Beginning August 2016, Microsoft (MS) started its rollout of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. If you are a personal or business user, there are many features you might love in this update, as well as a thing or two you probably won’t. In keeping with their strategy of one system for desktop PCs, Laptops, and Android, the anniversary update continues further in this direction. So, let’s look at some of the most popular features contained in this update.
Best Features of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Keep Your Favorite Programs on Your Desktop
The update allows you to pin an open app on all of your virtual desktops. This is especially beneficial if you want a particular program to be available to you without having to look for it in an apps folder or shortcuts. It is just there for you to use.
The Edge Browser
The Edge Browser was first introduced with Windows 10 – it is the apparent heir to the venerable Internet Explorer and the MS Windows Update makes this upstart browser, even more, user-friendly. One thing is that Edge is finally getting support for extensions. If you go web shopping using Edge and Cortana, the voice of MS that is similar to Siri from Apple, you will receive coupon suggestions related to your online search. In addition, Edge can be synchronized among all your devices, providing you set your MS account to sync information across devices.
Improvements to Cortana
With the MS 10 update, Cortana gets a boost in IQ. MS has given Cortana more access to Office, Outlook, and Calendar apps. This newer contextual awareness lets users use voice commands such as “Send the latest journal entries to our accountant Sam Smith.” Next thing you know, the journal entries are in Smith’s inbox. You can also get to Cortana from your lock screen so you can see your schedule or other reminders instead of using voice commands.
Taskbar Calendar Advances
The taskbar calendar in original Windows 10 becomes more than a standalone date and time app. It now integrates with the main calendar app so you keep up with your schedule without having to go into the calendar app – you can get to it from the taskbar calendar.
Should Your Business Update Now?
Hold on, before you update consider the following potential issues your business may face:
- Many legacy applications will not run on Windows 10, so if you haven’t updated to Windows 10, you may still want to wait until your important legacy programs are replaced or made compatible with Windows 10.
- There are tons of “suggested apps” or more familiarly called bloatware accompanying the Windows 10 download.
- There are recent reports that there is a major flaw in the anniversary edition of Windows 10 that causes some devices to freeze. Microsoft said on its support forum:
“Microsoft has received a small number of reports of Windows 10 freezing after installing the Anniversary Update on systems with the operating system stored on a solid-state drive (SSD) and apps and data stored on a separate drive. This issue does not occur when starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode.”
You May Need Help Sorting Out Windows 10 and Whether Your Business Should Update
Many small and medium-sized businesses have turned to managed service providers (MSPs) instead of maintaining an in-house IT department. They have found that it is a more economical as well as provides greater expertise along with 24/7 coverage they otherwise could not afford. Whether or not your company is best off with Windows 10 or not is one of the many types of issues that an MSP helps with.
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