Published: Fri, August 30, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft overhauls interface for Windows tablets

Microsoft overhauls interface for Windows tablets

"This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption", said Microsoft.

Credit: MicrosoftMicrosoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18970 to Fast ring members of the Windows Insider Program yesterday. That was possible before, if you opted not to automatically switch into the tablet interface, but Microsoft's latest Fast ring build adds some enhancements that make it more usable.

Users who know and love the existing tablet mode - a holdover from the Windows 8 era - will still be able to use it, but that might change down the road.

Specifically, the interface will retain more of its desktop-like aesthetics when switching to tablet mode - instead of displaying a full-screen start menu packed with tiles and hiding the taskbar icons, the desktop will remain visible and some other tablet-friendly tweaks will occur.

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With this release Microsoft is introducing an updated Reset this PC feature that will reinstall a Windows installation by downloading the files directly from Microsoft's servers. When a user flips a 2-in-1 PC around while running this build, the new experience automatically activates. This new version, will instead download the exact same Windows version you are now using, including installed updates, directly from the Internet.

Increased spacing between Taskbar icons.

This new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs, however, straddles those interfaces. "This new cloud download option is available to all Windows 10 devices and is different from the "Recover from the cloud" feature available on some earlier Windows 10 devices".

Keep in mind that if you use the cloud restore option, it will remove all the apps that you have installed on your device.

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