Start menu. Metro applications will continue to run in full screen, but now you can use virtual desktops and the similar Spotlight-like search.
The novelty is the Continuum functionality, which allows you to switch from tablet mode to desktop mode, from keyboard to touch, depending on how you’re using the device, especially if you own a Surface Pro tablet with an attachable keyboard. Cortana is the intelligent assistant which was introduced in Windows Phone 8, and now it’s integrated into the new Microsoft Edge browser.
If you haven’t upgraded to El Capitan yet, then you’re running the adapted desktop version of the iOS 7 which brought features such as the notification center, the improved iMessage and Handoff allows you to switch between your Mac and other Apple devices.
OS X Yosemite’s Photos replaces two old applications, iPhoto and Aperture and it uploads all images to iCloud Photo Library. As for Spotlight, its search box is displayed in the center of the screen, containing results from the local drive and from online sources, using the Bing search engine, Maps and Wikipedia.