Windows 10 is getting new multitasking features with Sun Valley update

With Windows 10 Sun Valley update, there will be even more ways
to multitask with multiple windows, especially if you’ve
multiple monitor setup. It also appears that there’ll be at
least one new multitasking feature for the Chromium-based
Microsoft Edge.

The new multitasking features are part of the “Snap-based task
group”. This includes a new feature where you can drag app
windows to “corners” of the screen and they’ll automatically
resize to fit perfectly, side by side, so you can easily use
multiple apps.

While the ability to snap two windows side-by-side has always
been a part of Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft is taking
this a step further in the next feature update. Likewise, when
choosing what to snap while you’re in multitasking mode, you
can soon choose to show Microsoft Edge tabs on their own page
i.e as an independent app.

Microsoft is also testing another mysterious multitasking
toggle “Snap further away from screen edge”. However, it’s
currently unclear how it would work.

Virtual desktops

For users who use multiple displays or for those dual-screen
laptops, Microsoft is also making multitasking easier.

As you may know, Windows 10 currently requires multi-monitor
users to have the same virtual desktops for both displays,
which could be a problem when you want to have a separate
virtual desktop for each monitor.

For example, if you open YouTube or any other app on the
additional monitor and you switch between the virtual desktops,
the YouTube window travels with the desktop it was associated
with, disturbing your workflow.

Microsoft is now testing a new feature that will allow you to
have separate virtual desktops for each monitor.

Separate virtual desktops

In other words, the extra monitor will have its own virtual
desktop that will remain unaffected even when you switch
between virtual desktops on your primary monitor or vice versa.

Aero Shake becomes optional

Microsoft is also planning to make the unpopular “Shake to
Minimize” or “Aero Shake” function optional. For those unaware,
Aero Shake allows users to minimize unnecessarily opened tabs
by simply dragging or shaking the window using the cursor.

Aero shake

In version 21H2, Aero Shake will become optional and you can
manage it via the Settings app, as shown in the above
screenshot.

Other improvements and release date

In addition to these new multitasking capabilities, Microsoft
is believed to be working on a
new floating Start Menu and
rounded corners for the taskbar and context menu.

According to reports, Windows 10 Sun Valley will launch for
consumers in the second half of 2021 (October – November) as a
free upgrade. Before the Sun Valley update, we’ll be getting
the Spring 2021 “21H1” update with quality improvements and
scooped a set of features.

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