Windows 10

Windows 10

Windows 10 is here to change the game

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system (OS) marks a major turning point for the company. For the first time, the Windows OS will be available for free - for a year after its release for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.

Microsoft is promising to fully support Windows 10 for the entire life-cycle of the device (whether it be PC, laptop, tablet, or phone), which is a major shift from the previous strategy of only offering OS support for a limited period. This is a major part of the Seattle-based company's increasing focus on providing services rather than merely a platform.

PROS

  • Free to upgrade
  • Consistent across devices
  • A more natural, customizable experience
  • Spartan and Cortana allow for more natural browsing and searches

CONS

  • If your only using one device, many features will be lost on you

Best Windows 10 downloads

  • Minecraft Windows 10 Edition

    Beta

    Minecraft gets a special version for Windows 10

    • PROS: Improved graphics, Genuine sandbox game, Hours and hours of fun and creativity
    • CONS: No cross saves with PC version yet
    6
    682 votes
  • Skype for Windows 10

    2.7

    Video chat, texting and instant messaging in one

    • PROS: Supports video chats, texting and instant messaging, High quality video chats, Automatically imports contacts from Microsoft accounts, Lots of emoticons, Free group video calls and screen sharing
    • CONS: Interface looks a bit sparse, Contacts may need editing after importing,
    7
    1160 votes
  • Solitaire for Windows 10

    1.0.0.31

    Solitaire remains the classic, original PC pastime.

    • PROS: Touch screen optimised, Looks better than ever, New features and modes
    • CONS: Some will prefer the simpler days
    6
    120 votes
  • WinZip for Windows 10

    1.1.159

    Zip and unzip with style

    • PROS: Impeccable design, File encryption, Easy to navigate, Compatible with Dropbox, Drive, SkyDrive
    • CONS: Only .zip and .zipx files, "Empty" kind of look
    5
    12 votes
  • InstaPic for Windows 10

    1.0

    Instagram client for Windows 8

    • PROS: Easy to use, Integrated search, Well designed, Editing tools, Track your friends, Support for Facebook and Twitter
    • CONS: Limited to Instagram, Unofficial version
    5
    25 votes
  • Lync for Windows 10

    16.0.1929.1162

    Videoconferencing and instant messaging for businesses

    • PROS: All-in-one communication program, Options for sharing, sending files , Optimized for touchscreen
    • CONS: Limited options available, Unable to manage your contacts, Unable to personalize the app, Unsuccessful when attempting to sync the chat history,
    5
    20 votes
  • DuckDuckGo for Windows 10

    A Free Searching And Privacy App For Internet Users

    • PROS: The stories it suggests are not the ones you see on other websites, Their suggestions for new topics are inventive, You do not end up seeing the same things over and over again,
    • CONS: If you cannot find it on Google you will not find it with this app either, Some of the suggestions seem very random, No tracking means no specific/personal suggestions,
    7
    13 votes
  • Windows Reader for Windows 10

    6.2.8232.0

    A simple, built in PDF reader for Windows 8

    • PROS: Baked into the operating system, Snappy and responsibe interface, Ability to take notes, highlight, rotate and bookmark, Search is very useful
    • CONS: Zooming with a PC could be more intuitive, Doesn't open anything but PDFs
    2
    215 votes
  • Wikipedia for Windows 10

    1.0.0.22

    Free online encyclopedia access

    • PROS: Lots of great content, Interface is easy to read and navigate, Pin articles for later reading, Share content to different applications
    • CONS: Crashes sometimes upon launch, No new features
    7
    87 votes
  • Lemmings for Windows 10

    1.0.0.2

    Enjoy a classic puzzle game with Lemmings for Windows 10

    • PROS: Classic puzzle-strategy gameplay, Challenging but fun, Adorably doomed characters,
    • CONS: Somewhat dated graphics,
    9
    8 votes
  • MobileVOIP for Windows 10

    Cheap national and international phone calling app

    • PROS: Competitive calling rates to other countries, Supports almost all major platforms, Slick interface
    • CONS: Not all countries supported , No comparison table for calling rates, Call quality and stability variable
    6
    40 votes