7. Security improvements, both shipping and anticipated
If memory serves, every Windows version since 3.1 has laid claim to being “the most secure ever.” Windows 10 includes many security improvements, some of them game-changing.
The biggest security improvement? Internet Explorer is no longer the default browser. That, by itself, will do more to improve the general security of Windows than any other change in recent memory.
Windows Hello, which you’ve probably seen in videos but never experienced in action, uses your face, iris, or fingerprint to verify your authenticity. Many machines have fingerprint readers that will work with Windows Hello. Few have the Intel RealSense camera necessary to pull off facial recognition. Intel lists 11 laptops and all-in-ones with the requisite camera, with three more that are sold only in Japan.
Aside from updates to current features -- Windows Defender, SmartScreen, Family Safety -- Microsoft is expected to ship Enterprise Data Protection, to wall off company data on mobile devices, later this year, as well as Device Guard, an app that takes a stern look at programs trying to reach a Win10 machine.