[PREVIEW] What's Next For Windows 10?
My, how time flies! As of today, only 81 days remain to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. Also on July 29, the first anniversary of Windows 10’s debut, Microsoft is widely expected to roll out a major update to its flagship operating system. Here's what you need to know…
Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Preview
Brave, geeky members of the Windows Insider Program just got a privileged preview of what will probably become Windows 10 “v2.0,” also called the “Annivesary Update.” Windows 10 Build 14328 was released to Insiders on April 22. This latest incremental update contains hundreds of bug fixes and improvements, plus some new features that will really set the Anniversary Update apart.
First of all, the Start menu is gone again. Wait, put down your pitchfork -- it’s now called the “Start Experience.” The latest Start design adds a scrolling list of “All Apps” arranged in alphabetical order. The Power, Settings, and pinned folders icons have been shrunk to a thin bar on the left edge of the Start area. These changes eliminate a few clicks when trying to get a Start task done.
The Settings apps are also getting honed in the Anniversary Update, gradually moving many functions out of Control Panel. Notably, Taskbar Options such as the taskbar’s location, whether it’s locked or hides when not in use, and how icons behave in the taskbar have moved to Settings.
Among many small but welcome changes, Network Status now includes a button you can click to run a connection speed test. I really like that idea. (But Internet Service Providers who are cheating customers on their speed promises will not.)
Over in the Action Center, clicking on the WiFi button no longer disconnects the WiFi adapter; instead, it displays the list of networks available for connections. Action Center notifications have been cleaned up and streamlined. If you have connected Windows 10 to an online calendar, clicking on the clock icon now displays appointments as well as date and time.
More to Come in Windows 10
Cortana gains the ability to answer questions even on a locked screen, and to perform some tasks without access to the Internet.
Windows Search now returns results from your OneDrive, even if a device is not synced to OneDrive. This odd feature is still a work in progress and nobody is sure what it will look like in the end.
Windows Ink Workspace is another distinction of the Anniversary Update. It’s available only on machines that support pen-based input, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Ink environment facilitates drawing of smooth lines, including handwriting; the ability to change the color and style of “pen” strokes; and drafting tools such as a rule that makes it easy to draw straight lines at any angle. The Ink Workspace works with apps such as OneNote, the Microsoft Edge browser, Photos, and a few demo apps. Third-party developers can add Ink support to their apps with just a few lines of code.
Are you looking forward to July 29? Will you upgrade to Windows 10 before the opportunity to do it for free expires? Do you think Microsoft will extend the deadline for the free upgrade? What features would YOU like to see in Windows 10? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below…
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 9 May 2016
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