Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1, which is best and why?

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Most Windows users, who have experienced both 8.1 and the latest Windows 10 operating system, will agree that running Windows 10 is a relief over the previous version. While Windows 7 had set a high benchmark for performance and speed, Windows 8.1 was refreshingly a colossal failure in almost every respect.

Windows 10 gained more popularity with its release, and because it's free for nearly a year until June 29, 2016, even after purchasing Windows 10, it costs less than purchasing the Windows 8.1 upgrade. However, for anyone complaining about Windows 10 bugs, a comparison of both versions can't be wrong. This article will give you some comparison points between Windows 10 and 8.1, so read on to find out what Windows 10 users are missing and what they benefited from:

1. The Start menu

Most users would agree that the full-screen Start menu in Windows 8 and 8.1 was really annoying. Most of us would have liked to see the Start menu it belongs to for all previous versions, on the left side of the screen, which opens in a rectangular format. The subway tiles replacing the names of the simple options on the side (like Documents, Pictures, etc) would have been a lot more interesting if only the menu hadn't opened in a dominant full screen window, right? This is where Windows 10 made an improvement. By returning the Start menu on the left side of the screen to its original size and deciding to keep the format of the metro card option, Microsoft has once again won over all its users.

2. Modern apps and Snap

In Windows 8.1, modern apps could only run in full screen, or at most they could be placed next to another app on the screen. This was annoying enough for several users who wanted to juxtapose more modern apps on the screen using Snap, but couldn't. Fortunately, the new improved Snap in Windows 10 comes with the Snap Assist feature, which lets you organize and resize up to four windows in the four corners of the screen, and which also includes modern apps.

3. Cortana, the friendly AI

Voted by many users as smarter than Siri and more quirky than Google Now a bit utilitarian, Cortana is a new addition to Windows 10 and is exclusive to Windows 10 computers and smartphones. Since Windows 8.1 had nothing like a digital assistant, Cortana is a welcome addition to Windows 10. This artificial intelligence will chat with you and tell you jokes, answer your questions, accept search requests, set reminders, and even store your preferences and frequent searches to provide you with personalized service. Cortana is a constant digital medium for Windows 10 users, its efficiency and accuracy make the AI ​​quite lovely.

4. Virtual desktops

For people who want more than one desktop, this new feature is really useful. Clicking the button next to the search bar on the taskbar will display all applications running on the currently open desktop. The + sign will allow users to add another desktop, and you can easily switch between desktops using the Windows + Tab keys. This concept originated with Apple OS X, but is a great addition to Windows as it allows users to users to work on multiple tasks at the same time. Windows 8.1 only allowed users to combine windows by pressing the Alt + Tab keys.

5. Microsoft Edge, the new browser

Read: 20 Edge Tips And Tricks You Should Know

Another feature that Windows 8.1 lacks is Windows 10's new browser, Edge. Edge allows you to edit while on the webpage and is really good in performance and loading speed. But it's true that Edge users have only encountered problems with login forms and internet connections in Edge and no other browsers, so maybe Windows 8.1 without this quirky but annoying browser is better than Windows 10. Compared.

6. Notifications

Windows 8 and 8.1 users weren't very happy with the way notifications worked on those OS versions. But Windows 10 comes with a new notification center that combines notifications for apps and the system into a single category, visible on all user-owned Windows 10 devices. Windows 8.1 is lagging behind on this policy as users have been complaining of hidden notifications, the same notifications popping up over and over, from Windows notifying them of a notification only to find that no new notifications have arrived ... and other similar problems . Windows 10 definitely wins this round.

7. It is no longer difficult to type commands in CMD

All chances of typing errors at the command prompt are eliminated as Windows 10 allows users to copy and paste commands into the command prompt window. This was not available in Windows 8.1, and users would have to go through the laborious process of carefully typing long strings of words, numbers, and symbols, trying to make sure they were typing the command correctly. A small mistake would result in having to do it all over again. Therefore, this additional functionality is definitely beneficial for all CMD users on Windows.

As we can clearly see, Windows 10 has a few small flaws, with Edge for example, but it is superior to Windows 8.1 in terms of better settings, notifications, the new voice assistant Cortana, the foolproof copy-paste method for it. the system. , multiple desktop features, improved Snap, and many more features.

Improved security measures, better search options, the removal of the charms bar, and greater interaction between Microsoft and users through comments are just some of the minor details that set Windows 10 above 8.1.

It has also been shown that Windows 10 is faster to start up and shut down than Windows 8.1, and battery life also appears longer for Windows 10 devices than version 8.1.

A comparison between Windows 10 and Windows 7 might yield some better features or faster performance speeds on the latter, but when it comes to comparing it to Windows 8.1, Windows 10 is much better as an operating system.

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