On May 28, Microsoft officially launched the Windows 10 May Update (v2004) to users around the world, bringing the year’s biggest Windows 10 upgrade to the end (usually a feature update in the first half and a bug fix in the second half). As the dust settles on the current version, more and more netizens are focusing on the next-generation version of Windows 10.
Explain the main changes to next-generation Windows 10 (pictured from Microsoft’s official website)
According to Microsoft, the next generation of Windows 10,” a major feature update, will be unveiled in the first half of 2021, codenamed Windows 10 21H1 (or Iron). There’s very little news about this version, but from the official words, we can still sort out the general outline of the next generation of Windows 10.
Highlights 1. Fully updated UI beautification
For a long time, people have complained about the WINDOWS 10 UI a lot, not to say that its design is not bad, but in a system, can simultaneously “merge” many styles, it is very difficult to accept.
Earlier this year, Microsoft posted a new set of screenshots of the start menu online, and even took pains to provide a video for it. However…… As you can see, the new menu does not appear in the May 2020 edition. In other words, if the May edition doesn’t appear, it means we’ll only see what the new menu looks like this time next year at the earliest.
A new start menu that previously flowed out of the official
The new menu weakens the tile concept compared to the current start menu, but does not cancel it entirely. From the preview, Microsoft has only some tiles for built-in apps, and more programs are still predominantly icon.” In terms of detail, the new version optimizes the light/dark style design, clears the color blocks under the icon, and the menu style begins to automatically match the system theme. Especially with the new micro-stereo icon, so that Windows 10’s face value greatly up a step.
The new menu no longer pursues color, more concise and crisp
Highlight 2. Humanized third party
Despite the many iterations of The Search for Windows 10, many small partners still have no idea about third-party tools such as Listary and ererything. The reason is not related to some of their humanized design.
At this year’s Build 2020 Microsoft Developer conference, officials announced a new feature called “Windows Focus Search.”
Legendary Win version of “Focus Search” screenshot
Similar to the command-and-space spaces in Listary or Mac, Microsoft’s Focus Search is also activated by shortcuts. When you press the Alt-plus space, a search box pops up first, enters the software name or text, and you’ll get the search results. From the screenshots, the whole search experience and MAC “focus search” is very similar, in addition to local search, but also take into account the web search, fast calculation, favorite access and other functions. It’s not so much microsoft’s innovation as the software giant’s first learning from a third-party vendor, and for users, it’s definitely a happy situation.
Highlight 3. Microsoft’s full-smelling Chromium
Since Edge changed its name to Chromium, Microsoft has been adding a variety of small features to it. This is clearly not in line with Chrome’s thinking, much like Microsoft’s previous approach.
Microsoft recently announced a new Edge feature at the Build 2020 developer conference. That is, through the right-click menu, a new set of search bars is opened directly to the right of the current page to avoid the hassle of switching back and forth between different labels.
Edge Search Sidebar
Unlike Chrome, which relies entirely on plug-ins, the Chromium version of Edge is inherently capable of installing Chrome plug-ins. But Microsoft seems more willing to incorporate small features into the browser to make its browser a little more user-friendly. Although we can’t say that this is right or wrong, but perhaps this is the legendary “Microsoft taste” it!
Highlight 4. Global Clipper
Traditional favorites can only favorite URL, is there a global record of pages, pictures, text, diary container?
In Microsoft’s vision, a feature called “Collection” came into being. This is attached to the Edge of a sub-function, in addition to the traditional web collection, you can also use the “collection” function, you can collect URL pages, pictures, text, equivalent to a comprehensive web page shearer. At the same time, “collection” supports partition management, can be like a notebook, for different collection categories (such as learning, film, work, etc.) to establish labels. It also has the ability to export Microsoft Office and OneNote with one click, making it easy to use across devices (cloud sync).
Highlight 5. SETS Regression
What is “SETS”? Older players are certainly no strangers, as it was introduced in an earlier version of Windows 10 with explorer multi-labeling. For individual reasons, however, SETS was completely canceled after only a period of time in the preview. Microsoft plans to restore the feature in version 21H1, sources said.
SETS will return
SETS simple understanding is the broad version of the Edge multi-label, but its scope is no longer limited to Edge, while the display of content also extended to web pages, folders, office software and so on. Sources said that the previous SET was cut because its core is the old version of the Edge browser, and now, given that Edge has successfully switched to Chromium’s embrace, does it mean that the new version of SETS, but also not far from the return!
Highlight 6. Full touch
Although Microsoft has long touted Windows 10 as a touch-based, the actual experience was not as good as it had been due to the incongruity of internal components (both UWP and Win32). As more and more Windows 10 components begin to be UWP, there are few components that are still designed with Win32. Of these, Explorer is the most eye-catching.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed more details about the UWP version of Explorer, but from the previous lying videos and Windows 10X images, we can still figure out some of its flavor.
Windows 10X Explorer
The new Explorer features a standard Fluent Design design with a content area on the left that can be expanded or folded, and the right side is designed as a content area as the current version. Common features and address bars are collapsed on the right to improve the touch user experience while retaining existing habits. Unlike the traditional Win32 module, the UWP version has better compatibility with bright/dark themes, so it’s visually superior to the former. At the same time, the cloud and the local also no longer become a boundary, enabling cross-device synchronization of files. And this, in fact, also reflects the future direction of Windows.
Write at the end
Although Windows 10 has been around for more than five years, consumers don’t seem to be buying it. In addition to poor stability, the current version of Windows 10 also has slots such as large resource consumption, poor component convergence, and inconsistent UI style. And with the dust settles on the Windows 10 May update, will the next generation of Windows 10 give us more reverie? Maybe only give time to answer.