One of the big visual changes to Windows 10 is the re-addition of the transparent Aero Glass look from Windows Vista and Windows 7. “We’re trying to bring back some of that feel,” Belfiore said.
And it’s a good decision, as Aero Glass has aged far better than other UI paradigms. In fact, Apple embraced Aero Glass-ness with its latest desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite.
In addition to its Start menu, Microsoft is bringing back Jump Lists. Windows 10 will also use a new Spotlight feature to show users interesting images on their desktop’s lock screen and various Windows 10 apps. Users can then choose to install an app directly from the lock screen (this feature can be turned off).
Microsoft announced new ways for developers to get apps to its platform and inside the Windows Store.
Until now, developers have had to package their apps as Windows Universal apps for the Windows Store. While that’s fine for new apps written with more modern design language, traditional applications written in Win32 or .NET are unable to be added to the Windows Store.
That changes with Windows 10. Now, Microsoft is allowing developers to package their Win32 and .NET apps to sell in the Windows Store.
To ensure security, those apps will be run sandboxed, so they don’t harm other parts of the system.
This is big news for traditional app makers. Adobe has already said it will be bringing Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements to the Windows Store.