We’ve taken a look at the publicly-released build. Here’s our Windows 10 preview.
Get the Windows 10 preview build
Microsoft has already released a number of Windows 10 builds through its Insider Preview program. This Windows 10 preview allows users to test the new version of the operating system, slated to be released in phases starting this year.
Tablet and desktop modes
Windows 10 will be able to scale user experience in desktop or tablet mode. If you switch on tablet mode, opened windows will turn to fullscreen — as in from a tablet view.
Multiple desktops can also be opened. This is a feature familiar to Linux and Mac OS X users. For example, you can have one desktop opened for news search, another desktop opened for a music player. Instead of juggling windows, you can switch between different desktops.
The Start menu is back
Touch-optimized apps as regular windows
Previous Windows versions have featured touch-optimized apps. For Windows 10, these apps can now run as regular windows. Take a look at the sample below, where Maps can now run as a normal window alongside the Opera browser developer build:
Get the Opera developer build for Windows 10 preview
Of course, we are not going to miss a chance to be a part of this change. We’re currently working on bringing Opera for computers to Windows 10.
It will probably look quite similar to Opera for Windows 7 and 8, but we thought you might want to check it out for yourself. If you’re up for experimenting, head on to opera.com to get the Opera developer build.