Microsoft’s latest operating system feels intuitive, works smoothly and is packed with useful features.
One of the best things about Windows 10 is the way it’s been designed to work across all your Windows devices, giving you the best possible experience on each one.
Even better, it can synchronise your files and settings so you can continue where you left off – whether you’re using your Windows phone, PC or tablet. Here’s how to get the most from your Windows 10 tech.
Universal apps work across all your devices
Because Windows 10 is essentially the same across all your devices, many of your apps and programs will also run on all of them. These are called “Universal Apps”.
When you buy one of these apps from the Windows 10 store, you’ll get access to the PC, Windows phone and tablet versions. Simply log into your account to run the app on another device.
Universal apps can adapt to take advantage of any unique features of the device they run on, such as touchscreen or mouse and keyboard support.
Switch between devices seamlessly with Continuum
If you’re using a 2-in-1 that can switch between laptop and tablet, Windows automatically configures itself to make it as easy as possible for you to use. Microsoft calls this feature Continuum.
If you start off in laptop mode, Windows will be set up with the traditional icons, task bar and start button – perfect for using with a mouse or trackpad. Switch to tablet mode and Windows reconfigures for touchscreen use – icons become slightly bigger, Apps resize, and so on.
Stream easily across your Windows devices
Because Windows 10 is basically the same on all your devices, streaming your music and videos between them is easier than ever. Gamers are in for a real treat with Windows 10.
Xbox One’s operating system is also a version of Windows 10. That means you can stream games from your Xbox to compatible desktops, laptops or tablets around your home.
There’s also an Xbox app for staying in touch with your gaming pals, and the ability to record your gameplay when you’re pulling a cool move.
Xbox Play Anywhere will take things further. When you buy a compatible digital game for your Xbox One you’ll also get a version for your Windows 10 PC. With shared progress, you can save your game on your PC and pick up where you left off on your Xbox.
Synchronise your files, appointments and more
You use your own personal Microsoft account to log onto Windows 10. This means your device will be automatically set up with your preferences and apps right away. It’ll even change the desktop theme, so everyone can have a different look even if you’re on a shared computer.
This gets more interesting when you start using Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in personal assistant. Ask her to make an appointment on your phone and as well as adding it to your calendar – it’ll appear on all your other devices too.
With the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition update, Cortana can even share notifications like text messages across all your devices. Find out more about the update <link to: (when live) Introducing the Windows 10 Anniversary update>
Windows 10 gets better the more tech you use it on
Think about Windows 10 devices as being part of a family. Each works well on its own, with its own unique features – but use them together and they can enhance and support each other. Ready to start building your Windows 10 tech family?
The HP Pavilion 15 is a great laptop for everyday computing – whether you’re working from home, browsing the web or kicking back with a Netflix marathon.
Prefer to work on a desktop PC? The Lenovo IdeaCentre 510S has a stylish, modern design and super-slim screen that’ll look the part at home or at work with a sleek all-in-one design.
Or if you’re into gaming, stream straight from your Xbox One or PC to your tablet with the Linx Vision 8-inch gaming tablet.
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