Microsoft Ships a Redstone 4 Build with New Features

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 33 Comments

Now that Microsoft has signed off on Redstone 3 and will begin shipping it next week to everyone around the globe, it’s time to shift focus to the next update to Windows 10. Today, Microsoft has released Redstone 4 build 17017 and it has several new features.

In this release, the company is adding Cortana Collections. This idea behind this feature is that it can gather items that are related to your interests, content that you may have forgotten, and other contextually-aware information and place it into a collection for easy viewing. As always with Microsoft, this beta feature is only available for those Insiders who live in the US.

In this release, the company is moving Cortana’s proactive content into the Action Center. The idea is that now when you look at Action Center you can see everything that needs your attention in one spot rather than in two places.

Finally, Microsoft is bringing Startup Apps into the Settings panel and as the name suggests, this is where you can manage what apps open on startup. Additionally, this new page will tell you if these apps will impact the startup time of your machine as well.

There are also a handful of bug fixes in this release and you can view the announcement post, here. Seeing as we are in the early days of using Redstone 4 builds, I’d expect to see a lot of new features showing up over the next couple of months.

 

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