Here are some of the new features in Windows 10 that you may find attractive
For those of you who do not know, there is a game series called Halo which runs on the Xbox 360 and soon the Xbox One. The game series started years ago and has had many spinoffs. Why is that relevant to the Windows 10 discussion? Because all the product names that seem to be coming out of Microsoft are all characters from the Halo series of games – just an interesting bit of trivia.
Cortana was the Master Chief’s digital assistant, providing him with the computing and analysis needed for day to day life and locating information as needed. Windows 10 sports Cortana, a digital assistant that will answer questions as simple as “what’s the weather in Toronto?” or as complex as “Can you wake the digital assistant and ask it to find directions from 18 King Street East in Toronto to Mussulmen’s Lake in Stouffville?” Cortana was first introduced on Windows Phone so there has been a lot of feedback that has gone into making it better.
A Spartan in Halo was a super solder build to fight the invading forces. In Windows 10, Spartan is a new browser to replace Internet Explorer. Spartan may indeed have the purpose of trying to fight off invaders like Chrome and Firefox! Spartan sports an annotation tool that can be used to make up web pages, is very fast – unlike its predecessors and has edit functions allowing you to share, save and store web pages in OneNote. Looks like the browser wars are back on!
Apparently there wasn’t a character to match this feature. Window 10 allows the user to create multiple virtual desktops. For example, one desktop can be running Word and Outlook and another desktop can be running Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Why would you want this? It allows you to simulate multiple monitors. For example, social media can be running on one desktop that is in the background. The desktop will update in real time while you work on things like Word and Outlook without being distracted by the alerts from Social Media because that is running on a different desktop which is not currently visible:
Gone are the pop up windows that appear in the bottom right corner. Instead there is now an Action Centre and Notification menu. Fully customizable as to the alerts delivered there is a system tray icon that can be used at any time to bring up all notifications:
Settings App Replaces Charms Bar
The context sensitive Charms Bar has been replaced with a Settings app. Finally. The Charms bar was at best annoying. The Settings App is akin to the Control Panel of earlier Windows operating systems:
Windows 10 will support two factor authentication and encryption with features that allow these options to be controlled from the corporate level. The BlackBerry concept of personal space and corporate space is being embraced in this version. Machines can also be locked down to reduce the probability of Malware affecting them. The feature, called Device Guard allows devices to have digitally signed certificates from a Microsoft certified signing authority to allow specific applications to be executed on the computer.
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