Introduction to Windows 10 – New and Interesting Features

Since Microsoft has recently ended support for Windows 7 in January 2020, many people would now be considering upgrading to Windows 10. Here are some useful new features that are in Windows 10.

Windows Timeline

Pressing Windows + tab on your keyboard allows you to view the timeline, which lets you view a timeline of your activity in apps that are supported. It is also possible to group the apps into activities, so if you were to open a word document for example, any websites and presentations associated with that document can easily be accessed. It can also be synced across multiple devices.

Currently, only a limited number of apps have timeline support, but more should have this feature in the future. Current supported apps include Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Windows 10 apps, and Microsoft Edge.

Cloud Clipboard

This is an interesting new feature that lets you copy and paste between two different devices. This can be enabled in Start > Settings > System > Clipboard then enable “Sync across devices”. You can also enable Clipboard history which lets you save multiple items to the clipboard and reuse them later.

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox allows you to test unknown software and websites in a safe environment. It creates a separate virtualised copy of Windows where you can test out untrusted tasks in a safe environment as it is firewalled from your main installation of Windows. You can also copy and paste between the sandbox and local machine. When Windows sandbox is closed, the machine is reverted back to its original state, so if any malware infected the system it should be gone when the machine is used again. A second copy of Windows is not required to use Sandbox, however you will require a copy of either Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise as it is not available in the home version.

Near Share

This new feature introduced in the April 2018 update allows you to share files with local PC’s wirelessly without the need for flash drives or chat apps to send files to someone. Opening the share interface in Microsoft Edge or file explorer will allow you to see nearby PC’s that also have sharing enabled. When a file is sent, the other PC will receive a notification informing them that a file has been received. It works in a similar way to Apple’s Airdrop.

Ransomware Protection

Windows 10 has built-in Ransomware protection. The best way to protect against Ransomware is frequent backups and strong security software, but Microsoft has included some basic protection within Windows 10.

The controlled folder access feature protects changes to files and folders from unauthorised programs. By default, documents, pictures, movies, and desktop folders are protected, and you can block other folders manually or choose to whitelist software that is trusted. These settings can be changed in the security app within the Virus and Protection tab, then Manage Ransomware Protection.

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