How Windows 10 May Annoy You?

Windows 10 may be giving permission to Microsoft to share your internet bandwidth with others. Next Web is the first to spot this feature in the new version of Windows.

Microsoft Gets Back Lashed for Distributing Windows 10 Updates Using Internet Bandwidth of UsersThe feature called Windows Update Delivery Optimization downloads the same updates and apps that you get through Windows Update and the Windows Store and then shares it with other people on local internet.

Delivery Optimization creates a local cache, and stores files that it has downloaded in that cache for a short period of time.” Next Web opined, “Depending on your settings, Windows then send parts of those files to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet that are downloading the same files.” This feature works similar to BitTorrent.

This is a feature that is enabled by default in all the Windows 10 desktop editions. However, on Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Enterprise, this feature distributes the update files on local network only.

It is better to turn this feature off and the process to do it is as simple as to visit Settings>Update & security>Windows Update>Advanced options. Thereafter, select ‘Choose how updates are delivered’ and then use the toggle to make ‘Discovery Optimization’ feature off.

After Wi-Fi Sense, this is yet another feature of Microsoft Windows 10 that irritates its users. Wi-Fi Sense was first made available on Windows Phone only. It used to share Wi-Fi credential to everybody on the contact lists of Outlook, Facebook and Skype of the users.

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Hotmail Now Becomes Outlook, New Features Added

Microsoft’s Hotmail is still popular among users, but the company has decided to give it a new name ‘Outlook’ and add some new features to the old Hotmail brand.

Don’t confuse Outlook with the e-mail client that you have been using at the office. Microsoft has added a new free consumer-focused version of Outlook, which will replace Hotmail. So from now on when you hear people talking of Outlook assume that they are talking of the new consumer version.

“There was a perception gap with Hotmail from tech enthusiasts and youth,” said Brian Hall, Windows Live general manager. “Many of them wouldn’t take a second look at Hotmail and they would say, ‘I don’t feel comfortable having this next to my name.’ … People understand Outlook is mail from Microsoft, so we thought this branding made sense.”

Microsoft this year is really gearing up. It has made some strict changes and new additions in its lineup that include introduction of Windows 8 OS, Office 2013Windows Phone 8 for smartphones, improved SkyDrive cloud storage, updated Xbox 360 softwareWindows Azure with newly added IaaS support, and more. With all these company has made clear its intentions of coming out as a strong company.

Microsoft has kept the design of new Outlook simple with white background and small header at the top. “We kept many features people liked from Hotmail, but added a clean, fresh, modern design,” Hall said. “This is by far the cleanest email service today.”

With Hotmail turning to Outlook, Hotmail will give its users the option of choosing their e-mail address. They can either stick to “@hotmail.com” or switch over to “@outlook.com”, but all users will get the new design and new background.

One of the most astonishing features of the new Outlook is that Skype calling has been added to it. Now that Microsoft is the new owner of the Skype, the company will try to integrate the feature in most of its products. It has started with Outlook. Though, besides that the company has also added the feature in its Windows Phone and Lync. What’s more interesting is that with the new Outlook, all you need to do is simply click at the video chat button and you can start video chat with your email contacts. This function will work even if you don’t have Skype installed on your system.

Some of the other features that Microsoft has added in new Hotmail are that you can chat with people using your Outlook along with Facebook friends. This means that your Outlook account will be linked with your Facebook account. New Outlook will also give you the option of changing the color of the top bar, turn on a reading pane, and more.

Furthermore, new Outlook will also use Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, which can be used for viewing and editing documents. Sky Drive cloud storage has also been added to the new Outlook. This will help users save and view files from Outlook to their Sky Drive accounts.

What’s more is that the product isn’t completely free, as it includes advertising. The left corner of the screen will have a small advertising block, but the ad will only appear if you hover the mouse over the block.

On the whole, Microsoft has played a smart move by introducing this new Outlook. Microsoft’s service will tune-up close to other top end email services such as Gmail and Yahoo.… Read the rest

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