New features in Windows 10
There will be several new built-in features in Windows 10, and you can check out some of them in the Technical Preview. From the return of the Start menu to new features in the Command Prompt, here’s a look at some of what you can expect when the final version is released.
After the controversial absence of the Start menu in Windows 8, Microsoft is bringing it back with a new look and new features. It’s a hybrid of sorts and has traditional Start menu features you’re used to, as well as Modern app live tile access that you can arrange to your liking.
Virtual desktops (Task View)
This is a feature that Linux and Mac users have had for years and now Windows users get this useful feature to help keep their work organized. It replaces the old application switcher that was in previous versions of Windows. The feature is officially called “Task View” by Microsoft and has an icon located at the left corner of the Taskbar. You can also pull up and create new virtual desktops using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key+Tab.
Floating Modern apps on desktop
One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 (besides the Start menu controversy) was having to fight between the desktop environment and the Modern apps. Currently, if you try to open a PDF, the Modern app in Windows 8 goes full screen.
Now, when you open any of the Modern apps (which are being rebranded to Universal Apps), they will open in a regular window on your desktop.
File Explorer enhanced
File Explorer has been improved with a new Home location that provides easy access to favorite file locations, recent files, and frequently accessed folders. Sharing files is easier with the Share button from the Share tab. It lets you share files and folders via email, OneDrive, over a network or via other apps.
Remember that this is just a taste of what is to come in future updates that will appear from now until the final release, which is rumored to be mid next year. Over the coming months expect cool new features, surprises, and crashes while using it.
sources-Microsoft and Gizmag