Windows 10 is having an anniversary on the 2nd August. And with that, there comes lots and lots of updates. Read here to find out what’s in store.
Windows Hello goes that bit further when it comes to security and passwords. This is a biometric identification system for logging onto Windows and verifying your identity on things such as apps and websites. Windows Hello does not currently use passwords but has many other ways of keeping secure. Allowing you to unlock your PC from your phone, using fingerprint readers and facial recognition is also another service they offer. If you want to be extra tech savvy then there are also iris scanners.
For those who have a touchscreen or Surface or just enjoy squiggling away with your fingers then you will love Windows Ink. Similar to a post it notes scenario, this allows you to write or draw on your device’s screen as if it was paper. It is located within apps like the Edge browser, Windows Maps and Office. Windows Ink sits on the desktop as Ink Workspace. There is a ‘sticky notes’ app which is not new but works well with Office. Also, a sketchpad app is available for those who love to doodle away and share it easily with others.
Making the leap from video games to Windows phones, Windows 10’s servers and Xbox Ones, Cortana has experienced a lot of upgrades to her voice. As part of the anniversary, Cortana will be activating Halo rings, have greater access to Outlook, Office and Calendar apps, she will have a better understanding of more precise and in-depth instructions. Inevitably she will be able to recall where you parked, remember your account numbers and be available on your lock screen on your phone. Windows Xbox Microsoft isn't making one big change to improve gaming on Windows, but lots of little things! They aim to connect Xbox One and your Windows PC closer than ever before. Therefore every Microsoft published game will be ‘crossbuy’ which means you will automatically get a copy of both systems that share progress, achievements and much more. Xbox One players will get extra Cortana commands and be allowed to pick their language and play background music.
We are all aware the competition between Firefox / Chrome and Internet Explorer (Edge) has been going on and on since the beginning of time, but as part of the anniversary update, it is introducing some borrowed features for the Edge browser. Edge has taken note from Chrome, being able to auto-pause non-essential content on the web. Edge is also adding extension support, allowing you to customise your browser. When extensions such as AdBlock, Pinterest and LastPass are available users will be able to download them from the Windows store. Edge is also being claimed as more efficient at using power than other browsers, due to improvements in background tabs, the UI, Flash and Windows networking.
As stated at the beginning of this article, with the improvement of Windows Hello, Microsoft has also gone full force with security in Windows too. As mentioned, you can use biometrics to access websites securely. Then there is Windows Defender, which is a lightweight handling malware, which can now be ordered to schedule scans of your PC and notify you of any issues. For companies and businesses, Defender is even more of a monster, with Advanced Threat Protection. This gives a single dashboard that informs you of current global threats and allows you to track which of your devices have been put at risk.
One for the Teachers
So this really only applies to teachers, this is a very simplified administration system for those with little understanding of computers. It allows a teacher to set up school PCs for the classroom with a USB stick. The ‘Take a Test’ app also comes into play which creates a browser-based, secure environment for online assessments. This disables copy/paste, file access and other distractions. All of the above is within Microsoft Classroom. The free early access program for Minecraft (Education Edition) will be launching in June 2016. Which will be great for the kids!
One that may get some heads scratching but Microsoft has paired with Canonical, the creators of Ubuntu Linux. Microsoft isn’t switching over to Ubuntu, but they have integrated the powerful command line commands from Linux, known as Bash support. Users will be able to open Command Prompt, type in Bash and hit enter to run Ubuntu on Windows. This will be a subsystem that is running something like Linux.
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