The Windows 10 Anniversary Edition has a Lot to Love

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition is filled with new features that you will want to check out. Here are just a few of them. If you haven’t yet downloaded this new upgrade, check out my article on How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.

The Edge Browser

The Edge Browser has come of age. This Anniversary Update has a lot of positive changes for the Edge browser  It is finally getting browser extensions, a feature that has been available in other browsers for years. Extensions are small add-on utility programs that allow you to customize your browser giving it additional capabilities. You can find the Edge extensions in the Microsoft Store and can easily add them to the browser. If you use services like LastPass, Pocket, Amazon and others, this will be something you will want to look into.

Biometric Identification

If you hate passwords, we are getting one step closer to getting rid of them with this version of Windows 10. Windows Hello which is built into Windows 10, will now allow you use facial, iris and fingerprint recognition to login to the computer and/or purchase apps and games in the Windows Store. You can also use your biometric identity to log into services like Dropbox and iHeartRadio. Windows Hello will also work in the Microsoft Edge browser, so websites and online shopping stores will soon be able to use face, fingerprint and iris recognition, too. USAA banking is one of the first to support this, but many more apps and services are sure to use this as time goes on.

You will need a fingerprint reader and/or special camera on your computer or a computer with the proper hardware support to use Windows Hello, but if you hate passwords, this may be a good investment. There are not too many of these in the marketplace yet, but they are coming.

Ink with a Touch Screen

With this Anniversary Edition, Microsoft has also released a new feature called “Ink”. This will make using a digital pen on a touch-screen much easier and will also make it more fun.

Link to Your Android Phone

If you have an Android phone you will now be able to install an app for Microsoft’s Cortana on your phone. This will give you the ability to get your phone’s notifications and text message alerts on your Windows 10 PC. You will even be able to respond to text messages that were sent to your phone right from your PC. With this addition and other changes, the little-used Windows 10 Action Center (Notifications) will become much more useful. It is even more accessible since it has been moved to the bottom of the screen. Just click the badge to the right of the clock to see it. Hopefully this is coming soon to the iPhone too.

Cortana

Cortana, Microsoft’s digital voice assistant has gained a lot of power. You can now ask Cortana questions, have her play music and set reminders right from the Lock Screen before you even log into the computer. Once you log in you can have her launch programs and apps, dictate email, and much more.

This and a whole lot more!! Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

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