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Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8

Summary

Windows 10 is the ideal next step for Microsoft, bringing together the best elements of Windows 7 and 8. With new features like Cortana and Edge, extensive desktop interface refinements and Microsoft's free upgrade offer, it's a must-have for anyone who uses Windows.

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Pros
  • Brings together Microsoft's best desktop and touchscreen interfaces
  • Easy upgrade process
  • Cortana and Edge alone are worth upgrading
  • Changes to modern Windows apps finally makes them useful
Cons
  • No major changes beyond the traditional Windows desktop
  • Xbox One game streaming requires a robust network
  • Still not many worthwhile modern Windows apps yet
Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8

The best thing about Windows 10 is that it's simply Windows, through and through. It's as if Microsoft realized that devaluing the desktop in Windows 8 was akin to sacrilege, and Windows 10 is its penance. At its core, it's a union of the best qualities of Windows 7 and Windows 8 -- the desktop features of the former with some of the touch-friendly aspects of the latter. It's no wonder Microsoft is calling it an operating system that's both fresh and familiar. It's easy to use with a keyboard and mouse, but it's even better with touchscreen computers. The Start menu is back! And new features like Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant and Edge browser breathe new life into Windows. Microsoft is framing the OS as "Windows as a Service," meaning it's never quite done and constantly evolving. Most importantly, Windows 10 proves that Microsoft's dream of delivering a single OS that can work across computers, tablets and phones might actually come true.

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Scores

Engadget

91
 

Breakdown

Speed
9.2
Openness
8.0
Ease of use
8.4
Configurability
7.7
Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
7.4
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Specs

Windows

Type
Computer OS
Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Source model
Closed
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Windows

Type
Computer OS
Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Source model
Closed
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Firefox OS

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Critic

5
 

User

4.8
 
No price available
73

Chrome OS

Engadget

73
 

Critic

7.2
 

User

7.3
 
No price available
87

OS X El Capitan

Engadget

87
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

9
 
No price available
90

iOS 9

Engadget

90
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

7.7
 
No price available
91

Windows 10

Engadget

91
 

Critic

8.2
 

User

7.9
 
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