Microsoft is now introducing "a new tablet experience" for convertible PCs. This is a beta version, but it looks like the Windows 8 tablet mode will be replaced by a more touch-friendly desktop environment.
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Your Start menu has also been replaced with a Windows 8 Home screen in full screen mode. The taskbar icons disappear, and you must use the task view to switch between open windows. Even the notification icons in your taskbar disappear.
In the latest beta, which is part of the insider build 18970 for the 20H1 update of Windows 10, this is expected Microsoft predicts that this changed in the first half of 2020.
According to Microsoft, employees who enable tablet mode will "stay in their usual desktop environment without interruption." The desktop is not a completely different way of using Windows just a bit more touch-friendly. To simplify the use of the desktop with touch, the taskbar icons are farther apart, the search box in the taskbar becomes a button, and the File Explorer changes to a touch-optimized layout. It's like using the touch mode in Microsoft Office.
The touch keyboard automatically displays when you tap a text box. So you can tap on the touchscreen quickly and easily.