Customized-software As a result, the Windows 10 user experience offers another significant round of changes, designed to bring together the best elements of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and smooth the transition between the familiar desktop ways and the new touch-friendly techniques

Customized-software In Windows 10, you and your users can take advantage of the rich new Windows apps on a traditional desktop PC or laptop, alongside familiar Windows desktop applications, interacting with those new apps in resizable windows. On a touch-enabled mobile device, you can turn on Tablet Mode, making it possible to work with apps in a full-screen setting, minus clutter and distraction.

Customized-software A new set of navigation techniques replace the sometimes-confusing “hot corner” techniques from Windows 8, and the addition of virtual desktops in Windows 10 makes it possible to shift between groups of apps instead of shuffling windows around.

Customized-software Regardless of your starting point, moving to Windows 10 requires a thoughtful and thorough plan for training and orienting new users, especially if they work primarily in a traditional desktop environment. This chapter describes what you need to know about the changes in the Windows 10 user experience so that you can make those plans intelligently.

Customized-software The left side contains the following, from top to bottom: · An icon for the current user, which when clicked or tapped reveals a menu with options to lock the PC, sign out, switch accounts, or change account settings · Shortcuts for File Explorer (Windows 7 users, note the name change), the current user’s Documents folder, and the Settings app · Shortcuts to frequently used and recently added apps · An All Apps shortcut that replaces the left side of the Start menu with a scrolling list of installed apps and saved shortcuts—everything that was on its own screen in Windows 8.1

Customized-software The shortcuts to system settings from the Windows 7 Start menu aren’t available here, but are instead on a hidden power user’s menu, which is available when you right-click the Start button or use the Windows logo key + X shortcut.

Customized-software The Start menu contains a Power button (Sleep, Shut Down, Restart) that has been moved to the lower left in more recent builds than the one shown here. A two-headed diagonal arrow at the top right expands the Start menu to a full screen. In that configuration, the left side remains the same width, while the area devoted to live tiles expands to fill all available space

Customized-software Those live tiles work more or less the same as their counterparts in Windows 8.1. You can resize each tile, arrange them into groups, and give each group a descriptive name. And it bears repeating: this is a preview. The layout and features of the Start menu will probably change significantly from the March snapshot you see here

Customized-software Speaking of Control Panel, it plays a diminished role in Windows 10 but is far from gone. Since the launch of Windows 8, each successive Windows release has moved more options into this app, usually

Customized-software removing the corresponding entry in the desktop Control Panel. This is an ongoing process as well, one that will undoubtedly continue after the official release of Windows 10. The System pane, shown in Figure 2-3, is a case in point. In this preview release, clicking or tapping Power & Sleep offers only limited options. That shortcut in the bottom right, Additional Power Settings, leads to the familiar Power Options page in Control Panel

Customized-software In general, you’re likely to find shortcuts for simpler tasks in the new Settings app, with complex or esoteric jobs (especially administrator tasks) requiring a trip to the desktop Control Panel and related utilities.

Customized-software On a tablet or touchscreen-equipped PC running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, swiping in from the right opens the Charms menu. In Windows 10, that menu is gone completely, replaced by a Notifications Center that groups app notifications in a single place, with a customizable group of one-tap action buttons at the bottom of the pane. The icon just to the left of the system clock “lights up” if you have new notifications, going dark after you clear the list.

Customized-software Cortana is one of the signature features of Windows 10, adding a personality (with the name and voice taken from the Halo franchise on Xbox). Essentially, Cortana acts as a personal assistant, combining local and web search with the ability to understand spoken commands and enough smarts to convert those commands into tasks, appointments, or instructions

Customized-software Although Cortana has been part of Windows Phone for nearly a year, she appeared for the first time in the Windows 10 Preview in late January. Because much of Cortana’s magical powers derive from webbased services, she’s getting smarter with age. What you see in the current preview releases is a pale imitation of what you’ll see after a year or two of continuous improvements

Customized-software The best way to understand Cortana is to type something into the box just to the right of the Start button, or click the microphone icon and say it instead. (If you don’t enable Cortana, that box performs simple searches, sans personality.) After you and your users get past the novelty of it all, take a look at Cortana’s notebook, which is shown in Figure 2-5. That’s where you can fine-tune the information—news, upcoming appointments, weather, reminders, and so on—that pops up instantly when you click in the “Ask me anything” box. (That summary is replaced with search results as soon as you start typing.

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