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Windows 10 to Feature Full-screen Start Menu, Action Center, Cortana and More

by Todd Haselton | January 21, 2015January 21, 2015 9:26 am PDT

Microsoft’s corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, took the stage during a Windows 10 event on Wednesday to discuss new changes coming to the company’s operating system. Some new features that were discussed today, which haven’t been mentioned before, include a full-screen start menu, a new action center for interacting with notifications in a sidebar area, and a brand new settings experience where you can quickly tweak your system settings.

Windows 10 also features a “Continuum” feature for computers that double as laptops and tablets. You can move around with a mouse and keyboard, but when you switch into tablet mode, Windows 10 will prompt you if you’d like to operate the device as a tablet. Tap the Start menu, for example, and it will automatically switch into a more touch-friendly full-screen mode.

Some of those features have already been discussed, and Microsoft covered new ones as well that are coming to the preview over the next 3-5 months. That includes Cortana for Windows 10, which is the first time the voice assistant is coming to the desktop. Cortana will exist in the search bar at the bottom left-side of your machine, where she can be called up by voice through the “Hey Cortana” command, and where pop-up notifications from Cortana will be displayed. Cortana can also be used to search OneDrive, your hard drive and more. You don’t always need to use voice, either, as you can also type out commands for Cortana inside the search bar.

We’ll be learning a lot more about Microsoft’s Windows 10 plans across all devices today, so stay tuned for more information.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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