Windows 10 Maximizes Screen Real Estate for 4K Era
Multitaskers, rejoice. Building on the Aero Snap feature in Windows 7, Microsoft makes it easier for users to position their windows on 4K and large-screen displays.Windows 10 will feature built-in support for multiple desktops when it launches later this summer, but Microsoft isn't banking on only that feature to help users organize their workspaces and stay productive. The advent of wide-screen monitors and Windows 7's Aero Snap feature helped make it easier to work with two windows side-by-side. For example, office workers can keep a business application open on the left while working with Excel on the right. Similarly, a Web developer can preview changes in a browser without having to reposition the code editor. Now, as 4K resolution becomes more popular, Windows 10 will boast a new feature called Snap Assist that will help users arrange their application windows in a more intuitive manner that's also faster, according to Microsoft Senior Program Manager Miron Vranjes. "When arranging two windows side-by-side, we noticed in practice that this scenario frequently involved snapping the first window and then spending time wading through other windows on screen to find the second one to drag and snap," blogged Vranjes. Snap Assist in Windows 10 helps makes alt-tabbing or previewing the taskbar a thing of the past.
"Snap Assist significantly speeds up the process of snapping two windows side-by-side by offering you a choice of windows to snap," stated Vranjes. Once users snap a window into place, Windows 10 populates the remaining screen real estate with shrunken preview windows that users can then select to occupy the other half of the screen. Based on experiences of early testers, Microsoft appears to have cracked the code to efficient multitasking.