Windows 10: 12 things you need to know

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Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.

The event in San Francisco was aimed mostly at enterprise customers, and Microsoft promised an OS that will be more intuitive for the millions of workers still on Windows 7 and older OSes. Here’s a rundown of some of the key points we learned Tuesday about Windows 10.

Why Windows 10?

The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group.

Microsoft considered the name “Windows One,” he said, to match products like OneNote and OneDrive and its “One Microsoft” business strategy. But he noted the name was snagged a long time ago, by a young Bill Gates.

Perhaps Microsoft didn’t like the idea of being numerically one step behind Apple’s OS X. (A reporter asked jokingly if subsequent versions will be named after big cats.)

Whatever the reason, Windows 10 it will be.

“When you see the product in its fullness, I think you’ll agree it’s an appropriate name for the breadth of the product family that’s coming,” Myerson said.

What car does it resemble?

Yup, Microsoft came up with a car analogy. It wants you to think of Windows 10 as a Tesla.

“Yesterday, they were driving a first-gen Prius, and when they got Windows 10 they didn’t have to learn to drive something new, but it was as if we got them a Tesla,” Myerson said.

What devices will it run on?

All of them. Microsoft demonstrated only the desktop version Tuesday, but Windows 10 will be for tablets, smartphones and embedded products, too.

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“It will run on the broadest types of devices ever, from the smallest ‘Internet of things’ device to enterprise data centers worldwide,” Myerson said. “Some of these devices have 4-inch screens, and some will have 80-inch screens. And some don’t have any screen at all.”

Is there a start menu?

There is, and it tries to combine the familiarity of Windows 7 with the modern interface of Windows 8. That means the menu is split: On the left, apps are displayed in the familiar Windows 7 style, while on the right are more colorful “live tiles” that open the modern, Windows 8-style apps. The start menu is customizable, so you can resize the tiles and move them around, and make the start menu tall and thin or long and flat.

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Will I still toggle between two distinct app environments?

Apparently not. In Windows 8, when you launch a modern-style app, it takes you into that modern UI, and when you launch a Win32-style app, it launches to the traditional desktop environment.

In Windows 10, “we don’t want that duality,” said Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president with the OS group. “We want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar desktop UI—a task bar and a start menu. And regardless of how an app was written or distributed to your machine, it works the way you expect.”

So how does it look now?

If you launched one of the new-style apps in Windows 8, it filled the whole screen and there weren’t many options to resize it. With Windows 10, the familiar “windows” metaphor is back; you’ll be able to resize the new-style apps and drag them around the screen like an old Win32 app. Conversely, if you’re using an older Win32-style app, it will be able to “snap into place” and fill all the available screen space just like the modern apps.

What else is new?

Some users have been confused by the Windows 8 interface and can’t figure out what’s open on their screen or how to get back to an app. Windows 10 has a feature like OS X’s Mission Control that lets you zoom out and see everything that’s open on a PC, then select any app to enter it.

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You can also have multiple desktop configurations open and switch between them. So if you have two apps on the screen for a particular task, sized just how you want them, and then you change to some other apps, you’ll be able to get back to those first apps easily without having to resize them again. You can navigate through several of these desktop displays at the bottom of the screen.

What’s in it for business customers?

Today’s event was focused primarily on business users; Microsoft will talk about the consumer aspects of Windows 10 early next year. There weren’t a lot of specifics but here are a few points:

— Microsoft promises that Windows 10 will be more intuitive than Windows 8. “Windows 10 will be familiar to end users whether they’re coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8. The workers will be immediately productive,” Belfiore said.

— It will be compatible with “all traditional management systems in use today.” Customers are increasingly using “mobile device management” tools to manage phones and tablets. “Windows phones and tablets support MDM today, but with Windows 10, customers will be able to use MDM to manage all their Windows devices” including PCs, laptops and even Internet of things devices.

— Developers will get “one application platform,” Belfiore promised. “Whether it’s building a game or a line-of-business application, there will be one way to write a universal application that targets the entire product family,” he said.

Will it still be touch-enabled?

Yes. “We’re not giving up on touch,” Belfiore said. That means you’ll still be able to use touch to do things like scroll and pinch-to-zoom on laptops and desktops.

There’s also a new feature, tentatively called “continuum,” for people using two-in-one PCs. When you detach the keyboard from a Windows 10 hybrid, it will ask if you want to go into tablet mode. If you say yes, the UI changes to better match a tablet. The app expands to full screen, for instance, and the start menu switches into a larger-icon mode.

Is there a Command Prompt?

You’re kidding, right? Well, actually there is. Microsoft showed how it now supports shortcuts like CTRL+C and CTRL+V so you can paste in a directory listing from another app, for instance. Belfiore called it a “niche, geeky feature” but said he wanted to show the diverse range of users the OS is trying to support.

When will it be released?

