Microsoft Adds a Few New Features in Latest Windows 10 Redstone 4 Release

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 13 Comments

Windows Insiders are getting a new build of Windows 10 Redstone 4 today. Microsoft is releasing build 17040 of Windows 10 Redstone 4 today to all Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. The build does not include any major new features, but Microsoft’s adding some minor improvements and a couple of new features to the OS with today’s release.

First, the full touch keyboard in Windows 10 is getting support for shape-writing. Redmond recently introduced shape-writing and brought the Windows Phone keyboard to Windows 10 a little while ago, but features like shape-writing were only limited to the one-handed keyboard in the Fall Creators Update. Shape-writing is now coming to the full fledged touch keyboard, and other features from the one-handed keyboard from Windows Phone will likely follow. The updated touch keyboard now has a new commit gesture and an improved insertion gesture with today’s build as well, by the way.

There’s also a new setting which lets users control the brightness of standard-dynamic-range content on their HDR display. In the “HDR and advanced color settings” from the System > Display section in the Settings app, users will be able to control the white level for SDR content on their HDR display which should help improve the image quality when viewing content.

As per usual, there are a number of other minor improvements and bug fixes included in build 17040 — so make sure to checkout the changelog here. And if you are an Insider in the Fast Ring, you can grab the build from Windows Update right away.

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Microsoft Adds a Few New Features in Latest Windows 10 Redstone 4 Release”

  1. Win74ever

    Useless. This is a desktop OS. With a keyboard. :-)

  2. TheJoeFin

    It is interesting that these insider builds keep refining the Pen + Touch modality... maybe there will be a hero device without physical keyboard... just a thought.

  3. pwaggs

    But my pen still does not work with my Surface Book. It died after the last big update and is still dead. Completely useless except to open Note by clicking the eraser. All buttons work and I have changed the batteries. No word from MS on how to fix.

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