COVID-19 Update
  • World 41,029,279
    World
    Confirmed: 41,029,279
    Active: 9,275,532
    Recovered: 30,624,255
    Death: 1,129,492
  • USA 8,520,307
    USA
    Confirmed: 8,520,307
    Active: 2,748,539
    Recovered: 5,545,619
    Death: 226,149
  • India 7,649,158
    India
    Confirmed: 7,649,158
    Active: 740,658
    Recovered: 6,792,550
    Death: 115,950
  • Brazil 5,274,817
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 5,274,817
    Active: 398,336
    Recovered: 4,721,593
    Death: 154,888
  • Russia 1,431,635
    Russia
    Confirmed: 1,431,635
    Active: 321,392
    Recovered: 1,085,608
    Death: 24,635
  • France 930,745
    France
    Confirmed: 930,745
    Active: 790,021
    Recovered: 106,839
    Death: 33,885
  • UK 762,542
    UK
    Confirmed: 762,542
    Active: 718,575
    Recovered: N/A
    Death: 43,967
  • Iran 539,670
    Iran
    Confirmed: 539,670
    Active: 73,960
    Recovered: 434,676
    Death: 31,034
  • Italy 434,449
    Italy
    Confirmed: 434,449
    Active: 142,739
    Recovered: 255,005
    Death: 36,705
  • Indonesia 368,842
    Indonesia
    Confirmed: 368,842
    Active: 62,455
    Recovered: 293,653
    Death: 12,734
  • Philippines 360,775
    Philippines
    Confirmed: 360,775
    Active: 43,443
    Recovered: 310,642
    Death: 6,690
  • Saudi Arabia 342,968
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 342,968
    Active: 8,481
    Recovered: 329,270
    Death: 5,217
  • Pakistan 324,077
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 324,077
    Active: 9,384
    Recovered: 308,020
    Death: 6,673
  • Ukraine 309,107
    Ukraine
    Confirmed: 309,107
    Active: 173,788
    Recovered: 129,533
    Death: 5,786
  • Ecuador 154,115
    Ecuador
    Confirmed: 154,115
    Active: 7,524
    Recovered: 134,187
    Death: 12,404
  • Nepal 139,129
    Nepal
    Confirmed: 139,129
    Active: 41,755
    Recovered: 96,609
    Death: 765
  • Dominican Republic 121,973
    Dominican Republic
    Confirmed: 121,973
    Active: 20,498
    Recovered: 99,271
    Death: 2,204
  • Honduras 89,381
    Honduras
    Confirmed: 89,381
    Active: 51,407
    Recovered: 35,398
    Death: 2,576
  • Uzbekistan 63,831
    Uzbekistan
    Confirmed: 63,831
    Active: 2,387
    Recovered: 60,910
    Death: 534
  • Albania 17,651
    Albania
    Confirmed: 17,651
    Active: 6,968
    Recovered: 10,225
    Death: 458
  • Montenegro 15,892
    Montenegro
    Confirmed: 15,892
    Active: 4,064
    Recovered: 11,581
    Death: 247
  • DRC 11,066
    DRC
    Confirmed: 11,066
    Active: 401
    Recovered: 10,362
    Death: 303
  • Malawi 5,861
    Malawi
    Confirmed: 5,861
    Active: 922
    Recovered: 4,757
    Death: 182
  • Equatorial Guinea 5,074
    Equatorial Guinea
    Confirmed: 5,074
    Active: 37
    Recovered: 4,954
    Death: 83
  • Anguilla 3
    Anguilla
    Confirmed: 3
    Active: N/A
    Recovered: 3
    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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