Well, I talked last time about Windows 10 and since then I’ve been experimenting a bit more with it.
One of the things that’s really stood out is how much quicker it is to turn on than earlier versions. It sounds like a small matter but it can be really frustrating to turn your PC on and have to wait what seems like an age before you can use it.
But with Windows 10 it really does seem to be quick – a few seconds later it’s on and you’re underway.
It’s one of the smaller things I like about Windows 10 – more importantly I think the way it works is good. Much less confusing than Windows 8 / 8.1 was.
It’s not all beer and skittles, though. There are some bugs – and some of them are pretty shocking. But Microsoft are already on the case with fixing these, so in time they should be sorted. It all backs up my general advice of it’s best to wait a few months when a new version comes out, to let them fix the bugs.
Oh, and one question after last week’s email – I mentioned that whether you get the ability to play DVDs with Windows 10 when you upgrade from an earlier version depends on exactly which version you had before. But I didn’t say anything about Windows 8.1 (as opposed to Windows 8) – in fact exactly the same rules apply as with Windows 8 – if you have Media Center in Windows 8.1, you’ll be able to play DVDs, if you don’t, you won’t. But even then, you’ll still be able to download the free VLC player and then you will be able to play DVDs again.
King Harald and your iPad
I’ve mentioned “bluetooth” before in these emails – but it was a long time ago. And since then it’s become far more useful.
It’s a way of connecting devices that are close together without using a cable. I think last time I wrote about it I mentioned you can use it to connect a mobile phone to your car phone system. But you can also use it for lots of other things: connecting a keyboard to your iPad, connecting speakers to your smartphone or tablet… or evenc onnecting your phone to your computer.
Then you can play music that’s stored on your phone and have it come out of better speakers than your phone has. Or type on a proper keyboard on your ipad. Or get photos that you took with your phone onto your PC.
I’ve just bought some speakers of this type myself, so I can easily move the speakers and my phone about and listen to music whatever room I’m in.
I’m not going to go into detail about how you use it here (because there are so many things you can use it for it’d take all day to list them all!) but now at least you know it’s for connecting two devices together without any wires, if you hear people talk about it.
Oh, and it’s named after King Harald Bluetooth, King of Norway and Denmark. The logo for Bluetooth devices is even based on the runes for H and B.