Microsoft plans to redesign the tablet experience for Windows 10. The software giant has begun testing a new design for 2-in-1 convertible PCs that keep the user interface more similar to the existing desktop design. Currently, Windows 10 throws you into a more tablet-optimized user interface that removes taskbar icons and sets the Start menu to full screen when you switch to tablet mode. Microsoft now seems to be leaving these changes behind, while maintaining some touch-optimized elements for 2-in-1 PCs.
In the new tablet experience, the desktop remains fully visible, with the taskbar icons visible and greater distances. When enabled, the search box collapses into an icon and the touch keyboard appears when you tap a text field. File Explorer also switches to a touch-optimized layout.
We must fully try these design changes to see how many other changes have been made. Microsoft is testing this with Windows Insiders and has marked the design as beta, suggesting that it will change and be formed by feedback. Yet it is hard not to see this because Microsoft is falling back from a special tablet experience in Windows 10. The company has already dropped a large number of Windows 8 tablet functions that worked well on hybrid devices, and some of these tweaks bring us back to the days of minimal Windows 7 touch enhancements.
These changes are only made for 2-in-1 devices, so dedicated Windows 10 tablets are likely to continue to have the full tablet experience that exists in the operating system. Microsoft is looking for feedback anyway, and Windows tablet fans will certainly be ready to jump in and test these changes.
In addition to changes in the tablet experience, Microsoft is now testing a download option in the cloud to reset and restore Windows 10 PCs. It is similar to what has been in macOS for years and for some Surface devices, and allows Windows users to quickly reinstall the operating system without having to install it on the local disk or have a USB recovery drive .