Windows 10’s Tablet Mode May Be Replaced With the Desktop

Lenovo Yoga 530 2 in 1 computer.Lukmanazis / Shutterstock.com

Microsoft is currently deploying a "new tablet experience" for convertible computers. This is a beta version, but it looks like that of Windows 8 Tablet mode is replaced by a more tactile desktop environment.

Update: Microsoft said that the tablet mode is still present. But like Engadget As a reminder, Windows 10 will no longer automatically switch to tablet mode when you remove the keyboard from a device or turn it into a tablet. Windows will automatically activate this new "tablet experience" on the desktop and you will need to manually activate the tablet mode if you wish. The new experience is sort of an intermediate mode for 2 in 1 convertible devices. The powerful Windows desktop becomes more usable on a touch screen.

The tablet mode on Windows 10 computers is now a full screen experience. When you switch to tablet mode, either manually by clicking on the thumbnail in the Maintenance Center, or automatically by converting your PC to a laptop, your applications become full screen. You can use side-by-side applications, but you can no longer use windowed applications or interact with the desktop.

Your Start menu is also replaced by a Windows 8-style full-screen start screen. The icons on the taskbar disappear, and you must use the task view to move between open windows. Even the notification area icons on your taskbar disappear.

Start screen in Windows 10 tablet mode

In the latest beta, which is part of Build insider 18970 for the Windows 10 Update 20H1, which is expected to be stable in the first half of 2020, Microsoft says that all this is changing.

According to Microsoft, people who activate tablet mode will "stay in their usual work environment without interruption." Rather than a totally different way of using Windows, the workstation is simply more user-friendly. To make the desktop easier to use with touch, the taskbar icons become farther apart, the search field in the taskbar becomes a button and the file explorer switches to an optimized layout for touch. It's like Using touch mode in Microsoft Office.

the touch keyboard will appear automatically when you tap on a text field, making it quick and easy to grasp with the touch screen.

The new tablet mode of Windows 10Microsoft

According to Microsoft, these are only 2-in-1 convertible PCs. As a result, Windows 10 tablets that can not be transformed into PCs may still have the old Windows 8 style touch interface. This may also change as Microsoft receives comments and experiences with this new mode.

If all goes as planned, this new tablet mode will be developed and marketed under Windows 10 20H1 around April 2020.

This latest version also includes the new cloud download feature for restoring your PC. Windows 10 can now automatically download the latest version of Windows 10 from Microsoft and install it as part of the restore process, saving you download time.

RELATED: What is the tablet mode in Windows 10 and how to turn it on and off?

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