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June 2, 2015

Windows 10 Bringing in New While Saying Goodbye to Some Old

Arrival on July 29 Means New Features But Some Old Favorites Won't be Included

Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson discusses Windows 10 in this Microsoft image.

Microsoft is bringing the ‘personal’ back to PCs with Windows 10 but new features will also mean the sacrifice of some old favorites.

Microsoft-logoIn a blog entry Monday, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson announced Windows 10 will arrive on July 29 and when it does land it will be bringing in some pretty nifty upgrades. Those upgrades range from smoother transitioning from PC to tablet to the new browser, Edge.

In Myerson’s words, Windows 10 will “start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms.”

Part of that includes the new Windows Hello, a greeting system that will call you by name and allows users to log in without a password using biometric authentication to recognize a user’s face, iris or fingerprint.

Though widely publicized, Microscoft’s personal assistant, Cortana, is also worth being excited about with its ability to learn a user’s preferences so it can be more effective in making recommendations, grabbing the information needed and keeping a user on the right track for both work and personal appointments.

However, some of these new features are pushing out old standards that Windows users have come to appreciate. PC Mag broke down a half dozen of these favorites noting some time killers and productivity assisting features won’t come with the new Windows.

The biggest disappointment might be learning games such as Minesweeper and Solitaire won’t be there to help kill time. Additionally, though, the excise of the desktop gadgets could have some users itching to find their local weather or what time it is in, say, Los Angeles.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.