The next build of Windows 10 may include a few noticeable changes as leaked screenshots from the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879 shows improvements in the taskbar, File Explorer, Universal apps, Lock screen, and Internet Explorer 11.
Previously a leaked image from build 9879 showed that Microsoft is adding two new options to the taskbar menu to remove (or hide) the Search and Task View (virtual desktop) buttons. But also from the same build, there are a few other screenshots revealing several new changes:
On File Explorer, we already know that there is one new section, “Home”, which houses your frequent folders and open files. In preview build 9879, Microsoft is adding the ability to pin locations to Home, making it easier to access folders and files.
The navigation pane also shows improvements. In the leaked preview screenshots, now we see that users will be able to access drives (e.g. hard drive, DVD, or USB) from the left pane navigation without having to expand “This PC” as they will appear in their own menu item.
Yes, the Recycle Bin in Windows 10 preview build 9879 gets a new option, you can now pin the bin to Home.
Already in the Technical Preview you can access the Apps Commands (Charms) from a new menu, located in the top-left corner of Universal apps. In the upcoming build, you still access the Charms in the same way, but Microsoft has improved the visuals, so it’s more obvious by changing the icon (…) to the hamburger menu (≡), like you see in mobile apps.
Like in Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 will also display the battery status on the Lock screen for devices such as laptops and tablet to keep you informed when the battery is getting low.
For Internet Explorer, Microsoft isn’t adding a new feature or bringing the modern version of IE, but users will see the well known Smiley Icon in the Toolbar, so users can have an easier way to send feedback like you do in preview versions of Office.
Microsoft is working with multiple builds at a time, Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879 is one of them. However we won’t know for sure what changes and features will be included until a stable version for Windows Insiders become available. And even then, Microsoft could cut features in the final release when it ships Windows 10 in 2015. But at least we have an idea the direction the company is taken with the next version of the operating system.