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Windows 10 Anniversary Update for Small Businesses

18 Nov 2016 by Isabel Ticlo

This article was originally written Oct. 28, 2015, and has been updated to bring our readers the most up-to-date technology information.

If you’re a small business owner running Windows 10 on your devices, you’ve probably heard about the operating system makeover from August 2016. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the biggest improvement since the launch of Windows 10 with brand-new features like Windows Ink and improvements around Windows Edge, Cortana, endpoint security and more.

New Windows Ink for Windows 10

Windows 10 is optimized to be compatible with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype and OneNote, as well as apps for photos, videos, maps and music. All are configured to work on any device. But the most anticipated addition that came with the upgrade to Windows 10 was Windows Ink Workspace. Some of the apps included are:

  • Sticky Notes: A transparent canvas to jot down hand written reminders
  • Sketchpad: A new app with customizable tools to bring ideas to life
  • Screen Sketch: A revolutionary app that lets you draw on top of screenshots
With these tools, your only limitation is your imagination.
 

A competitive edge with Windows Edge

Windows Edge represents Microsoft’s commitment to interaction through reliable mobile devices for business. It lets you annotate, save and share web pages. If you turn on Reading Mode, you’ll view web pages free from ads and links to other articles, enabling you to better concentrate. You can toggle it off and on if you want to see what you missed. You can even create a list of content for reading offline.

With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft Edge is more accessible, power efficient and secure than ever before — and is the first browser to score a perfect 100% on HTML5Accessibility.com.

Since its debut in July 2015, Edge has steadily increased market share from 0.05% to 2.94%.

Chart depicting the market share held by leading internet browsers in the US from January 2015 thru July 2016
Market share; leading internet browsers, United States; January 2015; July 2016; Chrome; Safari; IE; Firefox; Android; Edge; Opera; Others; desktop; mobile; tablet; excluding consoles

Some of the new capabilities and features of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that are responsible for driving higher engagement and usage include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Windows 10 Store extensions available from popular brands like AdBlock, Amazon, Evernote, LastPass, Microsoft Translate, Pinterest and more
  • Pinned tabs for consistent experiences and easy access
  • Paste and go for greater speed and efficiency
  • Better management of favorites and downloads for greater organization
  • Drag and drop folders for uniform access to sites like OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive

A smarter, more integrated Cortana

When Windows 10 was launched in 2015, it introduced the world to Cortana, a “personal assistant” that can remind you to call a customer, track a package, find a file — or tell you a joke if you need to decompress. To activate Cortana, you had to type a question in the Edge search box or use the microphone icon for a voice question.

Today, Cortana is available on the Windows 10 lock screen, to assist you at your convenience. She also has a greater reach when it comes to transferring data and information between your connected devices — including Android smartphones. Furthermore, Cortana has been programmed with the latest Microsoft software to make more intuitive and intelligent search suggestions and recommendations.

For example, if you double book a time slot on your calendar, Cortana will notify you of the conflict and ask if you would like to reschedule. She will also ask if you need to make a reservation if you search and schedule an appointment at a restaurant.

In addition to being a powerhouse, Cortana has a personality and sense of humor.

Ask her, “What do you look like?” She’ll say, “Some things I resemble: a hula hoop, a donut…a halo.”

Ask her, “Who’s your daddy?” She’ll says, “Technically speaking, Bill Gates. No big deal.”

Challenge her with, “Tell me a joke.” She might say, “Don’t trust the atoms. They make up everything.”

Stop malware in its tracks.

In our mobile-first world, users are constantly looking for the perfect balance between flexibility and cyber security. According to IT professionals in the United States in 2016, mobile devices are deemed the most worrisome when it comes business endpoint risks.

Graph depiction of where are you seeing the greatest rise in potential security risks
mobile devices; smartphones; third party applications; remote employees; insider risk; lack of visibility' malicious risk' pc desktop; laptop; cloud computing providers; United States; March 2016; 694 respondents' IT and IT security practitioners

Windows 10 has always put an emphasis on the importance of built-in security. With the updated anniversary edition, the software continues to offer quality security solutions such as:

  • Windows Defender anti-virus security solutions to detect and remove viruses
  • Windows Firewall network protection to screen incoming information
  • SmartScreen Filter to safeguard against malicious websites and suspicious downloads
  • Windows Hello for faster, more secure passwords with biometric recognition
  • Data protection through built-in encryption for lost or stolen devices

Do more with Windows 10.

Windows 10 is built to help you easily implement, manage and scale solutions for greater productivity. When you walk from your desk to a conference room, there is no wait time or startup time that cuts into valuable conversations. When you take your work on the move with you, there is no learning curve for the transition to a mobile device. Designed to run on phones, laptops, desktops and the Surface Hub, Windows 10 is as flexible as you need it to be, streamlining your work environment like never before. Having features like Cortana and Microsoft Ink also allow a more hands-on and personalized experience. Instead of hauling around your laptop and documents, you get the best of both worlds with Ink — your own digital notebook. You can even ask Cortana to make your notes into action items and share them across all of your Windows 10 devices. Plus, the increased power saving improvements of Microsoft Edge provide faster browsing efficiency so you can spend less time waiting on applications and more time helping your business run smarter. 

Gain a greater understanding of emerging solutions and how they can impact your business by visiting Insight online. Get in touch to learn more about Windows software at 1.800.INSIGHT.