Windows 10 October 2018: The 5 Best Features for Business


                    

When looking at a new version of Windows, it is tempting to focus on the new features visible in the user experience, especially when one of these features represents a change in the way a task or activity previously worked. These evolutions ("Look, the file explorer now has a dark mode!") Simplify the demos and screenshots. However, some of the most important changes from the last update are relatively invisible. In this article, I focus on a handful of changes that are of particular interest to businesses and might otherwise go unnoticed as little or not noticeable at level of user experience.1. The update experienceThis may be the main problem, but it is also the central element of the "Windows as a service" experience that defines Windows 10. In the last three years, Microsoft has tweaked and optimized the Windows 10 update process, by further placing the background installation process, allowing administrators to set active hours during which updates should not be installed, adding notifications to reduce the risk of unplanned restart and reducing the download size for each update package. For this release, Microsoft also claims to have done a lot of work on the logic that determines when your system restarts to install an update. waiting. The idea is not just to confirm that a terminal is not in use, but to try to predict whether you've left for a long break or whether you've just walked away for coffee. the actual impact of these changes will not appear before the release of this new release, but after the update engine is installed on a large part of the installed base of Windows 10. The predictive model can then be adjusted according to the back (and at the cost of some screaming) users.2. Timeline The Timeline feature is probably the most important change to the Windows user interface from the Start menu. This feature, which debuted in the April 2018 update, keeps track of the history of your activities on different devices. It then displays this history as well as the list of open program windows when you press the Alt + Windows keys or click the View Tasks button to the right of the search box in the taskbar. The initial version of Timeline is has proven useful for anyone using Microsoft Office and the integrated Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10. Some third-party applications, including the Adobe Creative Cloud family, have also added support for Timeline APIs. The ability to search Web History. as well as in files is an essential part of Timeline's operation. Too bad, however, if your favorite browser is Chrome or Firefox (as is the case for the vast majority of Windows 10 users), because neither Google nor Mozilla have added support for the function, nor do they have announced their intention to do so. As a workaround, Microsoft plans to release extensions for Chrome and Firefox that will allow Timeline to include your activities in these browsers. In addition, the new Launcher app on Android devices can now share activities with Timeline for an authenticated account. An update to the Microsoft Edge application will bring similar uses for iOS. The release is scheduled for November.3. Ergonomics ImprovementsOne of the key benefits of the Windows as a Service model is that you do not have to wait for an eternity to have new features fix ergonomics issues that affect your everyday experience. The October 2018 update includes a handful of changes that fall precisely into this category, including the following: Indicators of the autonomy of a Bluetooth device, allowing you to see at a glance the remaining battery life. a keyboard or mouse powered by BluetoothOptions for customizing the Magnifier toolThe Cloud Clipboard (clipboard) keeps a history of cut and pasted elements, with the ability to synchronize these recorded elements with other terminals. (A new Snip & Sketch application makes screen capture easy, then annotates, edits, and shares these captures.) System-wide text size adjustments that do not require changes to the overall level of Windows (a reader told me to be "delighted with this great improvement") 4. RSAT Features Available On DemandIf part of your job requires the administration of a Windows server, be aware that Remote Server Administration Tools are valuable. In previous versions of Windows 10, the installation of these tools required you to go through several steps starting with a manual download, and then repeat the installation after each upgrade. Since the October 2018 update, all RSAT tools are available on demand and can be installed from Settings> Applications> Applications and Features> Manage Optional Features. Remote Server Administration Tools are now available as optional features and no longer require a separate download. .5. Windows Defender Application Guard and other security featuresMicrosoft Edge offers a great feature for large companies. A feature called Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) allows users to visit websites in an isolated, Hyper-V compatible container. This approach means that a malicious site can not access a user's credentials or your business data. As an administrator, you define which sites are approved in an Application Guard window. All other sites are considered untrusted. The October 2018 update significantly improves the performance of Application Guard windows and also allows you to download files. This feature is disabled by default for security reasons. If you enable it, the downloaded files are placed in an unapproved files folder.Article "Windows 10 October 2018 Update: The best new features for business" translated and adapted by ZDNet.fr

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