Part 3. Some Improvement Ideas for Windows 10
Mobile Space. New vision on cross-platform
Mobile Space is a space, inside of which can be launched as applications created for Windows Tablets so as apps created for Windows Phone.
When phone connected with Mobile Space, user could either choose what apps to select from the phone to install in a Space, or completely synchronize phone data with Mobile Space.
Besides, to connect the phone is only enough to have a Wifi or USB connection.
Mobile Space will give users a possibility not to use a phone every time, when it makes any sound. User could look an incoming notification in Windows Notification Centre and then if interested open it in Mobile Space.
Surface Tablets owners will get, as a compare to Windows 10 Tablet Mode, not just a space with more convenient interface for fingers touching use and usual Tiles interface, but even more greater feature as to launch Windows Phones apps on a Desktop PC.
New Windows Start from Top to Bottom
When we creating ideas for Start menu the main task was how to do that users could access their apps quickly. The Microsoft has been improved Start menu a few times, but in general not established a good result yet. In our design, Start menu only used for displaying of applications shortcuts.
The Start menu created by us has very simple design. We create Quick Access Menu were can be placed often used apps. Others app available from All Apps list. All Apps list can be filtered either as by different types of sorting so as the list of apps can be reduced by entering the some part of the name of app in a search field.
Just installed apps showed in the top under the Quick Access list. When opening All programs, just installed apps illuminated with yellowish colored back.
Attaching additional important files to main app shortcut such as shortcuts of important text files, 32 or 64 bits versions of application, other additional apps settings and etc was improved as well. Also we created the ability of quick access to some features of apps without lanching/opening the app itself.
Some software products used by the user in a professional purpose (Adobe Creative, Microsoft Dev Studio) or used daily very often (Microsoft Office), for this goals was invented a Personal Start Pane. It will be very useful feature for customers and developers and we think it will be used very often too.
Settings app. And a few interesting features
Windows Settings require from Microsoft a serious redesign job. Setting app should became the only app for Windows setting up. Setting app should be easy in use. The setting options should be logically divided by sections. The amount of sections and settings options should be reduced minimum in half.
In particular moment for Windows 10 we suggesting to do a few slight changes for Settings app.
First, Quick Access and Recently changed should be added to Settings app home page. When setting up а Windows, this panels will substantially simplified work for users.
And second, breadcrumbs should be improved and look like they are in File Explorer. User must understand which section is active and must have a possibility quickly jumping between sections.
File Explorer. User friendly design and Cortana support.
In our design concept we reimaging the File Explorer UI with a goal of interface simplicity and usability. Also was added a few useful features.
For easing of moving and coping files we invent a File Drop.
We provide support of Cortana for quick windows actions control with using of simple commands like «Cortana open folder …», «Cortana go level up (go two levels up, …)», «Cortana go back (two time back, …)», «Cortana scroll page down, one down again» and so on.
As in Edge Browser, we added tabs idea to File Explorer.
We created a different types of window modes. For example, sufficiently asked Double Browser Mode with quick access to search for duplicate files.
We added in interface of File Explore a big amount of other new and easy-to-use features.
Windows Mail Improvements
New Mail in Windows 10 got a pretty good UX and graphic designs by Microsoft. By taking it as a base, we improved UI and UX designs of it and add some new features and made a few changes in old ones. As a result we got a product that easy and logical in using.
Improvements That Could be in Windows 10 before final release.
Besides cited above improvements and changes, Windows design team could do some changes that is simply on the top.
In such apps as News, Weather, Finance is better to change places of Menu button with Home button. Add a section Recently viewed. The left menu pane should automatically increase in full size mode or scaled back when the window size is changing.
Aero Snap. It will be cool, when by holding, for example Ctrl button, and moving a black windows dividing line in between windows appears a gap. When user realize the mouse button, than in appeared gap may be insert a new app windows. Also will be great if Aero Snap can be turn off manually as user wish and could be activated when holding a Ctrl button.
Tiles. Ability to configure an information that shows in Tile blocks. Also to do clickable every news cell/line, when they shown by list in tile. Because it some kind of a stupidity, when you have a list of news, but when you try to click on some news that you interest in, you realize that you click on tile itself and the News app will be opened. And when it opened. you see the Home page that is active. And as it’s in mostly cases you then should search for that interesting news, because it not there on the Home page in top news.
About Continuum. It more likely that Microsoft should finally design a console/device something like AppleTV. The Microsoft Connect Dock is a device that only needed to connect a phone to Display. In 21 century, it’s kinda dull and look pretty cheap. And this just blow an imagination with different ideas what can be done with such device as Microsoft TV, you can only imaging how cool it could be.
A few words about interface of Continuum. May be, if some how, when phone connecting to display and environment that shown at the display look like twin of Windows 10 desktop, then other elements should be in the same design as well. For example, Phone Start Menu should look exactly like it is in Windows 10 interface. Tiles displayed right and All apps is left. Because now it’s look questionable and out of Windows 10 design, more like Phone design. And we think when you have a real PC and connect phone to it, the design of Continuum in which Windows 10 transform is really need an serious improvement.
And a little bit more. We with will be good to have alway in audio or video players visible a fully opened Volume control.
When waiting screen appears (dots that curling around), would be great to see in side of it a percentages or under it when percentages not needed a exclamation what process is happening.
How the readers already understands, the author of this article have a big experience in interface design and also have a lot of different and great ideas, that will help take Windows to a leading place amount of it main OS rivals.
Will be great, if this review and improvement ideas will be read by someone from Microsoft’s Management team in US headquarter. The goal was not only to show how great Windows could be, but also, it’s some kind of a probational work that was made to receive an offer from Microsoft to make all this ideas happen.
Also, we open to do a review or an improvement work for your product or project. If you are interested, please let us know by sending us a request e-mail.