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Class 13 (Final Project) – New features of latest Windows 10 Update

 

Windows 10 provides feature updates about every 6 months with few exceptions. In this submission, I’ll be writing about various features contained within feature updates from Windows versions 1809, 1903 and 1909. The first two numbers are the year and the second two are the month of the rollout date.

Features from each version I’ll be discussing:

From 1809:

Cloud Clipboard

From 1903:

Microsoft Edge Improvements & Features
Microsoft Defender Enhancements

From 1909:

Microsoft Connected Cache
Windows Sandbox, first introduced in 1903

Cloud Clipboard
This is an interesting feature. It allows you to not only synchronize your current copied clipboard contents but also to keep a history with a timeline. This feature can be really useful for people that tend to copy and paste a lot of the same information over and over. It provides a means for you to look through your clipboard history and find something that you copied before and a means to paste it anywhere else. This also allows for mobile devices to store screenshots that were taken on other devices or to screenshot text messages for using elsewhere as a potential use case.

 

Microsoft Edge Improvements & Features
Microsoft Edge may be in 3rd place when it comes to active users but it has lots of functionality that Chrome and Firefox do not have. From feature update version 1903, Microsoft Edge browser received a lot of updates for backwards compatibility and useable features. I’ll break down 3 of the new features below.

  1. Collections: This nifty feature allows you to collect segments of web pages and documents in your live drive. You can create a personal organized capture of contents of pages. This is useful for doing research on a topic if you want to consolidate notes with pictures instead of keeping several pages open, you can keep it all in one collection. Likewise, if you want to present information in an easily shareable format, collections will help you do that as well.
  2. Privacy Tools: These tools allow you to identify and controls what data is being shared with various websites. By accessing the data, you can better see just what cookies are being used. Likewise, you can restrict what data is shared by default.

 

  1. Internet Explorer Mode: By using Internet Explorer mode, backwards compatibility with software can be maintained. Likewise, some websites such as corporate intra-organizational sites may be best viewed when using legacy browsers. By adding this functionality, legacy functionality has been provided to users.

 

Microsoft Defender Enhancements
Interchangeable with Windows Defender, Microsoft Defender is the line of defense built into Microsoft Windows 10.  Much of the new features are cloud or server-side that the user is unaware of but I’ll cover a few.

  1. Advanced Machine Learning: By utilizing Advanced Machine Learning, Microsoft Defender can prioritize threat protection analysis by discovering new potential risks by auditing hundreds of millions of computer’s file use history. The data collected is stated as being anonymous but by seeing where and when files were introduced and what parts of the registry and file systems these potential threats were accessing, Microsoft can discover new threats earlier and prioritize what files should be analyzed as likely threats.
  2. System Guard: This was a special functionality update that firmware designers can utilize going forward. It allows for communication between Microsoft Defender and equipment on the computer in order to design built-in hardware defense for devices. By interacting with devices, device-specific threats can be neutralized at the operating system level before they can be allowed to corrupt device firmware or active memory elements.

  1. Microphone Privacy Settings: This feature generates a microphone icon in the notification area of the system tray, letting you know what applications are currently accessing your microphone. This can be used to help identify security risks on a system.

Microsoft Connected Cache
This sounds like a powerful tool for server administrators as well as application developers. It allows you to utilize local caching, as well as cloud caching so that the demands of your applications and even windows update can be managed to not stress out your own servers and connections. By deploying connected cache within your organization, you can utilize local servers or resources on the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform.