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Windows 10 Primer: What to Expect from Microsoft’s New Operating System

Book Description

With Windows 10 arriving later in 2015, many questions remain to be answered, both for businesses and home users. Will it provide the compatibility of Windows XP, and the usability of Windows 7? Will it banish forever the problems associated with Windows 8? In this book, Windows expert, author and MVP Mike Halsey answers the questions you have and details hidden and improved features that can revolutionize your security, productivity and user experience. Whether you’re an IT professional considering or planning an upgrade to your company’s PCs or a Windows enthusiast eager to find out if Microsoft has finally built a truly modern Windows experience, Windows 10 Primer has the answers to all your most important questions.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. About the Technical Reviewer
  9. Introduction
  10. Chapter 1: Introducing Windows 10
    1. Microsoft’s Three Areas of Focus
      1. Mobility of Experience
      2. Trust
      3. Natural Interaction
    2. The Big Questions
      1. Pricing and Availability
      2. Upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
      3. Upgrading from Windows RT
      4. Upgrading from XP or Vista
      5. Windows 10 on New PCs
      6. Software Assurance
      7. Upgrading from Windows Phone 8.1 and Xbox
    3. What Else Do You Need to Know?
      1. Upgrading and the Storage Space Problem
      2. Rolling Back Windows 10
      3. The Improved Installation and Updating Experience
      4. Windows 10, Different by Device
      5. No Desktop on Smaller PCs
    4. Summary
  11. Chapter 2: New and Improved Features in Windows 10
    1. Cortana
      1. Managing Cortana’s Settings and Privacy
      2. That Syncing Feeling
    2. Managing Different Form Factors with Continuum
    3. The Notification Center
    4. Integrating Your PC(s) and Phone
    5. Microsoft Office for Windows 10
    6. Spartan!
    7. Dawn of the Universal App
    8. Revamped Windows App Store
    9. Summary
  12. Chapter 3: Windows 10 for Phone and Other Devices
    1. Windows 10 for Phone
      1. The Notification Center
      2. Enhanced Keyboard
      3. Customization
      4. Better Organized Settings
      5. Additional Improvements in Windows 10 for Phone
      6. So What’s in It for Businesses?
    2. Xbox One
    3. The Internet of Things
      1. Raspberry Pi 2
    4. Summary
  13. Chapter 4: What’s New for End Users?
    1. Multiple Desktops
    2. The Return of the Start Menu
    3. Improved App Switching with Task View
    4. Four-Way Snap!
    5. Search from the Taskbar
    6. Improved File Explorer
    7. Touch and Trackpad Gestures
    8. Single Sign-On
    9. OneDrive and OneDrive for Business
    10. Gaming and Xbox Streaming
    11. New Apps Coming to Windows 10
    12. Microsoft HoloLens
    13. Summary
  14. Chapter 5: What’s New for Businesses?
    1. Business Features in Windows 8
    2. Universal Apps and Enterprise App Stores
    3. Managing Updates and Upgrades in the Workplace
    4. Simplifying Deployment
    5. Azure and Active Directory Single Sign-on
    6. The Internet Explorer Question
    7. Identity Protection, Access Control, and VPN Updates
      1. Threat Resistance
    8. BYOD Improvements in Windows 10
    9. The Surface Hub
      1. Digital Whiteboard
      2. Collaboration Tools
      3. Specially-Designed Apps
      4. Easy to Use and Deploy
    10. Summary
  15. Chapter 6: Maximizing Security and Productivity
    1. Security Features in Windows 8
      1. Application Sandboxing
      2. IE Enhanced Protected Mode
      3. Advanced Exploit Protection
      4. SmartScreen
      5. Secure Boot
    2. Two-Factor Authentication in the OS
      1. User Access Token Protection
    3. End-to-End Encryption
    4. App Protection
    5. Threat Resistance
    6. Summary
  16. Index