Windows 8 vs Windows 10: Microsoft’s ten fixes.
Windows 8 (and 8.1) is one of the most annoying versions of Windows since Vista, or perhaps even the Millennium Edition. Microsoft has struggled to create an operating system that works with both new touchscreen devices and traditional mice and keyboards.
They ended up with an operating system that was not optimal for any occasion. That said, Windows 8 in general has been a pretty solid operating system, despite many users opting to use Windows 7. However, with Windows 10, we finally got an operating system that seems to do everything well.
If you’re still using Windows 8, here are ten things Microsoft did right with Windows 10 for comparison.
1. Goodbye Metro, Hello Start Menu
Windows 8 Metro’s interface isn’t all that bad. It has a clever design of its own, and indeed looks more modern and trendy than Windows 7. Metro followed the strong trend towards flat design at the time. This also led to the fact that interface designers moved away from skeuomorphism. That is, imitation of real objects, textures and functions in a digital interface.
Metro’s big problem was not how it looked. It was bad integration. Windows 8 was like the Jekyll and Hyde operating systems. It had the Metro touch side and a more traditional Windows interface at the bottom. Even worse, Windows Store apps take up the entire screen and don’t look like regular Windows apps.
The most egregious crime is by far the destruction of the Start menu introduced in Windows 95. Windows 10 addresses all of these problems with a Start menu and a properly integrated interface for all types of applications. It looks and looks like one cohesive system.
2. A Usable Web Browser
It may sound harsh, but Internet Explorer is best used to download Chrome, Firefox, or any other browser alternative. IE is slow, often insecure, and has too much market share thanks to users who simply didn’t know they could do better.
Windows 10 brought us Microsoft Edge. Based on Chromium, it is a fast, modern and secure browser. While it still doesn’t offer everything you can get with Chrome or FireFox, there’s nothing wrong with just sticking with it. We’re confident Edge will improve even more over time, but just having a competent modern browser built into Windows is a big win for Windows 10.
3. Incredible Video Game Integration
Microsoft takes video games on Windows seriously. Windows 10 includes a focus mode to prevent interruptions while playing, a game bar for advanced gaming features, and vastly improved performance. You can now also access Game Pass and many other aspects taken from the Xbox platform.
Now Windows 10 is undoubtedly the operating system that all PC gamers should use. Sticking to Windows 7 or 8 is finally the road that requires too many sacrifices. Playing Windows 10 is good, although in the early days after the release, it was not so.
4. The Perfection Of Snap
Apple’s macOS is often praised for the simplicity and elegance of the interface, and compared to Windows 8, it looks like a Mona Lisa next to a chalk drawn kindergarten teacher. While Windows 10 is still not quite on the same level as macOS in many ways, one place it clearly sits at the top is Windows management.
We’ve already tried equipping Windows 7 and 8, but Windows 10 is the ultimate experience. It is not difficult to arrange windows in various configurations both literally and figuratively. Windows 8 offers a basic snapping, but Windows 10 tweaks it and brings more variety to the way you can customize your workspace just the way you like it.
5. Virtual Desktop, Late But Welcome
Ubuntu Linux and macOS have been offering their own virtual desktops for years. Allows you to quickly switch between separate workspaces with their applications and goals. For example, you can edit a video on one desktop while the server management tools are open on the other. On the other hand, Windows 8 could hardly handle just one desktop.
Windows 10 knocks this out of the box by offering a task view where you can easily create multiple desktops and switch between them with the click of a button. Once you’ve experienced a good virtual desktop system, going back to something like Windows 8 seems like a barbaric attack on performance.
6. A Worthy Task Manager
Windows 10’s Task Manager is truly one step ahead of even many of the specialized third-party system monitoring tools we’ve used for years on older OS versions. The amount of useful information that Windows 10 Task Manager offers is overwhelming.
You can see which applications have the most impact at startup, see the performance and usage of almost every component, and quickly find any application or process to see what’s going on inside your PC.
For most people, older versions of Task Manager were the tool they needed to kill a malformed application, but now it’s the first place to go if you want to know something about your system
7. Excellent Cloud Integration
Windows 10 was built for a connected world, and the integration is nearly flawless. From a simple system reset and reinstallation to being able to log into your Microsoft account and have all the data and settings ready for you, Windows 10 is the real implementation of the web-based OS that Microsoft promised us with Windows XP.
8. DirectX 12!
9. Supercharged Windows Search
10. Serious Security
Windows 10 has really improved security over Windows 8. Encryption is stronger and easier to implement. Windows Hello integrates all kinds of login methods like fingerprint and facial recognition. Not to mention, many applications can now use Windows Hello to authenticate themselves to your system.
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Windows 10 is far from perfect, but we can safely say that when you compare Windows 8 and Windows 10, it is now the definitive version of Windows. It’s fast, safe and generally a pleasure to use. Plus, it’s likely to get better with every major update.