Windows 10 to Get Spotlight-like Launcher in May This Year

windows 10 gets spotlight-like launcher

I’ve been both a macOS and Windows 10 user in the past couple of years. And one of the handiest features of macOS will definitely have to be Spotlight. It’s a system-wide search feature that lets you easily look for files, folder, settings, and more on your PC. Windows 10 is now rumored to be getting a similar feature in May later this year.

As per The Verge, Microsoft has been hard at work building a Spotlike-like launcher to replace the current Win + R shortcut. The latter offers limited functionality and power users nowadays want quick and easy access to files and features. The Win + R shortcut is also not truly accessible to casual users – who don’t know all of the commands.

The new launcher, however, will make it simpler for users to search for apps and files across Windows 10. It will live under PowerToys, which saw its revival earlier last year. The company recently renewed focus on this much-loved feature from the past and it may arrive as PowerLauncher, as per the PowerToys Github, to replace Win + R.

Microsoft will offer a modern Fluent Design UI, something close to the current search functionality already baked into Windows 10. But, it will certainly be flush with more features as compared to search. The company also plans to make it customizable with the use of plugins.

Further, Microsoft PowerToys lead Clint Rutkas shared a poll on Twitter earlier this week, asking users to help name the new launcher. There’s still a few hours to go and “PowerToys Run” seems to be in the lead, so go ahead and vote for your choice right here:

Note: The launcher image used above is only for representational purposes. It is a concept by UX designer Niels Laute. But, it would be amazing if PowerToys Launcher did look like that.

If recent reports are to be believed, then Microsoft will most likely release a public beta for PowerLauncher to Windows 10 testers in May 2020.

Featured Image Credits: Medium/Niels Laute

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  • Asif Shadab Malick says:

    You have got it wrong. This is different. It’s about the run command which most common people aren’t aware of or don’t use. What you are referring to,
    “system-wide search feature that lets you easily look for files, folder, settings, and more on your PC”
    already exists. Just tap the windows key and search your query. It will search across all the files, apps, programs on your pc as well as cloud. Not just that, it will even search for a particular word you may be looking for in a pdf file, or a word document, or may be even just a picture of a document you took using your phone and show it in the results. It’s that powerful and it has been there for a long time. The only prerequisite is that your files from which you wish to search be either stored locally or in your OneDrive.

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