Six Windows 10 features we’d love to see on macOS

While there are plenty of Mac features that PC fans would love to see introduced on Windows 10, it’s a little harder to think of great Windows features that Mac users might want to see on macOS. But even a company like Apple can learn a thing or two from Microsoft-owned Windows 10, boasting a few key features we’d love to see ported over to Mac in the next few years – and we outline them right here. 

The Start Menu

The Start menu is the most well-known feature of Windows 10, and has been for most of the life of the Windows operating system itself. It’s the go-to place for Windows users, providing easy access to all installed apps as well as system settings and power options. Chances are, even if you’re a lifelong Mac user, you’re well aware of what the Windows Start menu is. 

On the Mac side of things, it’s slightly different. While the Dock can be used to pin your favourite apps for quick access, it can quickly become unmanageable – especially if you add more than a handful of apps. The rest of the apps installed on your system are hidden away in the macOS Launchpad or accessible via Finder. Both options are a little awkward in comparison to the Start menu in Windows 10. 

We doubt the Start menu will make an appearance in macOS anytime soon, but in the meantime, macOS users can always pin a folder containing their favourite apps to the Dock. It’s not pretty, but it’ll do.  

Menu icon management

Mac apps love menu icons – those little icons that appear along the top-right of your Mac display – regardless of whether they’re actually helpful to the user or not. While some thoughtful developers provide the ability to hide the menu icon, most don’t, and that means the menu bar can get pretty packed, pretty quickly. 

The feature is synced between devices, making it even handier if you work across multiple machines.

There’s no equivalent on Mac, but we’d love to see something similar introduced – it’d be a gamechanger for professionals working on macOS. 

Windows Hello

Windows Hello allows Windows 10 users to securely log in to their devices and apps via fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition, streamlining the login process and generally making life that little bit easier. While recent MacBooks feature Touch ID for biometric authentication, you can’t use it when you first turn the laptop on – you’ve got to first input your password, and it’s a similar story if you’ve not used the laptop for more than 24 hours. 

These are security measures according to Apple, but if Microsoft can implement a similar feature while only rarely requiring a standard pin or password for verification, why can’t Apple? 

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