I wouldn’t normally celebrate my operating system turning a year old, but with a slew of new features and functionality that has begun to rollout, I’ll gladly light a candle on my cupcake. According to Microsoft Corp., Windows 10 has broadly entered our homes and workplaces providing a stable and feature rich platform to 350 million[i] devices worldwide. And with the Anniversary Update adding new innovation, it’s easy to see why. Highlighted below are some of the top new features that can help you be more productive, stay safer, and have more fun.
Be More Productive:
- Windows Hello is an integrated feature that allows you to use your face to unlock your computer[ii]. Now with the Anniversary Update, you can log in fast and password-free using Windows Hello with compatible apps like iHeartRADIO and DropBox and web sites[iii] using Microsoft Edge.
- Cortana, the integrated digital assistant, is also getting an upgrade. From the Windows 10 login screen you can ask Cortana a question, to play music, to set a reminder, or your frequent flier number, and more all without having to log in.
- The Microsoft Edge web browser, in addition to adding the ability to use extensions, can now use fewer CPU cycles and consume less memory which translates to longer battery life[iv] for mobile users.
- Windows Defender, Microsoft’s free anti-malware service, now offers the ability to automatically schedule periodic quick scans and adds notifications when scans are complete or threats are found.
- TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a security solution that uses a dedicated coprocessor to store cryptographic keys to help keep your data secure. Starting with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, all OEM and SI-built PCs must implement and enable TPM 2.0. Fortunately, the AMD Secure Processor[v] with ARM® TrustZone®, a dedicated coprocessor built into AMD 7th Generation A-series APUs for notebooks and desktops, can provide a firmware implementation of TPM 2.0 eliminating the need for a separate, costly piece of additional hardware.
Have More Fun:
- Xbox Play Anywhere allows you to purchase a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Not only that, but it also brings all your achievements and add-ons, and allows you to continue playing where you left off; even if you log into a different Xbox One or Windows 10 PC[vi].
- While game streaming is not a new feature in Windows 10, it’s worth mentioning again. Game streaming allows you to play your Xbox One from your Windows 10 PC, using your PC’s monitor like a remote 2nd display. This if useful if you want to free up your TV or simply play at your desk. Game streaming lets you play Xbox One games anywhere you have access to
your home network.
It’s exciting to see Microsoft putting so much effort and resources into an existing product and sharing that innovation freely. What are your thoughts? Do you see yourself taking advantage of all that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has to offer?
Travis Kirsch is the Director of Product Management Client Business Unit for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.
[ii] Windows Hello™ may not work on all PCs. Additional hardware may be required.
[iii] When using Microsoft Edge on supporting sites. Sites named are examples only. No endorsement of or by AMD is expressed or implied.
[iv] More detail from Microsoft here: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/06/20/more-battery-with-edge/
[v] AMD Secure Processor (formerly “Platform Security Processor” or “PSP”) is a dedicated processor that features ARM TrustZone® technology, along with a software-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) designed to enable third-party trusted applications. AMD Secure Processor is a hardware-based technology which enables secure boot up from BIOS level into the TEE. Trusted third-party applications are able to utilize industry-standard APIs to take advantage of the TEE’s secure execution environment. Not all applications utilize the TEE’s security features. AMD Secure Processor is currently only available on select AMD A-Series and AMD E-Series APUs.