Microsoft 10 S – What you need to know

On May 2nd, Microsoft released a special version of its Windows 10 operating system called “Windows 10 S“.

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What is it?

Windows 10 S is essentially a special version of Windows 10 that is aimed primarily at the education market. Microsoft touts that Windows 10 S is streamlined for security and performance. It is available on many newer, lower-priced devices similar to the Chrome OS devices, which is what this version of Windows is designed to compete against.  For those of you that remember the short-lived Windows RT operating system, in many respects Windows 10 S seems like an updated version of RT.

If it’s more secure, is it better than Windows 10?

Not necessarily. It depends on who you are and what you need your operating system to support. Just like the Chrome OS devices, this version of Windows locks down the ability for users to install software outside of the Windows store. In doing so, Microsoft can prevent many types of viruses and malware from being introduced on the device.  It also, unfortunately, will block out useful utilities supported by Windows 10 that cannot be installed on the Windows 10 S desktop.

The cost the user pays, of course, is that they are limited to only apps available through the Microsoft Store. If you want to use the Chrome or Firefox web browsers, for example, you will not be able to in Windows 10 Syou’ll be limited to only using Microsoft’s Edge browser. Many other types of 3rd party desktop applications will not be available either.

Microsoft has also announced that users will not be able to use any other search engine than Bing within Windows 10 S, so that’s another major limitation.

Who would use Windows 10 S?

Microsoft is targeting Chrome OS users, and the education market in particular. These types of users generally are just running simple programs and using cloud-based applications and services for their primary computer needs.  In education markets in particular, this offers a fast and easy way to deploy devices and keep them relatively secure for basic applications.

Will Win2PDF work with Windows 10 S?

No, not at this time, for the reasons listed above. Win2PDF installs as a Windows printer, which allows it to be used from any application. Since it isn’t a typical standalone desktop application, it’s not possible to package Win2PDF to be available in the Microsoft Store.

What can I do if my laptop came installed with Windows 10 S?

Some devices, including the newest Microsoft Surface laptops, come pre-installed with Windows 10 S.  If you want to run applications such as Win2PDF, you can do so by upgrading to Windows 10 Pro from the Microsoft Store for $49.95.

We’ll continue to monitor the roll-out, but currently we do not see Windows 10 S as being a significant platform for business or many home users due to its limited application compatibility.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by sending an email to support@win2pdf.com.

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Windows 10 Creators Update

If you are using Windows 10 on a newer PC, you may have noticed some new changes recently.  The Windows 10 Creators Update was released on April 11th and contains a series of updates and enhancements to the Windows 10 operating system.

What is it?

This update contains a series of user-based interface changes to the Windows operating system.  Most of the enhancements in the Windows 10 Creators Update are focused on 3D sketching, remixing and viewing, new gaming features, more expansive immersive headset support, better tab handling in Microsoft Edge, improvements to Cortana (Microsoft’s voice assistant), and several other privacy, security, and usability features.

 Newer Windows devices with touch-screen interfaces and VR headsets will likely get the most benefit from this operating system update.

To see a complete overview of the features, visit Microsoft’s blog post on Windows 10 Creators Update.  A short video describing the changes is also available on YouTube:

How do I get it?

This update will be automatically rolled out in a phased approach as a normal Windows update, starting with newer Windows 10 devices first, and then eventually pushed to everyone. You can manually download the update now, however, if you wish.  You can read more about getting the update at Microsoft’s blog.

How much does it cost?

The Windows 10 Creators Update is free for existing Windows 10 users.  Microsoft has previously made Windows 10 free for everyone, but that’s not the case now.  Windows 7 users have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10.

What impacts are there with Win2PDF or PDF?

There are no specific new features, but there were some changes needed for our installation program. We’ve updated our Win2PDF software to version 10.0.17 for full support and these are available now at our Win2PDF download page.

This is a free Win2PDF update for users of Win2PDF version 7 users and higher.  If you have any questions about this 10.0.17 update or observe any issues or problems, please let us know at support@win2pdf.com.

