Microsoft continues to experiment with the Start menu. After its comeback in Windows 10 in 2015, the emphasis in the menu was on live tiles. However, in the process of its evolution, tiles become a less emphasized element, as evidenced by the next change in the design of the “Start”.
As you can see, the background in the tiles will adapt to the theme of the system (light or dark), so they will not stand out as before. You can also notice that most of the icons in the list of applications will generally get rid of the background, which will make the “Start” more minimalistic.
Another change has affected the Alt-Tab menu. Now it will be possible to switch not only between application windows, but also between browser tabs. Who doesn’t like this option, Microsoft will enable the classic Alt-Tab mode.
Of the smaller innovations – the default set of shortcuts on the taskbar may be different for new users or during the initial setup of Windows. For example, if the user has an Android smartphone tied up, the Your Phone application icon will be docked. And if you use an Xbox Live account, then the Xbox application will appear there.
Pop-up notifications will receive a Close button (X) in the upper right corner. And information about your computer will now be much easier to copy.
These changes are available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161 build.