Windows 8 was launched in 2012 and it was an unpleasant surprise for many users who criticized it for its interface that has been adapted to give the impression that you’re operating on a tablet. Microsoft’s attempt to create an OS that unifies mobile and desktop platforms has failed, although the company was relying on the increase of tablet sales and thought that the consumers will be attracted by the mobile approach. Three years later, Microsoft admits its defeat and wants to repair its mistake by releasing a refined OS.
The previous Windows versions were very appreciated by the fans, but Microsoft played with fire and got burnt. The Windows 8 acquired only 12.54% market share 20 months after its launch, which was a total disaster, considering that Windows Vista was sold very well compared to this version.
One of the reasons why Windows received so many negative reviews is because of the missing Start Menu button that the users have become accustomed to, and they didn’t like the idea of being limited to using the mouse more and the keyboard less. Microsoft understood the need of this button and decided to reintroduce it, and according to some screenshots, the tiles from the Windows 8.x Start screen will return also on the Windows 10. This hybrid menu will be more interesting and the fans will be satisfied with this improvement. However, Windows promises to come with a greater customization and you will be able to toggle the tiled UI on/off.
The Charms Bar from Windows 8.x, which was placed on the bottom right corner and appears only when hovering over that area, will be removed from the Windows 10, but there’s a high chance to be kept on tablets.
Cortana, the personal voice assistant that was welcomed by the Windows Phone users, will be added to Windows 10, but we’re curious if it will have the same impact on desktops, as it had on mobile devices.
Windows 10 will bring a new browser which is dubbed as Spartan that will include digital inking support and Cortana will be integrated in the address bar.
The themes in Windows 10 will be light and dark with color accents, similar to the user interface from the Windows Phone. Microsoft will come with some built-in applications to match up the dark taskbar. On January 21, Microsoft will unveil the new user interface of the Windows 10 for tablets and smartphones.
If you haven’t found yet, Windows 10 for PCs will have virtual desktops, and the feature is called Task view, being placed on the Taskbar. When you’ll click on it, your desktops will be displayed as thumbnails. To get to one of the displays, move your mouse cursor over it and click on it to make it active. To switch between desktops, hold Windows key + Tab. If you no longer need a desktop, simply click the X button from the upper right corner.
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