Microsoft Windows 10: Key Differences Between Edge and Internet Explorer Browsers

Internet Explorer 11 VS Microsoft Edge: User Interface The visual difference between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 isn’t all that much. There hasn’t been a vast overhaul of the UI, or any drastic changes to the page layouts, and even the logo is similar. Instead, Edge features a host of minor tweaks that somehow add up to something much more impressive than IE. The interface is much more minimalist, with the navigation buttons reduced to their bare minimum. The whole experience feels sleeker and more streamlined than IE’s indefinably clunky navigation. It’s a much more pleasant browser to use, and on a par with the aesthetically gorgeous Chrome. Internet Explorer 11 VS Microsoft Edge: Features Microsoft’s venerable browser is not exactly renowned for its additional functionality. The company has taken steps to remedy this with Edge, and the new browser features a host of new applications. Most interesting of these is the annotation feature. A button at the top places a OneNote style overlay onto the current web page, allowing users to add text boxes, handwritten notes or drawings, highlight sections and copy areas of the page. These can then be shared via various channels or saved to OneNote for future reference. At present, the sharing options are limited, but expect these to increase as Windows 10 matures. It’s a surprisingly useful feature, and one that will prove invaluable to students or those that do high levels of internet research. Also present is a Pocket-style Reading List function. Any web page can be saved to a separate list from within Edge, to be read at your leisure, as...

Microsoft Windows 10 Fall 2017 Creator Update: Ransomware Protection

There have been many new features that have been introduced with the new 2017 Windows Creator Update. Some features pertain to social aspects, others are for creativity, but Microsoft has also mentioned that it had hardened security, and add protection against ransomware in the new 2017 Fall Creator Update.  This new feature is called the “controlled folder access” feature. This feature prevents suspicious applications from changing the contents of selected protected folders. The main goal is to safeguard data from any ransomware infections that manage to get by third-party antivirus software. In order to activate the feature, you have to enable it through the Windows Defender Security Center App. You can access it by opening the virus and threat protection screen within Defender. From here, the user can switch on the controlled folder access option to make the feature active. Enterprise users, and administrators, can also be activate the feature through PowerShell, Group Policy, and MDM configurations. When the feature is active, essential directories such as the documents folder, are locked off from any malicious application that wants to encrypt files to hold them ransom, or even destroy them. By default, the usual folders such as Documents, Pictures, and Videos, folders will be protected by the controlled folder access feature, but it is not just limited to these folders. Other folders besides the document’s folder can also be protected using this feature. Microsoft explained, ” This feature protects your files from tampering, in real-time, by locking folders so that ransomware and other unauthorized apps can’t access them. It’s like putting your crown jewels in  a safe whose key only you...

New features of Windows 10: Fall Creator update and what did I learn as IT Student at MATC

Gregory Trapp

IT Support Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
IT Student excited about a new career
The Windows 10 Fall Creator update has a many new features that are exciting! A few of these updates include: My People, voice activated power commands to Cortana, updates to Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Store updates, Security, and Game mode. There are a couple other updates not listed, but these are the updates we will be discussing today. My People is an update that was added and you can now pin your top people in the taskbar for a quick one click access to those people. You can tap on your pinned contact and send an email or chat with them without having to open any of the apps you normally would. This is very important and helpful for IT users because now if you need to contact someone, you can do it in an easier way, especially those people you contact often. Using My People you can also drag an item you wish to share onto that saved contact. This will be useful when needing to send instructions or a Youtube video link. Another exciting new feature is that Cortana can now be voice activated. You can now reach her above the lock screen, and you can ask Cortana to shut down, restart, or sleep your computer. This will help IT users multitask, which we already know is a very important part of IT. Microsoft Edge received a bunch of updates! For those that enjoy reading, or for students, you can now annotate your books in Microsoft Edge. This is going to be huge for students because many  students are now buying E books because they are usually cheaper...

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for an IT Computer Support Job

  According to the report, conducted by career website, AfterCollege, from a March survey of 600 college students, 79% of students have done at least one internship in the past six months, but 57% of those internships were unpaid and 76% did not result in a job offer. Below are some of the mistakes recent graduates make. Not applying for enough jobs According to the survey, 44% of students only apply to between one and five jobs at a time. Students should go after 30-40 jobs at once. I agree that it makes sense to consider numerous possible employers, but I think it’s also wise to set your sights, on one firm or a handful of companies where you feel truly motivated to work. That said, you shouldn’t wait around for your efforts to bear fruit. Do pursue alternatives in the meantime. The best-case scenario is that you get more than one offer and can use it as leverage to negotiate the terms you want from your target employer.   Failing to do enough of their own networking. While 57% of students say they wish their schools offered more networking opportunities, there are students that don’t take it upon themselves to ask their career offices for help. Half of students either haven’t used their school’s career office, have had a bad experience, or feel the office needs improvement. I have begun to connect with MATC alumni to see where they stand, ask questions about the market, and begin new relationships. Alumni can teach students about the day-to-day realities of a job, how to craft a resume, how to interview,...

Windows 10 Productivity Improvements

Cortana Cortana is what Microsoft calls a digital agent. What is a “digital agent”? It’s one of the first things that a new Windows 10 user will experience. I was hoping for James Bond’s computer construct counterpart meets Hackerman from Fung Fury, but technology is not quite there yet. The Cortana software is really an interface to other features of the Windows 10 operating system. If the PC is setup with a microphone and the correct settings, you can talk to it. This has the same functionality as typing in the taskbar. Users will need to click the microphone icon in the taskbar to make her “listen”. Cortana can handle reminders and timers with ease. It can even send emails, manage lists, and calendars. My favorite feature is that it can open apps for you. This digital agent feature is exciting because it seems like budding artificial intelligence technology. I hope I’m around someday when new operating systems only function through microphones and AI. Set These Tabs Aside – Edge Browser I can see you rolling your eyes already. Microsoft’s web browsers are the Nickelbacks of computer technology, everyone’s punching bag. Other, more popular web browsers don’t come with a feature like this. There are extensions available, but those are not always the smoothest apps. Tabs can add up in a hurry. They’re not always relevant but it can be a heartbreaker if we lose them. Users can keep their tabs for later browsing and clear the row of tabs for an uncluttered page with this feature. Simply click the icon when you’re ready to manage the tabs. Multiple...
Windows 10: Differences Between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

Windows 10: Differences Between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

With the introduction of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft introduced their new web browser called Edge. Both Edge and Internet Explorer still have tabs, private browsing and both are still powered by the Bing search engine. They both have about the same speed and performance and both also still some of the same settings such as download management and privacy. If you are familiar with Internet Explorer than you will definitely see the similarities. Although the two browsers share some things there is are also a lot of differences. With Edge, Microsoft brings their digital assistant, Cortana, to desktops. Cortana can easily pull up pictures, information or search results while you are still browsing. All without you ever having to leave the page that you are on. You can access Cortana either with a connected audio device such as a microphone or by clicking on the Cortana search bar and typing in what you are looking for. With Internet Explorer your only option would be to leave the screen you were on to open up a new tab and search using Bing or any other search engine. Another new feature in Edge is reading mode. If you dislike seeing ads while you are reading news, sports or any other articles, reading mode will remove these ads from the screen while it is activated so you can enjoy your reading undistracted. Edge also let’s you draw, highlight and mark up any page that you are on without ever leaving the actual page. You can pretty much do whatever you want to the page and then you can export...