The Microsoft family features is a free set of features which is available on Windows 10 PC and mobile which is bundled with the windows 10 home edition operating system. It also comprises of family safety features which were formerly known as Microsoft family safety and was formerly called parental controls which were found in VISTA and Windows 7. Starting with the windows 10, a Microsoft account is required to make use of the Microsoft family features.
A parent can also manage settings for a child that is if both of their Microsoft accounts are all in the same family. When the parent turns on the settings for their child, these setting will be applied to every device which the child uses to log into that same Microsoft account. Some changes to family safety features in the windows 10 include; the ability to find a child’s Windows 10 mobile device on a map and the windows store purchase controls.
The Microsoft has offered the family safety features since March 2006, it was when a preview of Windows Live OneCare Family Safety was first offered to a 3000 beta testing. The final version was released on the 6th of November 2007 after over a year and a half of testing. And in addition, Microsoft added a unified management center for downloading history, browsing history, recent activity, and game and app purchase. Microsoft also made it possible for a parent account to be able to locate their child’s Windows 10 mobile device.
Features found in windows 8
1. Website filtering: the family safety system have a Windows filtering platform driver which helps to filter the website browsing. This service works in 16 different languages and comprises of 2 levels which are;
- Warn on adult content.
- Allow list only.
2. Activities reporting: the parents can obtain a list of the website that has been visited. They can also obtain the list of files downloaded, games run, computer usage time and the programs run which will be reported through the Windows Parental Controls.
3. The family safety allows remote access to its features through the web interface. In 2011, the windows live family safety added help for making use of the blocking controls and web filtering without the child having windows live identification.
4. Filtering of image: when you enable the family safety’s SafeSearch, the filter then looks for adult content in images. This filter operates only on websites which does not do an adequate job on filtering the images and only on PC with great performance capabilities. And when an image is being blocked, then the family safety blurs it out.
5. It helps in the control of family safety settings to set the time limits and general application restrictions as well as game restrictions ala ESRB.
Features found in windows 10
- Spending and purchasing features: the parent can now add money to their child’s account which the child can then make use of to purchase or buy contents in windows store. The spending and purchase features allow the parent to give their child spending allowance without attaching a credit card to the child’s account.
- This new feature helps the parent to find their child on windows 10 mobile device using a map.
- Screen time: The parent can restrict the consumption of time which the child can make use of the computer. And help to specify the time interval that the computer can be used, and gives a maximum time allowance per computer. When the time given runs out, the parent can also approve extensions.
- Activities reporting: the parent can get a list of the device usage time, apps used for any mobile device or Windows 10 PC and the websites visited.