Microsoft recently released a new version of PowerToys Running Launcher for Windows 10 operating systems, similar to Spotlight on Apple macOS. It is designed to replace the “run” feature stoking currently called out through the “WinKey-R” key combination and introduce more modern features, such as quick retrieval of programs and files in the system, processes running in the system, and practical plug-ins such as calling calculators.
Early tested versions will support basic search tasks, which were previously typically replaced by search features built into the Windows Start menu.
Interested friends can now download and experience the new PowerToys Run Launcher (GitHub Portal) and will introduce support for more custom plug-ins in the future.
Clearly, Microsoft is intent on making it a comprehensive tool similar to Alfred on macOS and more powerful than Apple’s Spotlight Search.
The current Run feature can be used to call up shortcuts to CMD command prompts, regedit registry editors, powershell instances, and even certain system features, such as control control control panels.
By working in depth with the open source community, the new PowerToys Runtime Launcher will not only support all the same commands executed in current Windows, it will become even more powerful in the future.
The software giant, for example, has been working with developers at Wox and Windows Walker to integrate these projects into the PowerToys runtime launcher. Although there were some bugs in earlier versions, it has been popular with many users.
For example, plug-in options allow users to add features such as custom web searches or summaries. But Microsoft is likely to have a bit of a personal interest, such as promoting its own Bing search engine content more inadin, and opening an Edge browser.
In addition, Microsoft today introduced keyboard manager features that Windows 10 users can easily remap key bits. As long as the software is running in the background, the soft-map configuration table takes effect by default, even allowing the WinKey button to be exchanged.
Keyboard Manager is known to be part of the latest version of PowerToys 0.18 and can be downloaded from the GitHub project page.