6 improvements of the new Windows 10 that will make your life easier

The new version of Windows 10 is now available and it comes with some changes designed to improve task management, save time and basically make life easier for users.

The update can be downloaded manually, free of charge. If you haven’t already, you can also wait until May 8, when Microsoft will start sending push notifications to all computers.

But what is different about this Windows 10? Here we explain the main news from the update:

The timeline

It is the main novelty and, probably, the one that you will appreciate the most as a user.

The timeline lives in the ‘Task View’ button. (Photo: Microsoft)

The timeline is located in the “Task View” button and it is a new mode of organizationchronological on.

Basically, it allows you to see your activities in a certain app or file from any device that you have signed in in the last 30 days.

This allows you to pick up a job where you left off regardless of the device you started it on.

But if you don’t want your history to be remembered, you can disable the function in the “Activity history” settings.

Share with nearby devices

For those of you who find having to send an email to transfer something to another device a hassle, Windows 10 comes with another important addition.

Is called “Nearby Share and lets you share web pages, documents, photos, or any file that supports Windows 10 sharing with devices that are physically nearby through Bluetooth. It’s kind of like AirDrop on Apple devices.

It’s not tied to your Microsoft account, so you can transfer to devices you don’t own, and it’s handy when you need to share something with a coworker or friend but don’t have a USB. You just have to press the ‘share’ icon, select the device that is nearby and send it.

‘Focus assist’

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The Windows 10 update allows you to customize the ‘do not disturb’ mode. (Photo: Microsoft)

The “focus assist” or concentration assistant is an improvement to the “do not disturb” version, which allowed you to silence notifications while doing a certain task that requires ‘silence’.

You can activate it manually or schedule it for a time, and when you’re done, the tool itself will provide you with a summary of what you missed.

With the update, you can customize a list of people or apps whose notifications can still arrive when the function is activated.

Improvements in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge.
Windows 10 has also improved the design of the Microsoft Edge browser. (Photo: Microsoft)

One of the most annoying experiences when browsing the internet occurs when you are reading a page and a video or ad starts playing in another tab that you also have open.

Now, the Microsoft Edge browser allows you to quickly identify which tab is ringing—an icon will be activated on the tab in question—and silence her.

The update also brings the option to auto-complete payment forms.

Also, Microsoft has updated the interface, giving it a more fluid design.

The dictation function

Another of the features of the Windows 10 update is the improvement in the ‘Dictation’ function, which allows you to convert your spoken words into text.

To do this, you just have to put the cursor anywhere in the document, press the Windows key + H and start speaking in front of the microphone.

Microsoft said the tool is now myou need y fast.


Cortana can now also remind you of your pending tasks. (Photo: Microsoft)

Microsoft’s virtual assistant also underwent some improvements. Cortana will be able to sync with the Timeline and notify you of tasks that you may want to finish.

If you are a user of Spotify you can also tell Cortana to play a song or playlist.

It’s also been made compatible with some smart appliances—including some from ecobee, Honeywell, and the Nest Thermostat—allowing you to run your home with just a voice command.

So if you’re coming home, and you want to turn on the heat, all you have to do is ask Cortana.

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