Windows 10

The Windows 10 Update Best Features

Windows 10 Timeline feature
1. Timeline

You’re probably familiar with the Task View button, which shows what apps are currently running on a system. Its replacement, Timeline, allows users to see which apps are running, but additionally, what apps and activities have been used over the previous 30 days. These activities can then be synced across a number of devices. This means you can pick up where you left on any device that you’re also signed into.

Timeline can also be synced with Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android so that your smartphone browser history can be accessed from your PC.

2. Dictation

Within the April update, Microsoft has made it easier to access Windows 10’s built-in dictation tool. It can be launched by pressing the Windows key + H, and can be used to dictate into any app.

Windows 10 Dictation tool
Windows 10 tab muting and WPAs
3. Microsoft Edge Tab Muting and PWAs

In order to keep up with Chrome, who also added tab muting as a feature in a recent update, Microsoft has now made it possible to mute certain websites within Edge. This new update, therefore, makes it more appealing to use Edge as your default browser.

Within this revamp of Edge, Microsoft has added support for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) across mobile and desktop operating systems.

6. Nearby Sharing

You’ve heard of AirDrop by Apple, right? Microsoft has now introduced its own similar service, Nearby sharing. The feature enables users to share files and links with PCs in the near vicinity. With Nearby Sharing enabled, a new area within the share menu will be visible in apps such as File Explorer, Edge, Photos and more.

Windows 10 Nearby Sharing
5. Faster Bluetooth Pairing

The latest Windows 10 update features a simple and quick way to pair Bluetooth accessories. It will now produce a notification to quickly connect to a Bluetooth device nearby and pair it. Microsoft supports its Surface Precision Mouse but is also working with Logitech, amongst others, to ensure additional hardware will be supported within this feature.

4. Audio Preferences

It is now possible to alter the input or output audio devices within each app that is running on your device individually. This means it is possible to have one application playing from your speakers, whilst another is simultaneously streamed through a headset.

Windows 10 Audio Preferences
Windows 10 Focus Assist
7. Focus Assist

In this update, Quiet hours- Windows ‘do-not-disturb’ mode- has been renamed to ‘Focus Assist’. With this change comes the introduction of 3 modes: Off, Priority only, and Alarms only. Priority only will disable notifications except for those apps and people that you add to your own priority list. Alarms only will disable all notifications apart from the alarms that you have set.

Within Focus Assist, automatic rules can also be set during certain hours to ensure that the work you are doing isn’t disrupted.

8. Password Recovery

Previously, signing into your PC without a Microsoft account, but with a local admin account, meant that there was very little help if you forgot your password. However, with this update, you can set three security questions for a local account which you can answer to gain access to your local account.

Windows 10 Password Recovery
Windows 10 Data
9. Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer

Thanks to the GDPR, Microsoft is being more transparent about the type of data it receives from each customer. By visiting their privacy settings, users can now decide whether to share their data on a basic or full level. Below this, a delete button can be found, enabling the erasure of all the diagnostic data collected from your PC by Microsoft.

Additionally, if the Diagnostic Data Viewer is toggled, you’ll be able to run an app which presents users with all the data Microsoft has collected about them.

10. Dynamic Lock

Arguably one of the best security features within the latest Windows 10 update, Dynamic Lock enables users to lock their computers via their smartphone if they’ve walked away from their device having forgotten to lock it. It does this by pairing the 2 devices via Bluetooth, and when your PC detects that you’ve walked far enough away with your smartphone, it automatically locks itself.

Windows 10 Dynamic Lock

Of course there are additional security features that are not yet included within Windows 10. To find out more about furthering the IT security of your business, contact our team today.

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