[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.

Wndows 10 Features

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

Windows 10 Tech Preview Boot Screen

Windows 10 Technical Preview 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.

Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 Start Menu

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.

Windows 10 Start Menu Search

Windows 10 Search menu

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.

Windows 10 Taskbar File Explorer

Windows 10 Taskbar File Explorer

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.

Windows 10 Task View

Windows 10 Task View

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”.


Multiple Desktop for grouping Apps

Multiple Desktop for grouping Apps

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.

Multiple Desktops for Grouping Apps

Multiple Desktops for Grouping Apps

Multiple Desktops for Grouping Apps

Multiple Desktops for Grouping Apps

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?

New Icons Windows 10

New Icons for Network, This PC, and Homegroup

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.

Windows 10 Power Options

Windows 10 Power Options

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.

Windows Store Apps run in desktop mode

Windows Store Apps run in desktop mode

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.

Apps Snapping enhancement in Windows 10

Apps Snapping enhancement in Windows 10

That’s it for now. Stay connected with us on on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter for more updates on Windows 10 Technical Preview build new features.

[Updated: 10 Oct 2014]

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.