Windows 10 comes with new versions of the built-in Photos, Music or Groove, Maps, Movies and TV.
Users who don’t get a free upgrade have licenses for Enterprise versions of Windows 8.1, XP, Vista and pirate copies, although those licenses could be on the Windows 10 Beta program.
I’m betting Windows 10 will be popular but not without a few hiccups. Three of my computers will be upgraded right away. One will stay on Windows 8.1 until the drivers are tested.
Here’s the rundown on the new Windows 10 apps from Microsoft Blogging Windows
Put your best photos forward with Windows 10. The new Photos app makes sense of your growing collection of photos, getting them organized and easy to navigate. You can sort your collections of photos by date for fast access.
The app will create albums of your life events, showcasing your best shots to help you tell a great story. With one click of a button you can count on auto-enhance to do expert touch-ups on the photos you take and keep on your Windows 10 device, and rest easy knowing that every photo is safely backed up with a full-resolution copy in your OneDrive online storage. Once your photo has been edited to your liking you can easily share it via email with your friends and family, even set the photo as your lock screen or as your desktop background.
Maps on Windows 10 helps you navigate your world with the information that matters most to you. It’s a new application that works great on all screen sizes, and combines the best of Bing Maps and HERE Maps. Pin your favorite locations to your Start menu for quick and easy access, or add them to your list of favorites – and Maps on Windows will sync them across your all your Windows devices.
Groove, Movies & TV
Enjoying music and videos is simple, fast and elegant on Windows 10. With Groove you can listen to your favorite songs and artists, make your own playlists, and keep up with all the latest hits. It’s easy to discover new music with radio—custom stations based on artists you love.
For ad-free access to millions of tracks with one of the largest music catalogs on the planet, sign up for a Groove Music Pass. Groove is easy to use, portable and personal, with it you get all the music you love, everywhere you want it.
With the Movies & TV app, you can browse and play through your own video collection, or kick back to the hottest movies & TV shows in HD. You can import your personal video collection, and play back your content in a fast, elegantly designed app that is optimized for both mouse/keyboard and touch.
Browse the Windows Store to rent or purchase from a huge collection of entertainment content, from weekly new releases on movies to TV shows a day after they air. You’ll also find deals, discounts and personalized recommendations just for you right from within the Windows Store. On Windows 10 devices, Xbox and the web, the Movies & TV app lets you start watching a purchased or rented movie on one device and pick up where you left off on another.
Mail & Calendar
The built-in Mail and Calendar apps get even better in Windows 10. Crafting emails has never been easier or more powerful, with the familiar and rich capability of Microsoft Word built into the authoring experience.
Simply insert tables, add pictures, use bullets and color to get your points across. Keep up with your inbox with new touch gestures that help you read, sort, and archive your mail. The new navigation bar is quick and convenient, allowing you to move freely between your email and your calendar, making it easy to get things done.
You get an experience that’s instantly recognizable with all the great built-in apps in Windows 10. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where we’ll be sharing another awesome Windows 10 feature!
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network