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Closer look at Windows 10’s rumoured new Search experience, volume flyout

Windows 10 and Cortana

Windows 10 19H1 is projected to go live in the spring of 2019
and the preview builds are already live. Windows 10 19H1 is
going to improve the overall user experience and it will
introduce some much-needed changes including a slider
to change the brightness of the monitor.

Recently we reported that
Microsoft is working on a new Search experience in Windows
10 and a
modern volume flyout menu. It turns out that this can be
enabled in Windows 10 19H1 builds using Mach2.

We were able to get an early hands-on of
the new Windows Search experience and here’s how it works.

Windows Search improvements

Search in Windows 10 (1)

Windows 10’s 2019 update is going to introduce quite a lot of
changes in terms of features. Windows 10 19H1 could
separate Cortana from the Windows Search and there will be two
different icons on the taskbar. However, Microsoft hasn’t
officially announced any of the changes mentioned below and the
plans may change.

The first icon will allow you to access Windows Search and with
the second icon, you can open Cortana which does not have the
search bar anymore.

Taskbar

Windows Search will work independently and Microsoft’s digital
assistant Cortana will be available in its very own window with
the entire focus on digital assistant-like functionalities.

The keyboard shortcut (Start + S) brings up the new Windows
Search panel. The Windows Search homepage shows recent
activities which include the web pages opened in Microsoft Edge
browser.

You still search by simply typing in the Start menu but to
access Cortana, you would need to click on its dedicated icon
pinned to the taskbar or with the voice command.

Search in Windows 10 part 2

At the top of the screen, you’ll notice the sections previously
found in Cortana – All, Apps, Documents, Email, Web and More.
Clicking the option ‘More’ brings up Folders, Music, People,
Settings and Videos. The Settings option is linked to the
dedicated Search Settings page.

Indexing Options

There is an indexing option which can be accessed by tapping on
three dots located at the top right corner. It opens the
indexing options page where you can see the included locations
for searches and you can also modify it to include the local
drives. You can also include other locations.

Search Indexing Options

There is also a dedicated page to customize the new Windows
Search experience and it can be found in the Settings app. In
the Settings app, there are now two options – Cortana and
Search.

Settings

The dedicated Search setting page allows you to configure the
Permissions and History. In this page, you can disable features
like Cloud Search, Activities history, Recommendations, my
device history.

The second tab ‘Searching Windows’ will allow users to access
the new enhanced search feature. For those unfamiliar, the new
enhanced search mode in Windows 10 will make the search
process substantially faster by indexing more locations.

Cortana

Cortana new look

Cortana is now available in its own window and it would work
independently. Cortana opens with listening mode on by default
and the entire focus appears to be on digital assistant
features.

Cortana in 19H1

The Cortana’s left pane automatically expands when the user
hovers over the navigation pane. The Settings option is linked
to the Cortana’s dedicated page in the Settings app.

Cortana settings page

Separating the two features is a good idea as the users will
have more control over their desktops. According to rumours,
Microsoft could revamp Cortana experience in Windows 10 and
provide a more straightforward method of accessing the digital
assistant.

New volume flyout

Music Controls in Windows 10

In addition to Cortana being separated from Windows
Search, Microsoft is also working on a new interface for the
volume flyout which can be accessed from the sound icon pinned
to the taskbar.

Music Controls

The music playback control will be integrated directly into the
volume flyout. It means you can click on the sound icon and
whenever a music is playing, you can adjust volume, pause, stop
or change track directly from the flyout.

The feature seems to be ready for public testing and there’s a
chance that it could become available for users in the Windows
Insider program very soon but at this point, there’s no ETA or
official confirmation from Microsoft.

As noted by Albacore,
the two features can be enabled in Windows 10 19H1 builds with
a third-party called Mach2 but turning on unfinished features
may completely trash your Windows installation and you’re not
recommended to use it on your production machine.



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