How Windows 10 Will Be Different From Previous Versions

Windows 8 came with a lot of changes, especially in user interface. But unfortunately, they weren’t met with the best of responses and most people preferred to stick to Windows 7 or XP. With the hope of forgetting that mistake by correcting it, Microsoft is set to come out with its new product, Windows 10, this year.

With speculations about Windows 10 already being a trending topic in tech world, it becomes necessary to know what features Windows will be bringing to us for the first time. Apart from the obvious return of Start menu and multiple desktop configurations, here are some features Windows 10 will introduce us to, as understood from the technical preview it released earlier:

Also Read: How To Change Start Screen Of Windows 8.1 For Better Experience

The command prompt got way more than just Ctrl-V

Microsoft made an unusual point of specifying that Ctrl-V would work inside the command prompt. But there’s a lot more. Right-click on the title bar of a command prompt window, select Properties, and click the Experimental tab and there are several other new features you can enable.

Some of the features are less obviously helpful, like the ability to alter the transparency of the window. However, some are exceedingly cool. For example, you can now wrap text to the edge of the window, as well as adjust the width to whatever you want. There are also new text selection features and the ability to filter input when pasted to avoid the odd errors with smart quotes.

You can finally pin the recycle bin to the start menu and taskbar

For uncomfortably unclear reasons, pinning the Recycle Bin to the taskbar has always been needlessly complicated. In Windows 10, the option is now available with a simple right-click. Open up an Explorer window and, under Favorites, click Desktop. Right-click the icon that says Recycle Bin and you now have the option to Pin to Start.

This will place the Recycle Bin in the Start Menu. However, from there you can also drag it to the taskbar if you’d prefer. For some reason, you can’t drag the Recycle Bin directly from the Desktop to the taskbar, but at least this method works in the meantime.

Explorer has a new “home” with your most-used folder locations

In previous versions of Windows, if you launched an Explorer window, you would find yourself at a list of your drives and some basic libraries. In Windows 10, there’s a new “Home” section of Explorer that acts as a default landing page when you open a new window. This window shows any locations you’ve designated as Favorites, as well as your frequently-used folders and recent files.

Windows 10 Features

You can access this new Home location from the sidebar in any Explorer window. While that’s a little redundant if you’re trying to access favorites, the quick way to reach recent files and common folders could prove invaluable.

Keyboard shortcuts make virtual desktops super easy to use

Many people had one key question when Microsoft debuted multiple desktops: will it have keyboard shortcuts? Well, good news! You get two. The first is Win-Tab. Those with long-term memories might recall that this shortcut was used in Vista as a fancier version of Alt-Tab. Now, instead of alternating applications, Win-Tab will bring up the Expose-like interface where you can create or switch between multiple desktops.

Additionally, you can press Ctrl-Win-Right or -Left to move between virtual desktops immediately. In the Technical Preview, there doesn’t seem to be any animation to convey that you’re changing desktops like OS X has, but it’s still a very welcome method for switching.

Notifications are getting a makeover

Notifications in Windows have never really been all that unified. Part of this is because developers make their own notification systems but “notifications” have also usually been limited to small bubbles appearing in the bottom-right corner of the screen. In Windows 10, you might notice a few more of them getting prominent placement.

Dropbox, for example, now shows notification of synced files in a larger, rectangular pop-up in the upper-right corner of the screen. If you used any don’t-call-it-Metro apps in Windows 8, these notifications will be familiar. While the changes seem to only be cosmetic right now, Windows 10 may have a full notification center upon release.

All-in-all, Windows 10 is already a pretty solid improvement over Windows 8. And we can already see that new features are coming. There are also wealth of Metro-style apps that, while technically not new, are worth exploring now that they’re not locked in a cumbersome full screen mode. As an example, the Photos app contains some pretty sweet photo editing features. Time will tell what else is new, but for now there are plenty of cool new toys to play around with.


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