The new version includes a raft of new features, such as new mail and calendar apps and improvements to the user interface, which Microsoft revealed in a blog post. Outlook Mail now includes Swipe Gestures, which can be customized, much like in a mobile version of the app. Left and right swipes can be set up for functions such as deleting, flagging, moving or marking an email as read or unread.
Windows 10: New versions of familiar apps
There is also a new Calendar app, and both Outlook Mail and Calendar come with support for Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, IMAP, POP and other accounts. According to Microsoft, both new apps offer improved performance, as well as a novel 3-pane user interface which enable quick switching between emails and calendar using a toggle.
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Users will also be able to insert, tables, pictures and more complex forms of formatting into emails, in an update which Microsoft claims will “leverage the familiar and rich capability of Word.”
Windows 10: Visual changes also made
Other minor changes have been made to Start, Taskbar and Action Center, all of which are now available in a new black system theme. Microsoft has also updated the Start menu so that users can change its size, and it is now transparent like Taskbar. Should they wish to do so, users can also customize the Start menu, making it the same primary color as their desktop background.
Microsoft also claims to have improved its Continuum experience, in which users can switch from PC to tablet mode. There are now clear visual changes which facilitate user interaction with the UI when the switch to tablet mode is performed. Buttons for Start, Cortana and Task View increase in size when the user enters tablet mode, and Notifications also get bigger to make it easier to use touch actions.
Build version 10061 also offers users an improved Virtual Desktops experience, with Windows 10 users now able to create as many virtual desktops as they wish. The changes are part of the buildup to the release of Microsoft Windows 10, which marks the move towards Windows as a Service.