Looking to buy a new laptop, tablet or convertible? There’s a huge range of devices to choose from, so we’ve cherry-picked the best Windows 10 laptops, tablets and convertibles available right now.
Any laptop or tablet you buy now is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10, though devices with Windows 10 pre-installed will only ship from September onwards.
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Watch – A quick guide to what's new in Windows 10
If you've got an old laptop then now might be just the time to upgrade it to enjoy Windows 10 to its fullest. All the laptops and tablets in our round-up are leading devices that have all right features to enjoy what Windows 10 has to offer. If you want a shiny new device to go with Microsoft's shiny new operating system, these won't let you down.
It’s back. If there’s one thing Microsoft’s learned over the past couple of years, it’s that Windows users love the Start Menu. After leaving it out of Windows 8 and bringing a watered down version of it back with Windows 8.1, the company has admitted it made a mistake. It’s decided to bring it back to life – and it resides in its classic position at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
It’s not the same as the Start Menu of old, of course. The revamped Start Menu is wider than before, but you can resize it if you wish. It also comes complete with Metro-style live tiles, blending the old with the new and simultaneously becoming more touch-friendly.
Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now is one of the new options available in the Start Menu. The digital assistant, which has been available on Windows Phone for a while, has made the jump to the desktop.
You have the choice of instructing Cortana through either written commands or simply by speaking to her, and there’s a lot of capability to feast on. She can trawl your PC for specific content, such as photos and documents, perform tasks like setting up calendar alerts and searching the web, as well as make clumsy small talk. There’s also a Cortana home page, where you’ll see everything she's learned about you.
For many PC users, Internet Explorer has long been a relic that hasn’t been touched in years, which is why Microsoft’s decided to create a new browser from scratch. Formerly known as Project Spartan, Microsoft Edge is the default Windows 10 browser, but Internet Explorer is still an option.
One of the most noticeable differences is that Edge has been optimised for use on touchscreens, featuring a chunkier navigation bar and a finger-friendly button layout. It’s designed to be quicker than Internet Explorer too, and offers a selection of advanced capabilities, such as a reading mode and the option to annotate web pages.
Other key features
Microsoft has made big noises about unifying its platforms, and universal apps looks set to be a major part of the effort. To cut to the chase, it wants one single app store to serve all of your devices, with apps working in the same way across desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and Xbox consoles.
Before you start cracking the ‘what apps?’ jokes, Windows 10 will also come with the ability to run certain Android apps. Developers will be able to port pre-existing Android apps built using Java or C%2B%2B to Windows 10 with just a few minor tweaks.
Task View, which lets users re-arrange active apps and switch between virtual desktops, is another feature that will play a key role. Snap Assist is a big part of this, and lets users neatly position several windows on the screen at once, perfect for keen multi-taskers.
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