The OS will launch around the middle of next year, after Microsoft’s Build conference. Before that, a select group of “Windows insiders” will receive a “technical preview build” for laptops and desktops on Wednesday this week, followed “soon after” by a preview for servers. Previews of other device categories will follow later.

Ten Tips To Survive (And Enjoy) The Holiday Season

We all know that the holidays can create more stress than “peace on earth.” So if you find yourself gravitating toward your bed in the hopes of pulling the covers over your head and not getting up until the second week of January, then consider these suggestions for surviving and enjoying the holiday season

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  • Accept your limitations. Set realistic expectations for yourself and others. Delegate or dump tasks altogether. Practice saying “no.”
  • Pace yourself and prioritize. Develop a plan. Make a to-do list, set deadlines and write them on your calendar. This will end the last minute frenzy.
  • Keep it simple. Improvise. Think potluck, take out, or inviting people for the day after the holidays to feast on leftovers.
  • Accept a little help from your friends. This is no time to go it alone or to try to control all aspects of everything.
  • Don’t coast on empty. Make time for some activities that nourish you. Keep up with your exercise routine; sleep; take some down time for you.
  • Do things that give meaning to the holidays. Volunteer, engage in spiritual activities, and spend time enjoying the company of family and friends.
  • Savor life’s little pleasures. Count your blessings. Express caring and gratitude to yourself and others.
  • Give the gift of yourself. Have a close friend or family member choose one activity that makes the holiday especially fun or meaningful for them, and do it with that person.
  • Accept change. If you’ve suffered a loss during the year, consider changing your routine and doing something different.
  • Be your own cheerleader. Breathe, laugh, watch a funny movie, and remind yourself that you can do it. You have successfully survived many holiday seasons. And you will survive this one, too.

Dr. Ellen Costello, Director of the Women’s Partial Program at Butler Hospital.

Are you and your car prepared for winter?

SOMETHING I DO EVERY YEAR IS SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH MY VEHICLE AND GET IT READY FOR THE COLD WEATHER. IT BORDERS ON OCD ACTUALLY BUT NO ONE CAN SAY I’M NOT PREPARED FOR THE BAD WEATHER. I, LIKE ANYBODY ELSE HATE UNEXPECTED BREAKDOWNS AND REALLY WHEN IT ONLY TAKES A LITTLE EFFORT TO GET THING. IT NEVER HURTS TO HAVE THE CAR AND BE MENTALLY PREPARED

SWITCH to WINTER WINDSHIELD WASHER fluid

Make sure the label says it’s rated not to freeze and that it has strong cleaning agents that get your window clean, fast. Keep extra fluid on hand in your trunk.

FILL UP on ANTIFREEZE

Make sure to check your car’s owner’s manual to be sure you use the correct coolant for your vehicle. Test it’s freeze point to make sure it’s strong enough for winter

GET POWER STEERING fluid

In the winter, due to cold weather temperatures, your car’s gaskets shrink. Premium power steering fluids are made to condition seals and prevent leaks in shrinking gaskets.

CHECK BRAKE fluid

The most common brake fluids are DOT 3 and DOT 4 and they are available in synthetic blends. Make sure you get the correct brake fluid for your vehicle as it varies by type of car and whether it uses ABS.

USE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID or GEAR OIL

Used for both automatic and manual car transmissions. One key difference is Manual Transmissions use gear oil, while an Automatic Transmission uses standard ATF fluid.

CONSIDER changing your ENGINE OIL

Synthetic oils are typically a better choice for winter driving than conventional oils as they are formulated to protect your engine when you start it up in cold temperatures. Make sure you have the right viscosity for the temperature.

Change the windshield wiper blades

This is one usually overlooked until you have a windshield full of snow and ice. Usually make the trip to the automotive parts store long and frustrating.

windshield scraper and snow brush

6am in the morning is usually a bad time to figure out your scraper and brush are either gone and/or misplaced

Winter Tires

Snow and ice rated tires are a must these days, some Provinces and States have made them mandatory. Either way without traction and braking power you’re going nowhere.

Battery, Belts and hoses

Battery condition, age etc, Belts and hoses should all be looked over and replace as necessary.

The Walking Dead Season 5

Don’t miss the new season of The Walking Dead, returning this Sunday October 12 @9pm est. Only on AMC.

With the Season 5 Premiere of The Walking Dead lurking just around the corner, there’s no better time to catch up on, or rewatch, every single episode from Seasons 1-4. Starting Mon., Oct. 6 at 7/6c PM, fans can do just that with AMC’s Zombie Apocalypse Week Marathon, featuring every single episode of The Walking Dead to date. Start by watching the Series Premiere, “Days Gone Bye”  on Mon., Oct. 6 at 7/6c PM, and then continue Tuesday through Friday with episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3 airing in order every night starting at 7/6c PM. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the stakes are raised with a marathon of episodes from Seasons 3 and 4 starting Saturday at Noon/11c and continuing right up to the Season 5 Premiere, “No Sanctuary” on Sunday, October 12 at 9/8c PM.

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