16 October 2020
Microsoft has announced a few new major Windows 10 changes that will be debuting with the Insider Preview Build 20161. It is the latest build for Insiders and depending on the feedback, these changes will make their way to the stable channel. The changes are related to the Start menu, multi-tasking experience, and device information of the Windows PC.
Starting with the Start menu, Microsoft has now made app tiles slight translucent so that they appear more simplistic. This is in contrast to the previously used dark backgrounds for tiles. It is officially calling them "theme-aware tiles" as they now match the translucent theme effect that we already see in the taskbar. The new design will also make it easier to spot apps from multiple tiles as app icons will now pop more instead of all tiles looking Dark Blue.
The new functionality will work with both dark and light themes. However, users with dark themes enabled also have an option to make accent colors visible for the Start menu, taskbar, and action center. This particular tweak can be used by visiting Personalization settings of Windows 10.
The next major change is related to the ALT + TAB multi-tasking shortcut which has now been made more effective. It will now show all tabs opened in the Microsoft Edge browser instead of the actively opened one. This way, users will be able to jump to a particular tab directly from the multi-tasking interface instead of first opening the browser and then making the switch. It is also possible to limit this new support to showing only the last three or five Edge tabs or simply disable it completely.
Even the Taskbar layout is undergoing a change but this one is limited to new account creations and first login instances. The new layouts will offer a personalized user experience depending on the user preferences. For example, it will auto-pin Xbox Live shortcut for the service users and pin Your Phone app for Android users.
Similarly, the notification panel is receiving a minor change which is related to notifications. It will now show the app logo on the left so that you can easily recognize which app has sent which notification. There will also be an "X" icon on the right to quickly dismiss the notification.