5 Tips to streamline your experience
Windows 10 was released at the end of July. Microsoft claims this will be the last version of windows to ever be released. They state they are moving to what they call Windows as a Service. From here forward they will simply upgrade Windows 10 with new functionality, but it will always remain Windows 10.
If you have not signed up to get the free upgrade then you should be in for a pleasant experience. Most reviews are favorable about the new design with many raving positively.
If you have installed the latest from Microsoft, here are a few tips to increase productivity and streamline your experience.
Print to PDF
Finally you can print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using third-party utilities. This makes it much easier to save and distribute documents that aren’t easily modified. This is a long overdue function.
Stop Wi-Fi Sense
Wi-Fi Sense will automatically connect you to detected crowdsourced Wi-Fi networks, acquire network information and provide “additional info” to networks that require it (it’s not clear exactly what constitutes additional info), and can be used to automatically share your Wifi password with your contacts on Facebook, Skype, and Outlook.
If you choose “Express Settings” during setup, Microsoft enables the option and allows your device to acquire Wi-Fi passwords from friends and shares your password with the same group of people. If you choose to leave the function enabled (or turn it on manually it will request permission to connect to Outlook, Skype, and Facebook on your behalf. Other users on your friends list who also run Windows 10 will have their contact information shared with you as well, as long as they also enable the feature.
To disable Wi-Fi Sense go to Start, Settings, Network & Internet, Wi-Fi, and scroll down to the bottom and click “Manage Wi-Fi settings”. Turn Off “Connect to networks shared by my contacts”.
If you're on a laptop and your battery is running low, Windows 10 can begin throttling back background services and other threads so that you can get the last bit of battery life out of your machine. To enable Battery Saver click the Start menu button, and head to Settings | System | Battery Saver.
Have you ever notice how when you hover your mouse cursor over a window and try to scroll, you still can’t, because the window wasn't active? Now you can by turning this feature on in Settings | Devices | Mouse and Touchpad and now you'll be able to scroll in a window even though it is not the active window.
Free cloud storage is almost necessary these days, and Microsoft makes it easy in Windows 10 with OneDrive. You can use it to store files for mobile device access from iOS or Android, and you can even set it to let you access any file on your PC remotely (not just the ones you drag over to your OneDrive folder).