The familiar made better
The desktop you’re used to—with its familiar folders and icons—is still here. And not just still here, it’s actually better than before, with a new task manager and streamlined file management. And you can always get to your desktop—and back to your Start screen again—with a tap or click.
Use them the way you always have. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs you count on work the way you’re used to. Use a mouse and keyboard and organize your stuff in folders on the desktop.
Windows Defender and Windows SmartScreen can help guard your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software in real time. Family Safety gives your kids some independence while still keeping tabs on them.
Mouse and keyboard
You can use a mouse and keyboard to work on your Windows desktop the way you always have. And things you do with touch, like using apps from the Windows Store and getting around on your Start screen, can also be done with a mouse and keyboard.
Make it yours
Search once, go anywhere
Bing smart search gives you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. Results are in a clean, graphic view so you can quickly get to what you’re looking for. (Certain features unavailable in some regions.)
|Internet Explorer 11|
Fast, fluid, built for touch
Internet Explorer 11 is built for touch—now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures. Internet Explorer harnesses the power of hardware acceleration, so sites load faster and browsing’s smoother.
Video, voice, and instant messaging
The always-on app that makes staying in touch with all your contacts easier than ever. Keep in touch with video and voice calls and instant messaging, all from one app. Call any phone quickly and easily. All Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls are free, and your messages are delivered straight to you no matter what you’re doing. Snap Skype left or right and do more while you IM, video call, or keep an eye on your home screen.
Load up on apps
Open the Windows Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more—many of them free. Sort by price, rating, and category. Find old favorites and hot new apps.
Great apps come standard
Photo editing for touchscreens, the way it’s supposed to be. Crop, fix, and apply filters quickly and easily.
Discover the hottest new games, classic favorites, and exclusives for Windows. Track your progress and compare scores with friends.
Take photos and videos, browse through them, and share the best ones with your friends and family.
Stay connected and start conversations with contacts from your social networks and email accounts.
Quickly pinpoint, save, and explore the locations you care about. Get driving directions and see traffic conditions.
Keep track of your schedule in month, week, or two-day view. Get appointment reminders so you’re always on time.
Set up and customize multiple alarms for all the things you need to be reminded of. Turn them off when you want to focus.