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The big Windows 10 update has a few hidden perks

The big Windows 10 update has a few hidden perks
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Yesterday, we told you about the big Windows 10 Fall Update that Microsoft rolled out. While there was some interesting stuff in there, like the ability to use Cortana without a Windows account, there wasn't anything too amazing, at least at first.

With more time to look at it, however, users are finding some cool features and tweaks Microsoft added. You'll definitely want to know about some of these if you're a Windows 10 user.

One nice new security feature, if you're logged in with a Windows Account, is that you can turn on Find My Device. Just like similar systems for smartphones, this lets you pinpoint the GPS location of a stolen or lost laptop. To active it, go to Settings>>Update & security>>Find My Device.

In addition to working without a Microsoft account, Cortana got some other upgrades. If you install the Cortana app on your smartphone, it will link up with your Windows 10 Cortana. Your computer can notify you if you missed calls, and you can send text messages back from your desktop.

Microsoft has made its "casting" options easier to find, so you can more easily send photos, videos and websites to a supported streaming media gadget, like a Roku. In the Edge browser, you'll see a "cast media to device" option, and in supported apps you'll see a little "casting" icon. Click it, select any supported gadgets from the list, and Windows takes care of the rest.

What do you think of these new features? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: The Verge
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