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Starting with the windows shell, which includes things like the start menu, action center, taskbar, context menus, and touch keyboard, microsoft is introducing a brand new "light" theme that changes these interfaces from using dark colors to how to get rid of bad acne scars light colors instead. This gives windows 10 a fresh, modern look. While I think the dark theme is still the best, many prefer light user interfaces as they can look cleaner how to get rid of bad acne scars and more contemporary when done correctly.

Microsoft has done a great job with the new light how to get rid of bad acne scars theme. It’s more or less consistent across the board, with only a couple of areas (cortana and my people) that for some reason haven’t been updated to support the new light mode. It’s arguably much more consistent than the dark theme is, and that’s because most of windows 10’s legacy user interfaces are light and haven’t been updated to support dark mode. So, if you use the light theme, pretty much all the interfaces you interact with will be how to get rid of bad acne scars light.

The light theme isn’t perfect, however. Some of the fluent design effects, notably the reveal effects, don’t show up too well in places like the start how to get rid of bad acne scars menu. This is odd because microsoft has a specific version of how to get rid of bad acne scars reveal for light interfaces that uses a dark highlight instead. For whatever reason, microsoft decided to not put much effort into making the how to get rid of bad acne scars start menu use that version of the reveal effect, meaning you lose out on the cool highlight effects when how to get rid of bad acne scars using the start menu in light mode.

On the flipside, some fluent design effects stand out way more, such as the newly added drop shadows behind context menus. Speaking of which, context menus in start, the taskbar, and other modern areas of the OS have been updated how to get rid of bad acne scars with fluent design, meaning they now feature things like acrylic blur effects, reveal effects, and drop shadows. This makes modern context menus look very clean and fit how to get rid of bad acne scars in nicely with the rest of microsoft’s fluent design system. It’s still not consistent everywhere, but it’s a good step forward.

Another notable change to the start menu is a new how to get rid of bad acne scars default layout when clean installing or setting up a new how to get rid of bad acne scars PC with the may 2019 update preinstalled. Microsoft has reduced the number of tiles that are pinned how to get rid of bad acne scars to the start menu by default to just nine, under two groups instead of three or four. This makes the start menu look way less noisy, and much more professional to new users just looking to how to get rid of bad acne scars get their programs up and running on a new PC.

All of the third-party tiles that promote apps in the microsoft store are how to get rid of bad acne scars all under one group now, which is excellent because microsoft has also added the ability how to get rid of bad acne scars to unpin entire groups from the start menu with a how to get rid of bad acne scars single click. If you right-click the header of a group, an "unpin this group" option will appear. Clicking it will simply remove all the tiles within a how to get rid of bad acne scars group, meaning you can get rid of those pesky advertisement tiles how to get rid of bad acne scars very quickly.

Moving onto the action center, microsoft added a new brightness slider to the quick actions how to get rid of bad acne scars area. This is something users have been asking for since it how to get rid of bad acne scars was removed in the first windows 10 release, and microsoft finally listened. In addition, microsoft updated the way users edit quick actions, now being able to do it directly from within the how to get rid of bad acne scars action center without being thrown into a separate settings window. You can pin, unpin, and move around quick actions directly from within the action how to get rid of bad acne scars center, which is a much better system than the previous one.

Microsoft made some big changes to the cortana and search how to get rid of bad acne scars experiences in the may 2019 update, and it outright split them in two. This comes after years of feedback from users being frustrated how to get rid of bad acne scars with cortana’s presence in the search UI on windows 10. People just wanted to search without cortana getting in the how to get rid of bad acne scars way, and now with the may 2019 update, you can do just that. Unfortunately, the separation of these two features hasn’t been elegant. In fact, I’d argue this is the weakest part of the may how to get rid of bad acne scars 2019 update.

To be clear, search still works as search, and cortana still works as cortana. It’s just that now these two features have their own how to get rid of bad acne scars separate buttons on the taskbar that take you into the how to get rid of bad acne scars same user interfaces that they had before. Zero work has been done to accommodate the fact that how to get rid of bad acne scars these two things are now standalone experiences. This leads to some confusing UI that doesn’t make any sense, and it is mind-boggling as to how this was allowed to ship.

The new cortana experience isn’t really new at all. It’s the same old cortana experience, which if this were three years ago wouldn’t be much of a problem. But over the last few windows 10 feature updates, microsoft has pulled out things like the cortana feed, which gave cortana a little more substance than just being how to get rid of bad acne scars a button that lets you talk to your computer. Now that cortana and search are separate, cortana has nothing in it. There’s no upcoming weather forecast, no forthcoming meetings, no nothing.

What’s worse, you can no longer type to interact with cortana. The cortana button on the taskbar simply invokes cortana listening, and since there’s no UI, there’s nothing else you can do except access the notebook how to get rid of bad acne scars or close cortana. There’s no text bar to type into, and that’s because the search feature is the thing that retained how to get rid of bad acne scars the bar on the taskbar. Not cortana.

Even though cortana and search are now separate, underneath they’re still together. This means that even though the search bar is now how to get rid of bad acne scars tied to the search UI, and visually has nothing to do with cortana, you can still use it to interact with cortana. This makes for the most confusing user experience I’ve ever used. Why even have a cortana button in the taskbar that how to get rid of bad acne scars does nothing if you can still use the cortana commands how to get rid of bad acne scars in the search bar using the search UI? It makes no sense.

I’ve noticed not all commands work as intended the search how to get rid of bad acne scars box, either. I typed "turn off my xbox" one time, and it pulled up cortana and asked if I wanted how to get rid of bad acne scars to turn it off. I said yes, and cortana then went ahead and powered off my PC how to get rid of bad acne scars as I was using it, not the xbox.

