It's helpful to have shortcuts to your most commonly-used programs in Windows 10, and there are several places you can save these. If you prefer to keep your shortcuts on the Desktop background, it's easy to do this in Windows 10.
Desktop shortcuts in Windows 10
Click Start (the Windows orb) and go to All Apps. Find the program you want to create a desktop shortcut to and right-click on it.
Click Send to and you’ll see various destinations, one being Desktop (create Shortcut). Clicking on this will then make a shortcut on the Desktop.
You'll also have the option of pinning a program to the Windows 10 Start menu or Taskbar.