What to Look Forward to in the Windows 10 Spring 2018 Update

March 27, 2018 at 12:18 am

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I have been using the new Windows 10 for some time now as part of the Windows Insider Fast Track program. I am thrilled to announce the overall stability and some pretty damn cool features:

  • Timeline – when you access the Task View (with Windows Key + Tab or clicking the Task View button), you now have access to tasks that you were working on earlier. What a great new feature that allows you to go back to documents, Apps, or Web sites you were working with. Super cool.
  • Near Share – Microsoft finally copies Apples AirDrop for easy file sharing with a system that is in close proximity
  • Diagnostic Data Viewer – curious about the exact diagnostic information your system is sending to Microsoft? Now you can easily view that data.
  • Bluetooth Quick Pairing – just place a device in pairing mode near Windows 10 and a slide out dialog will offer the pairing option. It should always be this easy!
  • Progressive Web App Support – the Edge browser now supports PWA. These are Web pages that look and feel and run like applications.
  • Font Management – fonts are now easily managed in Settings and can even be purchased from the Windows Store.
  • Edge, Cortana, and My People improvements abound.
  • HDR video support.
  • Graphics settings for multiple GPUs.
  • Enhanced App Permissions options.
  • Focus Assist replaces Quiet Hours and is enhanced.
  • Language Pack delivery now handled in the Windows Store.
  • Enhanced Display and DPI settings are available.
  • As I covered previously here at the blog – HomeGroups are now dead.
  • Enhanced features for developers.
  • A better Linux app.

I hope you are excited about the next Windows 10 – and as always – if you have any questions let me know in the comments below.

Say Goodbye to the Windows 10 HomeGroup Feature

March 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Last night (3/18/2018) I downloaded and installed the latest Preview Build of the upcoming Windows 10 Spring 2018 Update and discovered that Microsoft is killing the HomeGroup feature of Windows 10. That’s right, even if you are currently running it in your latest production builds – it will be stripped from your systems when you move to the next major update of Windows 10 in the Spring of 2018.

At least that is currently what is set to happen per Microsoft. Of course, there is time for this to change (think the canceled destruction of the classic Paint app). I really doubt Microsoft will change their mind on this one, however.

What does Microsoft want Windows 10 users to do instead of relying on the HomeGroup features? Well, the answer is clear – they want you to use OneDrive for your sharing needs, and for whatever that cannot handle, they want you to use the Sharing functionality in the various network object properties.

NOTE: For those of my readers preparing for MCSA Certification in Windows 10, remember, HomeGroup is NOT dead as far as the current exams are concerned. The topics for HomeGroup are still alive and well in the exam objectives and the actual exams themselves. It will not be until the Windows 10 Exam refreshes will we see the end of HomeGroup from a certification perspective.

Windows 10 File and Folder Management

January 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm

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I Am Starting to Dig Cortana!

October 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

October 19, 2017 at 5:58 am

I have been running this new Windows 10 update now for several weeks on several different systems and no major problems to report, other than a TeamViewer reinstallation as a result of the update (most likely).

What is new in this Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? Here you go:

  • Got a VR headset and a compatible Windows system? Windows Mixed Reality arrives in Windows 10 with this update.
  • The Windows Photos app gets new features to catch up with Apple. Easily bring photos together to create a video of that great summer trip.
  • The Mixed Reality Viewer allows you to see 3D objects mixed into your actual surroundings via your PCs camera. This works so well even on a modest device and is pretty fun. Pictured here is my very first try with it.

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  • My People can now be pinned to the taskbar in order to quickly Skype or send e-mail.
  • Cortana can finally shut down your PC as well as sleep and restart of course.
  • Edge gets enhancements like book annotation, pin favorites to the taskbar, edit URL for Favorites, and full-screen mode.
  • The Windows Store is updated to unify with the Xbox version.
  • Security enhancements include better Ransomware protections.
  • Productivity enhancements include continuing on your PC from an iPhone or Android device, Microsoft Launcher for Android, OneDrive Files On-Demand, Find My Pen, and improved PDF viewing.
  • PC gaming enhancements arrive with GPU settings in Task Manager and more.
  • 3D enhancements in Microsoft Office.

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What was on Fire at Microsoft Ignite 2017?

October 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm


This conference was certainly short on big product announcements, but it was long on visions for the future involving super exciting emerging technologies. Below is a list of hot topics from Microsoft at the event!

  • The keynote set the tone by emphasizing mixed reality, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing; all of these are impacting key Microsoft products including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure
    • Microsoft 365 refers to Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security plus other Microsoft apps
    • Dynamics 365 refers to Microsoft’s cloud-based ERP and CRM enterprise system
    • Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud offering
  • Microsoft is pushing a new programming language aimed at quantum computing
  • Microsoft 365 F1
  • Microsoft 365 Education
  • Microsoft 365 Powered Devices
  • Teams (replacing Skype for Business)
  • Bing with AI
  • LinkedIn Profile Cards in more and more MS apps
  • Windows AutoPilot – a collection of technologies used to set up and pre-configure new devices, getting them ready for productive use; also, you can use Windows AutoPilot to reset, repurpose and recover devices
  • ATP – Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • Azure
    • Stack Shipping
    • Hybrid Benefit
    • Cost Management
    • Security Center
    • Machine Learning
    • Cosmos DB
    • Cognitive Services
  • SQL Server
    • Linux and Docker support
    • DB Migration Service (to Azure)
    • SQL Data Warehouse


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