For the past few weeks at Fentons HQ we’ve been evaluating Windows 10, overall we like it a lot and think it’s going to be very popular with both home and business users.
We’re mainly interested in the productivity improvements it offers business users and have put together our current top 5 features:
1. 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 now you can switch between as many desktops as you like.
We see this as a great tool for business users as it allows you to use separate related tasks into their own work space.
2. Faster Switching between Open Desktops and Apps
Most business users are multi-taskers and 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.
3. Windows 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 the new OS!
The familiar menu is back and better than ever with the integration of live feed metro apps.
4. Snap Assist
Snapping is a great feature, it’s available in Windows 7 and 8 but has been much improved. Snapping is where you easily tile Windows in a horizontal or vertical fashion on the screen.
Windows 10 now offers 2×2 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 minimising Windows.
5. 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 desktop.
We are certain 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.