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Windows 10 Features: Multiple desktops and windowed ‘Metro’ apps

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Windows 10 includes multiple desktops and windowed ‘Metro’ apps

More details are emerging about the Windows 10 operating system announced by Microsoft on Tuesday evening.

As well as bringing back the Start menu, complete with customisable Live Tiles, Microsoft has confirmed that users will be able to open Windows 8 Metro apps in a windows on the desktop, rather than in full screen.

Users will also be run Metro apps alongside desktop style apps, side-by-side, in a strange meeting of the two Windows worlds.

As expected, the firm has also announced that it’ll allow users to work with multiple desktops, where multiple apps will run in their own separate areas.There's also a new Snap Assist UI tool that’ll make it easy for users to grab apps from different desktops.

The company has also reaffirmed its commitment to touch, claiming Windows 10 is something that will work for Windows 7’s keyboard users as well as those Windows 8 loyalists who’re more familiar with touch.

There are a host of new UI gestures, such as swiping left to get a task view. Microsoft has also decided to maintain the Windows 8 Charm bar within Windows 10, but claims it will evolve significantly from Windows 8.

Windows 10 will also support the suite of apps that’s already out there, will the Microsoft is also planning to make the update available to as many devices as possible.

That’s the main thrust of what Microsoft has revealed for now, but given the OS won’t get a consumer launch until later in 2015, there’s plenty of time for Microsoft to develop the full picture as time goes on.

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Michael Becker

August 18, 2015, 3:45 pm

So, since no one has asked yet...

What exactly is the point of developing Metro apps for Windows 10 (or even having support for them in the first place)?

They run windowed just like "legacy" apps (unlike Windows 8, where they were full-screen) and don't seem to be able to be made full-screen, only maximized (just like "legacy" apps).

So what's the point in having two slightly-different-but-mostly-identical types of applications in an operating system that treats them so similarly?

Kal

August 19, 2015, 12:22 am

Exactly what I thought.

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