Microsoft Just Made Windows 10 Way Better for 2-in-1 Laptops

Joanna Estrada
August 30, 2019

The latest version of the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (18970) has included a change to how the user interface is displayed when using a 2-in-1 in tablet mode - when you fold back the keyboard or remove it entirely.

Microsoft explained in a blog post that the new interface would let users switch from laptop to tablet mode while keeping the familiar desktop aesthetic.

This new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs, however, straddles those interfaces.

There are two different build numbers depending on whether you've been selected to test the 19H2 update or are still on 19H1. That should make hitting them precisely with a fingertip more straightforward. The design offers an experience closer to desktop computer mode.

Microsoft Just Made Windows 10 Way Better for 2-in-1 Laptops
Microsoft Just Made Windows 10 Way Better for 2-in-1 Laptops

The tweaks in question include increased spacing between taskbar icons, collapsed Search and Cortana buttons - they're now icons instead of a full text box - a "touch-optimized" layout for File Explorer, a manual keyboard taskbar button, and automatic touch keyboard activation whenever a text field is tapped on. The rest of Insiders in the Release Preview Ring will get the 19H1 build Build 18362.329 today, though both builds actually include the two following fixes.

At the moment, the change is only available to people using 2-in-1 devices on the Windows Insider program (Windows tablets retain the old interface), and only a select few have access while Microsoft assesses the quality of the changes. If you do get it, you should automatically be switched to the updated UI when you flip your laptop from notebook to tablet orientation.

Also being introduced with this build is the ability to reset a PC from the cloud. Whereas until now, the reset tool would use local Windows files stored in a hidden partition to do a reinstall, it's now possible to do the same but with a cloud-based version of those files.

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