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Microsoft Windows 10: Secrets Revealed

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Next year Microsoft is releasing its new operating system and its next Windows iteration will not be Windows 9 or Windows 8.2. Instead it has skipping straight to 10. A lot of people are making fun of this. People like order, and skipping numbers bothers the kindergartner in all of us.

According to me some plausible reasons for skipping directly to 10 might be:-

  1. Christening new windows OS as windows 9 will send the message that it is merely upgrade of windows 8.1 and there is nothing new in it
  2. In June 2015 Apple is going to launch IOS 9 and MS just to prove its superiority, jumped to number 10.
  3. The Japanese consider 9 to be an unlucky number because it sounds similar to the Japanese word for pain. What's Mr. T's prediction for Windows 9?

Anyways let’s see some salient features of windows 10.After using Windows 10 for almost a week, I’ve discovered some neat little changes and features that Microsoft hasn’t yet discussed — smart tweaks that, if you’re a mouse-and-keyboard user looking for a reason to upgrade from Windows 7/8.1, you will be very pleased with. Let’s dive straight in with my favorite secret/hidden features of Windows 10.

Explorer now has a “Home” tab

In the last few versions of Windows, opening My Computer or a new Explorer window would
show you your computer’s various storage locations and shortcuts to default folders like
Documents and My Pictures. In Windows 10, you now end up in a new view called Home, which
shows Favorites, Frequent Folders, and Recent Files.

You can finally put the Recycle Bin on the taskbar Rather than having to poke around Explorer or minimize everything and find the Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop, in Windows 10 you can now add the Recycle Bin to both the taskbar and the Start menu. Yes, that is the sound of many brains exploding as they catastrophically realize the enormity of this change

The Windows 10 Start menu is resizable

This one is a bit odd: You can make the Windows 10 Start menu as tall or as wide as you like. If
you want to have a Start menu that takes up the entire left side of your screen, or a narrow strip
across the taskbar, then that’s now possible. The taskbar itself is also resizable, which means you can do weird stuffs. I am not sure if this is second bit is intentional or not. A resizable Start menu is quite cool, though! Cortana is almost definitely coming to Windows 10

After a little bit of poking around (searching for “Cortana” in Explorer) I found a lot of references to Cortana in Windows 10 Technical Preview; there’s even aWindows.Cortana.dll, just sitting there in the System32 directory. You also get a bunch of Cortana-related hits if you search for “Cortana” within the Registry Editor.None of this is to say that Cortana is definitely coming to Windows 10 — there are lots of other reasons for those files/registry entries being there, such as the ghost of an early internal test — but I’d say it’s pretty likely. We should hopefully see Cortana in the next beta of Windows 10.

Notifications and toasts in Windows 10
While Windows 10′s rumored Notification Tray isn’t yet in the Technical Preview, there are some new pretty toasts/notifications that pop up in the top right corner of the screen. These notifications appear to replace the speech bubbles that used to pop out of the system tray (the bottom right corner of the taskbar, unless you’re one of those heathens who has moved the taskbar to a non-standard location).

The Command Prompt is getting so much more than just Ctrl-V
Somewhat unbelievably, despite the Windows 10 unveil event being only 40 minutes long, Microsoft actually dedicated a couple of minutes to Windows 10′s Command Prompt (cmd). At the time, Joe Belfiore told that Command Prompt is finally gaining the ability to paste with Ctrl-V (previously, you had to right click > paste). It turns out, there’s a lot more, too. If you right click Command Prompt’s title bar and head to Properties then Experimental, you get a bunch of new options (see above). In fact, you have to turn on the experimental options before you can use Ctrl-V to paste. With experimental options turned on, you can also use Shift-arrow keys to mark text (for copying and pasting with Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V). The other options are mostly self-explanatory, though I am still trying to discover what the “extended edit keys” are (let me know in the comments if you’ve found some!)

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts for virtual desktops, improved snapping, task view
One of Windows 10′s bigger new features is virtual desktops — additional instances of the Desktop that you can use to better organize your workspace. There’s also improved snapping, and a new view called Task View that’s kind of like Alt-Tab, but it incorporates your virtual desktops as well. All of these new features have associated keyboard shortcuts to make using them a cinch.
Task View is opened up with Windows Key-Tab. It looks very like the new Alt-Tab interface, but it stays open after you let go of the keys. You can also add, remove, and manage virtual desktops from this interface.
Windows Key-Ctrl-Arrow (left or right) switches you to the next virtual desktop on the left or right.
Windows Key-Ctrl-D creates a new virtual desktop. Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 closes the current virtual desktop.
Windows Key-Up arrow and Windows Key-Down arrow can now be used to snap the current app to the top or bottom of the screen (this is in addition to Win-Left and Win-Right for snapping to the left and right of the screen). Tapping these shortcuts multiple times creates different effects: Tapping Win-Up once maximizes an app; twice snaps it to the top. Win-Down once snaps to the bottom; twice minimizes it. You can also use Win-Left/Right to move apps incrementally across a multi-monitor setup.

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