On my previous post, I shared my self-project OneWindows startup, lock, and login design concept. Today I would like to share my OneWindows desktop or main screen design concept. Most of the ideas on this design concept are taken from Windows Feedback Hub and I’ve spent months or maybe years, to look for the great or best idea suggested by the community.
OneWindows new user interface is now clean, familiar, and touch friendly. The first thing you’ll notice on this design is the Microsoft logo on the start button. The reason for this are: first, it’s a way to advertise the company’s branding or identity, like what Apple did on their macOS. Second, Microsoft logo looks like a “live tiles” silhouettes which is perfect for the start button. Third, I don’t like the current Windows logo, and having a perspective view icon on taskbar looks weird while everyone is front and center.
The current Windows have an issue on the inconsistent context menu. Some of the context menus are dark while some are white. On OneWindows, context menus are consistent everywhere. For those users who’s a fan of dark or night modes, on OneWindows this feature will be removed. This feature will now depend on the application developers if they want to support it or not.
The reason for this, when I check comments on dark or night modes on Windows Feedback Hub, most of them is because users are using their devices at night or dark places. Instead of having dark or night mode, OneWindows will automatically adjust the color temperature of the user’s device screen, depends on the users local time. The user can turn this feature off or manually adjust the color temperature the way the user wants it on OneWindows settings.
One interesting idea I’ve read on Windows Feedback Hub was moving Recycle Bin on the taskbar, together with system quick access buttons. This way, even if the user has lots of windows open, the user still have easy access on Recycle Bin rather than minimizing every window just to access it, though “Windows Key + D” on the keyboard works fine for me.
I also have an iMac, and this idea is already on macOS for a very long time now. However, it is a great addition to Windows for the user to experience.
One suggestion on Windows Feedback Hub is to make User Account Control (UAC) remember which application that the user already granted permission or privilege to change something on their device. On OneWindows, the applications that the user allowed will never ask for permissions again, though the user can reset this permission through OneWindows application settings.
I’m also a developer, and I spent a lot of time using Command Prompt or Terminal on macOS. Developers on Windows Feedback Hub are requesting for a tab features on Command Prompt, Bash, and on PowerShell. On OneWindows, this feature is now added, to increase developers productivity.
One of the most requested interface updates from the Windows Feedback Hub community is removing the border on the active window. On OneWindows, the active window doesn’t have a border anymore.
Title bar doesn’t get much of an update. Since Windows supports touch devices, I believe it’s time to update it. Other than dragging the active window to the edge of the device screen to arrange them, the user can just long press on the maximize button to select the full range of options.
OneWindows also have keyboard shortcuts for window positioning to make it easy for keyboard lovers. Keyboard shortcuts are meticulously choosen to make sense to the end user.
- Windows key + CTRL + 1 = position active windows on lower left of the screen
- Windows key + CTRL + 2 = position active windows half screen bottom of the screen
- Windows key + CTRL + 3 = position active windows on lower right of the screen
- Windows key + CTRL + 4 = position active windows half screen left of the screen
- Windows key + CTRL + 5 = position active windows on center of the screen or maximize window
- Windows key + CTRL + 6 = position active windows half screen right of the screen
- Windows key + CTRL + 7 = position active windows on upper left of the screen
- Windows key + CTRL + 8 = position active windows half screen top of the screen
- Windows key + CTRL + 9 = position active windows on upper right of the screen
On OneWindows Task View, the user can now sort or arrange Virtual Desktop the way the user wants it. The user can also choose or set a different desktop wallpaper for each Virtual Desktop.
OneWindows will also introduce new multi-touch gesture for Task View. Swipe up with four fingers to open Task View. Swipe down with four fingers to see all windows of the app you’re using. Swipe left or right with four fingers to move between virtual desktops. For keyboard, Windows Key + Tab or Windows Key + Shift + Tab will cycle to all virtual desktop. Windows Key + Left or Right Arrow Key will move between virtual desktops.
I am a big fan of having notifications on the desktop, but current Windows notification center and quick toggles also known as action center look dull and boring in my opinion. The features are there, but the interface design is very uninspiring. OneWindows action center got an updated interface. Toggles are now located on top to give the user the same experience even on the mobile phone device.
Notifications are sorted by the applications and in a compact design. The user can dismiss the notification by swiping or by clicking the close button. The user can also reply to the message directly from the notification. The user can control or customize action center through OneWindows settings.
One feature in macOS that I would like Windows to have is when I shutdown or restart my device, it automatically opens my previous opened application. My idea for OneWindows is it does not only opens your application but also reposition it to its previous position.
Next post, I will share my OneWindows start design concept. Please let me know in the comment section if you have some comment, question, or suggestion regarding this OneWindows desktop design concept.
Wallpapers on this design concept are copyright © by their respective owner.
Part 1 – OneWindows Installation
Part 2 – OneWindows Startup, Lock, and Login Screen
Part 3 – OneWindows Desktop
Part 4 – OneWindows Start
Part 5 – OneWindows Cortana
Part 6 – OneWindows Desktop Applications