COVID-19 Update
  • World 98,135,997
    World
    Confirmed: 98,135,997
    Active: 25,486,073
    Recovered: 70,548,362
    Death: 2,101,562
  • USA 25,196,086
    USA
    Confirmed: 25,196,086
    Active: 9,674,810
    Recovered: 15,100,991
    Death: 420,285
  • India 10,626,200
    India
    Confirmed: 10,626,200
    Active: 189,425
    Recovered: 10,283,708
    Death: 153,067
  • Brazil 8,699,814
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 8,699,814
    Active: 904,845
    Recovered: 7,580,741
    Death: 214,228
  • Russia 3,677,352
    Russia
    Confirmed: 3,677,352
    Active: 527,404
    Recovered: 3,081,536
    Death: 68,412
  • UK 3,543,646
    UK
    Confirmed: 3,543,646
    Active: 1,862,359
    Recovered: 1,586,707
    Death: 94,580
  • France 2,987,965
    France
    Confirmed: 2,987,965
    Active: 2,701,429
    Recovered: 214,538
    Death: 71,998
  • Italy 2,428,221
    Italy
    Confirmed: 2,428,221
    Active: 516,568
    Recovered: 1,827,451
    Death: 84,202
  • Iran 1,354,520
    Iran
    Confirmed: 1,354,520
    Active: 152,821
    Recovered: 1,144,549
    Death: 57,150
  • Ukraine 1,182,969
    Ukraine
    Confirmed: 1,182,969
    Active: 232,338
    Recovered: 928,969
    Death: 21,662
  • Indonesia 951,651
    Indonesia
    Confirmed: 951,651
    Active: 151,658
    Recovered: 772,790
    Death: 27,203
  • Pakistan 528,891
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 528,891
    Active: 34,916
    Recovered: 482,771
    Death: 11,204
  • Philippines 509,887
    Philippines
    Confirmed: 509,887
    Active: 32,031
    Recovered: 467,720
    Death: 10,136
  • Saudi Arabia 365,775
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 365,775
    Active: 2,096
    Recovered: 357,337
    Death: 6,342
  • Nepal 268,646
    Nepal
    Confirmed: 268,646
    Active: 3,799
    Recovered: 262,868
    Death: 1,979
  • Ecuador 236,189
    Ecuador
    Confirmed: 236,189
    Active: 22,331
    Recovered: 199,332
    Death: 14,526
  • Dominican Republic 199,672
    Dominican Republic
    Confirmed: 199,672
    Active: 51,170
    Recovered: 146,020
    Death: 2,482
  • Honduras 138,044
    Honduras
    Confirmed: 138,044
    Active: 74,230
    Recovered: 60,392
    Death: 3,422
  • Uzbekistan 78,272
    Uzbekistan
    Confirmed: 78,272
    Active: 900
    Recovered: 76,752
    Death: 620
  • Albania 69,916
    Albania
    Confirmed: 69,916
    Active: 26,194
    Recovered: 42,426
    Death: 1,296
  • Montenegro 56,998
    Montenegro
    Confirmed: 56,998
    Active: 8,262
    Recovered: 47,974
    Death: 762
  • DRC 21,398
    DRC
    Confirmed: 21,398
    Active: 5,889
    Recovered: 14,865
    Death: 644
  • Malawi 16,049
    Malawi
    Confirmed: 16,049
    Active: 9,339
    Recovered: 6,314
    Death: 396
  • Equatorial Guinea 5,365
    Equatorial Guinea
    Confirmed: 5,365
    Active: 88
    Recovered: 5,191
    Death: 86
  • Anguilla 15
    Anguilla
    Confirmed: 15
    Active: N/A
    Recovered: 15
    Death: N/A

Microsoft has always had a tablet mode for 2-in-1 Windows 10 PCs — including its own Surface products — but that could be changing. In the latest Insider 18970 beta release, Windows 10 no longer automatically offers to enter tablet mode when you remove a keyboard. While the finger-friendly square tile interface is still available, you need to manually activate it by going into the Action Center pull-out on the taskbar.

That’s not to say that the interface doesn’t change at all when you enter into a “tablet posture,” but it’s more subtle. The new build increases spacing between taskbar icons, collapses the taskbar search bar into a single icon, opens the touch keyboard automatically for text fields and switches File Explorer to a touch optimized layout.

The idea is to provide a similar experience in either mode, possibly so that 2-in-1 or convertible buyers don’t get confused by the much different-looking tablet interface. “This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption,” Microsoft wrote in the Windows blog.

Users who know and love the existing tablet mode — a holdover from the Windows 8 era — will still be able to use it, but that might change down the road. The fact that it’s no longer offered automatically means that Microsoft might phase it out in favor of the more desktop-like 2-in-1 and convertible mode.

It could also have something to do with Microsoft’s upcoming October 2nd Surface-focused event. The software giant will reportedly launch Core OS, a stripped down Windows 10 OS designed for touch-centric devices and wearables.

It could be that Windows 10 as it exists now will be reserved for business and power users, hence the more desktop-like interface in the latest Insider build. Meanwhile, Core OS would have a more visual, touch-oriented interface like the existing tablet mode. That would become the operating system of choice for the next generation of consumer-oriented devices, including a rumored dual-screen PC that might be revealed at the Surface event.

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