Microsoft Previews a Few Redstone 4 Improvements

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 11 Comments

Microsoft Previews a Few Redstone 4 Improvements

It’s been a busy week for Windows Insiders. And in addition to new builds for Fast and Slow ring testers, Microsoft has issued a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build to those who had opted into Skip Ahead as well.

“Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17004 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who have opted in to Skip Ahead only,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar writes. “Because we are just beginning development for RS4, Insiders shouldn’t expect to see a lot of big changes or new features just yet. Our focus remains getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready for release.”

That said, there are some new features in this build.

More Fluent Design elements in Start. Microsoft has added the Reveal Highlight effect from its evolving Fluent Design System to the All Apps list in Start in this build. As with all such effects, it’s a bit subtle.

Microsoft Edge improvements. Microsoft’s web browser has a number of fixes, none of which are particularly notable. Oddly, Microsoft has chosen to add an Edge icon to the desktop, too, but you can at least remove it.

Input improvements. Ditto for Input, which picks up a small number of bug fixes.

Other changes, improvements, and fixes. Color & high contrast settings gets a new color wheel, and then there are a lot of fixes, including those that were recently introduced in Fast ring builds.


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