Microsoft is working to redesign the tablet experience for Windows 10. It has started to test a new design for 2-in-1 convertible PCs which will offer a user interface more similar to the current desktop design. At present, Windows 10 puts you into a more tablet-optimized UI which eliminates task bar icons and places the Start menu full-screen when a device automatically changes into “tablet mode.” Now Microsoft is dropping some of those changes, while retaining some touch-optimized elements for 2-in-1 PCs.
In the new tablet, the desktop will stay in full view, with the task bar icons visible and more spacing between them. If enabled, the search box will minimize into an icon, and the touch keyboard will come up when you tap on a text field. Also, File Explorer will change to a touch-optimized layout.
These design tweaks have to be tried fully to find what other changes have been made. Microsoft is testing it with Windows Insiders and has indicated the design as beta, implying it will change and be modified by feedback. Yet, it’s easy to see this as Microsoft going back from a dedicated tablet experience in Windows 10. These new changes will be activated automatically when you remove a keyboard from a device such as a Surface Pro. Microsoft has said that there will still be a dedicated “tablet mode” but it has to be enabled manually.
Microsoft already left out a lot of its Windows 8 tablet features which functioned well on hybrid devices, and this change remind us of the days of small Windows 7 touch improvements. These modifications are being made only for 2-in-1 devices, so you will continue to have the full tablet experience in the operation system of dedicated Windows 10 tablets. Either way, Microsoft is looking for feedback and Windows tablet fans will surely be eager to test these changes.
Along with the tablet experience changes, Microsoft is testing a cloud download option that will help to reset and restore Windows 10 PCs. It is comparable to what has been present in macOS for years and for some Surface devices. You can quickly reinstall the OS, no need for it to be installed on the local disk or have a recovery USB drive.