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What You Need to Know About Windows 10

If you are a Microsoft user, you know that many tech experts had issues with the format and technology of Windows 8.  As usual, Microsoft not only fixed the bugs, they came out with a bigger and better version.  The long anticipated Windows 10 has more features, is user friendly, and provides the latest in OS technology.  The new interface has many exciting things to unlock.  Here’s what our Microsoft official courseware instructors think you need to know about Windows 10.

Microsoft Official Courseware Providers Discuss Windows 10

The Return of the Start Menu

Windows 10 has brought back the very missed Start menu.  Now, you have the option between a higher tech version of the classic Start menu, and the Start screen that materialized in Windows 8.  You can customize your Start menu by pinning certain applications and programs to the Start menu.  You can add and remove items so that your Start menu gives you quick and customized access.

Multiple Desktops

You could always run a few apps at once on Microsoft.  You can run Word while running Google Chrome, and Excel.  Sometimes, though, this can get confusing.  Enter, the multiple desktop feature.  Now, you can use multiple desktops and flip between them with ease.  Tech professionals love and appreciate this addition, because it allows them to easily manage their workstation.

Fingerprint Locks

In the past, fingertip access was an external feature or built into your laptop.  Now, any touchscreen Windows 10 user can add extra security to their computer with fingerprint locks.  For tech professionals who handle sensitive and extensive material, this added level of security is a desirable feature.

Microsoft Edge

Say goodbye to Internet Explorer, and Hello to Microsoft Edge.  Internet explorer had multiple limitations that made it obsolete to industry professionals.  Now, Windows has developed Microsoft Edge, a newer, more updated browser with advanced features that bring it up to speed with other browsers of its kind.  It even allows extensions, one of the major missing components of IE.


If service is your favorite thing, Cortana is your own personal assistant.  This digital assistant feature enhances every aspect of Windows 10.  Among other capabilities, you can use Cortana to make requests, customization, and use voice command.

There is still much more to explore with Windows 10.  When you fully understand these basic new features, you will be on your way to mastering the operating system.  Windows 10 could be the ultimate platform of productivity.  Make sure you understand all that it can offer with our Microsoft official courseware programs.


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Learn all at once or five minutes at a time, anywhere, anytime with New MOC On-Demand

Now you can build Microsoft technical expertise while balancing the demands of your schedule. TechSherpas , your Microsoft Gold Learning Partner, is now offering Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand).

What is MOC-On-Demand
MOC On-Demand combines high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help you build skills on Microsoft technologies as your schedule allows—all at once or five minutes at a time. Once purchased, students will have 24/7 access to the course and labs for 90-days. The students will have access to the digital courseware indefinitely.

High-quality content, direct from the source. MOC On-Demand is brought to you by the people who write the software. The content is based on the same official courseware we use in our instructor-led training, and videos feature engaging experts hand-selected by Microsoft. It’s quality content!

Live hands-on labs. Unlike other on-demand offerings that offer simulated labs, MOC On-Demand gives you a live, real-time environment for hands-on training. In fact, it’s the same Microsoft hands-on Labs environment used in the classroom. The best way to learn is by doing, right?

Immediate feedback on mastery. MOC On-Demand’s modular course structure lets you control what order you follow while you learn at your own pace. You can concentrate on what you don’t know, or focus on what you need to know right now. Knowledge checks tell you whether you’ve mastered the content and are ready to move on, or you need to review the information further.

To get additional details and read the FAQ, click here

 MOC On-Demand Purchase Options

 As we launch this new product, we are offering two options at which you can purchase:

1)      Reduced price when bundled with our live instructor-led course

2)      Purchase MOC On-Demand course as a standalone product (digital courseware is included)

When purchased with the live class, it serves as a great supplement to the live instructor-led training. You still have the advantages of being in a live class with instructors who can answer questions and also assist with labs, but you now have the opportunity to go back and listen to an instructor anytime you need, over the next 90 days.

