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Windows 10 Will Soon Lock Your Computer Automatically When You Step Away From It

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Microsoft wants to help you keep your personal and work computers safe from prying eyes. To do this, it has announced a brand new update for the Windows 10 operating system that will automatically lock your computer as soon as you move away from the screen. This new feature is being called Dynamic Lock.

 

The way this feature works is simple. Windows 10 will use the built-in camera on your computer to use facial recognition to search for your face. Once your face is no longer present, the computer automatically locks itself to keep all of your information secure. This is a great feature for businesses that want to keep the information on their employees’ computers private.

 

Most experts saw this update coming. After all, Windows 10 already uses a feature called Windows Hello that allows users to log into their PCs through facial recognition. Now, Microsoft is taking this idea a step further with its Dynamic Lock update.

 

A number of big corporations already teach their workers to use winkey + L to lock their machines before they step away from them. However, Dynamic Lock could save a bit of time by preventing these employees from having to do that. Also, it would avoid mishaps when employees forget to do this.

 

The new update isn’t expected for release until April 2017. The Dynamic Lock feature will be included in the Windows 10 Creators Update. To take full advantage of it, you need a PC that has a webcam or built-in camera. The feature can also be turned on or off at any time.

 

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Windows Changes Course After “Nasty Trick”

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Microsoft is reversing course over the process in which it informs users to upgrade to Windows 10. The move comes after heavy criticism of the company for confusion surrounding the upgrade.

Users have recently complained that Microsoft forces them to update to Windows 10 without their consent.

The confusion began when Microsoft changed the way it alerted users to upgrade. Previously, users could simply exit out of a pop-up window asking them to upgrade. A recent change to the window confused users, as exiting out of the pop-up simply rescheduled the upgrade instead of rejecting it.

Users attempting to decline the upgrade were instead telling its computer to upgrade at a later date.

“I had never heard of Windows 10. Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update,” Teri Goldstein said.

Goldstein, a Californian woman who uses a Windows computer for her business, was recently awarded $10,000 after suing Microsoft. She claimed that Windows automatically updated her computer, rendering it useless in running her business.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, attempted to ease concerns and confusion with the move away from the way it alerts users.

“The new experience has clearer options to upgrade now, choose a time, or decline the free offer,” Myerson wrote in an email.

Brad Chacos, an editor at PC World, claimed that the “nasty trick” Windows used upgraded his wife’s computer without her knowing.

“Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love,” he wrote.

Approximately 300 million devices have upgraded to Windows 10, as Microsoft continues to advise users to upgrade.

“We continue to recommend all of our customers upgrade to Windows 10 before the free upgrade offer expires on July 29,” Myerson wrote.

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Dealing with Windows 10 Upgrades

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The New York Times recently profiled Windows users who have received countless messages from Microsoft prompting them to download the updated version of Windows 10 onto their computers. Only a small fraction of Windows PCs on the market were previously running Windows 10, so there was an enormous push by Microsoft to try to force the upgrade onto Windows users.

After attempting the upgrade, many businesses and private users reported serious glitches with the operating system and expressed a lot of frustration in trying to skip out on the upgrade. One of the frequent complaints was that the upgrade disabled Wi-Fi capability for the computer. At the core of the problem is the fact that devices that are cheaper tend not to be compatible with the new system. Even though Microsoft runs a compatibility check on machines before the upgrade is started, many of the cheaper, older machines are not being picked up on the report.

One of the recommended options from Mircrosoft to deal with upgrades go wrong is to revert to an earlier version of the system. This is an easy option, especially if you backed up all of your data before opting in for the upgrade. There is also the option of having the hardware updated on your computer so that it is compatible with Windows 10 upgrades. For many businesses, it is recommended to upgrade any computers that are not compatible with Windows 10 because they will likely be outdated for other business uses as well.