What’s in Windows 10 Spring Creator Update:
If you’re like me, I’m always impatiently waiting for Windows 10s next Creators updates to arrive, and finally, the Spring update was finally released on April 30th. Hurray 😊
So has Microsoft sent you your update, or are you still waiting for it, after all, it has been over a week now? And Microsoft has its own system as to who they send the update out to, usually to those that have purchased Windows 10 disk is first in line.
So if you have upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 you are probably last in line. Also if you have purchased a device with Windows 10 already installed, you might be the second in line.
But if you hate waiting (as I do, even though I purchased the disk) and want it now, there is a way for you to get it, and it’s really simple. All you have to do is to go to Windows Update Assistance page and you can click on either the “Update now” or the “Download tool now” button to get started. Then just follow the instructions. (See, wasn’t that simple 😊).
What’s new in Windows 10:
This one was supposed to have been part of Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, but as we know it didn’t make it. This has been a big improvement on the Task View which is located in the lower left corner of your taskbar.
When you click on the “Task View” button you will get a view of the earlier activities of the day along with your previous days up to a week ago. This comes in handy when looking for articles you opened in your Edge browser, News apps, or documents you were working on in Microsoft Word (to name a few) from days ago.
Which is going to make it a lot easier to resume these activities, eliminating the need to hunt them down. It also will sync across your device so you can pick up where you left off on another device. And Cortana will be there to provide you with a list of activities from your devices.
Quick Paring for your Bluetooth Devices:
If you like to pair your iPhone or other Bluetooth devices to your PC this is going to make it a lot easier to do. All you have to do is to place your device in pairing mode near your PC and a notification will pop-up asking you to pair it. Now you won’t have to bother with opening up settings and navigating to the pairing of Bluetooth devices settings. (What a hassle that was ☹)
New Cortana Features:
Under the Notebook icon, you will notice the “Organizer” icon which is where you can easily view your lists, reminders, and suggested tasks. Below that is the Cortana Device Setup app where you can set up your Harman Kardon Invoke which will allow just your voice and Cortana to play music, stay on top of your reminders and your to-do lists.
You can also make and receive Skype calls, get questions answered, and more.
For those that like to pin their Contacts to the taskbar or your start menu (My People), Microsoft has made a few more improvements to the Fall Creators update.
My people now support the ability to drag and drop your contacts to your taskbar, and now you can add up to ten people where the other version only allowed three.
You can access this from Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, scroll down to the bottom where My People is located and make your changes there. Now the people that you have pinned can send you animated emoji notifications, along with everything else they were able to do.
Privacy Concerns with the Diagnostic Data Viewer:
Microsoft is busy trying to address the privacy concerns that people have with Windows 10 and making it more transparent. They now have come up with a new tool called “Diagnostic Data Viewer” app. What this tool will do is show you in plain text the information your Windows 10 device is sending back to Microsoft. And it shows all of the information that Microsoft has stored in their cloud about your specific hardware.
To access this, go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback. From there you can toggle the viewer option on or off. Once enabled it will notify you that it can take up to 1GB of disk space to store the information. You can now click on the “Diagnostic Data Viewer” which will take you to the Microsoft store where you can download and install the viewer.
And now the best part is that you can Delete the diagnostic data that Microsoft has gathered on you by going to the same location and selecting the “Delete” button.
This new feature, when enabled on your Windows 10 device, will allow you to wirelessly share your files like your photos, documents, and URLs to any other device that is nearby and has this feature enabled. This works with apps that have a sharing option like Microsoft Edge, Photos app, File Explore, and others.
This will eliminate the need to send the files to an email, messaging app, or some other third-party option. It works just like the IOS feature “AirDrop” if you are familiar with it.
If your PC has Bluetooth enabled you can now toggle the “Near Share” on by going to your Action Center (located in the lower right corner), you can now click the “Share” button in any app that supports it which now will allow any device with Near Share enabled to show up in the list. Click on the device you want to use and you can share content with it wirelessly.
Want to see and use different fonts for your PC, well Microsoft has made it easier to access and change your fonts settings by eliminating the need to use the control panel. Eventually, Microsoft is going to remove the control panel, and everything will be accessible from Settings.
So now you can access your fonts from Settings > Personalization > Fonts. And if you don’t find one you like you can view more in their store.
If you like using Edge, then you might like the new improvements, starting with the redesign of the hub where you can now view your favorite e-books in the browser and you can pin it to your start screen to read later.
They have also added one-click to fill in forms on websites like your name, address and other information
just like the other browser have done forever. It can also remember your credit card information minis the CVV code and fill it in, though I’m not sure I would trust them to keep it safe from hackers.
With most websites where you want to print out the page, you can now use the Clutter-free printing to eliminate all the ads and other baggy that clutters the page. You can now mark up PDF’s and e-books, by highlighting text or add a note for reference later.
Get to websites from your taskbar by selecting more > pin to taskbar. And you can browse on your phone and then continue it on your PC.
New Emoji Picker:
Everyone likes emojis, right? Well, Microsoft has improved on the emoji picker that was added in the Fall creator update. In case you don’t know how to access them, it’s really easy, just make sure your cursor is where you wish to place one and, press the Window key plus the period and the emoji window will appear.
With the new version, the window will stay open so you can add as many emojis as you like, and now when you use the people category you,👦👩🏾 get to choose skin color by clicking on the tile at the top right of the window. Cool, right? 😊
More features for Developers and system administrators:
There are other features added that are geared more to developers and system administrators that I’m not going to go into here, but you can check it out here if you would like.
As you can see there is a lot of great improvements to Windows 10, a lot of them are centered around having your work synced across all of your devices so you can start with one device and then pick up where you left off on another device. After all, where would we be without all of our devices, LOL?
If you would like to see the updates live, check out the video below!
So, what do you think of the updates, are they worth your time, or is it no big deal?
I love hearing your ideas so if you want you can leave them in the comment section below along with any question you might have.