Microsoft put out the first Windows 10 preview right after its first big announcement. But now — following all of Wednesday’s chaos — there’s a new one. Here are some of its most notable features in GIF form.
Then there’s the long-awaited Cortana on desktop. She’s pretty buggy right now, to the point of being practically unusable. But! A few things still work. You can get her attention by saying “Hey Cortana” at any time, if you turn it on in settings:
And even if you aren’t using voice control, Bing-powered Cortana is the new face of internal (and web) search from the desktop, from finding your files to searching Wikipedia to launching applications:
The Charms bar — that thing you swipe in from the left — is still around, but now it’s the notification center. Not unlike what you’ll find on OS X Yosemite desktops, and analogous to the Notification Center that got introduced into Windows Phone 8.1:
And last but not least, Windows 10’s tablet mode means that it plays nicer than ever with legacy desktop apps. Now when you’re in tablet mode, older desktop-only apps will respond to the same gestures as tablet apps, so it’s easier than ever to just use your fingers on the go:
Windows 10 is definitely coming along, but this is still a preview for sure. There are plenty of bugs — Cortana in particular is a shadow of what I hope she will one day be. But even just a little time with this new previews proves that Windows 10 really really has the potential to be the hybrid future operating system we deserved all along. It’s impressive already. I can’t wait to see it finished.