From stricter security to a new browser, Windows 10 has a lot to offer. Here are some of the biggest feature updates in Windows 10 compared to Windows 7.
Security enhancements  The advanced security and continuous patches and updates of Windows 10 are the main reason to switch to the latest version of the operating system. Some of the best security features are:
- Windows Hello: software that uses face recognition to unlock your machine using the webcam, and to unlock more than a dozen apps.
- Microsoft Defender: the antivirus program and internet security software are supplied free of charge with Windows 10.
- Automatic updates: Unlike previous versions of the operating system, Windows 10 offers automatic updates as standard to keep systems more secure. (You can disable it by going to Windows Update Settings> Advanced Options and going to another option in the Automatic drop-down menu.)
If you are still holding on to Windows 7, hold at least consider these. You can also view this full comparison of the Windows 10 and Windows 7 security features from Microsoft.
With Windows 10 you also have access to a less well-known second start menu that gives you much easier access to important functions such as the command prompt, the control panel and Task Manager, either by pressing the Windows key + X or by right-clicking on the Windows icon / Start button .
Microsoft's Cortana Digital Assistant is available on PCs with Windows 10. Cortana acts as a personal assistant – similar to Apple's Siri – and works through voice commands to help with tasks such as planning and reading or summarizing your e-mail.
Go to Start> Settings> Cortana to switch Cortana on and off and to determine when and how to use the assistant. For example, enable yes if you want Cortana to help when you say "Hey Cortana" and yes if you want to enable speech and personalization types, which helps the assistant to know your patterns.
Say goodbye to Internet Explorer: with Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Edge browser to replace the old mainstay. In January, Microsoft rolled out a new version of Edge, built on the same engine that drives Google's Chrome browser – making it more compatible with modern websites for a better browsing experience. You can download the new Edge browser on Windows 10 (and, technically speaking, because it is built on Chromium, also on Windows 7 or 8) by going to the Microsoft Edge web page, selecting Windows and clicking Download .
Unlike Windows 7, Microsoft constantly updates Windows 10 to fix security issues and make the machines work better. This is part of Microsoft's move to make Windows work more like a service, with continuous updates instead of a completely new version.
To check for updates, go to Start> Settings> Update and security and click under Windows Update on Search for updates .
Important function updates come twice a year, the most recent being the. This update has added some new productivity features, such as the ability to create events directly from the calendar flyout on the taskbar, without having to open the Calendar app.
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Originally published earlier this month. Periodically updated with new information.