Exploring Windows 10 On My Surface 3

Ok, the upgrade is now complete and it is time for first impressions. Time to poke around and see what Windows 10 has to offer.

I see the Windows desktop, at the bottom left is a Windows button and a search input box. Click the button and I see the Start Menu. My understanding is that this is how the Surface 3 will appear whenever the keyboard is attached.

Hello Cortana? Apparently, Cortana is not listening by default, she didn't respond to my query. I think I have a notification, per a little message icon on the lower right. Clicking that displays the Action Center, but no notifications.

Now what do I do? Seems to me that all OS vendors have an issue in getting users to discover the new features in an upgrade.

Checking out Edge, the new web browser by typing in this update. Something is wrong, because there is a huge lag while I type here in Fargo. Another problem with Edge is that it doesn't support LastPass, which I rely on heavily. I will not be living on the Edge.

Cortana says she might not like the microphone built in to the Surface 3. How cannot she not know about a microphone in a Microsoft computer? I went ahead and set it up, and it appears to work just fine. It looks like I have to click the microphone in order to talk to Cortana, I wonder if there is a way to configure her to always be listening for me?

Next, I try the Calendar, but something is wrong, it keeps shutting down. It tried setting up my accounts and then went away, not leaving a good first impression. Appears Calendar is simply refusing to run right now. Not good. Time to try Mail.

Well, Mail is doing the exact same thing. I am going to bet they don't like the Exchange accounts I set up under Windows 8. I wonder how I can fix that?

Tried People, which said it didn't have any accounts, so I configured it to work with my Google account, and it at least appears to work as expected. Calendar and Mail, on the other hand, keep shutting down.

Sweet... One Calendar doesn't appear to be recognizing the Gmail license I paid for, will need to figure out how to make that work. I am starting to accumulate a pretty good "what's broken" list here, which is not a very good experience.

I restarted the Surface 3 and that resolved whatever issue that I was having with Calendar and Mail, although it did force me to re-configure each of my accounts.

I am having issues with the Surface Pen after upgrading to Windows 10. The top pen button is only working for the touch version of OneNote and not the desktop version as I have it configured in the Surface app. This issue is similar to what I experienced when I first got the Surface 3 and at that time (several months ago) the solution was a patch for Windows 8 that solved the problem. Given that Windows 8 was patched, I don't understand why this problem would exist in Windows 10, but it is. Fortunately, I don't use the button too often, so this is not a deal killer.

I have a Logitech k480 Bluetooth keyboard that I use with my Surface 3. Right now, when I use this keyboard with the Surface 3 it is in tablet mode, I think it might be nicer to use it in desktop mode. Ideally, I would be able to configure the Surface 3 such that whenever it is connected to the k480 it Continuum automatically switches to desktop, just like when using the Type Cover. If it won't do it automatically, I will settle for manual. I need to learn more about Continuum to see if this is possible.

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By Frank McPherson, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:57 AM. Greetings, citizen of Planet Earth. We are your overlords. :-)