5 things you need to know about Windows 10
Although I’ll quickly admit to being someone who jumps on the latest tech trends I was a little apprehensive updating my current laptop – Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro – to Windows 10 simply because my initial Windows 8 experience had left such a bad taste in my mouth.
Needless to say, curiosity got the best of me and I needed to see what all the buzz was about.
The whole upgrade was seamless and took less than an hour to complete. I must say my experience so far has left me impressed. After spending a little with Microsoft’s latest operating system and talking to the rest of the Typical Geek crew, I picked up a few things that every Windows 10 user should know.
Google Voice and Siri need to watch out, desktop-ready Cortana has come to play. Although you still have your regular text search functionality built in, the ability to dictate your searches and commands in Window’s 10 is made easy with Cortana listening in.
If you want to enable your new voice assistant simply click the search bar and select the the Notebook icon on the left options panel. From there you’ll select the settings and enable ‘Let Cortana respond when you say ‘Hey Cortana’
Mail & Calender
With so many of us relying on web-based tools its easy to over look some of Windows 10 built in apps. Which is sad considering how well tuned these apps are this time around. The mail and calendar apps for instance are snappier and will play nice with your existing google accounts.
What’s more is that they’ve been tuned to work well with both keyboard/mouse and touch screen inputs. The additional gesture controls make the experience feel more up-to-date and make managing your inbox and calendar seamless.
Forced to click when you’d rather swipe? Here comes Continuum to save the day.
This handy feature assists your Windows 10 device to dynamically (and intelligently) switch between the Windows 8-esque option for touchscreens and the PC focused Desktop mode. Depending on your device Windows Continuum will help set an intelligent default. In the case of hybrid devices, Continuum will give you the option to change the layout depending on whether your keyboard is docked or if you’ve flipped your device into tablet mode.
Windows 10’s game DVR function was meant to help you record game play of your favorite PC title but it actually actually will allow you to record footage of almost any other program. This is kind of a big deal if you’re trying to explain to someone how to use a program or just need to document a process.
Cool, right? Click the windows key and ‘G’ to bring up the Game bar. From there all you have to do is confirm that the program you have open is a ‘game box’ and click the record icon to get started. Poof easy video screen capture. You’ll find your latest recording inside of the Xbox app under Video > Captures.
New Short Cuts
What’s a new operating system with a few new shortcuts? Add these to your repitoire of regularly used quick-commands to get more out of your Windows 10 experience.
Snap window: Windows key + Left or Right. You can also use Windows key + Up or Down to pin within quadrants
Switch to recent window: Alt + Tab. You can hold this to see the new task view window.
Task view: Windows + Tab
Power users can also take advantage of these new virtual desktop quick-commands.
Create new virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + D
Close current virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + F4
Switch virtual desktop : Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right