Windows 10 Find My Device

In a mobile first cloud first world, people have started using mobile devices with various operating systems. One such OS is Windows 10. Windows 10 is designed to run on all hardware platforms from Desktops to tablets to Mobile devices. With the increase usage of mobile devices the amount of data/information stored on mobile devices has increased. These data/information range from sensitive corporate information to personal information. In the event that someone loses or misplaces the mobile device which runs Windows 10, how do you find it?

Windows 10 has a feature called Find my device. How do you activate it?

Start => settings =? Update & Security => Find my device

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Click on Change and slide the slider to On

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If the device is misplaced, to find the device, go to https://account.microsoft.com/devices

Sign in using the Microsoft Account used to login to the device

Scroll down to find the device, if you have multiple devices and click on find my device

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It will use Bing maps to find the location of the device and show it in the map

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Based on the device, if it’s a Windows phone, you can even erase the content

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Windows 10 Inside Preview Build 17074 – Task View

The latest preview build released by Microsoft for Windows 10 which can be installed by the Windows Insiders has some new features. This would most probably be part of the Redstone 4 Major update target to be released this Spring 2018.

One of the notable enhancement is the Task View feature. Starting for the change of the icon on the task bar.

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Once the new Task View icon is clicked, the user interface has changed.

The creation of new desktop (virtual desktop) has been placed at the top left hand corner and a new scroll bar is been incorporated to view the active applications.

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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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