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Refinements to Tablet mode
When Tablet mode is selected the left-hand pane is now collapsed and can be brought back out by clicking the icon in the top left.
The Start menu now also has larger tiles, so as to better use the available space, similar to the look in Windows 8.1.
Another change is that both Classic Windows apps and Universal Windows apps will no longer show messages asking users if they want to change their default program for opening a specific file type or protocol. The change is aimed at ending the annoyance of frequent messages that pop up asking you to change your default photo editor every time you open a JPG with a new piece of software.
New tabs page in the Microsoft Edge browser
Microsoft’s Edge browser, also known as Project Spartan, gets a New Tab page with a different layout to in Internet Explorer. The page includes top sites, featured apps and content from MSN. The layout can be customised in Settings.
It’s appearance is subject to change, as Microsoft is testing different versions of the page and gathering feedback.
The Edge browser also gains an InPrivate mode that, as with similar features in rival browsers, will delete the cache and not retain any browsing history after the window is closed.
Pin to start
Websites can also be pinned to the Start menu by going into the menu in the Edge browser, selecting ‘Tools’ and then ‘Pin site to Start’. Here you can see TechRepublic pinned in the top left of the menu.
Other additions to the browser include a new history view, an animated Reading View icon and an audio indicator on tabs that have web pages making sound or playing music.
New look for the Insider Hub
Windows 10’s Insider Hub has also been revamped, with a new homepage for Quests, the ability to see your profile page at a glance and announcements and alerts arranged more succinctly.