[What’s New] 10 Desktop Features in Windows 10
Finally it’s here, the next big thing for Microsoft Windows operating system – Windows 10 technical preview version has been released. Technical Preview version is nothing but work in progress version of the upcoming Windows OS, released to public for testing purpose.
We have our copy of Windows 10 technical preview installed on our test PC, so without wasting anytime, we now bring you new feature updates in it. For now let’s dig deep into the new desktop environment of Windows 10, its new Start menu, Search Menu, Taskbar, Explorer, new icons, and quick shutdown menu. Let’s boot Windows 10!
1. Windows 10 boot screen
2. Windows 10 start menu
The Start menu is back in Windows 10, doesn’t mean tiles are gone, it’s hybrid now – start menu and tiles together. The tile items are positioned on the right of the start menu, each of tile item has the same custom options as in Windows 8. You can drag, drop the tile to position it where ever you want on the start menu. Right click on the tile and you get option to make it live, pin/unpin to start menu and taskbar.
3. Windows 10 taskbar search menu
It’s very easy to search your PC and the web all at once. Hit search icon, located just beside the start button on the taskbar, and start typing, Windows will list the matching items on the fly, trending news is listed on the right side pane.
4. Taskbar File Explorer
Unlike Windows 8, Windows 10 no longer launches libraries from the taskbar explorer icon, instead it lists the File Explorer, which is everyone’s favorite, yeah! Microsoft heard it.
5. Task View
Taskbar gets a new feature – Task View, that shows all the open apps in the session, which also lets you to quickly switch between apps.
6. Multiple Desktops for Grouping Apps
Windows 10 is more productive, through the use of new feature in which you can group apps into one desktop environment, add another desktop and group apps in it. To do that you need to click task view icon on taskbar, and then click on “Add a desktop”.
Open the apps you want to use on that desktop. For example, if you are planning a trip, you can open a new desktop, and launch the apps that relate to the research and preparation for the trip. Other new desktop can group social apps that you want to run, a new one could be all the office related environment, so on and so forth. Anytime, click the Task view button again to switch between desktops.
7. New Icons design in File Explorer
Microsoft has given some much-needed metro style make over to some icons including “This PC”, “Network”, and “Homegroup”. I think several icons need this treatment, hopefully we will see in forth-coming updates or the final build?
8. Quick Power Options Access
Yes, one more much needed fix – power options are now back on the Start Menu, it’s now right next to the user name.
9. Apps run in a Window
Another great new nice enhancement is the way the apps run in Windows 10. Unlike Windows 8 in which the apps from Windows Store run a different environment, Apps in Windows 10 will now run its own windows on the desktop itself, like the desktop apps, so you get a great uniform Windows experience. App window have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.
10. Snap Apps
Windows 10 can have four apps snapped on the same desktop, it will then show other apps and desktop apps that are running for additional snapping. What more Windows 10 will also give you suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
[Updated: 10 Oct 2014]