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Windows 365 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft for desktop computers on 29 September 2019. A version for mobile devices and server computers was both released on 27 October 2019. Microsoft's video game console and home entertainment system, the Xbox Plus, runs a special version of Windows 365.

Development began as early as late 2016 under the codename "Arctic", and was designed as an improvement to and uses some of the elements from Windows 7 and Windows 10. It was announced on July 1, 2018 at a media event under the name Windows 365.

Features

User interface

The taskbar supports groupings of icons, which can be done by either right-clicking the taskbar and choosing "Create Group" or dragging an existing icon onto another icon. There can be up to 9 icons in a grouping.

The Start orb design can be customized via the Control Panel.

Gadgets

Gadgets are lightweight, single-purpose applications that can be dragged around the desktop. In Windows 365 they snap to the right side of the screen in a sidebar. Third-party gadgets can be downloaded and installed, but the default gadgets are:

  • Calendar - a calendar service
  • Clock - a digital and analog clock, with timer capabilities
  • Contacts - a contact gadget that lists contacts from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook services
  • CPU Meter - a gadget that measures CPU speed, RAM usage, and other specifications
  • RSS Feed Headlines - a gadget that can collect data from RSS and Atom feeds
  • Notes - a sticky note gadget
  • Translator - a language gadget than can translate and speak aloud 73 different languages, provided by Google Translate
  • Reader - a gadget that reads aloud text that is entered, for accessibility purposes
  • Weather - a weather gadget with 7-day and hourly forecasts, provided by AccuWeather
  • Digital World Clocks - a series of clocks that show times in different time zones around the world
  • Moon Giant - a moon phase tracker
  • Clip Collector - a clipboard gadget that can save up to 120 clips
  • Dictionary - a dictionary and thesaurus gadget, provided by Merriam-Webster.

Programs

Internet Explorer 12

Internet Explorer 12 icon

Internet Explorer 12 is the default web browser for Windows 365. It utilizes the Trident browser engine. Features include:

  • Improved download manager that lets users choose where to save files
  • Better support for HTML5, CSS 3, SVG 1.1, and WebGL
  • Improved security and phishing filters; the ability to pin and group tabs
  • Reading View to read without distractions and in a clutter-free environment
  • CPU and RAM usage decreases
  • Support for WebVR, APNG, and WebP formats
  • Integrated PDF reader
  • Optional uBlock Origin content blocker
  • Bing Dictionary and Microsoft Rewards extensions
  • Inline MathML support
  • Removed search engine toolbar

Paint

  • Choose colors using an RGB, HSL, or a hexadecimal value
  • Blur, Smudge, Burn, and Sharpen tools
  • Transparency levels can be set
  • Undo limit raised to 50
  • Add multiple layers to an image
  • Color histogram
  • Color correction
  • Noise removal
  • Red-eye removal

Snipping Tool

  • Can take video recordings up to 10 minutes long, in .mp4 or .wmv format

File Explorer

  • New dark theme
  • Redesigned iconset
  • Optimized file searching to be faster

Windows Media Player

  • Support for more file formats such as .ogg, .oga, and .ogv
  • Support for broadcasting/transferring audio and video to a projector or mobile device

Calculator

Windows Calculator has currency conversions with support for over 30 currencies such as the Japanese Yen, Mexican Peso, and Chinese Yuan; and a programmer mode with support for hexadecimal and binary.

Windows Defender

Windows Defender has upgraded anti-spam and anti-phishing filters and the ability to scan for rootkits. A user can now perform a heuristics analysis with each full scan, and the ability to sandbox and quarantine applications was added. It can also block the IP addresses and domain names of malicious websites.

Notepad

Notepad now has syntax-highlighting support for up to 20 programming languages, a dark theme, and a tabbed interface. The CTRL+F keybing now finds user-specified text.

Disk Manager

Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter have been combined to form Disk Manager, which can clean unnecessary files and defragment certain drives.