Screenshots: A preview of Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop

Here is the Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop. It looks very much like a Windows 8 Desktop.

One difference is the "Ask me anything" section of the taskbar--that's Cortana listening for those magic words: "Hey Cortana!"

You might also notice that there are some Microsoft Office 2013 icons on the taskbar, along with the familiar icon for the Chrome browser. Those were installed on this PC when it was running Windows 8.1, and they were there when Windows 10 finished its install. Windows 10 is basically a Windows Update.

By the way, I'm using an aging HP Pavilion Entertainment notebook PC (HP DV7t 1000) for this gallery. Windows 10 runs smoothly albeit a bit slowly.

Image: Mark Kaelin

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.