[COMING SOON] Windows 10 Updates You May Actually Like
On April 11, 2017, Microsoft will release the third major update to Windows 10. Some of the highlights include an improved Security Center, simplified Privacy Dashboard, enhancements to the Edge browser, and some new and improved apps. Here's what you need to know...
What’s New In Windows 10 Creator Update?
The impending change is called the Creators Update; apparently, that name aims to highlight new apps and improvements to old ones that enable more and better visual creations. But there are other new features and tweaks of interest in this latest incremental update.
Perhaps the best news is that this update is incremental; that is, the changes are so minor that users are unlikely to be confused and won’t have to climb a steep learning curve again. This is one of the benefits of the “operating system as a service” model that Microsoft, Google, and Apple now pursue.
The first major improvement is in the Windows Update process itself. No longer does it require downloading a full Windows 10 installation kit; you get only the stuff that has changed. This reduces download time by 35%, a big deal for those on metered Internet connections.
The new Windows Defender Security Center provides an overview of your device’s security settings and system health, including quick access to functions such as quick-scan, firewall options, family settings and more. Users will be able to block installation of sketchy apps that don’t come from the Windows store, a useful feature in a home computer shared with others who don’t know any better.
Defender includes a new feature called “Fresh Start” for when your Windows 10 installation is hopelessly corrupted. Unlike the Refresh Windows option in Settings, Fresh Start does not re-install any bloatware that the maker of your device added. It installs just a clean copy of Windows 10. Hmmm, you may want to run Fresh Start the moment you start up a new PC!
Communicating with your favorite contacts will be easier with the new MyPeople app, which brings together Mail, Skype, Xbox live and even SMS from mobile phones. The Creators Update will create a new folder containing icons (pictures when available) of your frequent contacts. When you want to share a photo or document with one of them, just drag and drop the item on the contact’s icon. You can annotate the item with text notes. A new feature called “Shoulder Taps” lets you quickly send a short message to a favorite contact.
Easier On the Eyes
The Creators Update includes a new feature called “Night Light” which is easier on the eyes and will help you fall asleep faster. People who use computers late at night often have difficulty falling asleep. That’s because computer displays emit wavelengths of blue light that trick the brain into believing it’s still daytime even at midnight. Night Light is in Settings, and can be configured to provide warmer or cooler tints as desired. You can also schedule the times when Night Light turns on and off. Yes, Microsoft has partially copied the immensely popular F.lux freeware app, but Night Light does not switch on and off automatically at sunset and sunrise. F.lux does, and works on Windows 7, 8, 10. It's also available for Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, and Android devices.
Windows Paint is getting a complete re-write; the all-new app will be known as Paint 3D. Users will be able to create 3D objects using a mouse or a Surface Pen (The latter is available only with Surface Pro tablets or Surface Book laptops.) There is an extensive library of 3D shapes to help you get started on that kitchen remodeling sketch. All of the familiar Paint brushes, erasers, and other drawing tools are in Paint 3D, but it still lacks the layering feature found in Photoshop and other advanced image editors. Still, users will be able to do much more with Paint 3D.
Windows 10 “Game Mode” will prioritize CPU and GPU operations to make online and offline games flow more smoothly. There’s also a new “Game bar” which can be summoned by pressing Windows+G buttons; it enables gamers to grab screenshots, record video and broadcast live action online via Microsoft’s Beam service.
More App Updates
Other Windows 10 apps are getting minor updates. Mail, for instance, now includes Focused Inbox, which puts mail from important contacts into an inbox and all other mail into a different folder.
A new Privacy Dashboard simplifies and centralizes all privacy settings. The Diagnostics setting, which controls how much data about your computer activity is sent to Microsoft, has been simplified as well. Instead of three confusing options, there are only two. “Full” diagnostics sends browser, app, and feature usage, plus inking (pen input) and typing data to Microsoft. The Basic setting sends a minimal amount of data about the state of your system.
Cortana gets several improvements in Creators Update. It can now create reminders based on information it finds in your email, i. e., you emailed “Let’s do lunch Thursday” to someone. There’s also a “pick up where I left off” feature that reminds you of what apps and documents you were working on when you last powered off, and enables one-click restoration of all your work at the places where you left off. You can also restore only individual bits of work at a time. This feature is available across devices; when you get home, your workplace arrangement is available through Cortana.
The Edge browser is actually getting useful. A new “set tabs aside” feature allows you to save all the tabs currently open and start a fresh browsing session. You can return to the previous tabs collection with one click. A new Web Payments API lets you pay for things from your Microsoft Wallet within Edge. Edge also integrates with Cortana to bring you relevant coupons, song lyrics, and other information. Edge will now support 4K streaming, if you have a 4K display. Microsoft has finally disabled Adobe Flash content by default, closing one of the biggest security holes. Finally, a new Books section stores all of your e-books in a special folder, and Edge becomes your e-book reader as well as your Web browser.
The Creators Update seems to be just enough innovation to be interesting without causing users much confusion, if any. Microsoft seems to be hitting its stride with Windows 10 updates.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Apr 2017
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