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Playing Around with Windows 10

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Decided to finally download and install Windows 10 Technical Preview on a virtual machine the other day and I'm testing it out and messing around with it, seeing what it can and can't do.

Right now I'm messing with the new method of customizing the start menu and I must say, I am very impressed with the customization possibilities in the new one! You can shape it to just about anything! (I'm in fullscreen mode right now, but I prefer the little menu in the corner... it's just easier to customize it in fullscreen lol)

I LOVE the new window animations, including the maximize animation which never previously existed. I also LOVE the new effects on the taskbar, the hovering effect, the lines, everything. It looks and feels great! ....Just quite buggy. :D

I'm currently downloading the new 10041 build just released today. Quite excited to try out all the changes in it! What do you think of Windows 10 so far?
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PeterRollar's avatar
PeterRollarHobbyist General Artist
Windows 10 is great so far. Only the icons should be made by you.:)
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Let the professionals make the icons. ;) I'm just an amateur that wants to be professional. It would be really cool to design for Microsoft, or Apple, or Google one day though!
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PeterRollarHobbyist General Artist
Maybe the professionals are more experienced than you. Only they lack of taste. It is easier to get more experience than getting a better taste. So the time works for you.:)
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dAKirby309, why you don't try to get a job at Microsoft?  ...you're so good at what you do here in DA, and Microsoft even had a open job for interface designer or something like that some months ago... ..I don't know, just though you should at least try something on those lines :nod:
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
This comment means a lot to me, glad you think I do a good job on my work. :) I do try to do my best, but I don't think I'm all that great.

I'm not a professional graphic designer so I don't know if MS would even consider me, and I believe interface designer requires knowledge of coding; HTML, CSS, etc. I don't know anything about that, but I will probably be taking a class on programming soon to get some knowledge about it... even though I have little interest in that stuff.

Thanks for the meaningful words :) It would be awesome to work for a great company like Microsoft, and it'd be cool to be able to one day!
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You're welcome :)  ..believe in yourself and work around your strengths. I really think that if you go for it you could do well. See what's needed to qualify for the jobs you want to go for, and be bold. Hope you'll get where you're willing to get professionally :)
charliehd4's avatar
I think it's pretty good, but can't you cange taskbar to small icons?
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, you're still able to change taskbar size to small. They did reduce the size of the normal sized taskbar icons though, from 48x48px (size of icons on Windows 7/8) down to 32x32 in Windows 10.
charliehd4's avatar
Alright, and this taskbar size you're using it's this a "special" size?
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
If by special size you mean 32x32, then yes.
charliehd4's avatar
Alright, but this taskbar seems bigger than my small taskbar in W8.1, W8.1 uses 24x24pixels in small taskbar?
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Oh, yeah. I'm using large taskbar icons, the taskbar in the screenshot is the same exact height as the taskbar is in Windows 8, just smaller icons. The 'small icons' mode of the taskbar is 24 pixels and the icons are 16x16 as they always have been.
charliehd4's avatar
Now I see it! haha
Thanks for all the answers!
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
No prob :D
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OrphydianHobbyist General Artist
can you use oblytile with this?
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Yeah OblyTile seems to work, except it doesn't seem to give correct sizing. For example, I tested it using a metro tile I made, I made it to be a large tile and pinned it to the start menu. 1) I wasn't able to make it into a large tile, it restricted me to small and medium, and when it was sized to small or medium, the icon was only taking up 50% of the actual tile dimensions. The rest was blank space. 2) When I told it to PIN as a certain sized tile, it didn't pin. It only showed up when I went to "All Apps" and scrolled down to find it, then pin it.

So it does work, but not very well.
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OrphydianHobbyist General Artist
so you can use Oblytile with small and medium tiles?  There are still available those abstract backgrounds for starstscreen ? I see you have a solid colour simple background
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OrphydianHobbyist General Artist
that sucks
spydawebm's avatar
I'm waiting for the new browser to be added before I really start messing around with this TP.  I'm running it in a Hyper-V, but not really using it currently.
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Yeah I'm not using it all that much, only a few hours worth of use. Just checking out basic functions and the new designs mainly. Looking forward to that Project Spartan browser :D
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Have you been able to test out the Cortana integration?
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Oh, I have not... yet. I haven't gotten around to it but from what I hear, Cortana works very well. :)
spydawebm's avatar
I've only been able to use the text interactions. Those work pretty well. My microphone driver won't install in the VM though so, I can't try that out just yet.
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
I got my microphone working for Cortana on my VM but Cortana seems to have trouble understanding everything I say. A couple times I tried, she thought I was saying something completely different. And when I told her to "open Registry Editor" she thought I said like "potato registry editor" and searched that in Chrome. XD

So MS still has a few kinks to work out.
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