How to get the Windows 10 Redstone 4 Preview Build?

After the fall creators update released last year, the next major update for Windows 10 code named Redstone 4 will be released in the next couple of months. Usually the major updates contain many new features.

If you are brave enough and would like to try the Redstone 4 preview build which is not the final version, you can enroll in to the Windows Insider (https://insider.windows.com/en-us/) program.

After you enroll in to the Windows Insider program there are some steps on your Windows 10 Device hat you will have to configure in order to receive the latest build.

Click on Settings => Update & Security => Windows Insider Program and click on Get Started

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Click on the Link an Account + sign and provide the account which you used to enroll in to the Windows Insider Program

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Select your Windows Insider Account and click Continue

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From the dropdown select Active development of Windows and click Confirm

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Select Fast from the drop down and click confirm

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Read the Privacy Statement and Windows Insiders Agreement and click confirm

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As the final step click Restart now

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After successful configuration it will look similar to the below

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After the restart of the computer, Click on Settings => Updates & Security => Windows Update. The latest Windows build will start to download (at times it may take some time for the preview build to display)

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Microsoft Edge – Set Aside Tabs

devices which are connected to the internet are increasing day by day. With the increase of these devices, users browsing the internet is also increasing. Browsing the internet requires a Web browser and the latest web browser released by Microsoft is called Edge. Edge is the default browser in Windows 10 (it can be changed). One of the features of Microsoft edge is to set aside your browsing session aside. That is when you start opening tabs related to a search or browsing session in Edge, automatically there would be many tabs open at times. You can set aside these tabs to refer later and open new tabs within the same browser session to start fresh. By setting aside the tabs, you can restore them later.

By clicking on the below highlighted icon on Edge the current tabs opened will be set aside

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By clicking on the below highlighted icon you will be able to see the tabs which are set aside and restore them as and when you need

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How to remove the My People icon from the Taskbar

Windows 10 Creators update provided a new feature where you can pin up to 3 contacts to our task bar. With the introduction of this feature by default windows has the below icon displayed in the task bar.

Many of my friends requested on how to remove this icon and if you are also interested on how to remove this icon from your task bar, follow the below steps

Open Settings and Click on Personalization

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Click Taskbar

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Scroll down and switch the Show Contacts on Taskbar option

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Microsoft Edge Tab Preview

One of the improvements that Microsoft’s all new browser, Microsoft Edge has been provided with is the tab preview.

With more than a billion internet websites hosted, in todays world anyone and everyone who uses internet has a habit of opening many tabs in a single web browser session. in the old days, there was no possibility to have multiple tabs in one web browser session. But over a period of time the need of having multiple tabs arose and almost all the modern browsers supports on having multiple tabs per session. But the only way to see what is in each tab is to physically click on every tab to see the content.

The Microsoft Edge browser gives a solution for this by introducing the “Tab Preview” feature.

The tab preview can be seen by clicking on the small down arrow head next to the + add new tab icon on the edge browser.

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Once you click on the down arrow head a preview pane below the tab is opened and it can be scrolled side ways to view all the opened tabs.

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Integrate Microsoft Planner with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams allows us to integrate with many other applications. This includes a number of third party applications as well. Because of these integrations and availability of apps, in my opinion Teams is being transformed as a collaborative platform. It provides a single window or the user to access all his collaborative and communication tasks.

How to add Planner within a Team

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By clicking on the + sign (highlighted on the above image) all the related apps that could be added within Teams will be displayed.

Click on Planner

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Since there is already a planner in this Team it prompts an option to use the existing planner or I can create a new planner. Give a name to the planner. I have used Test Planner as the name

Click Save

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Using the planner, one can add multiple tasks and assign resources and dead lines to each task. Adding a task is simple, just type in the task name and press enter. by clicking on the + sign you can add new tasks or click on add tasks to add new tasks.

By clicking add new bucket it will create different categories or subjects or topics under which tasks can be created and assigned.

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The above image displays that I have created three different buckets and created tasks and assigned them accordingly.

The best part of using planner is that you can have a chart/report view of the overall task assignment and the progress. But unfortunately that view is not through Teams but rather through the Office 365 Portal.

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Clicking on the highlighted icon will take you to the planner web portal through which you can click on charts and view the summary.

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The Planner Hub is much more interesting, it will give a summary of all the Planners that are associated with the Teams that you are a member of and added as favorite.

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How to create a team in Microsoft Teams

As per my earlier post there are may things that could be done in Microsoft Teams. most importantly you can create a team and add members and start communicating and collaborating with each other and as a group.

Teams, could be access through the web browser, desktop app or using the mobile app. to access Microsoft Teams;

  • Sign in to your Office 365 Portal
  • Click on the app launcher
  • Click on Teams

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From the Teams web access you can download the desktop app or/and the mobile app. The mobile app can be downloaded from the relevant mobile app stores as well.

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As the first step, lets look at how to create a team and add members.

  • Click on Teams from the side bar
  • Select Add team from the bottom of the app

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  • Click on create team

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  • Provide the team with a name (this is mandatory). the description field is optional and it is recommended to have a description so that it has an explanation on the purpose of the team when others are invited to join.
  • There are 2 types of Privacy settings
    • Private Team – it is only visible to the team owner and team members and only invited/added members can join the team.
    • Public Team – This is visible to anyone and everyone within the organization. As long as a user within your organization, they can see the team and they can join.
  • After selecting the relevant privacy click next

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  • Team members can be added by typing in their names and by clicking add.
  • As the owner/creator of the team, you have the authority to make any user a member or the owner of the team.
  • once done click close and your team is created

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  • Team created where you can start to chat, create new meeting, share content, etc.

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My People in Windows 10

With the fall creators update Microsoft released a whole bunch of new features. One of the interesting feature is to pin three of your most frequently contacted or important people to your taskbar. Through this it makes it easier to start an email conversation or even make a Skype call with just a click form your task bar.

With the update, there will be a new icon on the task bar.

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By clicking on the icon it opens all the contacts synced to the people app in Windows 10 and it helps to search and pin up to three contact you click to your taskbar.

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Click on the pinned contacts will provide easy contacting options for those contacts

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