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Windows 10: The best features to try after upgrading from Windows 7

Adeoye Adeola

Jan. 19, 2020

WINDOWS 7 users that have just made the jump to Windows 10 need to know about these features to get the most out of the Microsoft operating system.
Microsoft’s once ubiquitous Windows 7 operating system reached its End of Life (EoL) last week, meaning the Redmond firm is no longer supporting it with critical security updates to protect it from malware and viruses. Ahead of Windows 7’s EoL, Microsoft advised users to upgrade to Windows 10 , preferably by picking up fresh hardware that’s optimised for the newer operating system. Assuming you’ve taken note of warnings from Microsoft and various security experts, you’ve got yourself a brand new PC and now you’re wondering what’s new in Windows 10 compared to the 2009 operating system. Well, safe to say a lot has changed in the world of Windows since the release of Windows 7. Here is Express.co.uk’s list of the best features in Windows 10 you need to take advantage of.
Windows Hello
Long gone are the days of entering a tediously long password to unlock your Windows machine. Depending on what machine you’ve kitted yourself out with, it’s likely to offer support for Windows Hello – Microsoft’s facial recognition system that lets you speedily unlock your PC.
Windows Hello isn’t completely secure – most devices that are compatible with it only support 2D facial recognition after all. That said, we’ve never found our Windows 10 PCs to unlock with anyone else’s face and it’s certainly much quicker than entering a traditional password.
If your Windows 10 machine supports Windows Hello, it’ll prompt you to set it up as you get started with your PC. You can always enable it later via your device’s settings, if you prefer.
Timeline is a great Windows 10 feature that lets you quickly view files you were working on earlier in the day. To access the feature, simply press the aptly titled Timeline button that’s positioned to the right-hand side of the Windows search box.
This will then present you with a list of files you were recently working on so you don’t have to tediously search through the operating system’s File Explorer.
Windows Sandbox
Introduced in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Windows Sandbox is a programme designed from the ground-up to help you defend against suspicious programmes.
Essentially, the software will open up a virtual desktop environment that can be used to run untrusted programmes to make sure they’re not malicious in nature. Because Sandbox creates an isolated desktop, it means if an app does contain malware it shouldn’t affect your PC. Handy right?
Cortana is Microsoft’s chatty virtual assistant that can be summoned using voice commands or by physically typing into the Cortana box at the bottom of your PCs display. Just like the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, the helper will quickly respond to any questions or commands you can bark out.
The assistant can also quickly activate functions on your computer, too. Want to turn on Bluetooth? Just tell Cortana and it’ll enable the setting for you.
Your Phone app
Arguably one of the most underrated Windows 10 features, the Your Phone app is perfect for Android users that want their PC and smartphone to work more harmoniously together.
Once you’ve linked your Android device and PC using the app, you’ll be able to receive notifications, text messages and even be able to access your phone’s photo library on your computer.
Microsoft is also hard at work to bring new features to the app for all Windows 10 users too. Soon the firm is expected to introduce the ability to seamlessly answer phone calls from your PC.
Unfortunately iPhone users aren’t able to take advantage of the Your Phone app for Windows 10.
Of course, those are just some of the new features Windows 7 users should make the most of in Windows 10. If you want to learn about some of the newest additions to the current Microsoft operating system you can read our summary of all the newest features in the November 2019 Update .
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