Microsoft today released a new Spotlight-like launcher app for Windows 10. The new PowerToys Run starter was developed to replace and modernize the existing Win + R link. It includes the quick search for apps and files under Windows, plugins like a calculator and the possibility to find running processes.
This early version supports basic search tasks that are normally performed by the built-in search function of the Windows Start menu. However, it is planned to make this launcher a more powerful launcher that resembles Alfred on MacOS and is more functional than Apple's Spotlight search.
The current Win + R functionality is basic and is used by Windows main users to launch cmd prompts, regedit, powershell instances and even shortcuts to areas in Windows like Control Panel. This new PowerToys Run Starter supports all commands Run is currently executing in Windows. However, Microsoft is working with an open source community that helps significantly improve performance.
Microsoft has worked with the manufacturers of Wox and WindowWalker to integrate these projects into PowerToys Run. The basics are arriving today, albeit in an early version that will have some bugs here and there.
The benefits of a launcher mean we'll soon get plugins or the ability to add custom web searches, snippets, and more. Microsoft's existing Windows Start menu processes search results from the web, but also forces you to Bing search results and opens the Edge browser for all web queries.
New Keyboard Manager PowerToy
In addition to PowerToys Run, Microsoft is also releasing a Keyboard Manager PowerToy today. It's a simple keyboard remapper that allows Windows 10 users to redefine keys on a keyboard. The keys are reallocated as long as the keyboard manager and PowerToys are running in the background and you can exchange individual keys and even Windows shortcuts.
The Keyboard Manager is part of the latest version 0.18 of PowerToys, which is available in the GitHub distribution from Microsoft.
PowerToys Run and Keyboard Manager are part of the many PowerToys that Microsoft develops. Microsoft originally brought PowerToys back last year so everyone can improve Windows 10 for power users. The first sentence arrived in September. PowerToys were first introduced in Windows 95. With the apps, Windows engineers could quickly test prototype functions, and Microsoft soon put some of the best in PowerToys bundles.