Microsoft published a video about the changes that Windows has undergone – and will continue to suffer – as it has reached the milestone of one billion active users per month. The video shows some of the changes that will be implemented to the system interface in the first major update of 2021.
Icons are no longer images within frames and become more vivid and identifiable. The Start menu will respond to notifications for each app and will also be more customizable, to suit the use of each user. Check out the video below:
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The extra capacity for personalizing the system should extend to the new File Explorer, which will be called “Files” only, and also to the new Photo and Calendar applications.
What do we have for 2020?
The first major 2020 update for Windows 10 will be released later this week. We will have some news that can impact Cortana’s performance and usability.
The second major update, which should be released next November, will bring more subtle changes to the system. Check out some of the new features that have already been tested by users of the Insider Program:
- a new arrow icon will indicate when an application is accessing your
- the calculator will gain a mode for graphics;
- the Task Manager will bring the option of showing the architecture of each process running on the PC (x64, x86, ARM or ARM64);
- the tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs will be modified with more space between the taskbar icons (touchscreen keyboard automatically activated when touching
- a text field, and larger elements in Windows Explorer);
- Windows Explorer will have a shortcut to Linux files in WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux);
- it will be possible to choose in the Settings on which GPU your program or game will run;
- it will be possible to search the list of standard Windows applications in Settings;
- there will be three options for sending diagnostic data to Microsoft: off, essential and optional;
- the list of optional drivers will be integrated into the Settings application, instead of requiring a visit to the Device Manager;
- it will be possible to install Hyper-V on ARM64 devices and run Windows 10 as a guest operating system (guest) on Hyper-V using the VHDX tool.