Video shows Windows 10 appearance updates – wallpaper, quick toggles, and organized settings, finally

Video shows Windows 10 appearance updates – wallpaper, quick toggles, and organized settings, finally
Windows Phone 8.1 is a pretty effective OS, though, many may find its unorthodox menus to be rather dull. The home screen of Microsoft's current system always has a black background and the closest thing a user can get to a wallpaper is to have a picture, which will only show through the back of the tiles, a bit as if the user is glancing at the image through many windows (hurr hurr). Sliding from the right will present the app menu, which is entirely white text on black background, making matters even less colorful.

Well, thankfully, Windows 10 will be bringing a "full background" mode – one that puts an image over the dull black wallpaper in both the start menu and app list. The tiles will be slightly translucent, covering the image with their own tint, and giving the system a much more colorful style. Fear not, fans of the classic look, as Joe Belfiore has confirmed that the "full background" and "in the tiles" looks will be user-selectable.

Other changes include adding some order to Windows Phone's chaos – the notifications in the drop-down menu will now be neatly separated by a thin white line, making things a bit easier to understand at a glance. The quick toggles used to be limited to 4 only, but will now be expandable to (what looks like) 12. And, last but not least, the settings menu has finally been rearranged, with the many options tucked in sub-menus, which should take care of the clutter many users have been having an issue with.

Check out the video below for a quick look at the Windows 10 technical preview.



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


2. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lots of other little changes that affect the user experience as well, some visual and some more like features: - Recently installed apps show up at the top of your app list - Can expand or clear individual notifications in the Action Center - Can respond to toast notifications at top of screen without entering app - New Outlook Mail and Office clients (same as recent Android and iOS updates) - Visual appearance within individual Settings categories is improved - Proper file explorer - New version of browser (still IE, but with Spartan rendering engine) - New keyboard with precision pointer - Expanded Cortana and voice integraton - Visually improved Cortana home page - Reminds you of your next appointment as the phone shuts off This list may not be exhaustive. Just what I know of so far.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011


6. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I hope the reading wasn't that difficult, was it? Do you need a nap now?

12. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It's not even done yet, as they are going to add new features every week. How can you yawn at a half finished, pre alpha OS. It brought tons of features, and they still aren't done.

13. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

haha because this is iPhonearena, where thinking for yourself is highly frowned upon.

8. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

thanks for the list, I cannot wait to try it on my 1520 when ever its ready

4. gehena1315

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Holo, is that you?!

5. omaressam

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I just registered to comment on this. What have they done with the beautiful interface?! This is sooo inconsistent whites and blacks together that purple color looks awful, and why in the world would they change their background system it was beautiful and creative, but now it's boring! I am not an apple fan nor a Sammy fan. I have a Lumia 1520 and i am very disappointed with what they have done

7. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

they have not get rid of those things you listed, this is just first part of the beta, if you was on WPcentral you would see one of the windows phone people say those things will come back......right now they just starting small, putting feature by feature

9. trnz007

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I guess one can switch between windows phone 8.1 style background or to this new style background which is available in windows 10.

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It is no where near finish, as they update it every couple weeks. Give them some time, and they will sort it out. And many of the things are user adjustable, so change it to the way you want it

10. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

They are on the right track. I hope that someday Windows phones will support google apps ( I know that it's google fault that they don't but maybe they can sort things out).

14. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Support for google apps would be excellent. But even better than that would be support for x86! It's unfortunate that more apps aren't being created for windows phone, but perhaps that will change when all apps can be run on all windows.

17. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I think that can only happen if they reach some significant level of market share. Google isn't exactly jumping at the opportunity to provide its services to Microsoft, but they won't ignore a platform with good reach either.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The author doesn't even try to state his ignorance of WP. The background is not always black, you can choose white. The toggles are not limited to only 4 toggles, my 1520 has 5. The apps are not only white text with black background, it can be reversed. C'mon PA, show some pride.

16. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Perhaps the author knew that you could reverse the black background/white text theme with white background/dark text theme, but his point was simply that up till now, those were your only options. Yeah, he got the 4 toggles thing wrong too, but whatever man it's a small detail. Not going to chew him out for it because he may have only used one WP 8.1 device so far that had 4 toggles instead of 5.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If you don't know, ask.

19. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm it seems Windows 10 Mobile adds a lot more features to make it a true 3rd eco system smart phone system. it will still be hard to get staunch Apple Iphones and Android smart phone users to switch to MS Windows smart phones but the GOOD Thing is there are still a lot People new to smart phones that could buy Windows smart phones and when they do they will find Windows smart phones having a nice set of good features to make it worth their TIME and MONEY.

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