Now that Microsoft has re-released their October 2018 Update for Windows 10 — and hopefully, this version sticks — it is time to take a closer look at some of the new features. This sixth feature update for Microsoft’s operating system is still on a limited number of systems and only available through manual update checks or by using the Media Creation Tool (MCT) or Update Assistant. We’ll be spending this week looking at the most pertinent tweaks, upgrades and improvements. The Display Feature High Dynamic Range (HDR) – With more monitors supporting this technology, Microsoft has incorporated settings to help you tweak the appearance of HDR based content on a by display basis. Included in these new settings is an option for maximizing battery life when running HDR content on your device and calibration tools. Wide Color Gamut (WCG) – If your monitor supports this display technology, you will also find settings alongside the HDR options for managing this display option. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
This latest Windows 10 iteration — the sixth update since Windows 10 debuted — has had a rocky roll-out thanks to a data-deletion issue. After figuring that out and making the appropriate fixes, the October 2018 Update was re-released in mid-November but it is still not generally available through Windows Update. Currently, seekers can go initiate an upgrade to this feature update by visiting Windows Update or using either the Media Creation Tool (MCT) or the Update Assistant. There is no evidence at this point that the October 2018 Update is being automatically pushed out to any users through Windows Update. Apparently, there is a very good reason for the lack of automatic updates based on information listed on the Windows 10 Update History page. Last month, just as Microsoft re-released the October 2018 Update, Corporate Vice President for Windows Michael Fortin laid out the company’s plans for better quality for future Windows 10 updates. He also discussed the company’s plans to be more responsive and transparent about issues impacting the roll-out of these updates. Well, the Windows 10 Update History page has become the portal they are using to increase at least the transparency around these semi-annual feature updates and monthly … Read More
The pending spring update of Microsoft’s flagship operating system (a.k.a. Windows 10 19H1 Build 18282) showed off several UI tweaks which continues to be an area of focus for this development branch. They also added a couple of tweaks to Windows Update that appear to be a move towards giving users a little more control over the mandatory update process. I have speculated a few times over the course of the 13 builds released for the 19H1 update that Microsoft may be choosing to focus on fit and finish aspects of the operating system rather than big new features. This latest build supports that theory. Of course, we will be keeping an eye on the development progress and sharing our insights along the way. For Build 18282 let’s take a closer look at some of the latest work. Note: This is a pre-release build of Windows 10. Nothing is written in stone when it comes to what changes will make it into the final release for this feature update. Windows Light Theme Windows 10 19H1 Build 18282 “Windows Light” Theme This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
A couple of weeks ago in this newsletter, I highlighted some of the apps that are automatic installs for me when setting up a Windows 10 device. Of course, they are not the only apps I use daily and over the last couple of years, Microsoft has come along way with some helper apps that are in various stages of development. Many are released broadly for Windows 10 while others are currently being tested by Windows Insiders in the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview Rings of the program. That is right – the three rings in the Windows Insider Program are not just for testing updated development builds for the next feature update to Windows 10. Many of the app development teams now use these rings to test their apps and new features in a smaller test environment. If you do not want to test early development builds, then Release Preview, which doesn’t get builds until very late in the development process, is the perfect spot to help test out new features in some of these apps. Let’s check out a few of these apps. Microsoft Photos Windows 10 Photos App This article is part of our premium content. Join … Read More
There’s more to Microsoft than just Office, Outlook, and Edge. Here’s a look at other useful programs. You may use Microsoft Office, Outlook, Edge, Cortana, and other key Microsoft apps and programs. But those are just the main events. The folks in Redmond offer a variety of other products, especially for your mobile device. You can use Microsoft Office Lens to scan printed files and save them as Word documents or PDFs. You can use Microsoft Photos Companion to wirelessly send photos from your phone to your PC. You can use Microsoft Launcher on your Android device to tweak your home screen to make it more Microsoft-friendly. You can turn to Microsoft Translator when you need to translate something on the fly. And you can use Microsoft Authenticator to easily sign into your Microsoft Account. Let’s check out these helpful Microsoft apps. Microsoft Office Lens Need a way to scan printed documents via your mobile phone? The free Microsoft Office Lens app can serve that role. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Q. What are the most useful apps you have found in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10? A. You all know I am an undeniable fan of Windows 10. Of course, you see that Windows 10 tends to be the subject of the two weekly articles I write for Windows Secrets. So, no secrets here about my focus on Windows 10 and experience with it along the way. Over the last three and a half years, a lot of operating system functionality has moved from the OS itself to what I call helper apps. Many users also call them inbox or built-in apps. However, for the purposes of answering this question, I am not going to include these apps in my list. This list is going to focus on the other apps I install as I setup or reset an existing system. Caveat: I will choose to use the Microsoft Store app version of a piece of software versus a separate downloadable desktop install of the program. OneNote for Windows 10 This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
The time is coming soon when Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows 7 users. While Windows 7 users may have justifiable reasons to not upgrade to Windows 10, there are equally solid reasons to consider making the move to the current OS. According to NetMarketShare.com, of all the Windows active operation systems Windows 7 is still leading Windows 10 three years after the latter was released. As measured by Internet activity from September 2017 to 2018, over 42% of users still connect online compared to just under 35% for Windows 10 users. You can understand some reluctance of people or companies not wanting to upgrade, but now that Windows 10 has settled in and vastly improved after its many iterations, what is still holding 10-adverse users from making the leap to the latest and greatest? Here are the pros and cons or staying with 7 and pros and cons of going with 10. Do You Really Have Software and Hardware Compatibility Issues? The changes that Windows 10 requires have had many of the Windows 7 holdouts claiming, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”. Windows 7 has accumulated hundreds, if not thousands of third-party apps and proprietary in-house software. … Read More
Microsoft’s struggles to get their sixth overall feature update for Windows 10 out into the public domain has taken another hit this last week. After releasing the October 2018 Update at the beginning of October and then having to pull it just a few days later due to a serious data loss issue, Microsoft has been testing a couple of cumulative updates to address that issue. Over the last two weeks, Windows Insiders have been testing those in the Slow and Release Preview Rings. The latest version brings the feature update to Build 17763.104 but now the company has another potential data loss issue to address. I suspect they will test a fix for this before they consider re-releasing this update to end users. News of this latest issue has been floating around for the past week or so and involves the process of copying files from inside a compressed zip archive. After several stories about this across the web, Microsoft has now acknowledged the problem and is offering a workaround until a fix is pushed out. First, let’s look at the problem with the file copy and paste process from within these compressed archives on the Windows 10 October 2018 … Read More