So I got the update early by running the update assistant. You can find that here.
A lot of the tablets on sale in our store and Windows and Android tablets. So I like to keep my readers abreast of both. Looking around, this is not a minor update!
There are a lot of notable changes. For example -It seems to me like they plan to merge windows 10 mobile into Windows 10 proper, because there are options like mobile hotspot, SMS/MMS options and so on. I think that’s hopeful for windows mobile users, who essentially have a stripped down version of the OS.
The settings section includes a lot more options. There’s a hugely expanded privacy section, which will be a welcome addition for those who have complained about data mining in the modern age. There’s a cool thing too, which doesn’t sound as cool as it is, playable ads. What this actually is, is a way of demoing paid apps and games without downloading or playing for them, using a sort of streaming preview. So you can try before you buy. Which is pretty cool for those that like me that prefer paid apps and games to freemium ones.
There’s an option to lock down win32 applications, so they can only be installed from the windows store. I imagine this would be useful for enterprise/business environments, and also might encourage more people to put their programs in the windows store (Which would be easier than the multiple stores windows users have to deal with now).
There’s a neat little option called nightlight that lowers the blue light in the screen display, which interferes with the natural production of melatonin, the thing that makes us tired at night. Previously I’d used “F.lux” for this, but its great to have this baked into Windows.
Microsoft is really pushing its 3D angle, integrating 3D content into paint, PowerPoint, and working with hardware partners to make VR cheaper. I think this is a bit of work in progress, as we don’t have those cheap VR devices yet, but I expect when all the work is done it will be a huge step up from google cardboard, especially being baked into the OS.
Of course I mentioned, the very important to tablets, feature of game mode, that lets you squeeze at least a few extra frames per second out of games. I’ve seen some demo’s for this, and there is no doubt in my mind this will be a real game changer for tablets, even if you only get 4 more frames a second, even bit counts at this level. It also lets you record, share, and stream game content.
Very useful feature is the ability to pin people to your taskbar, where you can directly drag and drop files and links to them. Very useful for workflow.
They have added full pen support for Edge, and Word, the “Ink” software allowing people to scribble and share notes they have added to web pages and documents. Which is both great for enterprise, and for home users.
The Edge browser has received some major updates. The ability to save tabs into collections for later, and a preview pane to view previews of your tabs, as well as some optimisation so the lightweight browser runs faster. I’ve been using this browser myself recently, you can’t really beat the UI where you can get downloads, history, bookmarks all from the same place.
There is probably a lot more I haven’t covered, I’ve only had the update for a few hours now but it surprises me just how many new features there are. Microsoft are working hard to build us the OS of the future.