Learn more about how Windows 10 handles snap modes for apps

With the launch of Windows 10 now less than two months away, Microsoft is offering more information on the new features that will be added to the OS. That includes the new snap mode for apps and windows that was first introduced in Windows 7 with Aero Snap and later expanded upon in Windows 8 and 8.1.

One of the new features is called Snap Assist, which will help people find a second app to snap after putting the first app in position. Microsoft states:

"Snap Assist significantly speeds up the process of snapping two windows side-by-side by offering you a choice of windows to snap. Through our Windows Insider Program, we've seen that 90% of the time, users have chosen to take advantage of this improvement and pick the second app directly from Snap Assist rather than hunting for it manually. Snap Assist also has a number of related benefits. For example, just like Task View, it makes it easier to use the desktop with touch and comes in handy as part of Continuum."

Windows 10 also supports snapping apps to a quarter of the screen, allowing as many as four windows on the screen at once. There's also Snap Fill, which optimized the amount of space apps and windows take up on the screen. Microsoft says:

"When you snap a window and resize it, the system takes note of your action. When you then snap a second window, the system will optimize its size to automatically fill up the available space. It's a subtle feature, but comes in handy when you snap a lot of windows or have complex layouts involving a mix of half and quarter snapped windows."

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham