Windows 10 is finally getting desktop spotlight feature and more

As you may already know, the next feature update
‘October 2020 Update’ for Windows 10 is going to be a minor
release, which means that you won’t get any exciting new
features this year.

However, if you’re still part of the Windows Insider program,
you will soon be allowed to test multiple new features.

It’s been rumoured for some time that
Microsoft is working on UI and features consistency
improvements for Windows 10, and we’re now finally seeing
some of that come true. In preview builds, Microsoft is hiding
several features inside the operating system

Microsoft is now internally experimenting with two new features
– Desktop Spotlight and theme aware splash screen.

Desktop Spotlight

One of the easiest ways to add some flair to your old Windows
10 desktop is by setting a custom wallpaper. Windows 10
currently allows you to download theme packs from the Microsoft
Store, use a photo from your gallery, create a slideshow using
your own photos, or download a cool wallpaper.

You can dive into your Windows 10 personalization settings to
set a custom image, but the process for creating your own
slideshow is still time-consuming as you need to choose photos
manually.

In a future release of Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing
support for ‘Desktop Spotlight’, which is a feature that would
display Bing’s gorgeous images as a slideshow. This feature is
currently exclusive to lock screen, but it’s finally coming to
your desktop.

Windows 10 Desktop Spotlight

You’ll be able to enable Spotlight feature by heading
to Settings > Personalization > Background and
selecting “Spotlight Collection” in the “Background” drop-down
menu, as shown in the screenshot above.

That’s it. This will allow you to have a Bing images slideshow
going on your desktop and it works automatically.

Currently, the feature is not working in the preview builds,
but Microsoft is expected to enable it sometime later this
year.

Theme-aware splash screen

Windows 10 is getting support for the theme aware splash screen
that will appear when a UWP program is launching. For example,
you will notice the new theme-aware splash screen when
launching Microsoft Store, Groove Music, Settings, etc.

Currently, the splash screen focuses on Windows 10’s accent
colour with the logo of the app in the center, but that will
change soon.

Light splash screen

In a future release, modern apps will match the system theme
(dark or light), which should make the apps launching
experience itself look much cleaner and consistent when using
light or dark mode.

Dark splash screen

Microsoft has already enabled theme aware live tiles in the
Windows 10 Start Menu and the feature is now heading to splash
screen of your favourite apps.

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