You’ve probably heard a lot about Microsoft’s new operating system: Windows 10. In fact, you’ve probably heard so much that you don’t know exactly what to make of it, and if it will actually be of any use to you.
To help you with this, here is a list of some of the most interesting and helpful new features Microsoft’s latest big release comes with.
The Calendar app is one of the tools which have seen quite a bit of improvement in Windows 10. This elegant app can easily serve as an alternative to whichever tool of this kind you’re using right now.
Probably the most significant change you’ll notice is the addition of support for Google calendar. This means that now you will be able to import your events just as easily as you would have through a calendar created in Outlook.
Not only that, but the new app also offers a great deal of information without ever making you feel it’s too much. In other words, you get lots of useful data, and none of the clutter sometimes associated with tools of this kind.
When it comes to the new features and capabilities of Windows 10, Cortana is the star of the show. The virtual assistant is fast becoming a staple of cutting-edge smartphones, so naturally Microsoft would want to implement something of this kind in its latest operating system.
While talking to your phone is something you can get used to (after all, that what they’re made for!), talking to your PC might seem a bit strange at first. Luckily, Cortana works really well as far as these kinds of programs go, so you’ll quickly find it is something worth using.
To grab Cortana’s attention, you can either click on the icon in her search bar or the Taskbar, use the shortcuts Windows Key + S or Windows Key + Q, or enable a voice command such as “hey, Cortana!”, which is set as default. After you do that, you can offer instructions or asks questions.
You can use Cortana to quickly and easily perform tasks like sending emails or setting events in your calendar, which make this one of the best new tools Windows 10 has to offer.
The Action Center offers quick access to your notifications in Windows 10. To open it, simply click the notification icon you will find on the bottom-right of your Taskbar, or press Windows Key + A. If you have a touch screen, you can just swipe in from the right.
Thanks to the existence of the Action Center, you will no longer miss important notifications, something which might have caused some problems in earlier versions of Microsoft’s operating system.
Not only that, but this tool also provides users with links to a variety of commonly used areas of the Settings app. To customize what Quick Actions you will see on the Action Center, go to Settings -> System -> Notifications and Actions.
The Task Views is a new feature introduced in Windows 10 which offers users a new way of implementing, as well as organizing virtual desktops. To access Task View, you can either use the icon located to the right of the Cortana search bar, or by pressing Windows Key + Tab. If you have a touch screen, you can simply swipe from the left.
After opening Task View, you’ll see all the windows you have open at that moment (similar, in a way, to the Alt + Tab command). If you then click New Desktop (which you can find in the bottom-right corner), you get a fresh new Desktop which you can then use for a totally different set of tasks.
This can be very convenient if you use your computer to perform multiple tasks. When, for example, you’re working on a project and you have a few programs and applications open, it can get a bit annoying to navigate between all of them plus a game or a video player.
Thanks to this feature however, you can separate these things completely! To make things even more flexible, you can also drag and drop applications from one Desktop to the other, or you can right-click a certain process and choose to open it in a new Desktop on its own.
The shortcuts for using multiple desktops are as follows: Windows Key + Ctrl + D to add a new desktop; Windows Key + Ctrl + Left/Right to navigate through the desktops you already have open; Windows Key + Tab will launch Task View.