The Windows 10 Review for the Windows 7 User: Misses More than It Gets


Windows 10: User Interface

The User Interface of Windows 10 is a refreshing distance away from Windows 8 yet, still oddly reminiscent

The desktop layout should seem pretty familiar to anyone coming from Windows 7 (and it has been specifically designed that way). The only thing readily different is the inclusion of the search bar which is powered in part by the digital assistant "Cortanna". The search bar allows the user to not only search the desktop itself but the web too (the search engine uses is Bing naturally).

The familiar start menu has made a comeback as well, albeit with some modifications. The Apps are now integrated into the start menu and the layout has been shuffled about. Relevant information about your location as well as the native apps are on display (colored blue). A healthy selection of what Windows thinks might interest you is also shown on the right hand side.

The windows file explorer has also been given a subtle overhaul. Everything is much flatter and home screen has been changed a bit. To access the "My Computer" page users will now have to click "This PC" at the right.  All in all this aren't bad looking icon sets. Previews of images and videos are also enabled by default and the overall UI has hints of transparency to compliment the flatness that evolved from Windows 8.

The New Notification System

Windows 10 has a pretty upbeat notification system as well. Whenever a USB device is plugged in, a simple black message appears on the right hand side. Options are displayed only if you click them (which was one of the annoyances in Windows 7 I might add). Frankly speaking, this is one of the things I really loved in this update, that genuinely provide convenience to the user.

More desktop screens and window switching pane

Finally this is the screen that is accessible by pressing Windows Key + Tab. It not only allows users to add more virtual desktops (finally! and hallelujah) but allows fast switching between open applications. The exchange screen of Windows 7 had more eye candy, but this certainly has more utility and is once again, a difference I would gladly call advantageous.