Review Windows 10 on tablets

Review Windows 10 on tablets

The operating system Windows 8 has attracted the attention of an updated interface, optimized for touch operation. Windows 10 is designed to improve the user experience on the classic PC. But it is not affected by whether this work with a touch screen? We have established a new operating systems from Microsoft, to evaluate her work on the tablet.

To prepare an article to the date that this Windows 10, we did not wait for July 29, 2015 and chose the assembly Build 10240. Especially since Microsoft introduced Release Candidate is not in the conventional sense, as Windows 10 is constantly being improved and updated. But the assembly of 10,240 corresponds to the final version, it can be called RTM (RTM – Release To Manufacturing). Build version is displayed in the lower right corner.

We conducted tests on the tablet Surface 3 , which on occasion has given us Microsoft. So here I would like to express my gratitude. 3 Surface tablet is equipped with a processor Atom Cherry Trail, so it delivers the performance that can be expected in the future from many Windows tablets of the middle class.

For Windows 10 the importance attached to the operating system to meet the needs of ordinary desktop users. Windows 8, which has been focused on the touch operation, easy bogey traditional users of the new interface. And Microsoft has made two steps to facilitate the owners of Windows 7 and older versions of Windows, go to Windows 10: The standard output of the classic desktop, “Start” button has returned to its usual place. So that users desktops will feel at home – this was true for early assembly Technical Preview. But if you want to use the system on the tablet, the classic desktop will not be so easy to use. Fortunately, as well as Windows 8, we obtain the two versions of the form under Windows 10: classic desktop and tablet mode.

Tablet Mode

On these plates mode is activated by default. However, any time you can switch between the two modes via the Action Center (available via the corresponding icon in the notification or the swipe right). Supported and automatic mode change – when Windows 10 detects disconnection docking keypad (in this case 3 Surface Type Cover), then transits from the Desktop in Tablet.

Review Windows 10 on tablets

When Tablet mode is active, the interface of Windows 10 operates quite differently than in the desktop mode. Numerous controls disappear, the entire screen is given at the mercy of the crafts, which is quite convenient finger. Of course, you can change the order and size of the tiles. Many Windows applications work through account Microsoft. No connection with the account of tiles painted with gray. Particularly interesting is the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. It is very similar to the corresponding panel in the mobile operating system. Button Windows (physical or software) is used for returning to the home screen, there is a “Back” button, and a button to display the active applications (alternatively, you can make a wipe from left). Less familiar search button (call and a personal assistant – in this case, Cortana). To the right of the navigation bar is reserved for news reports.

In contrast to the Modern UI, easy enough to scroll down to display all installed applications. Only when you press (touch) the corresponding symbol (on the left navigation pane) will list applications. Another icon activates power-saving mode, shutdown or restart the system. These two menus in tablet mode actually duplicates the function “Start” menu.

The icon in the upper left corner actually calls the menu “Start” Windows 10 without the field tiles. There is a control profile, you can run most frequently used or newly added application, you can go to the settings menu or the on / off switch. It becomes clear that the tablet mode is a truncated menu “Start” Windows 10 with the optional navigation panel.

Review Windows 10 on tablets

Support for gestures

To compensate for the loss of control in tablet mode, as well as improve the efficiency of the touch screen, Windows 10 detects a full set of gestures. Among these wipes are familiar with the edges of the screen or touchpad.

Wipe the left displays the active application. Can also be deduced, for instance, two application next to each other. Applications open in full-screen mode, they do not have the usual buttons Windows. Wipe on top of them can be adapted in size or closed.

Wipe the right opens the panel is no longer Charms, and the so-called Action Center and Notification Center. There are visible alert, but there are quick setup. Available with a reduced view of the four main buttons (tablet mode, rotation lock, notes, and all settings), but you get a standard 13 buttons. In practice, to quickly find other differences – for example, the screen brightness is regulated not automatically and four stages (25, 50, 75 and 100 percent).

Of course, the operating system supports other familiar gestures such as mixing / dilution two fingers to reduce / zoom, and special gestures Microsoft (long touch is registered as a right-click). But Windows 10 supports many more complex gestures. But to use these gestures, involving up to four fingers, require special “accurate” touch-pads. In the case of Surface 3 touch panel screen does not support complex gestures, but the touchpad in the Type Cover per se is already receiving support. In practice, three-finger gestures worked well very reliable (for example, to call Cortana). However, for the four fingers of a small touchpad still does not fit in the best way.

Review Windows 10 on tablets


In our original test Surface 3 at the plate has been installed Microsoft Windows 8.1. To assess the impact on the performance of Windows 10, we repeated the tests with the new operating system.

Sometimes, Surface with Windows 8.1 3 little steps forward, sometimes – Windows 10. There is no single leader, we cannot identify. So that the two operating systems Microsoft have virtually no impact on performance.

Battery life

Shortly before the announcement of Windows 10 appears an error message , which reduces battery life Windows 10 on some Intel systems by about 10 percent. That is the difference we have received in the case of Surface 3 under the operating system Windows 10. After correcting the errors Intel both operating systems Windows 8 and Windows 10 should give virtually identical battery life.

We conducted our test battery life under Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. We lost a Full-HD video in a loop with the screen brightness of 200 cd / m², while the tablet Surface 3 is not turned off. I received a substantial difference, the above mentioned level of 10 percent.And the difference is greater than the results that we got in the test Windows 10 on a laptop . Apparently, Microsoft should optimize the software and drivers. Perhaps it helps and 1 GB “patch zero-day” .

Review Windows 10 on tablets


Operating system: Windows 10, unlike its predecessor, did not put in the priority work with the touch screen. But Microsoft could use the experience gained during the operation of Windows 8, so that the new operating system feels fine on tablets. Tablet mode has been significantly modified as compared to the Modern UI Windows 8, but to work with him just as easily. Some improvements could be called quite useful. Note the new navigation bar, as well as automatic switching between desktop and tablet mode when connecting / disconnecting the docking keyboard. Although some elements with a modified design will have to get used to. At least in the past left to switch between very different user interfaces that annoyed many users of Windows 8.1.

Of course, Windows 10 users will like desktop PCs for which it is optimized seriously. Even in tablet mode benefits from innovations such as voice assistant Cortana, or a new browser Edge. The performance between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 on the tablet Surface 3 we have not received a significant difference. On the other hand, remains a problem reduce battery life. However, it should be solved in the near future with the help of patches and updates – but if you want to install Windows 10 on the tablet, it makes sense to explore the issue with battery life in your case. If you do not run into a significant drop in battery life, we recommend to transfer the plate on Windows 10.

Review Windows 10 on tablets updated: August 9, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis