Moving on to the system tray, there's some updated iconography for the network icon to indicate that no connection of any kind is available. Microsoft initially allowed anyone to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 for free up until July 2016. Presumably, this is because they would end up looking nearly the same as if you were using the accent color with the dark theme, but it does mean you'll need to set the light theme for apps and the dark theme for Windows if you want those elements to be colored while keeping the light theme for apps. Microsoft ended its free upgrade offer for on July 29, 2016, but it turns out you may still be able to legally upgrade to the latest version for free — no hacking required. We've reached the end of Microsoft's unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10.
This change isn't visible on the keyboard. You can also sync your Android notifications to the Your Phone app, and dismissing them from either side will dismiss them on the other. You can also activate phonetic readings on demand for a given sentence. Accessibility The Windows 10 May 2019 Update comes with a ton of accessibility improvements, especially for the Narrator. Theoretically, the only way to get a Windows 10 upgrade is to pay for it.
And, while that offer stayed open for a little longer than intended, the Windows 10 free upgrade is unfortunately no longer available to anyone. Microsoft is also cleaning up the Start layout for clean installs of Windows. For one thing, you'll no longer be forced to install new feature updates when you press the Check for updates button. Windows Sandbox This feature, which is exclusive to Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions, is a new optional feature that provides users with a safe, isolated environment to test potentially harmful software. It can even link to your Spotify account to play music. Update: The article has been updated with mention of the new Paint accessibility features.
If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the free upgrade offer. Here are a couple of ways you can still nab a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Related: Watch: Surface Studio first look. Additionally, in what's likely a very welcome change, the quick action to adjust the brightness is a slider rather than a button, for more precise control. Microsoft has also added kaomoji and symbols to the emoji panel, which is opened by pressing the Windows key+C. If it's more than one, it'll just say how many are using it.
Once done, you will be given a license key for Windows 10. Additionally, you can have the Narrator move your cursor as it reads text. Microsoft has also added a new icon that will show up when your microphone is being used, and moving your mouse over it will tell you which app is using it. It should then be a case of following the on-screen instructions to finish the upgrade. Part of the stated justification for the original exception was the fact that Microsoft was still working on accessibility options for Windows 10, with a specific call-out to changes scheduled to arrive as part of the July 2016 Anniversary Update.
But the company left a giant loophole in a separate announcement at the same time. If you use Application Guard in Microsoft Edge, you can now manage whether websites are allowed to use your camera and microphone when navigating in Application Guard. However, it seems that you may still be able to legally upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8. To enable Windows Sandbox, you'll need to go to Settings and find the Optional features page inside the Apps section. Once the download is done, run the Media Creation Tool.
Still on the topic of theming, taskbar jump lists now use Fluent Design, and they'll use your accent color if you've set the taskbar to use it as well. Basic level provides common procedures that can resolve several types of upgrade errors. In November last year, Microsoft said that Windows 10 had been installed on some 600 million devices, with a. Microsoft finally pulled the plug on its free upgrade offer to Windows 10 on July 29, 2016 following a year-long promotional campaign. And if you want the search experience to look through your entire system, you can now turn on Enhanced mode in the settings, which will index every file in your system. Now, all of these elements turn white, with the white app icons, as well as any text, changing to black.
Also known as 19H1 or version 1903, this update started being tested with Insiders all the way back in July of last year, and it's now very close to general availability, when the majority of Windows users will be able to install it. Related: How to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows Update and troubleshooting Windows Update has what might be one of the most interesting updates for users who felt like Microsoft has been too pushy with Windows 10 updates. You'll need to enable password-less login for your account, which you can do by signing into a mobile app like Word using your phone number. Enterprise users on Cloud Domain Joined devices can also now turn on the ability to let Windows sign on automatically to finish installing updates after a restart. The reading experience is also more consistent now, with the ability to scan pages from top to bottom, views options are no longer limited by visible content, and reading and navigation commands will be focused on the content and not the menus in web browsers and Outlook. Security Microsoft has made a ton of improvements to security-related settings in this release.
Previous and Related Content Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended last year, right? Under the hood, Start is getting some reliability improvements, with Microsoft moving it into its own process, StartMenuExperienceHost, which is separate from the rest of the shell. Thankfully, Microsoft is making it easier to clean up the Start menu yourself with the ability to unpin entire folders and groups of apps in one go, rather than having to do it for each tile. Microsoft has also redesigned the sign-in options page to make it easier to set up an alternative sign-in method, and you can now use a physical security key to log into Windows, too. One practical question is whether Microsoft plans to tighten its activation code and start rejecting the automatic issuance of a digital license for Windows 10 when upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8. When updates do get installed, if you still run into trouble, Windows 10 will now revert to the previous version automatically. Microsoft has also streamlined the design of the Windows Insider page in Settings to make it easier to navigate.