Windows 10 Anniversary Update Bible
Clear your to-do list faster than ever with Cortana voice commands, Windows Ink, Windows Hello, and a cross-platform capability that allows you to integrate a range of platforms including tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, and even Xbox. Even if you're an experienced user, you're probably missing out on some very cool features-let the Windows 10 Bible, Anniversary Update fill the gaps and take your Windows 10 experience to the next level. Rob Tidrow has worked in the technology industry for 20 years and has authored or co-authored over 30 books on a wide variety of computer and technical topics. Jim Boyce is a former Microsoft MVP and has authored and co-authored over 50 books and hundreds of articles and white papers on computer topics including Windows, Windows Server, Office applications, and programming. Jeffrey R. Shapiro has worked in IT for more than 21 years. He has published more than 20 books on IT, network administration and software development.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Bible
What's New in Windows 10
IN THIS CHAPTER
The Windows 10 Interface
Office universal apps
A new browser experience
Xbox and Windows 10
Microsoft Surface Hub
Other new features
If you have been using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you'll find Windows 10 both familiar and new. Windows 10 builds on the significant development done for Windows 8.x but adds improved usability. Windows 10 isn't just a tweak to Windows 8.1, however. Not only does Windows 10 offer a better user interface, but you'll find a long list of new and enhanced features.
If you are currently using Windows 7 or even Windows XP, you'll find Windows 10 to be a bit of a departure from your current experience in some ways. In other ways, Windows 10 isn't much different from Windows 7. For example, the Windows desktop still functions the way it does in Windows 7. With the changes introduced in Windows 8.1 and refined in Windows 10, you'll find that working in Windows 10 - whether on the Windows desktop or with the Start menu - is really not that different from your current experience. That means you can become productive with Windows 10 in a very short time.
In this chapter, we don't focus on the features you've encountered in previous versions of Windows - we explore the new and changed features in Windows 10. This chapter provides an overview of these features, and other chapters provide a deeper explanation. Although we can't cover every new feature in this chapter, we hope to give you a good overview of the key features and conceptual changes introduced in Windows 10.
Now, whip out that new Windows 10 tablet or PC, start reading, and start taking advantage of the great new features that Windows 10 has to offer.
The first part of this chapter focuses on what is new in Windows 10, compared to previous editions of Windows (Windows 7 and Windows 8.x). See the section "Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Update," later in this chapter, for details on many of the new features and changes in Windows 10 build 1607, known as the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition .
New Platforms and Devices
One of the most significant additions to Windows 8 was its support for platforms other than the traditional PC. Windows 8 moved beyond the Intel and AMD x86 processor family to support System on a Chip (SoC) devices from both the x86 and ARM architectures. Windows 8.1 naturally also supported the ARM architecture, as does Windows 10.
ARM, which stands for Advanced RISC Machines, was developed by the company now known as ARM Holdings. Although you may not have heard of ARM processors, they are common in tablets, cell phones, MP3 players, gaming consoles, computer peripherals, and many other consumer electronics devices.
While the traditional PC portable form factor continues to shrink with ultra-light tablets and notebooks, SoC support for Windows 10 offers the capability to provide a Windows experience on small form-factor tablets, cell phones, and smaller handheld devices, in addition to the generally larger (and typically more powerful) traditional PC platforms. For ARM devices, the result is an opportunity for device manufacturers to provide a new selection of handheld devices running a Windows operating system (dubbed Windows 10 IoT Core ) with support for applications like those in the Microsoft Office suite.
For users, it means a consistency of user experience across a broad range of devices. For example, your experience can be largely the same on your notebook, your tablet, and your cell phone. A single app can give you the same data and user experience across each device, with only small interface differences driven by screen size. Support for ARM also opens up some interesting possibilities