4 new things we learned about Windows 10 from Microsoft Build 2015 – CNET

by   @jparkerCNET /April 29, 2015 11:18 AM PDT

As expected, Windows 10 got some face time at Microsoft’s Build 2015 event in San Francisco, and Joe Belfiore took the stage to go over several of its newest features.

Belfiore brought attention early to how Windows 10 is bringing back the Aero Glass theme fromWindows 7, showing that good ideas from the past have not been forgotten.

But what received a greater crowd reaction was the updated Windows 10 version of the Start menu. Removed in Windows 8, the new OS will bring back the Start Menu in the lower left corner, but will also show live tiles to the right of the regular functions as a way to keep both interfaces intact.

A new function dubbed Windows Spotlight gives your lock screen a dynamic, regularly updated background with personalized information and fancy wallpaper images. You can interact with elements in the background and it works as a reminder for Windows services you may not have tried. For example, Spotlight will identify apps and features you haven’t used yet, such as the Surface stylus, and offer up a lock screen advertisement of sorts for an app such as Fresh Paint in an effort to get you to try it.

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