There is a pattern of consumer behavior when it comes to upgraded stuff – people will hype it in anticipation weeks and days leading to the release date, crucify the developers of inevitable bugs for the earliest adaptors, and then months later, when the release has a gazillion patches and fixes and becomes stable, public opinion will be kinder. Just like most upgrades (particularly Microsoft ones), the launch of Window 10 was quite anticipated in the months and weeks before the release date and a public outcry (or at least those who were earliest to install the 2020 update) happened when bugs were discovered left and right (no audio, no search results, to name a few). Honestly speaking, with the death of Windows 7 still fresh, it might take a while (maybe until the end of the year) before the whole Windows-using public will really cozy up with Windows 10.

To help you in that process, here are a number of features that may come in handy with the ubiquitous OS’s latest update. Who knows, it might get you that closer to full-blown Windows 10 love.

Windows Sandbox

Microsoft shows that it cares for its users by releasing this feature that makes a temporary desktop environment, hereon to be referred to as the Sandbox, where a particular app will be isolated. Sandboxes are both secure yet disposable, so once you’ve verified the legitimacy of this sketchy app you’ve isolated, you can then just delete the entire sandbox. Quite secure, eh?

Windows Sandbox is an integrated element and is primarily designed to allow you to run untrusted and sketchy apps separate from the rest of the operating system.


Windows Timeline

I’m sure you’re familiar with your web browser history. That’s what Windows Timeline is – a reflection of everything that has happened in your laptop instead of just your browser. It’s basically your laptop’s diary. Timeline records activated on your PC, including the documents you’ve opened and edited, websites you’ve visited, and files like video and audio that you’ve used. It also records if you have some kind of error that requires laptop repair of some kind. It’s perfect for when you need reminders of when an event on your laptop occurred.

Windows Timeline has been around for more than a year but it remains a little-known feature among casual PC users. It allows you to view up to 30 days of previous Windows activity, including websites browsed and files accessed, and dip back into previous tasks — it even works across multiple devices.


Your Phone

Quite the hidden gem, this app. With this app available on your laptop, you can now call, send text messages, and have access to your pictures stored on your phone. It’s practically most, if not everything you can do on your phone, you can do on your laptop or PC.

That is basically the point of the Your Phone app. When you’re working on your computer and you don’t want the distractions of your mobile device, you will still be able to use the latter on the former without having to take the phone out of your bag or pocket. You can reply to important notifications and ignore the ones you don’t need to respond to at the moment. You can send, receive, and sync SMS.



Oh, poor Cortana. It always gets left behind by other more popular and trendier assistants like Alexa and of course, Siri. Moreover, even Microsoft is showing so little love to Cortana, with the company scrapping Android and iOS app versions of it. But for Windows 10, Cortana gets promoted as Cortana it’s now the OS ’primary search tool, not to mention more customizable and personal functions have been added to it.

Today, Microsoft wants Cortana to be your personal productivity assistant — and to be fair, given the overall Microsoft ecosystem, Cortana may be better suited to that than to tell you about the weather.


Windows Hello

This biometrics-based technology allows Windows 10 users to use an iris scan, fingerprint, or facial recognition to get secure access to their devices, online services, apps, networks, and online services with just a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition.

Microsoft rolled out a new set of cumulative updates to the two most recent Windows 10 releases today. These cumulative updates are available for the Windows 10 May 2019 and November 2019 updates, and they bring the standard set of fixes and improvements. The one major highlight here is an improvement to the accuracy of Windows Hello, which may make for smoother logins.


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