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Jim’s WebLetter for 7/30/16

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Hi-ya PC users!

The anniversary of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10 is next week.  With it comes a rollout of an new update containing changes that are a result from feedback MS has received over the last several months. Look for improved display scaling (the more pixels are lit with light the higher definition of pictures), redesigned icons, and a centralized dark mode switch (used to reduce the white level on the screen – this effect enhances the colors of a photo being displayed on your computer screen). If you’re using Windows 10 or are considering upgrading your PC to the latest version, now’s the time to act. http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2016/07/29/microsoft-will-release-new-windows-10-builds-right-anniversary-update-drops/

Last year, on the eve of it’s release, the folks at InfoTech Solutions gave a rundown of the new features in Windows 10. http://www.infotech.us/company-blog/219-windows-10-upgrade. The list includes an improved browser named Edge. This replaces the problematic browser Internet Explorer in older versions of Windows which was forever being hacked allowing information stored on the computer to be seen by outsiders. This browser has had no issues of that nature to date. Also listed is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google’s Talk, as a “personal assistant”. In my opinion quite a bit of work needs to be done in order for it to catch up as Cortana tends to have problem solving issues. But it is good for opening installed programs and finding files stored on the computer system. I turned off the Cortana display from showing in the bottom tray of the screen in Settings, but can call it up anytime by simply pressing the Windows key and the letter C on the keyboard. 

At the Windows 10 Event last year (see the replay on YouTube https://youtu.be/6cOk5AeFyqo) the bigger picture was revealed which included the Hololens virtual reality headset. It was also a means of upgrading it’s popular gaming software, Xbox. This marked the first time an operating system was created to not only improve the computer on which it was installed, but to enhance a gaming system and move its user into the world of Virtual Reality. A simpler example of VR is now a popular game called Pokemon Go which has been downloaded more than 75 million times, as of this writing.

I recently purchased a new laptop with Windows 10 installed and found it to be an improvement over the older Windows 7 operating system on the PC I use at work. So much so, that I upgraded the work PC to the OS. The issue some people are finding is some older printers may not work as the company has yet to release a Driver needed to interact with the new system. Otherwise, I have found the newer system has a better response to my uses. The computer starts and loads faster, and I can organize folders much as I did with the older system (I am a ‘folders’ guy who organizes files on the desktop for easier access – events or clients are named on the folder with files I need kept inside). What I also liked was I didn’t have to back up the files before upgrading to the new system. A message appeared on the screen informing me that all my files were where I left them. In the past it was always a part of the upgrade to back up your files worth saving.

And Microsoft has made Windows 10 compatible on MAC computers as well. CNET has created a how-to showing the process of Windows installation. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-install-windows-10-on-a-mac/

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Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
c-ya!
Jim

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