What is it really like to use Windows 10?

Hello and Command Prompt

New systems that ship with Windows 10 and support biometric security hardware will enable you to use a fingerprint, face scan or iris scan to log into Windows and apps, websites and networks. This is called Windows Hello. There's a new Command Prompt, too – no big deal, you might say, but you're now able to properly select text and copy and paste in and out. [Ctrl]+[V] really will work. Text also re-flows as the window is resized.

The verdict

Essentially, Windows 10 is everything we wanted Windows 8 to be, but wasn't. There are several reasons why we think it will be a success. There are the welcoming arms Microsoft is holding out to developers (if Microsoft can't make this work, it's a problem). Then there's the fact it is a free download for owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

But above all, there's the fact it just works. If Windows 8 was the steepest learning curve imaginable, Windows 10 is like meeting a great friend you once knew, but they've bought some new clothes and you really do approve.