Since we first introduced Win2PDF on Windows NT over 16 years ago, we have been committed to supporting new Windows operating system releases as soon as they are released.

How do I get more information?

If you visit the Microsoft Creators Update FAQ page there are more details on the features and topics related to this update.

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How to Add a Signature and Date to a PDF file

One of the questions we frequently get is:  Can I use Win2PDF to add a signature to a PDF file?

While Win2PDF doesn’t directly support this, many people don’t realize the free Adobe Reader software they already have installed already has this capability.  And it’s quite easy to use.

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For example, suppose you are using Win2PDF to create a sales quote for a new customer, and you want to have them sign, date, and return the quote as a PDF file so it can be archived.  In the “old days”, the customer would need to print the PDF file, sign the paper, and then scan it back in to the computer.  With Adobe Reader, this is not necessary.  Just open the PDF file, insert a digital signature and add text for date, initials, PO number, etc., and then save the PDF file to return it.  Here’s a short tutorial that shows how it can be done:

For additional information, you can visit Adobe’s support page on signing PDFs.

Happy signing…

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New, improved win2pdf.com web site

If you haven’t visited www.win2pdf.com recently, please head on over and give it look.  Don’t worry, we haven’t changed our products or pricing.  We’ve just improved the way you can access content more easily and efficiently.

What’s different?  We overhauled the web site to make it easier to navigate for our users, and to access from a variety of different devices, web browsers and screen sizes.  The menu at the top of the page gives you quick access to downloads, pricing information, and general product information.  Existing customers will also find quick access to additional content such as YouTube video tutorials, an improved user guide, an enhanced knowledgebase, and quick access to technical support.

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Let us know what you think about the new www.win2pdf.com.  If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, or if anything is confusing or missing, please send us an email at support@win2pdf.com and we’ll look into ASAP.

 

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Video tutorial – Save PDF invoices electronically & print to a paper printer at the same time

One of our customers recently asked us how they could streamline the process of printing out invoices to their normal paper printer, and saving an electronic PDF file at the same time without any user prompting.  The paper invoice would be mailed to their customer, and the PDF file would be date and time stamped and saved in a directory that would be backed up nightly.

It just takes a few steps to set up a copy of the Win2PDF printer that will do all of this. We’ve posted a short video tutorial that walks you through this process, and this and more video examples can be found at our Win2PDF YouTube channel:

You could use this same process to create your own Win2PDF printer with your customized ‘Print and Save’ settings for any type of document.


							
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Print to PDF – A Win2PDF Tutorial

Recent posts have focused on some of the new features in our Win2PDF 10 update.  Now, we’ve created a tutorial that illustrates how you can use these new features to create a copy of the Win2PDF printer that is dedicated to a particular use.  In our example, we’ll save encrypted business receipts as PDF files to a specific folder without any user prompting.

This is one example — you can use the same basic principles to set up multiple versions of Win2PDF that are streamlined for specific uses.  It’s an easy way to quickly back up files to a specific folder with minimal user interaction.

Watch the following tutorial and then experiment on your own.

If you have any questions, let us know at our Win2PDF Technical Support page and we’ll help you out.

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Win2PDF 10: Create Images using Win2Image printer

Win2PDF 10 has moved some of image-related file output options to a new printer called Win2Image.  This feature is useful, for example, if you wanted to include a chart or graph from a proprietary program into another document.   In this case, you’d simply print to a JPEG file and then insert the JPEG into the other document.Win2Image blog image

This new printer, which is installed by default and is included at no extra charge, also includes new image output options.  It supports the following image formats:

  • TIFF (monochrome)
  • TIFF (color)
  • JPEG (grayscale)
  • JPEG (color)
  • GIF (grayscale)
  • GIF (color)
  • PNG (grayscale)
  • PNG (color)
  • BMP (grayscale)
  • BMP (color)

Below is a short video that shows how Win2Image is used to create image files.

Try Win2Image today by downloading the Win2PDF 10 software.

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