Sometimes I feel like working with headphones on, to dull the roar of my coworkers (or my kids). Sometimes I feel like using the speakers in my tablet or monitor to play back any video I come across. Windows 10 has been somewhat finicky about automatically switching to headphones if a pair of cans is plugged in. But now, even if I do have headphones connected, I can switch back and forth between audio sources by clicking the volume icon on the taskbar, and then up to the source menu. Before, I had to this via a Control Panel setting, and it was a pain in the rear.
Yes, a version of this feature shipped with the Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8. Still, with Windows 10 and the Anniversary Update, there’s even more flexibility to launch apps like the Windows Ink Workspace with a click of your stylus. Granted, not all tablets ship with a stylus that has a quick-launch “eraser” button, and you’ll need to make sure your stylus is close at hand. But within those parameters, it’s a great way to jot a quick note when you can’t ask the speaker to slow down and repeat herself.
There are so many ways to check your calendar in the Windows environment, but with the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Microsoft has added another: the taskbar. Just tap it, and up will pop a view of the month, with a brief summary of the day’s events. Quick and easy!