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Windows 10 could soon beef up its multitasking capabilities

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Windows 10 could be getting a new multitasking feature to allow multiple windows to be easily snapped on your desktop – plus those running multi-monitor setups might be able to use different virtual desktops with each display in the future (more on that later).

First off, the concept of ‘snap-based task groups’ was pointed out by well-known Microsoft leaker Albacore on Twitter.

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So, as you can see, the idea is that you’ll be able to drag app windows to the corner of the desktop, and “they’ll automatically size to fit perfectly, side by side” (as the options shown make clear, when resizing a snapped window, any adjacent snapped window will be automatically adjusted to fit). In short, it will be easier to work with multiple snap-based apps.

Of course, the feature may not make the cut for the release version of Windows 10, and isn’t even in testing with Windows Insiders at the moment – it appears to be something that Microsoft is working on internally. Watch this space, as ever.

Virtual powers

Further multitasking powers could be granted to Windows 10 users by giving them the ability to have separate virtual desktops on different displays, for those running a multi-monitor setup.

The emphasis, again, is on this being a possibility rather than reality, but it certainly looks like Microsoft is working to beef up the ways in which we can multitask with Windows 10.

This additional functionality could arrive in the big update for the second half of 2021, but we’ll just have to see. That update, of course, ushers in the whole ‘Sun Valley’ interface revamp we’ve been hearing so much about in recent times, and it’s expected to be a big deal, with the first 21H1 update being a minor affair (just the same as the last one).

Via Windows Latest

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).