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Windows 10 guide for IT administrators

Windows 10 is not your dad's OS. It boasts slick user-focused features, but it also has improved management and security features for IT.

Introduction

Windows 10 has a lot going for it, including major additions, such as Continuum, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Universal Windows apps and even holograms.

But the OS isn't all user-focused. Microsoft also included better security, changes to the command prompt and a back end that's more similar to Windows 7 than 8. That means many shops that hesitated to migrate off Windows 7 to Windows 8 can skip it completely and head right to Windows 10, if they want to.

That being said, most organizations won't jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon as soon as it launches. The technical preview and various builds had some issues and bugs to work out along the way, and it's safe to assume the OS won't be perfect on July 29, 2015, the day it's released to manufacturers.

Learn more about some of the new features, as well as how Microsoft went about fixing the Start menu, and explore the ups and downs of the technical preview.

1What’s new?-

Windows 10’s new features

Windows 10 brings a variety of new features to the table. Cortana, a digital assistant, learns from the user’s behavior to provide better answers and advice. Continuum can detect whether or not a keyboard is present on a 2-in-1 device and adjust the interface to match. Universal Windows apps, which allow developers to build a single version of an app that works across multiple Microsoft devices, will make it easy for users to run the same apps on a variety of devices.

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Windows 10 feature breakdown

Windows 10 brings some big changes to the table compared to some of Microsoft’s past operating systems. Learn about new features in the latest OS, including simplified management and more touch-enabled capabilities. Continue Reading

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What Windows 10 gets right

When Microsoft built Windows 10, the company kept some its past mistakes in mind. The operating system is a user-friendly, enterprise-viable OS. The Start menu is revamped, security is stronger and there are a ton of new features, including HoloLens. Continue Reading

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Six simple ways to improve Windows 10 performance

Windows 10 is easy to configure, so if you want to make it run faster you can. All you have to do is tweak a few settings and maximize the amount of physical random access memory available. Continue Reading

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Cortana and holograms highlight new features

Windows 10 takes Microsoft into the future with key features such as Universal Windows apps which let apps work seamlessly across PCs, smartphones and even Xbox. But holograms might be the flashiest addition. Continue Reading

2Long-awaited changes -

Windows 10 fixes past issues

Windows 10’s revamped Start menu will be familiar to anyone who has used Windows before (before Windows 8, that is). In addition, the Continuum functionality powers up a touch-based or traditional Start menu depending on the device the user is on. There are also security improvements, changes to the command prompt and a new method for adding updates.

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Windows 10 enhances security

Windows 10 blocks untrusted apps to combat malware variants and Advanced Persistent Threats with Device Guard. It also boasts face, iris or fingerprint recognition in place of a password or network server connection. Continue Reading

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Improved Start, device-based startup

The Windows 8 Start screen was a source of aggravation for many users, but Windows 10 resolves those problems by doing away with the Start screen entirely. Windows 10 also uses Continuum, which lets the OS behave differently depending on device type. Continue Reading

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Off to a good Start

Although it has some changes from previous versions, the Start menu is back in Windows 10 and should be familiar enough to users to enable simple, immediate navigation. There are also some new functions for tried-and-true keyboard shortcuts. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 introduces rare change for Command Prompt

The Windows Command Prompt has really only undergone one significant change in its 30-year history, but change is coming with Windows 10 in the form of new copy-and-paste functionality and improved text selection. Continue Reading

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Windows 7, 10 similarities to ease migration

As companies finally migrate off Windows 7, they are likely to skip Windows 8. Similarities between the apps and backend management in Windows 7 and Windows 10 should result in more gradual adoption of the latest OS. Continue Reading

3Put Windows 10 to the test -

Trials and tribulations of the Win10 tech preview

The technical preview allows IT to work with Microsoft’s newest OS and see how it runs. There are some problems with the preview, including visual and graphics issues, but it’s the only way to dive into key new features such as Continuum, Universal Windows apps and the new Web browser, Microsoft Edge

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How to prepare for Windows 10 technical preview

The Windows 10 technical preview is available for admins and users to check out, but they should look for firmware updates and new device drivers as part of any OS test. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 technical preview offers glimpse of new OS

The Windows 10 technical preview is one of the best windows (pun intended) into what Microsoft’s new OS is like. Some key features include a new Web browser with voice commands, Cortana and Continuum. Continue Reading

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Smaller tablets draw short straw in Windows 10 preview

Windows 8 left many users unhappy, so Microsoft has made wholesale changes to Windows 10, including a more familiar interface and 2-in-1 device support with Continuum. But there are still issues with smaller tablets, which will only be able to run metro-style apps and the much-maligned full-screen Start window. Continue Reading

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Curb your technical preview enthusiasm

The Windows 10 technical preview might be a great way to get accustomed to Microsoft’s latest OS, but it has some flaws, including visual and graphics issues and application and OS update disruptions. Continue Reading

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