Having just updated to build 1607 – The Windows 10 Anniversary Build – I decided to look over the new features and mention some of the highlights.
Our Windows 10 Cortana has received some new abilities including smarter answers to questions. She can tell you very quickly how long it will take from where you are to arrive at any given destination, tell you where you were last year if it was on your calendar app, push data to android, among other things.
Bash In Windows 10
When you change your app settings to developer mode a new option appears – or rather – it becomes possible to find. To find your Bash terminal in Windows 10 you’ll need to go to the control panel and click programs, then in the section called “Turn windows features on or off” a new option has appeared called “Windows subsystem for Linux beta” after a reboot the Bash.exe will be available from your start menu. If you select it and accept the terms you’ll be prompted to create a user account and password.
Alternately you can automate the process in powershell by running:
lxrun /install /y
However this creates a user account named root and has no password – so it isn’t really ideal for everyone.
For more about Bash on Windows 10 the How To Geek has an excellent article here.
Virtual Desktop Pins
If you wanted to pin an app to each virtual desktop to save time – you can now. “Tasks” has the option!
Settings > Personalization > Colors
Hello Biometric Support
If you have a fingerprint scanner (I do but it isn’t supported yet, even after this update) Windows 10’s Hello feature can implement your biometrics ideally. This can include fingerprint scanners, facial recognition, retinal scanners, potentially voice recognition, etc. This is a big increase in on the spot security for individual machines particularly workstations.
As a workspace Windows Ink is receiving updates on the way to more improvements for styli. While sticky notes and sketchpad might have room for improvement there has definitely been some improvement here.
More about update feature improvements can be found here courtesy of PCWorld.
While many users are pouring through looking for the new secret feature improvements much as I am, there will be at least a few of us who won’t be happy without a link to the “Official Source” of these wonderful upgrades. It’s been a year since Windows 10’s Debut and we are quite pleased with it so far.
A Word About The Built in Bash…
As a regular Linux user I’m glad to see this included in Windows 10. I am however going to say that without the full range of possible Linux Desktop Environments – it isn’t quite the same. I do still use Linux mostly, and would suggest anyone who hasn’t tried Linux, do so for the point of reference. (Linux is amazing)
A very easy way to do that would be Oracle’s Virtualbox – or dual-booting Linux alongside Windows. There are articles about how to do so all over the internet (and even a few on this website.)