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Windows 10 To Get Improved Lock Screen, Spotlight on Desktop, and Camera Settings

Microsoft is testing some minor but interesting tweaks for Windows 10, including bringing Spotlight to the desktop.


is seemingly testing new changes for the lock screen, as well as improvements for the desktop and native camera. The details for the tests were found by WindowsLatest in a reference for a recent Windows 10 release.

That is Windows 10 Build 21277 and newer. Microsoft new tweaks are currently locked away on the build as they are still experimenting.

Starting with the lock screen, it has become an increasingly familiar part of the Windows 10 experience. However, aside from logging users into their PC, the lock screen does not do a lot. That said, the lock screen is very cool, especially if you have Microsoft's Bing images providing the look.

Speaking of looks, Microsoft is testing support for Parallax 3D effect on the Windows 10 lock screen. This means when devices are tilted, the Parallax 3D effect will kick in. Microsoft will allow users to turn off the effect if they want.

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Moving to the Windows desktop, Microsoft wants the Windows Spotlight tool to become more engrained in the experience. This looks like it will be a part of the update next year, so don't expect much movement just yet.

Spotlight is the tool Microsoft uses to switch Bing images on the lock screen. By extending it to desktop, users will be able to automatically change desktop wallpapers to see a different Bing image at intervals. I am amazed Microsoft has not already done this.

Regarding Spotlight, sometimes this excellent lock screen feature misbehaves. If you are having issues with the tool, it's worth checking out our tutorial showing you how to fix Windows Spotlight.

Microsoft is also making changes to the native Camera app. Specifically, new settings will be located for the camera inside the Windows 10 Settings app. Users will be able to manage contrast, brightness, and image preview quality.

Tip of the day:

Windows 10s Power Throttling can net up to 11% more battery savings per charge with little negative impact. In some scenarios you might consider turning Power Throttling off for single apps that you want run with maximum performance. Our tutorial shows you various methods to manage Power Throttling.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.