In a matter of days Microsoft will begin rolling out their latest version of Windows. After the lukewarm reception of Windows 8, it will be interesting to see if people are reluctant to switch to Windows 10. While I am personally a bit skeptical of the change, here are some features that I found the most intriguing.

Internet Explorer Gets Replaced

This isn’t really a surprise since Microsoft announced its new browser back in January – then known as Project Spartan, now known as Edge. From what I’ve seen the designs seems pretty minimalistic, the design trend du jour. The one feature of Edge that I’m interested in trying out is the Note-Taking Mode. This allows you to annotate, draw, highlight web pages and save your work. I have a feeling that this would best used on a Surface but I’ll definitely be giving it a try on my PC.

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There is also Reading Mode which strips away unnecessary content when you’re reading an article. This will be great for those of us who are easily distracted.

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Photo Credit: The Verge

While Edge is replacing IE as the default browser, Microsoft won’t be killing it off completely. IE will be still be around for Microsoft’s enterprise customers.

Return of the Start Menu

When I first made the switch to Windows 8 I had a hard time adjusting to the fact that there was no more Start Menu and never really got the hang of Live Tiles. The new Windows 10 Start Menu is a hybrid of Live Tiles and the Start Menu we all remember.

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Cortana Integration

Microsoft’s answer to Siri comes to your PC. To access, just click the search bar in the Start Menu, tap the microphone, or just say, “Hey, Cortana” like you can do with Google (you have to enable that feature). This virtual assistant can search files on your PC, set reminders, check the weather, etc. One interesting feature is that, say you are on a business’ website, Cortana will open up a sidebar with information like location and business hours.

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Runs on Mobile

This operating system will span Windows phones, tablets, and PCs. This means that all downloads, files, and apps can be accessed no matter the device type. Maybe Xbox will be next?

It’s FREE…

…If you already have the licensing for Windows 7 & 8. This is a pretty bold move by Microsoft, and should help quickly increase the adoption rate of Windows 10. Given that you can use the Rollback feature to restore your previous version of Windows, it seems like a “no harm, no foul” situation.

Is there anything that you’re looking forward to? Anything you’re dreading? Leave it in the comments.