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Microsoft has also been commendably wary of forcing businesses to install the same rolling updates to Windows 10 that are now mandatory for consumers, who can no longer opt out of Windows Updates.

Enterprise users can opt for a Long Term Servicing Branch of the OS another idea pinched from Linux which allows them to install a stable version of Windows 10 on mission-critical machines, which will only receive essential security updates and not the new features that will be periodically rolled out to regular Windows 10 users.

Windows 10 Pro users, meanwhile, can defer updates, giving new features a few months to bed down on consumer systems before they’re applied to a business machine. Winner: Windows Windows 8 didn’t get the credit it deserved for enterprise features, but Windows 10 expands them even further and makes rollouts less of a headache for IT departments.

Controversial though it was, because of the way it shut out some Linux distros, Windows 8’s Secure Boot eliminated the threat of some of the most harmful types of malware. It was also the first version of Windows to ship with built-in antivirus protection, even if Windows Defender does routinely perform poorly in Dennis Technology Labs’ independent tests. With Windows 10, Microsoft is turning the screw even tighter with Secure Boot, giving PC manufacturers the option to prevent users disabling the feature.

That might upset consumers who want to dual-boot OSes, but the vast majority of business machines will only ever boot into the OS the device is shipped with, and this prevents almost any chance of malicious rootkits or other low-level malware infecting the boot process. The addition of face and iris recognition to the list of user authentication options already within Windows 8 potentially adds extra convenience for both users and IT departments alike unlike passwords or smartcards, nobody forgets their face.

However, both require specialised hardware, and neither is common enough to be a universal standard yet. Winner: Windows 10 edges ahead of its predecessor, but the new authentication options still haven’t fully caught on.

At this stage, it’s hard to tell if Microsoft’s new Windows 10 plan for Universal Apps apps that run across PC, tablet and eventually phones will bear fruit, but Windows 10 is already a better tablet OS than its predecessor.

One reason for this is Continuum, which automatically adapts the Windows 10 interface to suit the mode it’s being used in on hybrid devices. Detach a device such as the Surface from its keyboard, and Windows 10 prompts you to enter Tablet Mode, where the Start menu spans the full screen, the Taskbar disappears, apps run in full screen instead of windows, and you effectively get no access to the desktop. Reattach the keyboard, and the Start menu shrinks back into its corner, the Taskbar springs back, and apps can be run in whatever size of window you choose, even touchscreen-focussed apps from the Windows Store.

It’s a brilliant feature, possibly the best Windows 10 has to offer, and a real boon for hybrid devices, making the shifting between modes feel much smoother and making them feel like two distinct devices. Our only gripe is that Windows 10 doesn’t always recognise a change of mode if you’ve, say, detached a keyboard while the device was switched off. However, you can easily activate and deactivate Tablet Mode manually via the new Action Center. Windows 10 also introduces a Battery Saver mode , dimming the screen and cutting down on needless notifications to preserve battery life.

Winner : An emphatic victory for Windows 10, which finally makes sense of hybrid devices, and adds limited battery-saving benefits. It’s not perfect and it’s now a permanent work in progress, but Windows 10 shows that Microsoft can pull off what many thought impossible: an operating system that sits comfortably on desktops, laptops and tablets. Today it’s hard not to view Windows 8 and 8. Users never really quite took to Windows 8, and today’s market shares reflect that.

Windows 7, now having reached end of life, retains quite a healthy chunk of the market, naturally only beaten by Windows Windows 8 was arguably a failure, and we can see very few reasons why you might want to use it over Windows The start menu is far less jarring, providing modern tools and layouts sprinkled with enough familiarity that users won’t feel alienated.

There’s a host of new security and productivity features, with more being added all the time, and the migration to Windows 10 is far smoother than anything experienced in the past. Although Windows 8 has a few years left before its final security patch, we would wholeheartedly recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 if you haven’t already.