How to MOC On-Demand

Using MOC On-Demand is simple, and can be done anywhere there is an internet connection. You can view the training from any device, but labs will need to be completed on a desktop or laptop, not one of your handheld devices. Training begins in three simple steps:

1) Purchase Course – Purchase your course with TechSherpas

2) Redeem the code provided to you by TechSherpas – Within 24 hours of purchase, you will receive a Code, and link with instructions on how to redeem

3) Start learning On-Demand

MOC On-Demand Courses

There are currently four Microsoft On-Demand courses available for purchase:

  • 10747 – Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • 10961 – Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
  • 20483 – Programming in C#
  • 20341B: Core Solutions of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2013

Additional courses will be released in the coming months.

Coming February 11th:

  • 20331 – Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • 20410 – Installing and Configuring Windows Server
  • 20412 – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Coming February 25th:

  • 20411 – Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 20413 – Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 10267 – Introduction to Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Coming March 3rd:

  • 20417 – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
  • 20697-1B: Installing & Configuring Windows 10
  • 20480 B – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

MOC On-Demand puts you in control of your learning experience, and it’s only available through certified Microsoft Learning Partners, such as TechSherpas 365 . Click here to get started.

Get the first look at Windows 10

Windows 10 is the best thing that happened in the IT world. The new operating system is the perfect platform that combines the strengths of Windows 7 and 8. Not only is it user friendly, it has incredible speed and built-in security that will keep your computer safe. A report by WinBeta shows 50 million devices now run Windows 10! Have you tried Windows 10 yet? Well, after reading this article, you might jump onto the band wagon.

Amazing features of Windows 10:

Familiar Screens

Windows 10 uses screens and features very similar to Windows 7. This allows users to navigate easily through different screens. This is very convenient for users who have a hard time adjusting to new operating systems. With the ease of familiar options and screens, upgrading to the new version is very simple.


Microsoft Edge is a new feature that allows you to multi task and increases your production. With this feature, you can write/draw/ take notes directly on web sites, search web sites faster, and streamline your favorite articles. Your notes and doodles can easily be shared with friends and co-workers. Fans of Windows 10 are already raving about how this version knocks the past versions out of the water.


Windows 10 features a Windows Store that is a helpful hub to store your data. The Windows Store is a feature that stores games, movies, apps, and media. Users can access their data and apps from any Windows 10 device, including tablets, phones, and laptops.

It’s personal

A great feature in Windows 10 is choosing how to communicate with your device! Windows 10 allows you to utilize your device by writing, typing, speaking, or touching. This is a huge step up from the previous Windows systems. Back in the day, customizing your device simply met changing your wallpaper or screen saver. Now, you have the ability to talk to your device. Windows has definitely amped up their system to match the technical advances in today’s society.

Comes ready with built-in Apps

Once you upgrade to the new version, your system will come equipped with several built-in apps. These include Photos, Maps, Music, Mail, and OneDrive. Since the apps use OneDrive to back up information, you can effortlessly sync all of your data across your different Windows 10 devices.

So what’s your next step towards Windows 10?

TechSherpas has a couple Windows 10 events in the works so sign up for our newsletter here to get notified on those dates. The first will be a ½ day Windows 10 First Look event and the second will dive deeper during a full-day Hands-On workshop.TechSherpas will also be releasing official Windows 10 courses in October!  The following courses are set to be released in the coming months:

20697-1 Installing and Configuring Windows 10 (October 13, 2015)

  • This course is intended for IT professionals who administer and support Windows 10 desktops, devices, users, and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as Windows Server domain-based environments with managed access to the Internet and cloud services.  Students who seek certification in the 70-697 Windows 10 Configuring exam will also benefit from this course.

 20697-2 Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services (October 21, 2015)

  • This course is intended for IT Professionals who are interested in specializing in Windows 10 desktop and application deployments and managing the cloud-based application and data service environments for large enterprise organizations. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as Windows Server domain-based environments with managed access to the Internet and cloud services.

In the meantime, check out this Windows 10 Demo video! Move up with Windows 10!