Windows 10 is one of the coolest operating systems that Microsoft has ever released. In addition, they recently announced some major upgrades to it that you ought to know.
These updates, which were dubbed ‘Anniversary Update’, are the biggest change to this OS so far. They will make the experience of using this OS even better.
Here are some cool new features that you should know about:
1. PC Tracker
Previously, users of Windows based Pcs had to buy third party software for this menial task. The Windows 10 OS now allows you to track the last known location of your PC. A Pc comes with GPS, which is used to trace it to an exact location.
Besides, you can monitor the location of your PC on a regular basis. This can be done by enabling it to send tracking information on a regular basis to Windows servers. The option is under Settings > Update & Security. It is labeled “Find My Device”.
2. Stream Games
The new Windows 10 now lets you stream your X-Box One games to your desktop. If your network is sturdy enough, move upstairs, and you can begin streaming your games on your desktop. Simply activate this feature and connect your device to your home network. You can play your games from the room. Go to Settings > Preferences > Allow Game Streaming.
These are just some of the huge change Microsoft has planned for its new platform. Others are not as impactful, for instance, color changes to the taskbars. Some of the under the hood improvement include better management of the device’s memory.
Windows finally brought the Cortana experience to the desktop. Previously, this powerful application was only used on the Windows Phone. You can switch on Cortana either by clicking the icon on the start button or enabling voice activation.
Cortana now comes with some awesome upgrades. It synchronizes smoothly across all your devices. For instance, you can use it on your PC to ring your phone in case you misplace it.
4. Windows Ink
This awesome tool has seen some major upgrades since the first release of windows10. It is now more responsive and accurate to people’s varied handwriting. You can use the Windows Ink workspace, or you can use it in another app.
This tool works great in Word and Microsoft edge. However, it will only work if you have a device with a pen enabled. A good example of such a device is the Surface Pro.
5. Biometric Support
If you have installed Windows 10 on your computer, Windows is willing to offer support. However, in order to use a feature like a fingerprint scanner, you will need to have the right hardware.
In short, Windows has provided its users with the software if they can purchase from the right hardware maker. Other biometric capabilities are facial recognition and an iris scanner.
6. File Explorer Is Unpinned
Windows 10 originally came with the File Explorer fixed to the test bar. However, for heavy users of Pc, this was quite a waste of space. For now, Microsoft has removed it from the task bar.
You still have the option to pin it to the taskbar by right-clicking if you want it there.
7. Run Android and iOS
For a long time, Windows has resisted any interaction with these operating systems. However, it seems the tech giant has reconsidered this idea.
You only need to run the Companion app on the start menu. You will then be taken through a multi -step guide of how to get your devices work with Windows apps and data.
8. Use Microsoft Edge
This is the latest browser from Microsoft that is a replacement to the disastrous Windows Explorer. When Windows first released it, they were in too much of a hurry. With latest updates, this browser can now work better with biometrics.
You can now use it to sign it to websites using the Windows Hello tool. The browser will also now offer support for a number of extensions. It will now support extensions from chrome.
9. Better Notifications Display
Windows 10 features an upgraded notification center. This will be important for you especially when working online. For instance, you do not have to wonder if you have received any mail or whether your DropBox has something for you. Everything will be neatly organized making your life much easier.
This new feature is awesome for people who use a number of different devices for the same purpose. It ensures that you have continuity in your operations. If you own a touch-sensitive desktop, you will love this feature.
If the keyboard were to become detached, a back button appears instantaneously on the screen. This will help continue with your operations as if nothing happened.
11. Notifications on Start Menu
Microsoft would like people to use as many of their apps from the store as possible. As a result, they will send you regular suggestions on your start Menu. If you find this annoying, you can disable this feature. Go to Settings, then Personalization and disable this feature. Click on “Occasionally Show Suggestions in Start”
12. More Privacy
Privacy is a touchy issue these days. Nobody wants any of their details leaking out. It could be used to perform massive fraud. Windows has responded to this issue by hiding the email addresses by default on the lock screen. However, if you would like it to be seen you can activate it. Go to Settings, click Accounts, click Sig-in options and click Privacy to edit the default settings.