Hands-On with Redstone 5: Search Previews

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Hands-On with Redstone 5: Search Previews

Microsoft is expanding its use of inline previews in Start search in the next version of Windows 10. Here’s a quick peek at how this functionality works.

In the current Windows 10 version, you can see search previews for the web, but they’re not expanded by default.

Instead, you need to select the right-facing arrow to display the preview.

In Windows 10 Redstone 5, the Start search window that appears is already expanded to that wider view, most likely because there are now more previews available.

For example, I ran into the new search previews this morning when I searched for the Your Phone app.

This seems like a good use of space: You can see options for the app that would normally be hidden in a non-discoverable context menu.

There are other search previews in RS5 for recent documents and files, for tasks—Microsoft cites “jump-starting … a new Outlook meeting, a quick comment in OneNote, or changing a system setting,” though it’s not clear to me yet how that might work—and for Bing-based quick answers.

Microsoft notes that it will improve these previews over time and will further expand them to include other capabilities too. And while this is a fairly minor change compared to, say, Sets, these search previews still fall neatly into the same basic productivity bucket and look like a solid addition to Windows 10.


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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Hands-On with Redstone 5: Search Previews”

  1. will

    This is a good example of what Paul and other have been asking for; focus more productivity type features and improvements in Windows 10. Hopefully we will see a few more items like this that have not been mentioned yet before RS5 ships.

  2. NazmusLabs

    Search preview also display jump list tasks. So if you should see options like start private browsing when searching for a web browser app, for example.

  3. Igor Engelen

    They should put the search box in the middle of the screen as a free floating window like on macOS so that it gets all focus it deserves. Don't try to cram it all in a corner at the bottom.

  4. mattbg

    I just tried this out on April 2018 update and it auto-expanded the web area when it seemed to have something useful to say for an easy question, but not otherwise.

    i.e. if I type "what time is it?" or "what is Canada?", the Bing part auto-displays. But not "are carbohydrates bad for you?"