Windows 10 is becoming very popular with both home and business users. Main interests are in the productivity improvements it offers business users and below are some of the top features:
- Multiple virtual desktops
Windows 10 brings you the option of opening and using multiple virtual desktops. In previous versions of Windows we only ever had one desktop per monitor, but in Windows 10 you can switch between as many desktops as you like. This is seen as a great tool for business users as it allows you to use separate related tasks into their own work space.
- Faster switching between open desktops and apps
Most business users multi-task and are likely to be familiar with using Alt + Tab to switch between open applications. Windows 10 brings a new updated view when doing this. It now has large sized previews with labels and icons to make it easy and quick to find the Window you’re searching for.
Another updated feature is the Task View, click the WINKEY + TAB or swipe from the left edge of the screen on a touch screen and a clickable overview of all open Windows desktops is displayed.
- Start Menu is back!
For those that are now accustomed to the Windows 8 start menu; fear not, it is still available in Windows 10. However for most users the return of the start menu will possibly be the first noticeable joy and benefit of Windows 10! The familiar menu is back and better than ever with the integration of live feed metro apps.
- Snap assist
Snapping is a great feature; it’s available in Windows 7 and 8 but has been much improved in Windows 10. Snapping is where you easily tile Windows in a horizontal or vertical fashion on the screen. Windows 10 now offers 2X2 Snap that allows four Windows snapped to a screen, this is easily achieved with either keyboard shortcuts or dragging Windows into the corners of the screen. Simultaneously viewing multiple apps allows you to do more quickly with less opening and minimizing Windows.
- Metro Apps on the desktop
Modern metro apps are rarely used by Windows 8 keyboard and mouse users but these can now be opened and used within the Windows desktop. Metro apps are going to become very popular with business users. It is likely that most business user’s desktops will have Metro apps displaying up to date stocks and shares, weather and news feeds.
- Notifications 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.
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, similar to what you might find on a phone. Time will tell what else is new, but for now there are plenty of cool new toys to play around with.