Windows 10 Versions!

August 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm

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If you support a lot of very different Windows 10 deployments like I do, then you might find it useful to check out this recap of the versions we have (and will have) of this Microsoft desktop OS. Remember, to quickly check a running version, use Search for About Your PC and check the Version designation. As I write this – I am on version 1803 of Windows 10.

Microsoft so far is making good on their promise that there will never be a Windows 11 – and they will upgrade Windows 10 with Internet-delivered updates for the rest of our lives. 🙂 What do you think about this strategy? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Version 1507 – this was the first Windows 10 release on July 29, 2015. Man how time flies. This version number has actually been created by Microsoft since that time because they were not using Versioning numbers back then!
  • Version 1511 (The November Update) – this was the free update version for previous Windows users – it was released in – wait for it – November of 20165.
  • Version 1607 (The Aniversary Update) – July 18, 2016, featured this version of Windows 10 – this version mainly focused on many administration tools for IT support staff.
  • Version 1703 (Creators Update) – April 2017 – 3D tools for creative types and a bunch of improvements to Edge made up this release. 
  • Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) – October 2017 – this one touted Windows Mixed Reality – which I must admit – I became a huge fan of. I went with the Dell Visor and Hand Controller Thingies and have had hours and hours of fun with the family and VR. 
  • Version 1803 (April 2018 Update) – a new feature that I have really yet to use called Timeline was released. As you might guess – there were a bunch of enhancements for a variety of existing services like Edge.

What is next as I write this? An October 2018 update! The biggest new feature in that release should be the multitasking improvement of a feature called Sets. For more information – check this out – Microsoft Windows 10 Sets.

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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This Nugget is a critical video from the course Windows 10 End-User Essentials at CBT Nuggets. This course provides a Hands-On Lab environment to teach learners key skills they need to succeed with Windows 10.

I Am Starting to Dig Cortana!

October 19, 2017 at 11:31 am