Microsoft Edge Improvements in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge has been focused in some of the recent insider previews. When someone opens the Microsoft Edge browser it contains a news feed which can be customized according to ones likings.

Below is how the customizations can be done.

Open Microsoft Edge Browser and click on personalize

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Scroll down and select the category that you are interested on

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For other settings, on the main page click on the settings wheel

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Select the necessary change and click save

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Windows 10 Activity History

Have you ever faced a situation where you don’t remember the file name or the website you were referring a week ago and you really wanted to open it now? I have experienced it multiple times. So I started using session buddy on Chrome for my website browsing history. But there wasn’t a solution that I used for files that were stored on my computer, etc.

Microsoft has a new feature on Windows 10 called Activity History which addresses this issue. how cool is that?

If you remember, one of the key highlights when Windows 10 released was the multiple desktops and task view features. The same, Task View button on the task bar takes you to a Windows which has all the history of the applications and websites that you opened for the past 1 month.

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Detailed information related to activity history is published here.

To enable or disable Activity History, do the following

1) Open Settings

2) Privacy

3) click on Activity History

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Enable or disable the check boxes according to your requirement and select the accounts that you need the activity history that needs to be enabled.

Windows 10 Build 18323.19h1

Today I got my fast ring Windows Update through the Windows Insider Preview and my computer got a new Windows 10 Build 18323.19h1_release.190119-1759. One of the changes that I noted immediately is the new banner in the Settings app.

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The banner has shortcuts to OneDrive, Your Phone and Windows Update and through these shortcuts the relevant settings and management windows can be accessed.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update–Clipboard

Traditionally in Windows we have always had the copy, cut and paste operations. These three features have made our lives so easy. However, we have always had a limitation. Whatever we copy, we cannot see before we paste or we cannot reuse what we copied previously.

With the October 2018 update, Microsoft introduced a cool new feature called the “Windows 10 Clipboard”. The Windows 10 Clipboard enables a user to store what you copy to the clipboard and enables you to reuse the content that was previously store. How is it possible? The clipboard stores all the content (text and images) that is copied on the computer and allows to synch to other devices of the same users, so that the user can copy data/information from one device and use the same

How to enable the Clipboard feature

1) Open Setings

2) Click on Systems

3) Click on Clipboard

4) Enable Clipboard History

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By pressing Window+V displays the clipboard with all the copied text and images.

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Windows Server 2019–Windows Admin Center

Windows Server 2019 is Microsoft newly released Server operating system. The OS has several new features and one of the add-ons that is introduced to the OS is the Windows Admin Center.

Windows Admin Center is locally deployed, browser based management tool of your local servers as well as remote servers which can be connected. Why is this important? In the past we had several different MMC snap ins to manage different administrative and management tasks. Now, with the Windows Admin Center you have everything in one central webpage that can be connected from anywhere and manage your servers.

How do we get it? it’s a separate download that has to be installed on the server. After you deploy Windows Server 2019 and open the server manager, an alert will be prompted on the new Windows Admin Center. Click on the clink and it will take you to the download page

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Click on get it here

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Execute the downloaded file and click I Accept and click next

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Click on the recommended option and click next

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Enable check box and click next

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Type in the port number (if you are not sure leave the default) and if you have a SSL certificate you can provide that too. Click install

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Installation will progress and upon completion will prompt you the finish screen with the link to access the Windows Admin Center

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Note that the Admin Center will only work on Modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Chrome, etc. the local sever will be automatically added to the Windows Admin Center and you can add any other remote servers through the add button

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Click add and you will be able to see other options to add servers

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When you have added the necessary servers and click on the server name you can see all the management tasks that could be performed through the Windows Admin Center

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Office 365 OneDrive for Business Storage Enhancement

One of the components of Microsoft Office 365 is OneDrive for Business. Which is a cloud storage solution with a 1TB of storage space by default. Although 1TB is been enabled by default for users, this could be enhanced up to 5TB.

This could be achieved using the GUI as well as PowerShell.

Log in to the Office 365 Admin Portal and click on OneDrive Admin Center

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Click on storage => edit the storage limit with the value required (maximum up to 5TB) and click save

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Changes in Windows Updates

The recent Windows 10 build for insiders has some changes to the Windows updates. With these changes, now users are able to pause the update for a specific time period. One can pause the updates to from installing for up to 7 days.

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By clicking on the advanced options, one can further refine the time period for pausing updates

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The change also includes the option to set active hours. When you set the active hours (which is the time one typically uses the device), Windows will not automatically restart during that time period.

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The active hours will be enabled when you toggle the slider to On

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the default active hours is set to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. This can be changed by clicking the change link and setting your own active hour period

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