Wednesday, August 12, 2015


"Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week. Nixon was explaining how Microsoft was launching Windows 8.1 last year, but in the background it was developing Windows 10. Now, Microsoft employees can talk freely about future updates to Windows 10 because there's no secret update in the works coming next. It's all just Windows 10. While it immediately sounds like Microsoft is killing off Windows and not doing future versions, the reality is a little more complex. The future is "Windows as a service."

The Best Windows 10 Features You Probably Haven’t Heard About

Windows 10 has arrived. Whether you’re jumping the line or still trying to decide if you should upgrade, chances are you’ve heard about some of the best new features of Windows 10. Here are some of the really awesome ones you might not have heard about.

Search For and Pin Specific Sections of the Settings App

Veteran Windows users will recognize that the Control Panel is the place to find nearly any setting you could possibly want to tweak. However, with Windows 10, Microsoft is moving more and more of these items to the Settings app. While the Control Panel still exists, Settings is featured more prominently in the Start Menu, and it’s easier to navigate anyway.
More importantly, though, you can pin sub-sections of the Settings app to your Start Menu. For example, say you want to have a quick shortcut to Windows Update. To do that, you’d follow these steps:
  1. Search the Start Menu for “updates” and click on “Check for Updates.”
  2. The Windows Update section of Settings will open.
  3. Right-click “Windows Update” in the sidebar of the Settings app.
  4. Click “Pin to Start.”
Now, you can quickly jump straight to this section of the Settings app from the Start Menu in one click. There’s still a little bit of a mess as Microsoft moves some things around. For now, Control Panel and Settings still exist simultaneously and Microsoft has made no indication it intends to get rid of the Control Panel, but this method for dealing with day-to-day settings is much easier.

Pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu

In addition to sections of Settings, you can also pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu. For baffling reasons, making a quick shortcut to the Recycle Bin has been a convoluted endeavor. Now, just search for “Recycle Bin” in the Start Menu, right-click the shortcut and select “Pin to Start.” Boom. Done.

Clear Out Your Hard Drive With the New Storage Analyzer

Every once in a while, you’re going to need a decent disk space analyzer to find the junk you can get rid of. In the past, we’ve relied on third-party apps to perform this analysis. Now, Microsoft has its own built in storage analyzer. From the Start Menu search for the “Storage” section of the Settings app. From here, you can choose a drive to analyze. You’ll then be shown a list of types of files, how much space each category is taking up, and a list of folders sorted by how large their contents are. It’s not quite as powerful as our pick for the best disk space 

Customize Quick Actions In the Notification Tray

The new notification tray in Windows 10 is a handy place to find all the apps that are trying to get your attention. However, it’s also home to Quick Actions, which are handy toggles for useful features. These may include toggling location services, opening OneNote to jot down an idea, linking to your VPN settings or just launching the Settings app itself.
Which Quick Actions are available will depend on your system, but you can customize them in Settings. Simply search for “Quick Actions” in the Start Menu to choose which options appear here. If you have a touch screen display, you can also enable a toggle to alternate between tablet and desktop mode.

Lock Your Computer With Your Fingerprint

For many years, fingerprint scanners were, at best, an expensive toy for the early adopters. Now, with security becoming more and more important, the average user is looking to better options to protect themselves. Phones are already starting to support fingerprint scanners, and now Windows 10 has support for them as well.
Of course, you’ll need fingerprint sensing hardware for this to work, which most people won’t have. However, some laptop models come with them built in, and you may be able to buy a third-party peripheral for machines that don’t have them.







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