A large number of apps that are part of KDE can also be run on Windows desktops.
The project said the new release had improved workflows, with an extension of what it calls jump list actions for faster access to some functions of an application.
Also new is the return of the agenda view in the calendar, to provide an easily accessible view of appointments and holidays that are coming up.
The desktop environment has a means of restricting users' actions in order that those in a business setting are unable to make customisations to their desktop. This is implemented through what is known as a Kiosk Framework and in 5.7, there is a means of making the application launcher read-only if widgets are locked through Kiosk policies.
The run command restriction will prevent KRunner from even starting in the first place.
Veteran KDE developer Jonathan Riddell said the system tray had been rewritten from scratch while the task manager had a revamped backend.
The new release also takes major steps towards being ready for use with the Wayland window manager that is expected to slowly replace the old X window system.
- When no hardware keyboard is connected, a virtual keyboard is shown.
- The sub-surface protocol is now supported which means that system settings works correctly.
- Mouse settings, such as pointer acceleration, work and a touchpad can be enabled/disabled through a global shortcut. However, configuration of the touchpad is still missing.