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A simplified and unified approach to delivering Enterprise Transformation in the cloud. The touchscreen of the cashier in the salon shows a web page using IE, you touch-screen-enter your ID, dump all your coins and notes into the cashier in 1 go, then it spit out the changes, updates your account.

Hospitals still use XP. I was at one today and noticed this on one of their PCs. Hospitals hold onto technology longer than other fields, they are not a good indicator that something isn’t legacy! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.

I still use it for browsing. IE is faster at rendering a usable page. Must be old Citrix if you don’t have receiver setup? So much faster and easier to use it from the taskbar. Never tried that. Not sure if that would work for me. I do contract work for a company and need to connect to their site using Citrix address. So they have control over how it’s set up and what not. Where do I find what you’re talking about?

Need 1password and lastpass plugins. There’s a lastpass plugin for edge. Don’t know about 1password though. Yeah I need unity 3d support. It’s called Edge. Plugins are being phased out of every browser and extensions are coming to Edge later this year.

More like next week lol. Cryio is exactly right. Edge renders a page exactly how Google, Firefox, and Safari do. IE is used solely for web apps that need those extensions. I am a bit torn between the positive and negative things extensions bring to a [popular] web browser. This is because the “standard web browser” in an OS is going to be attacked a lot more than other web browsers in terms of security if the user base of Windows 10 continues to climb in the rate it is doing right now.

This means that novice users who look for the “e” symbol in Windows is the kind of person who might say “Yes” to every dialog window that pops up when they use their computer. This means that malicious web browser extensions will get installed. The question is only when we are going to see this in the news and how it will impact Microsoft’s reputation in the eyes of the general public.

Of course, you do want to attract the power users who today use Chrome and Firefox and make them permanently switch to using Edge. At the same time, the novice users should be protected per default from installing the malicious extensions that will indeed be created at some point, given enough user base of the browser. I have seen this behaviour in users already, novices who use Google Chrome and accept every “Yes” dialog, regardless of the content.

It’s the same kind of people who download the “free” freeware software from popular download pages on the web and automatically click yes to installing the bundle of extras, as well as accepting to change the default search engine setting from Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo or something else, to using an adware-infected search engine instead.

So, what is the best way to keep everyone happy, then? Perhaps Edge should make sure all extensions are off by default and requires an admin password to activate the first time you want to enable extensions. Also make sure all extensions are approved by Microsoft and signed with security certificates. Right now, Edge is supposed to be encapsulated in a sandbox environment I think? In the end, I don’t know. It is not easy to make everyone happy.

Most people want ease of use, functionality and security, but getting all three perfect is tricky. I’m sure they’ll have a GPO for edge extensions. Edge has plugin support. Devs just have to port their plugins to edge. Email them and ask them to do so.

They definitely need too add Citrix support sooner than later so I can say adios to Chrome and Internet Explorer. I’m confused with what you mean by citrix support. My company uses citrix heavily and as long as you have the latest receiver app which is a free download from citrix.

I use the citrix receiver modern app. It works fine for me. Unfortunately , true. You can use Citrix with Edge, not need for extensions.

Google it. Or use Firefox, Chrome or similar. There are very few reasons you need to still be using Internet Explorer. Many IT departments still enforce it though as they know how to manage it and assume it’ll work with more sites than Edge when the opposite is the case. You can also launch Edge on a website and there’s an option in the menu at the top right corner. Mine never went anywhere, but I find myself using edge now a lot more.

Adblock Plus do I need to say more? Change your Hosts file to filter the garbage. Works great. Where can I find more info on how to do this?

Here you go, simple and easy trick that works great! This will block ads on system level. Even block ads from Windows 10 apps. Thank you so much, you just changed my life!! Should be a story in itself. Thanks for the assistance! I’ve also liked this strategy, but found that it crippled specific apps such as the ones from the broadcast TV networks.

When it hit a scheduled commercial break, it would just throw an error message. Toggling between two hosts files was effective but a bit tedious. As an alternative, I’ve also used a local web proxy bfilter was the name I think but I haven’t used that since Win7 so this isn’t an endorsement so much. Something like that can be easier to toggle, and had options to replace ads with placeholder graphics, but only applied to http protocol. I’m tempted now to try that out again. Works great except some of the ad block hosts include comment forms.

