Windows 10 is getting new personalization settings

Windows 10’s next big feature update is arriving sometime in
October or November and there won’t be any major changes to the
operating system with the Spring update. The company is already
testing new interface tweaks for Windows 10 Sun Valley update,
and some changes are now live in preview builds.

The latest preview build finally includes support for ‘Windows
Spotlight’, which is a feature that can display Bing wallpapers
on your desktop. When the ‘Spotlight’ option is selected on the
personalization page, your desktop will display beautiful
images, similar to what Bing does on its homepage, lock screen
and Microsoft Launcher.

It also appears that there’s machine learning involved that
will display similar images in the future based on your
preference.

Desktop spotlight

As shown in the above screenshot, you can configure the feature
by navigating to Settings > Personalization > Background.
To enable Bing wallpapers, select “Spotlight Collection” in the
“Background” drop-down menu.

It’s worth noting that you won’t see ads on your desktop when
the spotlight feature is active and you can learn more about
the wallpaper by clicking on a widget called ‘spotlight’.

Spotlight desktop

This feature is entirely optional and users can disable it
entirely so there’s no fear of Microsoft forcing users to use
Bing recommendations.

Touch keyboard personalization

Microsoft is also introducing a new ‘touch keyboard’
personalization settings to help you change the appearance of
the touch keyboard.

Touch keyboard

For example, you can soon change the colour of the keys or the
borders, background opacity level, keyboard scale and more.

Customize touch keyboard

Device Usage “specific use cases” feature

The third new personalization setting is “Device Usage”,

a new feature to optimize your Windows experience by getting
recommendations for tools and services from Microsoft.

This feature is also completely optional and users must share
their data to access the recommendations list. At the moment,
Microsoft is testing six main categories – Gaming, Schoolwork,
Creativity, Entertainment, Business and Family.

Device Usage page

In addition to these personalization options, Microsoft is also
working on modern UI and new icons for File Explorer.

All these improvements will land in the production channel
later this year.

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