Microsoft Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation
of Windows operating system. It unlocks new experiences for customers
to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both
consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver. Windows 10
will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet
of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these
devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some
don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand,
others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use
touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some
devices can switch between input types.
Windows 10 is the one product family, with a tailored experience for
each device. Whether you’re building a game or a line of business
application, there will be one way to write a universal app that targets
the entire family. There will be one store, one way for applications to
be discovered, purchased and updated across all of these devices.
Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the
right time. It will be MIcrosoft’s most comprehensive platform ever.
Windows 10 also delivers one universal app platform, one security model,
and one deployment and management approach. With the convergence of our
platforms, that unified experience scales across devices. From the
small, thin and light – up to the largest and most powerful laptops,
desktops and all-in-one PCs. Windows 10 even scales to industry and
ruggedized devices, purpose-built industry solutions, small foot print
devices (Internet of Things) and all the way up to 85” touch-screen
conference room displays.
There’s virtually no learning curve required with Windows 10. For mouse
and keyboard users, the Windows 10 user experience begins at the
familiar desktop. The Start menu experience of Windows 7 has been
expanded, providing one-click access to the functions and files that
people use most. Windows 10 enhances existing productivity features like
Windows 10 also introduces a number of advancements in security and
identity protection features that are easy to manage and don’t
compromise the user experience. One such advancement is the work we have
done to create user identitiesfor accessing devices, apps and sites
that improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing. This approach is
important because it takes the concept of multi-factor solutions such as
smartcards or token-based system and builds it right into the operating
system, in turn also eliminating the need for extra security hardware
The familiar Start menu is back, but it brings with it a new customizable space for your favorite apps and Live Tiles.
Everything runs in a window
Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop
apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the
top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.
You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new
quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running
for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling
available screen space with other open apps.
New task view button
There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching
between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.
Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between
these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.
Find files faster
File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier.
• Ability to hide or show Task View button
• Ability to hide or show Search button
• New minimize and restore animations
• Three dots in Windows chrome replaced by ‘hamburger-style’ icon
• New Trackpad gestures: 3 finger up -> Task View, 3 finger down
-> show Desktop, 3 finger flick to left or right -> switches to
previous app, 3 finger move left or right -> Alt-Tab appears, 3
finger tap -> Search
• Selective sync available in OneDrive, you pick what you want synced to your PC now
• Interoperability focused Edge rendering engine in Internet Explorer available to 10% of Insiders
• Native MKV support, including thumbnail and metadata support in File Explorer
• Continued UI refinements, including some new icons
• New Insider Hub app for those in the Windows Insider Program