Thursday, October 10, 2019

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The best hidden features - PCWorld

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The best hidden features - PCWorld


Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The best hidden features - PCWorld

Posted: 10 May 2019 12:00 AM PDT

The Windows 10 May 2019 Update offers many small improvements and subtle changes that may fly under the radar of our full review. But you never know—that little detail could change your Windows 10 life for the better. It could even impress your friends as you swap troubleshooting tips.

Whether it's removing distraction, making cursors bigger and more colorful, or adding a photo gallery to the Games Bar, we've already identified a number of noteworthy hidden features. Here's what we have so far—and we'll update this story as we find more. 

Windows Hello can now log you into Web sites

As of early May, the Windows 10 May Update has gained a new capability: FIDO2 certification for Windows Hello, because Windows Hello is now a FIDO2 certified authenticator. If that means nothing to you, try this: if a site (and your PC) supports it, you'll now be able to log in your face or finger. (Microsoft already allows you to log in to your Microsoft account via Windows Hello.)

windows hello Mark Hachman / IDG

Windows Hello uses either a front-facing depth camera (shown here) or a fingerprint reader to recognize you. Here, the setup process maps your facial characteristics, fortunately ignoring my windblown hair.

Even if your bank decides facial recognition by itself isn't secure enough, the combination of a fingerprint or face and a password should make online transactions even more secure. 

Focus Assist turns on automatically for full-screen apps

Whether they're ads, phone calls, or just an annoying coworker, distractions can destroy productivity. The Windows notifications that slide in from the side of the screen can, too. Focus Assist is Windows' answer to that, but until now you've had to manually toggle it on and off. A recent release automatically enabled it when playing a full-screen game. Now, if you so choose, any full-screen app will toggle on Focus Assist. 

Windows 10 April 2019 Update focus assist Mark Hachman / IDG

There's a wealth of options for Focus Assist, if you despise intrusive notifications.

There doesn't seem to be a way to turn off notifications completely. You may turn off everything except any alarms you may have set—and if you set no alarms, you'll be notification-free.

Preferred brightness remains, whether on AC or battery power 

Windows 10 used to retain two different display brightness settings: one for when your device was plugged in, and one for when it ran on battery power. Now, there's just one common setting, for both scenarios. You may still set Windows to vary the brightness depending on available lighting, however, and nothing's changed regarding the "night light" feature that dials down the blue light output to minimize disruption to sleep patterns. Unfortunately, Windows 10 Home seems to preserve the blunt "bright, brighter, brightest" settings, while Windows 10 Pro allows finer tuning via numerical percentage values.

Windows 10 April 2019 Update brightness settings Mark Hachman / IDG

Nothing fancy here: The brightness feature simply doesn't change when you unplug your laptop.

Windows Reserved Storage arrives

Users who buy a new PC with the May 2019 Update installed, or refresh their PC with a clean installation, may notice something new: a "reserved storage" portion of the disk. "Reserved storage" isn't a system partition; it's a block of space that abuts your system files. Reserved storage is simply a space Windows carves out for temporary files, updates, and other housekeeping. Typically, it will require about 7GB, Microsoft says, though that could increase or decrease due to optional features you've enabled, or support for multiple languages. That will be in addition to the 5GB or so Windows itself claims.

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