I downloaded the Creators Update last night and did an in place upgrade on my Surface last night and the upgrade went nice and smoothly.
I especially liked the tutorial that pops up with the different features that come with this edition of the Edge browser. As the upgrade isn’t available via Windows Update just yet, you can get a sneak peak at the extra features by looking at the tutorial here.I like the ability to pin and save pages for later and the drop down preview for finding a tab is pretty handy – but it will be interesting to see how well this works when you have tons of tabs open. The combination of Tabman Tabs Manager and OneTab work well for this in Chrome with the former allowing you to get a drop down list of all the tabs open (but no preview) and the latter instantly closing all open tabs and saving them into a html page for later reference – both highly recommended for keeping all those tabs you might read later and reducing the memory footprint for Chrome.
Note you can do a manual install now by going to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and selecting the option to update now. A small stub file will download, you run this, confirm you really do want to upgrade to the latest version and it downloads in the background. Once downloaded it will automatically install 30 minutes later with several reboots but you can pause or run it now as required.
I recently switched to using Chrome for my primary browser of choice as Firefox was getting too unweidly, would stop responding if the page contained flash, would lose my settings and was just too much of a pain to use. I tried restarting from a fresh profile but it didn’t make much difference.
Initially I was hesitant to switch to Chrome as my Firefox install had a lot of customizations and addons but most of the addons were only nice-to-haves as opposed to essential.
The big drawback to me was the lack of tab management in Chrome. It was a lot harder to see the list of tabs I currently had open and I have a lot! Each new search engine result will result in a new tab as I click a bunch of possible answers throughout the day. At least Firefox had the built in tab dropdown list on the right hand side. Chrome – not so much, but I was able to use the Tabman Tabs Manager and that brought back this feature with a nifty start typing to search the list of tabs.
Today I ran across OneTab that shrinks all your tabs down to one tab that lists all the tabs that were open which has the best advantage in that you now only have one copy of chrome running and don’t have all of the memory associated with those pages. It runs exceedingly fast and has extra features to allow you to lock tab groups (so you can have your gmail, facebook and news site all come up together all the time for example).
Note that the only thing it is not going to do is save your state on the individual pages so take care if you were doing a ton of shopping!
I am a heavy user of Google Reader and find it annoying that it is one of the sites that does not appear on the top of the Google Navigation Bar when you are on other Google sites such as gmail, Google Plus etc. Instead you have to click the More button, then select Reader from the drop down menu.
I managed to hack together the Greasemonkey script AddGoogleReader that adds the link to Reader next to the Gmail link. What I’ve not managed to do is get the Reader to appear in line with the other buttons – I’ll play around with that later, but in the meantime, if you use chrome or have Greasemonkey installed, then let me know what you think. Follow up posts can be found in the addgooglereader tag