I couldn’t comment on blizzwatch due to a site they included. Yes I need to know how to do this as well. Internet Explorer actually can be found in All Apps. It’s just located in the Windows Accessories folder :. I was just about to say It’s always been listed there since XP. No necessary. Sometimes you need to enable it from Windows features first.

Nailed it in the Start menu. Edge still needs a few features but if they update it quick then I can see it become my main browser. Extensions are coming soon. Do people actually use jumplists? Not all users but yes.

I use them all the time, for most of my programs. Most of my work is begins by righ-clicking on them and opening recent files I’ve worked on. It’s fast and convenient. It was one of the main reasons I switched the default browser from Edge to IE other reasons include my dislike for the UI–tabs on top instead of on the same row as the URL bar–and the fact that it always opened up on the wrong monitor, in the wrong size, and it was too clumsy to move around [because of tabs on top] and resize.

I find IE to be much cleaner with a more intuitive UI. The only thing I miss about Edge is Reading Mode and dark theme, honestly. Needed it for Skysports as it uses silverlight.

Sky identified Edge as Google chrome and stated it is no longer supported. Same, that would have been a deal breaker if it was gone.

Edge isn’t Finished yet. It still needs a lot of work,. Edge just needs time to mature the same way IE did with all the updates and fixes provided over the years. Right now its too early and i dont think it’s ready to replace any previous browser just yet. I really don’t need it ; Edge and Chrome do the work for me. That was happening to me as well, but my bank began supporting Microsoft Edge a few days later.

Just keep checking until your bank supports it. I’ve just lost you at Chrome.. Still using Chrome? Are you serious? I never use Edge. When the extensions I need are supported Roboform, for example , I’ll reconsider.

Everyday I use Lastpass. If Microsoft wants us to use this as our main browser, they need to allow plug-ins. Am i the only one who uses edge because there are no ads???? Ummm, unless you have done some trickery like editing host files: Edge will very prominently display ads. The most painful thing for me was actually being able to go back and forward with just a swipe, instead of hitting the buttons. Hope that comes back.

That stings too. Definitely one of my many grievances with Edge vs. Metro IE. You can click send “Do Not Track Requests”. It’s only that: A request, and websites are under no obligation to follow it. Stuff like TrackingProtection or in the case of browsers with extensions and AdBlock keep cookies from being able to track you.

It’s not an opt-in type thing, it’s not a request, it blocks such tracking whether the tracking service likes it or not. I mean, there are still other ways and methods that companies have to stalk you on the ‘net, but TrackingProtection was built in, easy to use, and made it a lot more difficult. Oh, and stuff like TrackingProtection and AdBlock also disable and hide ads, making your browsing quicker and less annoying.

Do Not Track does no such thing. Type ie in Cortana search or when using the edge browser, click the elipsis go down to open in internet explorer. Can you get the metro version of internet explorer back? Edge sucks when youre using touch. I actually run two full screen metro IE for watching two games at the same time. Full screen browsing Especially in Snap mode was a dream back on 8. I miss it terribly. I don’t think Microsoft even considered this Metro version.

I think they were only concerned with users with Windows 7. Since most Windows 7 users didn’t have touch screens then they wouldn’t know what they were missing. To me the Metro version of IE is the best version they have.

That’s why I don’t plan on updating any of my Windows 8. I will my W7 computer I like 8. Especially the Start Screen. I don’t want to feel like I’m going backwards. The Start Screen is new and innovative.

If you upgrade, you’ll love it. I disagree. The Metro IE was much better for all but a couple of things. I hate what Windows 10 has done to navigation and mouse use. Agree, hopefully they’ll update Edge when Win 10 mobile arrives, maybe they’re working on a touch metro version that will come alongside the mobile launch.

