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Best New Features of Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Around the time of Windows 10 one-year anniversary, Microsoft released a major update for the OS. Due to the timing of the update, it is being called ‘Windows 10 Anniversary Update’. This update includes some minor polishing to fix some hated annoyances, as well as adding some amazing new features.

Smart Cortana

Almost everyone knows Cortana on Windows 10 can be quite useful. Cortana allows users to set reminders, check your schedule, find and keep notes, receive answers to questions simply spoken, along with much more. Now, Cortana has become more intelligent. Cortana is now available on the lock screen. Also, the gap between your phone and PC is no longer an issue with the Anniversary Update. Notifications from your phone, such as missed calls or low battery can be mirrored to your PC. Other apps are also able to be mirrored to your PC thanks to Cortana new update feature.

Microsoft Edge Extensions

Microsoft’s Edge browser has extensions, finally! Some of these include Adblock Plus, OneNote Web Clipper, Translator for Microsoft Edge, Evernote Web Clipper, and LastPass: Free Password Manager.

In addition to extensions, Microsoft Edge also received the click-to-play Flash feature in which Chrome and Firefox users enjoy. Users can enjoy watching a piece of video now while junk plugins and ads are blocked.

There is now the ability to pin certain tabs with Edge, giving you more room in the tab bar. When restarting the browser, all pinned tabs come back. This includes when you choose to quit the browser by selecting “Close all tabs”.

Action Center Customization

The Windows 10 Action Center can now be customized for setting and notifications you need. Having your notifications organized in one location can be extremely helpful. There are Quick Action tiles already in place in the panel allowing users to quickly get to setting or activate many features such as Quiet Hours or Tablet Mode.

Users also have the option of customizing the Action Center by going to Settings > System > Notification > Actions. By clicking and dragging on the display of Quick Tiles located on the top of the window, users can rearrange tiles. Also, by selecting “Add or remove quick actions” they have the ability to disable tiles not needed.

Active Hours for Windows 10

Stop being angered by Microsoft’s updates interrupting you to apply them while you are actively working on your PC. Users can set up Active Hours, during which time automatic updates will never be applied, with Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The timeframe for Active Hours can be up to twelve hours. However, Windows still informs you of needed updates and you have the ability to update then instead of waiting for non-active hours.

With Windows 10 Anniversary Update and its many new features, Microsoft is beginning to finally make the OS bridge the gap across multiple devices. For additional questions answered about your Windows 10 software, check out other posts from IQ Computer Services.

What Cortana Can Do For You on Windows 10

Cortana is the assistant that provides everything.

Cortana is the assistant that provides everything.

Cortana is the Personal Assistant You’ve Always Wanted

Cortana is a personal assistant that was only available for Windows Phone but is now on computers with Windows 10. There are several things that you can do with Cortana by speaking or typing questions or commands. This is a way to easily get useful information, deal with your schedule, and even track packages.

Set Reminders for Places, Times, and People

You can receive more than just specific time reminders with Cortana. Have Cortana remind you about something when you speak to a certain person, arrive at a certain location, or at a certain time. Also if you want, you can say something similar to this “Remind me to purchase bread when I arrive at [store name]” and a reminder will be created instantly.
To set a reminder, simply say “Remind me” or use an icon for reminders.

Have Cortana Launch Programs

Easily launch a program by saying “Launch [program name].”

Send an Email

With a mail app that is built-in and accounts you configure, all you need to say is “send email” or you can be specific and say a name that you have in your contacts to get started.

See Your Notes

Cortana can show you your notes if you use OneNote by using the command “show me my notes.” Filter your search with a range of dates also if you want.

Get Directions

Windows 10 includes a map app that Cortana opens when asked for directions. For example “directions to [location].”

Track Packages and Flights

Packages are tracked with their tracking numbers. Flight numbers are used to track flights. To view their current status, copy and paste these numbers into Cortana’s search box.

Get Answers

Cortana uses the search engine Bing to give you answers to your questions. Google Knowledge Graph is similar to this. To receive a quick answers, just ask questions that are like “How tall is the tallest building in New York City?” or perhaps “What year was the Constitution signed?”
Cortana learns about you and tailors to your needs. Check out Cortana for all the other great features available. If she doesn’t persuade you to want Windows 10, maybe one of these other reasons will.


