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5 Things You Didn't Know About Windows 10

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The newest Windows upgrade, Windows 10, solves many of the issues of its predecessor, with increased functionality and streamlined menus. The new upgrade has many features that casual users may not be aware of, but which can improve not only the overall ease of using the computer, but also general productivity and organization. Read on to find five ways the new Windows operating system can take your computer to the next level.

Snap

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This function existed on Windows 8, but it didn't work well and led to a lot of lags when it did work. However, with the advent of Windows 10, Snap makes it easy to have up to four windows on your screen at once, each occupying a quadrant, so you can work on multiple projects or consult another screen without having to flip back and forth. This makes it easy to work on multiple projects for school or your job, and keep your windows more organized. This feature is particularly useful for large-screen computers or laptops which have the extra screen real estate, but it still works beautifully when using a Windows laptop, like the Z41.

Universal Usage Through Continuum

Microsoft built Windows 10 with universal usage in mind â they want you to be able to work seamlessly between various Windows devices. This new software tool is called Continuum, and it makes it possible that if you buy an app for your computer, you can use it on any of the devices you have connected through your Microsoft account without having to repurchase it. Apps will adopt the form of whatever device you're using, whether it's a tablet, laptop, desktop, or phone, so you'll have an easier time working on projects across platforms with fewer compatibility issues. Of course, screen size can sometimes be a limitation, so it may still be difficult to edit a spreadsheet on your phone.

Biometrics

If you're one of the millions of people who struggle to remember what seems like an endless number of different passwords, you'll be happy to know that biometrics have been built into Windows 10, which means you sign in with your fingerprint, or you can use the face or iris scanning technology if you prefer. This is not only more secure, it's a lot easier; you don't have to remember anything to gain secure access to your laptop. The biometric capabilities are easy to set up and use, and have received rave reviews, especially from students or parents who may have others trying to use their computers with or without their permission.

Microsoft Edge

With Internet Explorer at an end, Microsoft Edge is the new web surfing app in the Microsoft line-up, and it's a beauty. Full of accessibility features that blow competitors out of the water, this new application is a drastic improvement over the outdated Internet Explorer. It's especially wonderful if you have a touch screen laptop, tablet, or desktop â it has built-in annotation for websites using your stylus or finger, which means you can write notes on the screen, perfect for school or work projects. It also makes it easier than ever to share information with your friends, colleagues, and family, and has a simplified reading version which eliminates distractions. Unlike Internet Explorer, Edge supports extensions. It also runs the AI system Cortana, which can be very helpful in finding and organizing information.

Cortana

Named after the AI in Microsoft's popular video game franchise Halo, Cortana is the AI that runs on Windows 10, and it is an extremely responsive system that works with verbal commands. Microsoft's response to Apple's Siri, Cortana works like a personal digital assistant, performing all sorts of functions, like creating appointments, managing your calendar, hands-free texting, emailing, or calling, and it also assists in web searches and retrieving the information you need.

Windows 10 is a brilliant comeback for Microsoft, which faced some backlash after the difficulties of Windows 8. Loaded with new features, this OS is easy to use, and the universal usage of Continuum makes it an attractive choice for those who already use other Microsoft products.





The newest Windows upgrade, Windows 10, solves many of the issues of its predecessor, with increased functionality and streamlined menus. The new upgrade has many features that casual users may not be aware of, but which can improve not only the overall ease of using the computer, but also general productivity and organization. Read on to find five ways the new Windows operating system can take your computer to the next level.

Snap

5 Things You Didn't Know About Windows 10 - Image 1

Image via Flickr by Sean MacEntee

This function existed on Windows 8, but it didn't work well and led to a lot of lags when it did work. However, with the advent of Windows 10, Snap makes it easy to have up to four windows on your screen at once, each occupying a quadrant, so you can work on multiple projects or consult another screen without having to flip back and forth. This makes it easy to work on multiple projects for school or your job, and keep your windows more organized. This feature is particularly useful for large-screen computers or laptops which have the extra screen real estate, but it still works beautifully when using a Windows laptop, like the Z41.

Universal Usage Through Continuum

Microsoft built Windows 10 with universal usage in mind â they want you to be able to work seamlessly between various Windows devices. This new software tool is called Continuum, and it makes it possible that if you buy an app for your computer, you can use it on any of the devices you have connected through your Microsoft account without having to repurchase it. Apps will adopt the form of whatever device you're using, whether it's a tablet, laptop, desktop, or phone, so you'll have an easier time working on projects across platforms with fewer compatibility issues. Of course, screen size can sometimes be a limitation, so it may still be difficult to edit a spreadsheet on your phone.

Biometrics

If you're one of the millions of people who struggle to remember what seems like an endless number of different passwords, you'll be happy to know that biometrics have been built into Windows 10, which means you sign in with your fingerprint, or you can use the face or iris scanning technology if you prefer. This is not only more secure, it's a lot easier; you don't have to remember anything to gain secure access to your laptop. The biometric capabilities are easy to set up and use, and have received rave reviews, especially from students or parents who may have others trying to use their computers with or without their permission.

Microsoft Edge

With Internet Explorer at an end, Microsoft Edge is the new web surfing app in the Microsoft line-up, and it's a beauty. Full of accessibility features that blow competitors out of the water, this new application is a drastic improvement over the outdated Internet Explorer. It's especially wonderful if you have a touch screen laptop, tablet, or desktop â it has built-in annotation for websites using your stylus or finger, which means you can write notes on the screen, perfect for school or work projects. It also makes it easier than ever to share information with your friends, colleagues, and family, and has a simplified reading version which eliminates distractions. Unlike Internet Explorer, Edge supports extensions. It also runs the AI system Cortana, which can be very helpful in finding and organizing information.

Cortana

Named after the AI in Microsoft's popular video game franchise Halo, Cortana is the AI that runs on Windows 10, and it is an extremely responsive system that works with verbal commands. Microsoft's response to Apple's Siri, Cortana works like a personal digital assistant, performing all sorts of functions, like creating appointments, managing your calendar, hands-free texting, emailing, or calling, and it also assists in web searches and retrieving the information you need.

Windows 10 is a brilliant comeback for Microsoft, which faced some backlash after the difficulties of Windows 8. Loaded with new features, this OS is easy to use, and the universal usage of Continuum makes it an attractive choice for those who already use other Microsoft products.

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