Microsoft revives the PowerToys project. Designed for power users, these tools can include a keyboard shortcut manager, a batch file converter, and a window manager that can change window layouts when docking or damping a laptop.
The PowerToys project, originally launched for Windows 95, includes a package of useful tools. The most famous was TweakUI, which provided an interface to configure dark settings in Windows that would otherwise need to edit the Windows registry. Windows XP also received a set of PowerToys programs. Full lists of included PowerToys can be found on Wikipedia.
Microsoft ceased PowerToys after Windows XP, but now they come back. This time, the PowerToys project is open source with the source code available on Microsoft's GitHub.
No PowerToys have been released yet, but Microsoft is working on two that will be released in the preview in the summer of 201
There is a "Maximize to New Desktop Widget" that will appear when you sweep over maximizing or restoring the button in something window. You can click the button to create a new desktop, send the app to the desktop and maximize the app on the new desktop. It's a convenient way to interact with Windows 10's virtual desktop screens.
Microsoft also creates a Windows quick key guide. When you press the Windows key and hold it down for more than a second, Windows shortcuts appear on your screen. This list is contextual. You will only see shortcuts that work for the current mode on the screen.
Certainly, serious Windows users can know most of them, but Windows hot keys are powerful and usually difficult to detect. Did you know that pressing Windows + E opens a File Explorer window somewhere, or if you press Windows plus a number key, does the corresponding application icon on your taskbar activate?
Microsoft is also "Think about" a list of other tools, including:
- Full Window Manager with Specific Layouts for Docking and Removable Laptops
- Keyboard Shortcut Manager
- Win + R replacement
- Better alt + tab including browser integration and search to run apps
- Battery tracker
- Batch file reamer
- Quick-change in taskbar
- Mouse events without focus
- Cmd ( or PS or Bash from here
- Content Menu File Browsing
Microsoft encourages you to vote with +1 and create problems on GitHub to prioritize the list and propose new ideas.