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Microsoft Revisits Windows 10 with New Features and Updates

Microsoft surprises with major Windows 10 updates despite nearing end-of-life. New features like centered taskbar, revamped volume mixer, and potential Android app integration

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has announced a new wave of updates for , signifying a pivot back to developing for the operating system that reached maturity with the release of Windows 11 in October 2021. Despite approaching its end-of-life in less than two years, Windows 10 is now slated to receive several new features, including the integration of Copilot and a revamped weather widget. This unexpected development aligns with the software giant's efforts to enhance user engagement and service metrics.

User Experience at the Forefront of Updates

Esteemed among users for its stability, Windows 10 is now expected to benefit from user experience improvements historically reserved for its successor, . Key among these features is a centered , which has garnered appreciation for its ergonomic placement, particularly on wider monitors. The idea is to allow the button to remain anchored in its classic bottom-left corner, avoiding any need for users to adjust to a new position.

Audio management is also poised for an overhaul, as plans include the introduction of a new Volume Mixer to replace the outdated mechanism from the Windows 7 era. The new mixer facilitates the swift adjustment of audio outputs and app-specific volume levels without delving into the system settings.

Enhanced Functionality Through Upcoming Features

Progress continues with the intention to update the volume and brightness sliders, excising the outdated Windows 8 design in favor of a contemporary approach that befits Windows 10's aesthetic.

Furthermore, to address multitasking efficiency, there are calls to incorporate a tabbed , a long-requested feature that Windows 11 users currently enjoy. Similarly, the integration of the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is on the table. This addition would greatly expand the functionality of Windows 10 by enabling the use of Android applications, greatly benefiting users who have powerful hardware but are still on the Windows 10 platform.

Anticipating the Impact on the Windows User Community

While some users advocate for a lean approach that leaves Windows 10 unburdened by additional features, Microsoft's reversal on feature development for this OS suggests a balancing act between innovation and stability. Community response is awaited to gauge whether these enhancements will be welcomed or seen as unnecessary layers to a system that many prefer for its current “snappy and just works” reputation. The tech community and Windows 10 users alike are keen to witness how these changes will reshape the usage and longevity of the operating system.

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.

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