The biggest fans of Microsoft Windows are jealous of the Mac for two reasons: Hardware that can’t beat it and the Spotlight search function. We will soon be able to cross the last one off the list.
Windows increasingly ginormous search Upgrade with a tool called Run PowerToys, which was launched Tuesday. This is a super-duper-stage early, but promising, search box that you can put Start menu and Windows R-key shortcuts to shame.
The new tool was announced at Build, Microsoft’s annual developer event. This was held almost this year for the first time in history because of the coronavirus pandemic. Other highlights include the new Google Docs for Office feature and some Edge browser updates.
A new search tool appears in the center of your screen with a large request box, such as Spotlight. It was launched with the Alt-Space shortcut, and was very fast in finding files, programs and several other items. This is much faster than the current Windows search tool.
The release, which is in beta for now, starts with zero – an indication to expect some things that are problematic, if the name of the not-friendly tool hasn’t given it yet. Turn off others: You must install it from GitHub, along with a separate .NET Core program, the framework on which PowerToys and other open-source software are running.
But Microsoft promises to make PowerToys Run truly impressive. This will be the launch box all that Microsoft said could ultimately be the starting point for every type of request. For example, it can finally run internet search requests for ordinary users – in the browser of your choice (imagine that!) – and at the same time completely replace Windows key-R for powerful users, who will be able to use all the same commands they know.
Currently, Windows search is a confusing mix of Start, Search, Cortana and Win-R menus. And your options are limited. For example, you can search the internet using Windows search, but exclusively on Bing, and only with the Microsoft Edge browser.
To improve experience, Microsoft combines its tools and opens development to the masses with open source code. The possibilities are limited by the imagination of Windows power users, which are quite imaginative groups.
The PowerToys tool has several other good features, including the ability to re-create keyboard shortcuts. Try doing it on a Mac.