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Windows 10 May Get Some New Useful Features

By January 8, 2019June 2nd, 2022Technology News

picture of laptop - olmecThis spring, Windows 10 users will be treated to a raft of exciting
new features.

Currently, the company’s massive test group of Windows Insiders is enjoying playing with them, but with the Windows 10 update they’ll be available to everyone in the early part of next year.

Here are a few of the goodies you have to look forward to:

Windows Dark

Recent research has indicated that by using dark-colored themes on smartphones, you add up to 40 percent to your phone’s battery life.  This research has prompted Google to begin offering “dark” versions of a growing number of its apps.

With the new Windows 10 Makeover Microsoft is borrowing that page of the company’s playbook, and will begin introducing dark theme support to its File Explorer. Currently, users can enable Dark Theme support for file explorer, but to do so, they have to enable the system-wide Dark theme setting.  The coming change in Windows 10 themes will allow users to enable the dark File Explorer theme independently of that setting.

Changes To Task Manager

At present, the company is testing a new feature that will allow users to select one of the tabs as the default, choosing from between performance, app history, startup, users, details and services.  It’s a small change, but significant, and one that a large segment of the user base has been clamoring for for quite some time.

Changes to Cortana

Microsoft is constantly testing and tweaking their digital assistant, so this one comes as no surprise.  The company is currently exploring the idea of splitting Cortana and search. Therefore, these two Windows 10 features will appear as separate icons on the task bar. Another change under consideration is one where users will be allowed to swap out Cortana as their digital assistant for Alexa or some other offering, system-wide.  Imagine being able to talk to Alexa via your PC!

These, and many other changes are ahead for Windows 10 in the months ahead.  It will be interesting indeed to see how the OS’s massive user base responds to them, and which ones are enthusiastically embraced.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.