I’ve been seeing more people and businesses transition from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. A question I always get asked before they make that transition is “what do I need to know about Windows 10?”.
So, I’ve compiled a list of features that are new to Windows 10:
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The new Start menu looks more like your mobile apps than a desktop menu. It has the same navigation function as it did before (installed applications, power options and settings), but it just looks a little different.
Don’t like the tiles? Just right-click to remove them. Move your mouse to any edge of the menu to resize.
Cortana is your digital agent; she helps you to get your work done. You can talk to Cortana using your built-in microphone or type your question directly into the search bar. The more you use Cortana, the more personalised your experience will be.
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Some of the cool stuff Cortana can do for you:
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- Track packages, teams, interests and flights
- Send emails and text messages
- Manage your calendar and keep you up to date
- Create and manage lists
- Chit chat and play games
- Open any app on your system
- Find facts, files places and info
Need a personal assistant? Cortana’s your girl. You’ll just have to get your coffee yourself.
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Say goodbye to the old Internet Explorer and hello to Microsoft Edge. Think of the new web browser as a Hub where you can collect all your favourites, reading lists and browsing history in one place. You can add extensions to translate web pages, block adds and even manage your passwords all in one place. Cortana can even help you from within the web page.
My favourite feature of Microsoft Edge is that it’s the only browser that allows you to write directly on a web page. You can write notes on a recipe, doodle or highlight information directly on the website you’re on, save it and share it!
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Tip: Sign in with a Microsoft account to have all your preferences available across all your Windows 10 devices.
When you receive your Microsoft account you get free online storage with OneDrive. Save your files in OneDrive means you can access them from any PC, tablet or phone. You can also share those documents with anyone that has a Microsoft account.
The files you save to OneDrive are available online at OneDrive.com (just sign in using your Microsoft account) and offline on your PC. If you’re stuck somewhere with little to no internet, you can still access your files. Once you’re reconnected to the internet, OneDrive automatically updates the online versions of your document with the changes that you made when you were offline.
So, now you can go to the park or the beach and take your work with you!
While I have been pointing our business features of Windows 10, I think it’s worth pointing out the Family feature. Windows 10 isn’t just great for business, it’s personal uses and family attributes are also noteworthy.
Basically, you can add your family members to your Microsoft account and Family allows adults keep kids safer online by seeing their online activity, limit their time on Windows 10 devices and limit their spending. It helps to make sure kids aren’t seeing any inappropriate websites, apps or games.
These are just a few features that Windows 10 has to offer. I love the innovation that has gone into creating technology that anyone can use and I know you’ll love them too. Windows 10 has really placed an emphasis on personalisation and productivity to help you get the most out of the features they have to offer.
For more tips and tricks about Windows 10 check out this free eBook by Ed Bott.