Microsoft's new operating system (Windows 10) was released recently (29/07/15). The upgrade is free for Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade their (http://www.microsoft.com/enus/windows/features)
I was one of the early adopters of this new operating system from the software giant. It took me approximately 24 hours to upgrade my desktop computer from my office from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I have to leave the upgrade to continue throughout the night due to the slow Internet Speed. (This is a major problem in Papua New Guinea)The same amount of time was spent on upgrading my laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
There were no other issues encountered after the upgrade. I have really enjoyed using this new operating system from Microsoft and I have no intention of going back to Windows 8 or Windows 7.
The following features of Windows 10 are some of my favorite and I am pretty sure teachers and students will also find them useful.
Microsoft Edge Browser Web Note
Microsoft has taken a huge gamble to create a new browser from scratch. Microsoft Edge will
Sharing Favourite Webpages and Articles on Reading List Application
Many people are used to sharing articles, photos and videos via Twitter, Blogs, Facebook and other Social Media Sites. All modern browsers allow you to share resources with others.
There is one particular application that not many people are aware of its full potential is the Reading List Application.Reading List Application can be installed on your Windows Phone, Windows 8 Computer and Windows 10 devices. This application can be downloaded from the Windows Application Store.
This application allows you to save any on-line article (journal articles, webpages, news articles) that you find useful and you want to access later. Reading List allows you to create different categories for you to organize and sort your articles for future use. One cool thing about this application is that any articles you add from one device can be accessed from other devices as long as these devices have Reading List Application installed on them.
Reading View is another very useful feature that allows you to read an article in full screen mode without having to put up with stuff like advertisements that continue to pop up every second. Reading View allows you to concentrate on what you are reading and taking notes and highlighting main points using Edge's note taking tools are more effective and enjoyable.
Cortana Virtual Assistant
Cortana is Microsoft's virtual assistant. It allows you to speak or ask questions in natural language. Cortana responds to your queries or questions like a real person. This virtual assistant has been available on windows phone 8 devices for quite a while but it is now integrated into Microsoft Windows 10. Cortana is integrated with Microsoft's Bing Search engine (www.bing.com) and the Internet to respond to your queries. Cortana can be configured to suit your needs. Cortana collects data from your Internet usage and attempts to understand you more. The more you use cortana, the smarter, it will become. That means it will attempt to accurately respond to your queries. However, if you are concern about your privacy you can always go to Cortana's Setting and remove your history from there.
Cortana has a alot of potential for teachers and students. It can be used in a language lesson whereby students can learn to ask questions in English for Cortana to respond to. It can help students to improve their English usage. Disable students can also use Cortana in various ways. For example, blind students can be able to search the Internet for useful information. They can also ask cortana for time or today's weather. There are many ways teachers can integrate Cortana into the curriculum to make the lessons more meaningful and interesting for the students.