The whole point of splitting cortana and search is so how to get rid of bad acne scars that microsoft could build out each feature as its own how to get rid of bad acne scars thing, without getting in the way of one another. Unfortunately, microsoft has opted to do the bare minimum here and how to get rid of bad acne scars hasn’t outlined any roadmap that says this won’t remain as-is forever. If microsoft is planning to further this separation with an how to get rid of bad acne scars actual good cortana experience, I would love it if they could say that is how to get rid of bad acne scars something that it’s working on. Radio silence isn’t helpful to anyone.

On the search side of things, the UI is more or less the same when searching, but there’s now a new landing page that shows your most how to get rid of bad acne scars used apps and recent timeline activities. It’s a clean UI, but for some reason, microsoft is using custom context menus that aren’t like anything else in the windows shell. They have no animation, no fluent design, and don’t even adhere to the dark theme.

Search is now separate from cortana, so it no longer has a hamburger menu along the how to get rid of bad acne scars left side. Typically, this wouldn’t be a problem, but since microsoft hasn’t updated the UI, it’s very obviously missing a hamburger menu now. It just looks stupid having this unnecessary gap that’s the exact width of the start button between the how to get rid of bad acne scars edge of your screen and the beginning of the search how to get rid of bad acne scars UI.

Also, microsoft did a poor job integrating the search UI and how to get rid of bad acne scars the start menu. You can still begin typing directly on the start menu, but instead of getting a smooth transition from the start how to get rid of bad acne scars menu to the search UI, the start menu briefly closes and the search UI pops how to get rid of bad acne scars up without any animation. It’s quick, but clunky.

Overall, the cortana and search split in the may 2019 update how to get rid of bad acne scars feels unfinished and needs serious work. Microsoft says it has improved the search algorithms under the how to get rid of bad acne scars hood, which should result in more accurate and faster searches. But the overall user experience is rough.

This is arguably one of the more significant new features how to get rid of bad acne scars in this release, but only if you’re a windows 10 pro or enterprise user. If you run windows 10 home, unfortunately, windows sandbox is not available. Essentially, windows sandbox allows you to run programs that might not how to get rid of bad acne scars be safe in a throwaway virtual machine, untouched from your actual OS.

For example, if I were to download a random .Exe from the web, and I wanted to run it, instead of risking my actual windows 10 install, I can just boot up windows sandbox, and run the .Exe in there. If it turns out to be safe, I can install it on my main OS; if not, I can close the sandbox and all its contents are how to get rid of bad acne scars discarded forever.

Sandbox is a power user feature, meaning most users likely won’t find it very useful. In fact, it’s turned off by default, requiring you to go into a legacy control panel applet how to get rid of bad acne scars to enable it. Once enabled, you’ll find the windows sandbox feature in the start menu’s apps list. The throwaway virtual machine runs the same version of windows how to get rid of bad acne scars 10 that you’re running normally, except with nothing installed. It’s a clean slate every time.

As is the case with every new windows 10 feature how to get rid of bad acne scars update, microsoft did some new stuff with the settings app. For starters, you’ll notice a new banner at the very top of how to get rid of bad acne scars the settings home page that shows you your microsoft account, onedrive status, your phone status, microsoft rewards progress, and windows update status. It’s primarily there to give you quick access to areas how to get rid of bad acne scars of settings that microsoft wants you to use the most.

Microsoft also updated the account security area of the settings how to get rid of bad acne scars app, cleaning up the UI and making things a little more how to get rid of bad acne scars organized. You’ll now see all of the options available for setup how to get rid of bad acne scars on your account, including things like windows hello facial recognition, fingerprint login, or iris scanning. You can also easily set up with a standard PIN, physical security key, standard password, and even a picture password from windows 8.

This new UI is so much cleaner and straight forward, but I wonder why microsoft decided that it’s necessary to list sign-in options even if they are unavailable on my device. Windows hello fingerprint shows up on my surface book 2, even though it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner. I’d much prefer if the options that were unavailable on how to get rid of bad acne scars my device didn’t show up at all. Either way, the new UI is a great improvement that makes setting how to get rid of bad acne scars up account authentication more straightforward.

One notable change that you probably wouldn’t notice unless you were told is the wallpaper on how to get rid of bad acne scars the lock screen will now blur when you go to how to get rid of bad acne scars login. It’s a nice, subtle design choice that puts the login screen inline with how to get rid of bad acne scars other fluent design areas of the OS.

Microsoft is also focused on privacy with this update, adding little things like a microphone icon in the system how to get rid of bad acne scars tray whenever an app is using your mic. Clicking on the icon will bring you to a settings how to get rid of bad acne scars pane that lets you control what apps can access your how to get rid of bad acne scars microphone.

Cloud clipboard received some minor updates, reducing the overall size of the UI to make it how to get rid of bad acne scars more natural for keyboard and mice users. I still think discoverability of this feature is abysmal. I wouldn’t be surprised if no one used it, because they don’t know it’s there. It’s off by default, likely for privacy reasons, but there’s nothing during setup that would indicate that there is how to get rid of bad acne scars such a feature. The only way you’d know is if someone told you about it, or you just happen to stumble across it in settings.

Finally, microsoft says it has updated the reliability of the start how to get rid of bad acne scars menu. I’ve had mixed results with these claims, however. On one device, start works fine all of the time. It opens instantly and is very fast. On another device, however, start crashes at least once a day and doesn’t pop up for about 10 seconds after that.

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