Windows 10 Start menu can switch to full screen, new action center for notifications

Microsoft has announced during its Windows 10 press event today that the Windows 10 start menu can switch to take up the entire screen for the first time, along with a new action center that's basically the new version of the charms bar that was introduced for Windows 8.

Microsoft's operating system VP Joe Belifore showed off the Start menu full screen mode while demoing some of the new features that will be added to Windows 10. It will also have application-added buttons, images, and edit controls. The user interface for settings in Windows 10 should be familiar for users of Windows 7 and 8.

Windows 10 Action Center

Befiore also showed off the previously demoed Continuum mode in Windows 10 which offers owners of 2-in-1 devices an easier transition from the mouse and keyboard to the touchscreen-only mode.

It will feature full screen Windows apps and gesture navigation but can quickly switch back to the mouse and keyboard setup. This will work even with regular Windows 32-bit apps Continue can also exit tablet mode without any attached input devices.

Stay tuned as we will continue to post information from the Windows 10 press event. To see it all roll in live be sure to join us in the liveblog!

John Callaham