Windows 10 Will Compel You

Windows 10 might be the next move for you.

Windows 10 might be the next move for you.

Compelling Reasons Why You Will Want Windows 10

Windows 10 has just came out and has many reasons why you should upgrade if you have not done so yet. This operating system is being offered to many users that use Windows. But what does Windows 10 offer the user and is it worth upgrading?

There is free updates, gaming support increased, personal assistant, and much more, this operating system is looking like the best, and probably final version of this operating system.

Free For Many People 

Upgrading to Windows 10 is free to many people. If you have Windows 7 or higher, you most likely have received a notification on your taskbar allowing you to upgrade. Free upgrade is available for one year. If your Windows version is older than 7 or not legit, you will have to pay $119 to receive the home version. Microsoft is hoping to have everybody on Windows 10 and off older versions.


A feature already existing on Windows Phone is now on Windows 10. Cortana is Windows 10 personal assistant. It can recommend the best restaurants nearby to eat at, give you traffic updates, give you the latest news, and so much more. Commands can be typed or spoken, such as asking for the weather forecast or a reminder set.

Microsoft Edge

It is well known Internet Explorer has a bad reputation. Microsoft’s solution to this problem is a new browser bundled with Windows 10. This browser lets you write notes on a webpage, search results are given directly with its address bar, and is lightweight.

Start Menu and User Interface Updated

One feature that is used most for almost every Windows user is the Start menu. It was completely changed by Microsoft in Windows 8, and users were not happy. Windows 10 brought back the Start menu we loved combining the best parts of Windows 7 and 8. And back where it belongs, the power button.

There is two halves in the start menu. The regular file explorer is on the left and apps recently installed and used most. On the right is live times with modern apps.

This just touches the surface of all the compelling reasons why to upgrade to Windows 10. Now you just have to figure out how to work it.


Windows 10 Making Up For Window 8

Windows 10 to replace Windows 8.

Windows 10 to replace Windows 8.

Windows 10 Beta Stage

Currently, Windows 10 is in the beta stage, with hopes of release in the middle of 2015. While right now if you purchase a new laptop or PC, it will most likely have Windows 8.1 as the operating system. There are several changes Microsoft has implemented into Windows 10 compared to Windows 8. The new operating system resembles Windows 7, which so far has been the most successful of the operating systems from Microsoft yet. Windows 8 had a poor response from users in 2012, during the launch, to the point where being the number one desktop operating system was in jeopardy.

Start Menu is Back

The start menu will be back on Windows 10, which for users that are accustomed to using the older versions of Windows will make it easier to navigate. The start menu will be customizable with live tiles that will give you real-time notifications and app shortcuts. One of the reasons for poor response with Windows 8 is there being no start button.


The entire screen was taken up by apps with Windows 8, multitasking was more difficult to do, in Windows 10 this will not be a problem. You will be able to use the apps in Windows with the new operating system, which will make it easier to multitask.


A very helpful part of Windows 10 is that it will be compatible on all your devices, like tablets, phones, laptops, and PCs. All the apps for Windows 10 will be able to be used on all your devices also. There will be no need to have different operating systems on all your devices.


Cortana, is a virtual assistant from Microsoft that will be available on Windows 10 that will bring some nice features. On the task bar, next to the start button is a search box with a microphone that you tap or once the feature is activated, say “Hey Cortana”, and the virtual assistant will greet you. She will be able to set reminders, search files, or even keep track of the weather for you. The more Cortana is used the more familiar with you she will become, thus making it more useful. Cortana will be able to be used on all your devices and store all the information that are relevant facts.

Virtual Desktop

A virtual desktop will also be featured in Windows 10. This was able to be used on Windows by the use of a third-party apps. An independent work space can be made of all the things you have open. You can make a separate virtual desktop for example for gaming sites and forums, and another one for things related to work.

These are just a few features that will be implemented in the new OS, and shows that Microsoft listened to the people who use them. The upgrade for the first year will be free for users of Windows 8, 7, and Windows Phone users. So if you’re ready for a whole new look, feel and ability with a platform, this is where you’ll be able to find it.