New fea­tures in full

THE FALL CRE­ATORS UPDATE BRINGS MIXED RE­AL­ITY, FLU­ENT DE­SIGN AND BET­TER BAT­TERY LIFE TO YOUR PC — READ ON TO FIND OUT THESE FEA­TURES CAN HELP YOU.

TechLife Australia - - FEATURE -

NOW THAT THE Fall Cre­ators Update has been down­loaded and in­stalled on your PC, the fun be­gins — check­ing out all the cool new things that Mi­crosoft has in­cluded. There’s a huge amount of new fea­tures in­cluded in this update, so we will fo­cus on the most ex­cit­ing ad­di­tions.

WIN­DOWS MIXED RE­AL­ITY

Prob­a­bly the most in­cred­i­ble fea­ture to have been added to Win­dows 10 with the Fall Cre­ators Update, Win­dows Mixed Re­al­ity has the po­ten­tial to change the way you in­ter­act with your PC in fu­ture. Es­sen­tially, it en­ables you to use Win­dows 10 and var­i­ous apps in a vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) set­ting. A num­ber of big name brands, such as ASUS, Dell, HP and Len­ovo have al­ready cre­ated spe­cial head­sets for Win­dows Mixed Re­al­ity.

You can ex­plore Win­dows and its var­i­ous Mixed Re­al­ity apps with the Mixed Re­al­ity Por­tal, which en­ables you to walk around a vir­tual home, and launch things from in­side the home.

Paint 3D, Mi­crosoft’s reimag­in­ing of its clas­sic Paint soft­ware that was brought in with the ear­lier Cre­ators Update, has also been given a slight re­vamp with the Fall Cre­ators Update, and now en­ables you to cre­ate 3D art­work and view it in 3D in ei­ther a vir­tual re­al­ity set­ting us­ing the head­set, or placed in the real world us­ing aug­mented re­al­ity (AR). This doesn’t need any fancy head­sets — you can sim­ply use a Win­dows 10 lap­top or tablet with a back­fac­ing camera. The camera cap­tures the real world, while Win­dows 10’s Mixed Re­al­ity Viewer app in­tel­li­gently places the 3D model into the real-world im­age dis­played on the de­vice’s screen. You can even move your de­vice around to view the model from dif­fer­ent an­gles.

IM­PROVED EDGE BROWSER

If you use Edge, Mi­crosoft’s de­fault web browser in Win­dows 10, then you’re go­ing to love the Cre­ators Fall Update, since it brings a num­ber of new fea­tures to the soft­ware. You can once again pin your favourite web­sites to the Taskbar for easy ac­cess, and the browser can han­dle PDF files and ebooks bet­ter as well, mak­ing it a very ver­sa­tile tool. So if you have a sty­lus, you can now write on and an­no­tate PDF and ebooks

— use­ful if you’re us­ing your de­vice for study­ing, and you can also open and fill out PDF forms. As for ebooks, your read­ing progress is synced with your Mi­crosoft ac­count, so you can carry on from where you left off when you switch to an­other de­vice! Neat.

COR­TANA IS BET­TER THAN EVER

Mi­crosoft has con­tin­ued to in­vest in Cor­tana, the vir­tual per­sonal as­sis­tant that made her de­but with the first ver­sion of Win­dows 10, and she’s now smarter — and more use­ful — than ever be­fore. You can now tweak Cor­tana from her new sec­tion in the Set­tings app, and the vir­tual as­sis­tant can now ac­cess your pho­tos and recog­nise cer­tain as­pects of them, thanks to ma­chine learn­ing, en­abling you to use Cor­tana to find par­tic­u­lar pho­tos faster. She can even tag them for you.

You can also ask Cor­tana to con­trol your PC, so you can say “Hey, Cor­tana, restart PC” or “Hey, Cor­tana, lock PC,” and she will do your bid­ding.

BET­TER BAT­TERY LIFE

The Fall Cre­ators Update should also help pro­long the life of the bat­tery of your de­vice. It does this thanks to a clever new fea­ture known as Power Throt­tling, which en­ables Win­dows to con­trol your pro­ces­sor, putting it into a low-power state when it’s not do­ing any­thing too tax­ing. By dropping the power con­sump­tion of the CPU — Mi­crosoft claims it can re­duce pro­ces­sor us­age by up to 11% — your bat­tery life could see a lit­tle bit of im­prove­ment.

Pro­grams and apps that are run­ning qui­etly in the back­ground will have their pro­ces­sor power throt­tled, while pro­grams that you’re cur­rently us­ing — and which need plenty of oomph to work smoothly — won’t be af­fected, so you should not see any nasty side ef­fects as a re­sult of this fea­ture.

Power Throt­tling is turned on au­to­mat­i­cally when you set your PC to Bat­tery Saver or Rec­om­mended mode in Win­dows 10. If you choose Best Per­for­mance, it’s dis­abled.

IM­PROVED IN­TER­FACE

Mi­crosoft has been work­ing hard on im­prov­ing the look and feel of Win­dows 10, and you can see some of the fruits of the com­pany’s labours with the Fall Cre­ators Update. Known as Flu­ent De­sign, this new look uses trans­parency ef­fects to make Win­dows 10 look bet­ter, while be­ing eas­ier to use. The Start menu has seen el­e­ments of Flu­ent De­sign added, and it can now be re­sized hor­i­zon­tally and ver­ti­cally. The Ac­tion Cen­tre (which ap­pears on the right side of the screen) has also been given a new look.

Cor­tana has its own set­tings page now, for easy ac­cess.

The Ac­tion Cen­tre is now even clearer and eas­ier to use.

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