Added are audio controls, and the ability to suppress Windows updates during gaming. . Microsoft has done quite a bit with tabs in Edge, particularly helpful to those who keep lots of tabs open. Rich software and device ecosystem. Moreover, a Privacy Dashboard lets you see and manage any data saved in your Microsoft account. Beyond the Xbox app, Windows 10's 3D video engine is , which, according to some game developers, could open up a whole new level of realism to games. An icon in the Cortana sidebar, that looks like the Invoke speaker itself, makes setting up such devices a snap.
Ebook support came in Creators Update, as did tab organization and preview tools, payment options, and 4K support for Netflix. The Mail app is integrated with Calendar and Contact apps, available from buttons along the bottom of Mail. At first, I objected to the feature's combining with the Task View for multiple virtual displays, but have come to the conclusion that it's clearly designed and well implemented. In fact, that's exactly what it is. Acceptance to the Windows Store also means an app has been vetted by Microsoft for security.
You can turn off the feature's icon if you don't expect to use it. You can also use signs in an email body to add them to the conversation. The newest Windows still runs the vast majority of the millions of existing desktop programs, something competing desktop operating systems can't boast. You can read more about what mean for Windows 10 on our sister site, Extreme Tech. So, for example, you can have icons for File Explorer, Downloads, Documents, and so on appear right above the start button. You can also now use Cortana to play music on Spotify.
And Microsoft continues to make the Window 10 proposition sweeter for gamers. If you're running Windows 10, getting the latest is a simple matter of running Windows Update, accessible from the Settings app. You can also control this and other gaming features in the dedicated Gaming section of Settings. Next up is access to your Timeline from the phone. In all, I counted 23 such stock apps and utilities. The no-autoplay option joins Chrome's recently added tab silencer.
You can drag files to the friend's icon to share files with them, read or send email or Skype messages without opening separate apps. That kind of reminder shows up in Cortana's Whenever group. Microsoft has moved some info that used to live in the Cortana panel over to the Action Center. A minor thing, but it makes it much easier to pick between tabs on the same website. In fact, 1809 has the since Windows 10 first released. This is a security feature, since it only logs you off when you're away, not on when you come near. Apple sticks with Steve Job's edict that touch screens don't make sense on laptops and desktops, but a touch screen is the most intuitive interface type possible.
I'm not really a fan of this, since I can't quickly check my sports and stocks with Cortana anymore. More for Photos The included is not only a decent photo editor, but it also edits videos and supports mixed reality objects. You can also take advantage of some Cortana smarts in Sticky Notes. You can use Cortana from the lock screen—useful for things like playing a music playlist, asking about the weather, or asking for points of information. Recently, Microsoft released a that adds activity from Google's browser to your Windows 10 Timeline.
Windows is pushing the boundaries of what's possible on a personal computer, with capabilities like touch input, a voice-based virtual assistant, face login, and mixed reality. You can also stream games publicly on Microsoft's Twitch competitor, Mixer. AdBlock and Adblock Plus are also in the store, but I find those less effective. The Ink Workspace can be summoned by clicking a stylus button. The default Print window is getting Fluent design and a light mode, as well. Apple Night Shift only offers the last two options. You can keep up with the list on the page.
What's New in Windows 10? The Set Aside icon at top left lets you send the currently open group of tabs to the background. This should result in more site compatibility, but I'm concerned that it will further consolidate Google's dominance of the Internet, since the search ad giant controls the open-source project. OneDrive and Skype Two of Microsoft's cloud services— for online storage and syncing and Skype for communication—play an increasingly prominent role in Windows 10. This works similarly to Apple products' Night Shift, adjusting the colors displayed to reduce the blue part of the spectrum, which has been found to interfere with getting a good night's sleep. This is a great feature that's already implemented in the Outlook for iPhone and Android apps. We evaluate the new features. The feature uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and you have to enable it.
At this point, most settings that most users will need are in the newer Settings app, but techies still see the old-design control panels. Happily, some strong privacy and ad-blocking extensions are available, including AdGuard and uBlock Origin. The next version up, variously called May 2019 Update, 19H1 for the first half of 2019 , and 1903, should drop in late May, and includes mostly tweaks and redesigns of existing features, rather than completely new big features. Nevertheless, the company has implemented more safeguards and. That last one may be of interest to security-conscious personal users, too. The app's interface uses slider bars for easy touch input, and lets you draw on photos and videos. I also quite like the way the Edge web browser has been updated.