Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 16257, a new preview build of the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, yesterday evening.
The new version introduces a new Eye Control feature, designed to improve accessibility by adding options to control Windows with eye movement, Microsoft Edge improvements, a color overhaul for the Windows Console, input and Windows Defender Application Guard improvements, and bug fixes.
The new build of Windows 10 is available already. Windows Insiders who have set up their device to be on the Fast Ring can run a manual update check in Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
It should get picked up automatically, downloaded to the system and installed afterwards.
If you have used Microsoft Edge before you know that it comes with a very, very annoying selection feature when you select text in the address bar.
This was the top 3 complaint in my list of Microsoft Edge annoyances that I published back in 2016.
This adjustment fixes the issue. When you click in the address bar now, the cursor stays at the position you clicked on and does not shift anymore as "http://" is added to the address.
No more issues when selecting text in the address bar for copying, or modifying the URL, as the selection is not changed anymore automatically.
Other Edge improvements include a new look inspired by Microsoft's Fluent Design System, and several fixes for issues.
Eye Control is a beta feature right now that adds another accessibility option to the Windows 10 operating system.
The beta feature requires a specific camera for that right now, the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C. Microsoft works on adding support for other cameras that support the functionality -- Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEyePlus, EyeMobile Plus, and I-series -- soon.
Setup requires that you install the Tobii’s Core eye tracking hot fix release 220.127.116.1158 and run calibration after installation. You need to open Windows Update then to check for a new device driver, Tobii Eye Tracker HIDClass Driver, to get it installed. Note that you need to allow driver installations through Windows Update for that.
Last but not least, check to make sure that the eye tracker is listed under Settings > Ease of Access > Other Options > Eye Control.
Eye Control displays a launchpad on the screen that you can interact with. You can select mouse and keyboard use from the launchpad, and even use shape writing on the keyboard for faster typing.
Eye Control supports text to speech on top of that for communication purposes.
As always, make sure you check the known issues for PC on the official Windows Blog before you run the update. This is still a development build, and some things may not work as expected. In this build for instance, Windows apps may throw the error 80070057 during installation or update.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.