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10 Things You Should Know About Windows 10 Creators Update

April 19th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Desktop, Devices, Internet, Newsletters, Windows 10 0 thoughts on “10 Things You Should Know About Windows 10 Creators Update”

Microsoft officially released its significant update to Windows 10 on April 11th. The company is calling it the “Creators Update”. In comparison to the monthly updates that usually only contain minor changes and security fixes, the latest update has new features that are large and small.

BUT, before you go through with ANY update, be aware of the risks that you might be taking by completing the install. You may have insufficient hardware, driver problems, and application incompatibilities to name a few.

Please consult your IT support provider to hear if Windows 10 Creators Update is right for you. We always recommend time for any major update for bugs to be worked out. You don’t want to be the guinea pig. If there is no pressing need for the update or you do not require any of the new features or improvements to perform your job, hold off.

But, if you are interested, here are the top things to know about the Windows 10 Creators Update.

1. Phased Approach

The Creators update was released on April 11th, so why hasn’t your computer updated yet? Well, Microsoft is taking what it calls a “phased approach”. Which means that not everyone will get the update right away. Newer devices will receive the update first, then updates to other devices based on feedback Microsoft receives from the first group. This process will be repeated over the next several months according to Microsoft’s Director of Windows Servicing and Delivery, John Cable.

But, you can manually update via the Software Download Site if you can’t wait. The suggested way is to take advantage of the Update Assistant. In order to do so, go to the Software Download Site and click the “Update Now” button. While it’s manually updating, the privacy settings will appear as part of the first experience with the Creators update.

 

2. Mini View

The Mini View feature creates a compact overlay on your computer. Which means certain apps can go into picture mode in the corner of your screen. You can stream videos from YouTube, make a video call, keep a timer on top or place many other apps in the corner while you multitask with the rest of your screen. The minimalist mode can potentially be very useful for the multitaskers out there.

 

 

3. Night Light

If you’re wondering why you can’t sleep at night it might be because of the blue light coming from your screen. There’s already software out there such as F.lux that filters out this blue light. The Creators update will add a new function called the “Night Light” which will filter blue light, so you can sleep with ease. To activate Night Light, open the Settings app and then go to System > Display.

 

4. Microsoft Edge

Once the Creators update goes into effect for you, you’ll notice that the Edge browser is faster with better functionality. Utilizing Google’s own benchmark tool, the updated Edge browser scored faster than Chrome for loading and rendering sites. It also blocks more malware and phishing sites than Chrome with the SmartScreen Filter (read the report from NSS Labs). You’ll be able to manage your tabs easily in the Edge with the ability to organize and preview tabs without leaving your current page. You can set aside open tabs with one click and reopen them with the “tabs you’ve set aside” section. The Edge becomes an e-reader and it has the basic functions to adjust the font and text size on e-books, set bookmarks, search for terms and other features you’d expect from an e-reader.

 

5. Game Mode

If you’re one of the 150 million Americans that plays video games then this new feature should interest you. The Creators update includes “Game Mode” which allows Windows 10 to adjust its resource allocation logic to prioritize a game when it’s running. The update will also have a service called “Beam” that lets you take screen caps or videos of any game you are playing, load them up to your channel, and share them. Own an Xbox? Lucky for you because you can buy a game once, then play it on your Xbox or your computer. Now you can take your gaming on the road easily!

 

6. Improvements to Defender

A central dashboard for monitoring the security of your machine will be added to your computer called the Windows Defender Security Center. Your new dashboard will allow you to view your antivirus protection as well as your network and firewall protections. It also includes health & performance, application and browser controls, and family options. You can read more about it here:
Introducing Windows Defender Security Center.

 

7. 3D Paint

Here’s an upgrade everyone can get excited about: the new app, Paint 3D! You don’t need artistic creativity to use Paint 3D according to PCWorld’s Mark Hachman. People that don’t have any creative skills can actually create stunning 3D scenes. When you’re done making your work-of-art you can send it off to a 3D printer!

 

8. Dynamic Lock

Are you the type of person to hit Win + L to lock your computer every time you walk away? Well, here’s a handy new option for you, the Dynamic Lock. Pair your phone with your Windows 10 PC via Bluetooth and when you walk away with your phone for more than 30 seconds, your computer will lock and shut off the display. Users can setup the Dynamic Lock option within Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.

 

9. Windows Ink

According to Microsoft, the Creators update will allow users to directly write on Word documents, web pages in Edge, maps, photos and videos.  The update will also add an ink toolbar with a tilt pencil effect and a protractor tool.

 

10. Windows Themes are Back

The Creators update will include new system colors and themes which will make your Windows 10 PC even more personal. You can head over to the Windows Store to choose from a large variety of pre-made themes.

There are many other features on the Windows 10 Creators update. Such as mixed/augmented reality, 4k monitor support, new sharing options, scheduled update installs, “My People” feature and much more!

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Is It Time To Let Go Of Windows 7?

