Microsoft today revealed the upcoming version of Windows named Windows 10. They demoed several new features that will be part of this upcoming Windows release. But the highlight of the demo was a feature which Microsoft called as ‘Continuum’. Microsoft adapts the Windows user experience based on whether you are using your 2-in-1 device in tablet or keyboard/mouse mode. When you have keyboard connected to your device, apps will be opened in Windowed mode, when you disconnect keyboard from your device, Windows will ask you whether to switch modes, if you press yes, you will be presented with the new Task view with big touch targets. When you press Start Menu, you will be presented with a new Start screen which is a hybrid of the Start Screen and Start Menu. Take a look at the image below.
The early technical preview of Windows 10 demonstrates new levels of flexibility, navigation and familiarity through the Windows experience. Features include these:
Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites.
Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click.
Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created.
Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it’s easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects — whether for work or personal use.