Virtually everyone today uses Microsoft Windows on a computer in their day-to-day lives. Over time, as Windows has evolved from the 1980s into the software we know today, a lot has changed. The fundamentals of how you use the OS has remained relatively steady since Windows 95, but at the same time the appearance has changed greatly and countless features have been added or removed. As a result, transitioning to a new OS version can be challenging.
For those experiencing difficulty getting used to Windows 10, Udemy has a $19.95 class that was designed explicitly to get you accustomed to the new layout used by Microsoft and the new features added to the OS to make your life easier. But does it measure up? Let’s take a look.
The lectures start out with a brief overview of the Windows 10 desktop with arrows used to indicate the Start button, shortcuts, and the taskbar. The function of each of these is elaborated upon over the course of the lecture series with small bits of information that may be helpful to more experienced users.
The beginning of the course is really overly simple for anyone familiar with Windows already, but you can skip forward to get information on specific topics. The course is well organized with each software feature broken into its own separate lecture, which makes it exceedingly easy to get information about a specific topic.
Skipping past the “Taskbar” and “Launch Applications” lectures, we start to get some more useful information that pertains to Window 10. Lecture 7 focuses on using Windows 10’s multiple desktop feature, which if you’ve never tried it is exceptionally helpful if you tend to work on several projects at the same time. The following lecture goes into the Windows Snap feature, which automatically sets windows to fit in either one corner or half of the screen. This feature was available on previous versions of Windows, but it’s not something everyone is aware of.
The lectures never get into anything too complex, however, such as managing multiple users, and the various features inside the Control Panel are ignored.
In general, this lecture series will give you a strong grasp on the basic features inside of Windows 10 for just $19.99. If you are moving to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or an older OS and you aren’t a power user, this course would likely be beneficial and help get you up and running faster on the new OS. For everyone else, this lecture may have a few helpful insights about the use of multiple desktops or customizing your start menu, but the course as a whole is simply too basic to be of much use to experienced users.