Well, being a better if slower browser experience than Edge 1. I would say most people will need this tip. My wife still uses IE because of lastpass. Edge works fine for me in tablet mode – what is the problem that people wnat metro IE back for? Metro IE was still far better optimized for touch. Edge definitely does a better job than desktop Internet Explorer, but the Metro version found in 8. Less trying to hit tiny buttons that were designed for mouse.

These options require you to be online to use them. You can download files to your local storage and edit them there, but your system will open them as Google Drive files. There are third-party productivity options for Chrome OS, including Zoho and Polaris, but most of those programs require an internet connection as well. Google Drive, however, works offline, and we really like the real-time collaborative editing and number of useful add-ons. Also, Microsoft has created Chrome apps for its office suite of tools — including Word, Excel and PowerPoint — so you can create and edit those documents on a Chrome OS.

In typical fashion, they are web apps you need to download and install to use, and they are available only for online use. If you’re not wedded to Google Drive for all your productivity needs, Windows is the way to go. Most hard-core games require some serious specs, including discrete graphics chips, plenty of onboard storage and advanced processing power. That’s totally doable on a high-end Windows 10 machine, such as the Alienware 17 R5 , but the lower-end machines won’t be able to handle it.

The games simply aren’t supported by Google’s operating system. If you’ve got the Google Play Store on your Chromebook, you’re in better shape than those without it. If you want to game, you better get a Chromebook with a touch screen, as Chrome OS notebooks without it, which can only pull titles from the Chrome Web Store — where the best things you’ll find are Cut the Rope and Plants vs.

With the Xbox One app installed on a Windows 10 device, you can hook up an Xbox One controller to the computer and play titles you’d normally play on your console.

Just note that another person can’t use your Xbox at the same time. Also, a bit of a warning: not all games work on the best Chromebook! You simply cannot run many of the games you might want to play on a Chromebook. Neither Windows 10 nor Chrome OS supports every file type ever made, but on Microsoft-powered machines, you have the option of downloading codecs to play those files on your laptop.

QuickTime files, among several other types, cannot be played back on a Chromebook. For media files, Chromebooks support. That means there’s no. You also won’t find. Chrome OS doesn’t support. You can also play optical discs on Windows 10 with the necessary hardware, but you won’t be able to play DVDs or Blu-ray discs on a Chromebook.

You’re unlikely to find a file you can’t play on Windows Windows has long been a known target for hackers looking to infect PCs with viruses, malware, botnets and keyloggers. In fact, the very first thing anyone should do with a new Windows laptop is install an antivirus suite.

However, Microsoft’s Windows Defender does come built in, and that’s better than nothing. Windows Defender runs in the background and notifies you if you need to take an action, such as removing a virus. The SmartScreen feature also warns you when it doesn’t recognize an app, to help prevent phishing attacks. Plus, the secure-boot feature means that every time you turn on your laptop, it will check itself for digital certificates of authenticity before it boots.

That means it will not load infected software. Cloud customers have access to a few extra security features. Device Guard protects Windows 10 machines from any unknown software that hasn’t been approved by an official vendor or Microsoft itself. In an effort to expand on its biometric systems, Microsoft is enabling Windows Hello to unlock devices just by using fingerprint scanners.

Chromebooks have not yet caught the eye of many hackers. But more than that, Google promotes the security of its operating system as a key selling point. A Chromebook automatically checks for and applies security updates, while including Web filters and sandboxing media. And while we’ve got a guide for how to update your Chromebook , it will often do that for you. Also, Chrome OS doesn’t support Flash, so any security issues surrounding it won’t affect the system.

If something does get into your Chrome OS system, restoring it to its factory settings requires only a couple of clicks on the mouse pad. The only security problem Chromebook owners really face is thieves looking to hack the sites you use, where a lot of personal data is stored.

Assuming you can keep your Google password to yourself, you’re safer in Chrome. Variety is the spice of life, and fewer types of technology offer as much variety as Windows PCs. The screens alone can range in size from 11 to 21 inches, both with and without touch capability.