November 3rd, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Microsoft, Operating System, Windows 10, Windows 7 0 thoughts on “Is It Time To Let Go Of Windows 7?”
In September, Microsoft told the world that the number of monthly active users of Windows 10 had gone past 400 million. Many of those users are consumers, but businesses are making the leap as well. What’s surprising about that is that Windows 10 is only a year old. Historically, businesses have taken years to manage the switch to a new operating system.

The change is being seen in places that might have been expected to take a more conservative view, including the US Department of Defense and global consulting giant Accenture.

Accenture CIO Andrew Wilson told a conference audience that his department had already upgraded 100,000 of the organization’s PCs to Windows 10. And that was just the start. The company has 375,000 employees.

Wilson acknowledged that just a few years ago, he would have stood by the sidelines seeing how other enterprises fared with the switch over. Accenture waited until Windows 7 was two years old before making the changes—twice as long as it has waited to move to Windows 10.

Windows 10 had gone past 400 million

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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

November 9th, 2015 Posted by Best Practices, Networks 1 thought on “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree”

By: Alicia Hernandez, Think Technical Writer

It is a phrase I hear almost daily as an IT Professional: “What do you mean my Mac won’t work with ____?” Feel free to fill in the blank with pretty much any business application you have in your business’s technology environment. Why is it that your usually brilliant IT staff has such a hard time with Apple products? Clearly they need more training, right? Well, probably not!

The Apple vs. Windows problem is real

This is literally a global issue where end-users insist on buying an Apple product instead of a Windows-based product to use as their every-day business computer, only to find that the majority of the applications that they rely on to do their job does not work on their new Apple. IT departments and their customers are butting heads over the Apple vs. Windows discussion almost every company, and yet, those customers are almost always left wondering why.

The next sentence in this conversation usually goes like this: “But you can make it work, right?!” Unfortunately, usually not. You see, professional applications are usually developed for the sole purpose of providing a specific business service/functionality to a specific business niche. As a software development company trying to sell a business application to the greatest number of businesses as possible, they have to write that application with a standard list of requirements of the computer for it to run on.

Take a look around your office, and you will most likely see Windows-based computers on every desk. Software development companies know that this is the case, so they develop these professional applications to run on Windows-based computers.

The exception here might be a computer-generated graphics company and applications written for this specific business niche. It is not a secret that Apple has the upper hand in the graphics business, therefore the software development companies within this niche are, in fact, developing their software with the standard list of requirements for an Apple computer.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

The guts and the skeleton of an Apple computer and a Windows computer are just different. And applications are developed with the specific guts of one of these computers in mind. Unfortunately, business applications continue to be developed to work on Windows-based computers because of a simple economic factor: supply and demand. There are more businesses running a “Windows Shop” than an “Apple Shop.”

I promise, your IT department is not part of some conspiracy to help Bill Gates conquer the world. That business application just REALLY does not work on your new Mac!

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Free Windows 10 Upgrade!

August 13th, 2015 Posted by Services 0 thoughts on “Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Free Windows 10 Upgrade!”

Free Windows 10 Upgrade

We all dread the release of another Microsoft operating system because of the price tag that comes attached to it. It is the very reason why some people are still on Windows XP (hopefully no one is relying on an earlier version of Windows)! But what’s this? Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to its newest operating system, Windows 10?

Should You Upgrade to Windows 10?

Yes. It is true. Well, not if you are on Windows XP or Vista, sorry. But if you have Windows 7 or higher, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This morning my laptop popped up an upgrade box that said, “Reserve your free copy of Windows 10 before it is too late.” So this may not be an everlasting offer; I would recommend jumping on the opportunity if you can!

Though I have not gone through the free upgrade experience myself, the numerous articles that I have read are actually recognizing Windows 10 as being a solid operating system and a recommended upgrade! I do plan on upgrading soon. While still similar to Windows 8.1, there were some improvements Microsoft made based on customer feedback… or so they say!

Gone is that dreadful Start screen and the child-like full-screen app page. And added is your personal digital assistant, Cortana, virtual desktop capabilities, and the DirectX 12 graphics API (The Windows 10 upgrade: Who should do it, who could wait).

How to Avoid Windows 10 Upgrade Scams

It is also important to note that one should be hyper-aware of the scammers that are also taking advantage of the free Windows 10 offering. Email scams are popping up left and right, and as always, looking more legit than ever before.

Knowledge is your greatest ally, so be sure you do your research and always err on the side of caution. Below is an example of a recent Windows 10 email scam from Beware this Windows 10 upgrade scam.

Windows 10 ransomware email

Windows 10 ransomware email (credit Cisco)

Notice the incorrect characters, the large zip attachment, and the footer of the email noting it has been scanned for viruses. A free Windows 10 upgrade is hard to pass up, but just make sure you are not getting scammed in the process!

Need Help?

It is also crucial to ensure application compatibility before upgrading to Windows 10, so if you have any questions or are unsure about the compatibility of your critical applications, please contact Think prior to performing an upgrade!

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