3 New Cool Windows 10 Features from Microsoft

Microsoft recently released their Windows 10 tech preview with many exciting features and over 7000+ improvements to existing features, user interface and other under-the-hood elements. These new features and/or improvements include the return of the start menu, windowed modern applications, task view, virtual desktops, etc. In fact, most of these new features and improvements are focused towards the desktop users to increase their productivity like in Windows XP or 7. Of all the things that are improved or introduced, here are the three coolest features found in the latest Windows 10 update.

Note: Some of the features discussed here are only available in updated versions of Windows 10 Tech preview. If you haven’t updated your installation, you can do so by navigating to “PC Settings” and then to “Update and Recovery.”

1. OneGet – A Linux Style Package Manager

Linux style package manager in Windows is one of the most anticipated features, and finally Microsoft introduced a Package Management Framework called OneGet into the PowerShell. This unified interface makes it easy to discover, install, uninstall and manage the Windows software via the common cmdlets and APIs. Moreover, OneGet itself is an open source project at Microsoft center, and MS also has plans to integrate OneGet deeply into the Windows Update system.


This integration helps all the desktop programs to trigger the updates through one common interface rather than using a separate update service for each program. Of course, the integration with the graphical interface and the Windows update is not immediate. As of now, OneGet ships with Chocolatey as its default package source. Since OneGet is an open-source project, you can always download the latest builds for your experiments from OneGet’s Github site.

2. Improvements for Command Prompt

After a long time, Microsoft finally decided to add some significant features and improvements to the Windows Command Prompt. You can easily access all these new features by navigating to the “Experimental” tab in the properties window. The current features include:

  • Live or dynamic resizing of command prompt window (no more messing with the layout properties).
  • Easy text selections.
  • Word wrapping on resize.
  • A ton of keyboard shortcuts and editing improvements.
  • Support for high resolution monitors (no more 800 X 600 stuff).
  • Finally the oddball, console window transparency.


The window transparency makes the whole command prompt window go transparent and is also applicable to all the consoles. Moreover, the above improvements are also ported to the PowerShell environment so that you don’t have missing features when shuffling around. Besides all these improvements, I would personally like to see a tabbed console with profiles and some useful built-in commands like grep.

3. Trackpad Gestures and Desktop Notifications

Microsoft introduced built-in trackpad gestures in Windows 8, but unfortunately, they are buggy and unusable. Now in Windows 10, Microsoft is beefing up those features and making them more usable. As of now, the new trackpad gestures are pretty similar to what you find on a Mac. These new gestures include three-finger swipes to minimize and maximize windows, activate task view, etc. So, if you are already using the Windows 10 tech preview, give these trackpad gestures a try and see if these are any better compared to Windows 8.


Along with the trackpad gestures, Microsoft also improved desktop notifications to be more refined and usable. Unlike in Windows 8 where the toast notifications disappear after a couple of seconds without any trace, they are subsequently listed in the Windows action center in Windows 10. These notifications are also accessible via the regular notification area in the taskbar.


It is pretty obvious that most, if not all, of these new features are already available in Linux and OS X. Nevertheless, it is still good to see Microsoft finally incorporate such features into its OS. With all these improvements and new features, Windows is trying to provide a more unified interface between platforms while rectifying the mistakes in Windows 8.

So what are your most anticipated features? If you are using the Windows 10 Technical Preview, don’t forget to share your feedback using the Windows 10 Feedback app and in the comments form below.

Vamsi Krishna Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.


  1. Why Microsoft using Linux style package manager? Microsoft have to develop their own Package Manager.

    1. “Microsoft have to develop their own Package Manager.”
      Microsoft first have to develop the packages for their Package Manager to manage. So far it will only manage updates. Big, Fat, Hairy Deal! Linux Package Managers have tens of thousands of FREE packages that they manage, not just some updates on Patch Tuesday.

      Again Microsoft has come out with a “me-too” copy cat application. This one only 20 years after Linux had one.

  2. You say Microsoft is “rectifying the mistakes in Windows 8”. I would spread that to ALL of Windows! Microsoft has been a mistake since day one and while it is great to see the giant turd finally getting with the program I will not be holding my breath. MS has always had this our way or the highway attitude and seem to think we are the ones that need to conform. Sadly I doubt that attitude has changed and while it may appear they are making things more unified I am betting they will still try and force users to do things the way they think they should be done. I hope I am wrong but we have been down this road with them before only to be let down.

  3. I totally agree with the “my way or hit the highway” attitude of Microsoft, just like GM’s attitude that brought them to bankruptcy!

    I’m not usually a Microsoft basher, but they have done it over and over again.

    I hated it when they came up with Vista & completely changed the user interface.

    I hated it more when Office 2007 came out with a completely different interface.

    Every change like that cost businesses a lot of money in lost productivity and retraining of employees.
    Improvements and upgrades do not need to have a drastic change of the interface,
    Recently they screwed up again with OneNote, (backward compatibility), although they gave it free.

    1. “Every change like that cost businesses a lot of money in lost productivity and retraining of employees.”
      But it creates a lot of revenue and profits for M$ and that is ALL they are interested in.

  4. True. But people and businesses will get tired of that.
    Many have already been tired of that, and have switched to other alternatives, like Google Docs.

    LibreOffice is popular among individuals.
    Personally I uninstalled office 2010 Pro trial, which came with one of my new machines and replaced it with my old Office 2003. I simply hate the ribbon. So I decided to hit the highway!

    With the introduction of the ribbon system, MS have lost me as an Office customer for ever.
    On my mobile devices I use libreOffice. It’s more than capable of providing all what I need in that are of computing. Plenty of other powerful open source choices. Scribus is an example.

    Incidentally, Microsoft is giving Office to Apple and Android devices for free, as it has been announced last week. The new version is supposed to be consistent on both, the iPhone and iPad (unlike the current version), but I am not a user of any Apple products, though.

    1. If you can afford to not use openxml documents (docx, etc.) and all their features, then you should probably use Office 2003 anyway. As far as the ribbon thing, people that started using office with ribbon will feel equally about the classic menu. But then again their are free and paid programs to include the classic menu to Office 07/10/13 and I have tried them and they are good. So I don’t really understand what the fuss is about. Unless you are using Office professionally and need the interoperability and features, then you can use any office suite you like. If MS Office is required then there are ways to get the classic menu back. If you want better format support but still desire the classic interface, you should really try SoftMaker Office 2012, which is an excellent suite. I’ve been using it since its 2010 version and their format support is good. SMO 2015 is going to be released in a few months, so if you want to try that perhaps use the 2012 trial and wait until 2015 is released to purchase, if you like it.

  5. @trala,
    It’s not a big issue when it’s an individual case, but when major and drastic changes are made (like the changes in the GUI from Office 2003 to Office 2007), and you have 150,000 employees using Office daily, retraining then is very costly.
    Just try to imagine that.

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