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10 Things To Expect From Windows 10

10 Things To Expect From Windows 10

Since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft users have been itching for the next generation of Windows. You might expect Windows 9 to be the next operating system on the list, but Microsoft says that with such huge changes, they’ve decided to name the OS Windows 10 to signify that it’s a leap from Windows 8, not just an increment in the system.

Users are hoping that Windows 10 lives up to this claim, and many believe it will do so. TechRadar reports that they feel Windows 10 is coming along well, and CNET says Windows 10 “may just be everything that Windows 8 should have been.”

Unveiled in September, 2014, Windows 10 should be out by the end of July according to rumors (there is no confirmed release date as of writing this). Also good news: Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to download the new OS for free within the first year! Want to see what this new operating system is like? Check out what you can expect from Windows 10 below.

1. The Traditional Start Menu Will Return

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Windows 10 start menu

    Let’s be honest. Not too many people were thrilled with the Windows 8 start menu on desktop. Microsoft listened to these complaints, and they’re bringing back the traditional start menu for Windows 10 all while integrating a usable menu for smaller mobile devices. This start menu will bridge the gap between the Windows 8 tiled version and the classic version by displaying the two side-by-side all without leaving your desktop.

    2. The Continuum Feature Will Adapt Your Screen to Your Environment

    Windows 10 tablet start menu

      While the classic start menu is great for desktop computers, it isn’t exactly a friendly choice for smaller touch-screen devices. That’s why when you’re in tablet mode, you’ll be able to view the start menu in a full-screen touch-friendly environment. You can even toggle your device between tablet and laptop mode for those devices that double as both using the Continuum feature.

      Continuum will allow you to adapt any device to its environment. For instance, if you plug in your phone to a monitor via HDMI, your phone’s screen will switch to desktop mode to make navigating your presentation easier.

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      3. Cortana Will Be Your New Personal Assistant

      With the Windows 10 release, Cortana is coming to desktop. This voice assistant will be accessible near the start menu on the bottom left corner of your screen, and you can call her up by saying, “Hey Cortana.” Pop-up notifications will then be displayed, and you’ll be able to search your OneDrive or hard drive. If you don’t want to use voice commands, you can type commands in the search bar.

      4. Internet Explorer Will No Longer Be Your Go-To Browser

      While Internet Explorer won’t go away – it will still be available for sites where you need it – Microsoft is introducing a new web browser with Windows 10 called Microsoft Edge. This new browser will essentially be a safer, faster, and cleaner version of Internet Explorer complete with new apps like Cortana. You’ll also be able to annotate websites and send them to others in “reader” view. Like older Windows operating systems, you can still download Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers if you’d like.

      5. Snap Quadrants Will Allow You to Work With Four Apps at Once

      Windows 10 split screen

        Do you hate toggling between apps to get to work? While previous Windows operating systems offered split screen options, Windows 10 features “Snap” quadrants that will make it possible to work with four different apps at once!

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        6. You’ll Be Able to Create Multiple Desktops

        Have several big projects going on at once? No longer do you have to open up a ton of apps for multiple projects and have them all overlap. Instead, Windows 10 will allow you to create multiple desktops so you can organize the apps you’re currently using for each project.

        7. Task View Will Make Managing Your Desktops Easy

        Windows 10 screen

          To make managing your projects easier, the new “Task View” button makes getting from one desktop to the other simple. This button is anchored to your Taskbar and allows you to manage your current desktops, move apps between desktops, and easily switch between applications.

          8. The Gaming Experience Will Change Slightly

          Among Windows 10 changes, they’re bringing back the popular Solitaire by default, so you don’t have to worry about installing that from the App store. Windows 10 will also be closely integrated with Xbox, which will allow you to stream games from Xbox to your PC as well as play Xbox users on the same game (for select games).

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          9. You’ll Have Access to iOS and Android Apps

          Microsoft’s list of apps is likely to explode when the Windows 10 update hits. That’s because with the new OS, it will take just a few clicks to turn Android and iOS apps into Windows apps. With around only 300,000 apps right now in the Windows store, these numbers could sour over 1 million thanks to Windows 10, opening Windows users to tons of new opportunities.

          10. Microsoft HoloLens Will Work With Windows 10

          The future of holographic computing is practically here. With Windows 10 will also come the release of the first holographic computer that will transform your world. Microsoft HoloLens is rumored to be released around the same time as Windows 10, and it will run on Windows 10.

          Windows 10 will bring enhanced productivity on all devices – from desktop to mobile. If you want to see what the OS is capable of, you can download the preview version now.

          Images via Flickr by download.net.pl

          Featured photo credit: Microsoft via news.microsoft.com

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          Published on September 20, 2018

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

          Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

          In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

          Minimizing Tabs

          Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

          Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

          Incognito Mode

          Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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          1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
          2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
          3. Download extension New Incognito Window

          This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

          Save Webpages as PDF Files

          Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

          Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

          Open Recently-closed Tabs

          Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

          One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

          The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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          Solve Mathematical Problems

          Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

          For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

          Play Media Files

          Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

          In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

          Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

          With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

          Stay Focus(e)d

          Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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          Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

          With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

          This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

          Grammarly for Editing

          Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

          You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

          Loom

          There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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          There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

          With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

          Chrome Calendar Extension

          No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

          Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

          Final Thoughts

          Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

          Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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