Main Features and Interface of Windows 10 | Lesson 2

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Before starting this lesson, we review the first lesson.

In the first lesson, we explained how to sign in to start the Windows 10 and how to shut down. In this lesson we will tell you about the main features and interface of Windows 10, which new features have been added.

Microsoft has introduced all new capabilities and new experiences in Windows 10. Ever since Windows 10 was launched, Microsoft started inviting people and its users from that very day so that more and more people can keep, choose and love Windows 10. Similarly, in 200 countries of Windows 10, about one billion people are active users of Windows 10.

Main Features of Windows 10

Among the features that Microsoft has put in Windows 10, the following are the main advance features.

  1. Start Menu 
  2. Microsoft Edge Browser 
  3. Task View Timeline 
  4. Talk to Cortana 
  5. New Universal Apps 

1. Start Menu 

As you have been using the Start menu in previous versions of Windows. Microsoft has brought an advanced feature in the Windows 10 about Start Menu that you will be able to benefit from this post. If you look at the front screen of the computer, you will see a Windows start button on the left side, which we call the Start Menu Button. From this we want to run the program or shut down the computer or go to the Windows settings. So use this start button. You can see the picture below.


This start menu has three types of tabs that you can see above, one is the Start Tools tab, it has five types of buttons that you can do different things. Next we will tell you all in depth. The second tab is Programs, which includes Windows by defaults and other software we install. All are visible here. And the third tab is Windows Apps or Programs. In which you can add the shortcut of any program you want here. And at the same time, you can drag and resize the start menu as you like.

To more information about create the shutdown button in start menu; you can review our post on “How to Create Shutdown Button in Start Menu/Taskbar  for Windows 10? 

For more hands-on viewing for Video, you can visit our YouTube channel on Windows 10 Playlist. Or you can click on the link below.

2. Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft has made many changes to the Edge browser aimed at bringing it closer to Chrome and Mozilla. Earlier in Windows 8 and Windows 7 it was named as Internet Explorer but in Windows 10 it was renamed from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge Browser. The Microsoft Edge browser has a new rendering engine built into it called Edge HTML. It also integrates Cortana, a digital assistant that provides voice control, search and personal information to users. 


You can also use One Drive in Microsoft Edge. As you may have worked on Google Drive, this One Drive is created by Microsoft. If we turn on One Drive synchronization in this Edge browser, you can also share data with each other. And when you turn on synchronization. So following are some of its features.

  • Advance Search 
  • Discover
  • Tools 
  • Games 
  • Microsoft Office
  • Outlook

3. Task View Timeline

Microsoft has built a strong Task View system in Windows 10 that helps you switch between running apps with Windows and provides a multi-app, multi-tasking experience. You can also work on the virtual desktop in the task view by going to the timeline history on the right side and working on these apps again. This timeline shows the entire month's history. Which we can go to this history and open the apps of a month ago. 


While you are working on anything in Windows, you can jump to another program at any time through the task view. And with this you can open a month old file from the timeline.

4. Talk to Cortana

Cortana is used as a digital assistant in Windows 10 working with Bing search engine. Cortana helps you to access information faster and connect with people faster and save your time. It can place the Team Windows app in Windows taskbar on the desktop to coordinate your favorite tasks. You must have a Microsoft account to work in Cortana.


Once you are signed in, you can request information about out-of-country guidelines, definitions, calculations, and more for school or office. Cortana is also digital voice control assistant, which ability to speak. And if you want to get information, it takes all the information from Cortana Bing search engine, it is giving all the information.

How to Use Cortana?

Cortana is very easy to use, you need to have a Microsoft account to use it, here are some steps, follow them and you will be able to use Cortana.

To more information about Microsoft Account, you can review our post on “How to Create a Microsoft Account?”

1. First of all, after opening Cortana, click on the three dots on the top left side and click on Settings to sign in with your Microsoft account. See in the picture below.


2. Select Microsoft Account sign-in option then click Continue button.

3. Now, you ask with Cortana

5. New Universal Apps

Microsoft has created a new system of software called Universal Apps, a code base that allows you to adapt its interface to the existing computer in your hand. Microsoft has also created a bundle of apps that include photos, videos, music, maps, people, mail, and calendar. Their functions have been are the same whether you're doing it on a computer, tablets or phone. There are also many universal apps, and these apps work on multiple types of Windows devices, for example computers, phones, tablets, etc.

 Microsoft has made it possible to store content through its cloud service One-drive, or you can start the same work you are working on by going to another device where you closed the work.

 Interface of Windows 10

Windows 10 is a powerful graphical user interface operating system and it is used on different devices. One of the users works with a keyboard and mouse and the other on Tablet mode works with a touch screen. The first desktop screen is below:

Back in our Getting Started of Windows 10 lesson 1, we told that when you turn on the computer, after signing in Windows, the desktop screen is shown in front of you. Here we are talking about the complete interface of Windows 10. The Desktop interfaces are below:

  1. Desktop Shortcuts
  2. Start Button
  3. Search bar
  4. Cortana
  5. Task view
  6. Folder explorer
  7. Quick launch
  8. Taskbar 
  9. Feeds Task Manager
  10. Meet Now
  11. Speaker (voice control)
  12. Time/Date     

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