Microsoft just shipped the first Windows 10 Insider Build of the year 2017, Windows 10 Build 15002, to the Fast Ring Insider channel.
The build is not entirely new, as it leaked earlier and many snagged it to be the first to report on new functionality found in that build.
If you have read the leaked reports, you know that Microsoft has pushed plenty of new features in that build.
The following guide looks at the major features that the new Windows 10 build introduces. As always, most if not all of the features will find their way into the next feature upgrade of Windows 10. The Creators Update will be out in April 2017.
Microsoft added a couple of new features to Edge. There is a new Tab preview bar which displays a row of tab thumbnails similar to Vivaldi's Tab Thumbnails bar, Jump List support for Microsoft Edge to spawn a new InPrivate Window right from the Edge icon in the taskbar, and Web Payments support.
One feature that I find interesting is the new "set aside" feature for tabs. It allows you to move all open tabs aside so that the tab bar is cleared for new tabs.
It is a bit like browser extensions or functionality that let you store tabs in groups. While I do prefer to open multiple browser windows, different browser profiles or even entirely different browsers if I need to separate tabs, I can see the usefulness of the feature.
The second feature that I find interesting is the new click-to-run setting for untrusted Flash content. Flash is on its way out in all major browsers. Most are about to -- or have already -- implemented functionality that blocks most Flash content by default. Users can still allow Flash content to run though at this point in time.
Edge ships with a new UWP architecture according to Microsoft that improves stability and input resilience. I have found Edge to be quite slow and not very responsive at times, and if that improves it, it is a welcome change.
A couple of changes are known already. Windows 10 15002 ships with the new Share UI which I mentioned here and here already. The two main changes are that share is not limited to the sidebar anymore, and that it may feature ads / recommendations. Also, and that is of interest to users who used Share with the hotkey, the Windows-H hotkey has been removed from this build.
Something that could be pretty annoying is that OneNote 2016's screenshot feature is baked into Windows 10 now. This means that you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows-Shift-S to capture regions on the screen in the latest build and newer builds. There does not seem to be an option right now to disable the feature.
The Start Menu features something called Tile Folders now. Basically, what it allows you to do is move multiple tiles into a single folder. You cannot launch the apps or programs directly from that folder though. It opens all apps in a new temporary row when you click on it.
Microsoft improved the VPN dialog in the latest build. It is now possible to click connect from within the VPN flyout, instead of having to open the VPN settings for that.
Another new change is improved support for high-DPI for desktop apps. Some programs, the Performance Monitor for instance, support high-DPI PCs better now.
Microsoft added a feature under compatibility to enable the feature for other GDI-based applications.
In case you are wondering, the old "disable display scaling on high DPI settings" mode is now called Application scaling.
Windows Defender ships with new scan options (quick, advanced or full scan), and provides you with information on the device health.
These new features are only available in the UWP version of Windows Defender.
There is a new Settings page to configure Windows Defender, and a new Refresh Windows option which can be used to refresh the operating system. It starts the same refresh process that you get when you select the option under Settings.
To refresh the PC from within Windows Defender, do the following:
More information here.
What follows is a short bullet list highlighting some of the other changes of the new Windows 10 15002 build.
Other changes include smoother window resizing, improvements to desktop icon placements and scaling, improved sign-in dialog for apps, and lunar calendar support for the taskbar.
Check out Microsoft's extensive blog post for additional information.
Now You: What's your take on the new build? See anything you like?
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