Eight major manufacturers create Windows laptops, offering Intel and AMD chips, onboard memory that varies wildly from 2GB to 16GB, and storage sizes that go up to the terabyte level.

Some Windows machines are plastic, and some are metal. Some come in nonstandard colors. Some are meant to be portable, while others are more deskbound.

You’ll also find Windows machines dedicated to business and gamers, and 2-in-1 machines that double as notebooks and tablets. There truly is an option for everyone when it comes to Windows. The Chromebook market is smaller but growing steadily. The display size ranges from 11 to 15 inches, but most are smaller than 15 inches. Only a couple of models offer a touch screen. Chromebooks are incredibly portable, though, usually weighing between 2 and 4 pounds. You’ll find some niche Chromebooks popping up for business customers.

These machines, such as the gorgeous Google Pixelbook and the Gorilla Glass-enforced Acer Chromebook 14 for Work cost more, but look and feel a lot more like their PC counterparts.

For a deeper dive, check out our Should I Buy a Chromebook? Microsoft’s ecosystem gives you more options, which means you’re more likely to find something you really like.

But with Microsoft’s initiative to make Windows 10 machines more affordable, the gap in price between Windows 10 and Chrome OS devices has been completely eliminated. Take the inch HP Stream

 
 

 

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When choosing between Windows 10 Pro or Home, they are both the same advanced and secure operating system. However, the choice will come down to. Critics praised Microsoft’s decision to provide the desktop-oriented interface in line with previous versions of Windows, contrasting the tablet-oriented. Microsoft offers Windows 10 in two versions: Home and Professional. It’s easy to understand on a conceptual level what this means.

 
 

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Find my device Keep track of your devices—even your digital pen! Firewall and network protection Your Windows device comes with built-in security features to help safeguard against viruses, malware, and ransomware. Parental controls and protection Manage screen time, limit access to mature content, and control online purchases when you connect your family’s Microsoft accounts.

Secure boot Helps prevent malicious software applications and unauthorized operating systems from loading during the system start-up process. Windows Hello Uses facial recognition, fingerprint, or PIN, for a fast, secure, and password-free way to unlock your compatible Windows devices. Windows Information Protection WIP Helps protect enterprise apps and data against accidental data leaks on enterprise-owned devices and personal devices that employees bring to work.

Windows Security View and manage the security and health of your device. Business management and deployment Enterprise-grade encryption. Windows 11 Home editions Feature Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro Assigned Access Windows 11 Pro devices run different applications depending on the user and keep individual identities separate and secured. Dynamic Provisioning Take a new PC out of the box, turn it on, and transform it into a productive organization device, with minimal time and effort.

Kiosk mode setup Configure a device locally on the device or remotely using Mobile Device Management. Microsoft Store for Business Your one place to find, manage, and distribute apps to Windows 11 devices in volume. Windows Update for Business Helps reduce management costs, provides control over update deployments, enables efficient delivery of updates, and provides access to the latest innovations.

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Desktop Groups Switch between desktops for greater organization of open windows. DirectStorage Get faster load times and more detailed game worlds.

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Photos app The updated Photos app makes editing and viewing much easier. Snap Assist Snap Assist features Layouts and Groups, helping you arrange your open windows into perfect grids.

Touchscreen New gestures make navigating with touch much more intuitive. Updates Faster reduction in download size for updates in Windows Widgets Photos. Windows on ARM Devices with thin and light designs and amazing battery life that run the apps you care about. Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love Family, friends, obsessions, music, creations—Windows 11 is the one place for it all. Features and app availability may vary by region.

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We still offer an assortment of emojis for Windows 10 customers. Certain apps only available through Microsoft Store app in Windows Follow Microsoft Windows. Share this page. BitLocker device encryption If your device is lost or stolen, BitLocker puts everything on lockdown, so no one else can access your systems or data. Assigned Access Windows 11 Pro devices run different applications depending on the user and keep individual identities separate and secured.

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