Compare Windows versions

See what’s new and improved with Windows 10 compared to previous versions of Windows.

PC
Mobile
Windows 7
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Windows Phone 8.1
Windows 10 Mobile
Windows
7
8.1
10
8.1
10

Familiar and better than ever

Start Menu

Quick access to what matters to you the most.

Fast start-up

Start and resume quickly with Hyperboot & InstantGo.1

Pinning apps

Pin favourite apps to taskbar.

Personalisation

Even more ways to make your device a reflection of you.

Peace of mind

Powerful security that works with more of your existing equipment.

A more personal and natural experience

Cortana2

Your own digital assistant to help get things done.

Windows Hello3

Log in securely with a look or a touch; no password needed.

OneDrive built in

Easily access all documents and photos in the cloud from File Explorer.

Work and play safely across devices

Tablet mode4

Easily and instantly switch between desktop and tablet mode.

Great gaming5

Great games, graphics and Xbox built-in.

Stay current

Always-enabled updates help you stay up-to-date on features and security.6

Be more productive

Microsoft Edge

Built for Windows 10. Engage with the web like never before.

Multitasking

Multi-task with snap assist, create virtual desktops and more.

Windows Store

Tons of apps and games – and now films, music and TV programmes too.

Windows Ink 6

Easily capture ideas to turn into actions.

Familiar and up-to-date

Free Updates1

Free updates keep you current and up-to-date

OneDrive

Easily access your documents and photos in the cloud

Safer and more secure

Most secure Windows ever1

Continuously improving with security updates

More personal and productive

Cortana3

Your digital assistant is now even more helpful, working across your phone and PC that run Windows 104

New Office Apps

Built-in Word, PowerPoint: enhanced editing for working on the go4

Store & apps

Access tons of apps, games5 and now films, music and TV programmes2, too

Continuum for phones

Project wirelessly and beautifully to a second screen – while still using your phone7

Action Centre

Interactive notifications and settings in one place; more customisable quick actions

Innovative experiences and devices

Microsoft Edge

Go beyond browsing and experience a more personal and productive web

Amazing Devices

Only Windows gives you the most choice in innovative styles of devices

Works like a PC6

Connect to a keyboard, mouse and monitor for serious productivity

New Photos app8

Perfect your photos with auto-enhance7; create albums automatically

Microsoft Edge

Go beyond browsing and experience a more personal and productive web

Amazing Devices

Only Windows gives you the most choice in innovative styles of devices

Works like a PC6

Connect to a keyboard, mouse and monitor for serious productivity

Compare Windows versions

See what’s new and improved with Windows 10 compared to previous versions of Windows.

PC
Mobile

Windows

7

8.1

10

Familiar and better than ever

Windows
7
8.1
10
Start menu 

Quick access to what matters to you the most.

Fast start-up

Start and resume quickly with Hyperboot & InstantGo.1

Pinning apps

Pin favourite apps to taskbar.

Personalisation

Even more ways to make your device a reflection of you.

Peace of mind

Powerful security that works with more of your existing equipment.

A more personal and natural experience

Windows
7
8.1
10
Cortana2

Your own digital assistant to help get things done.

Windows Hello3

Log in securely with a look or a touch; no password needed.

OneDrive built in

Easily access all documents and photos in the cloud from File Explorer.

Work and play safely across devices

Windows
7
8.1
10
Tablet mode4

Easily and instantly switch between desktop and tablet mode.

Great gaming5

Great games, graphics and Xbox built-in.

Stay current

Always-enabled updates help you stay up-to-date on features and security.6

Be more productive

Windows
7
8.1
10
Microsoft Edge

Built for Windows 10. Engage with the web like never before.

Multitasking

Multi-task with snap assist, create virtual desktops and more.

Windows Store

Tons of apps and games – and now films, music and TV programmes too.

Windows Ink 6

Easily capture ideas to turn into actions.

Windows
7
8.1
10

Windows
7
8.1
10

Windows
7
8.1
10

Windows
7
8.1
10

Windows

7

8.1

10

Familiar and up-to-date

Windows
8.1
10
Free Updates1

Free updates keep you current and up-to-date

OneDrive

Easily access your documents and photos in the cloud

Safer and more secure

Windows
8.1
10
Most secure Windows ever1

Continuously improving with security updates

More personal and productive

Windows
8.1
10
Cortana3

Your digital assistant is now even more helpful, working across your phone and PC that run Windows 104

New Office Apps

Built-in Word, PowerPoint: enhanced editing for working on the go5

Store & apps

Access tons of apps, games5 and now films, music and TV programmes2, too

Continuum for phones

Project wirelessly and beautifully to a second screen – while still using your phone6

Action Centre

Interactive notifications and settings in one place; more customisable quick actions

Innovative experiences and devices

Windows
8.1
10
Microsoft Edge

Go beyond browsing and experience a more personal and productive web

Amazing Devices

Only Windows gives you the most choice in innovative styles of devices

Works like a PC6

Connect to a keyboard, mouse and monitor for serious productivity

New Photos app8

Perfect your photos with auto-enhance7; create albums automatically

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