Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17035

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 25 Comments

We’re getting off to a slow start with Redstone 4, but Microsoft has just released a new build to the Fast ring and it is chock full o’ new features.

First, the bad news: Due to a bug, Microsoft says it is blocking PCs with AMD processors from receiving this build. It is investigating this bug and working on a fix that should let it can remove this block.

But here’s what’s new:

Microsoft Edge improvements. Microsoft Edge is receiving a ton of new features in this build, including Mute tab for those annoying auto-play video sites (I’m looking at you, ZDNet), the ability to (finally) save free EPUB files into your ebook library, more options for ebooks, and Near Share, which lets you wirelessly share files and URLs to nearby PCs on the same network.

Microsoft Store improvements. You can now shop for Surface hardware in the Microsoft Store(formerly Windows Store) app. Now you know why they changed the name. Also, I assume Insiders get a 10 percent discount on new hardware. What’s that? They don’t? Weird. (This functionality is currently available only in the US, UK, and Australia.)

Settings improvements. Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to improve Settings continues: This build provides improvements to Windows Update, Sound, and Ease of Access settings.

Touch keyboard improvements. The Touch keyboard picks up a nice Acrylic look and feel and the standard touch keyboard layout now offers over 190 more keyboards.

Handwriting panel improvements. You pen fans will enjoy a new layout, and new animations, in the handwriting panel, plus improved word correction and split gesture support for adding space between two words.

Hardware keyboard improvements. Microsoft has added text suggestion support for normal hardware keyboards, too: “You can see three text suggestions near caret while typing and choose candidates in text suggestions if you find a word you want to insert,” the firm notes. “Set focus to the first suggestion by tapping the up arrow key on your keyboard and using the left/right arrow keys to change focus. To select the desired candidate, tap space or enter.” It’s US-only at this time and you need to opt-in.

But wait, there’s more. There are a number of other improvements in this build, but check out the Microsoft post for the details.

 

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28 responses to “Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17035”

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    pachi

    I would really like to make the Touch keyboard larger, doesn't seem to be a way to do that though. It's nice, but on a tablet, it's just a bit too small.... Is there a way? Very hard search term to find relevant stuff on haha.

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      sandeepm

      In reply to pachi:

      Sorry, keyboard works just fine on any tablet I have used it on, including the Surface Book and the Surbook as well as legacy Ep121 and Omni10. Could you elaborate on what is your issue. Microsoft touch keyboard is the best in the world.

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    Rcandelori

    The current emoji keyboard is also US-only. Microsoft loves shooting itself in the foot.

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      IanYates82

      In reply to Rcandelori:

      Ahhh - I've been trying to bring up that keyboard and thought I was doing it wrong... Windows + ; or . or something, right?


      We literally have the same keyboard layout in Australia as in the US. I don't want to use a US-English keyboard though as that tends to influence spell checkers, etc. Sucks we can't have the emoji keyboard for what really amounts to zero reasons.

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        Rcandelori

        In reply to IanYates82:


        It has been a problem with Microsoft products for years. Whereas Apple and Google tend to release to the world by default, Microsoft approaches everything from a US-centric viewpoint and for often unknown reasons. I can understand different markets having different features where intellectual property is involved (e.g. movies/music/books etc) but there ought to be no reason AT ALL that would prevent a basic feature like an emoji keyboard being region-specific. The same sort of issue afflicted Cortana - it worked in various English markets on Windows Phone, but up until very recently, it was only available to US users on Android and iOS.


        I really thought someone like Nadella would fix this long-running problem, but it continues unabated and nobody at Microsoft seems to be too concerned.

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    Win74ever

    Windows is already a mess of old code and they aren't helping with this bullshit direction. They're ruining Windows build by build. Scrap all this shit and start over with Windows 7 SP1.

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    sandeepm

    Very strange that some completely childish features are being delivered in insider PC builds these days while at the same time, this revered software company that has been the centre of my existence for over 30 years has put to RIP, the dream of a single OS that works on all form factors and all hardware. Sorry, we only support QCOM and INTL... lol.... sorry, we have only 120,000 employees, so Azure and Windows cannot be prioritised at the same time. Sorry folks, we will help you to move on to iOS or Android. sorry about the chaos, folks, we have no clue where we are going.


    Also looking forward to the day when Edge Forward an Back arrows will allow me to jump into history like in IE

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    CompUser

    My computer is still showing as up to date with Build 17025. This is the first time I've ever not received a new build.

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    X911ty12

    Why the hell did they move to setting button to top left keyboard. WOW is that annoying.

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    Reldel

    Edge, lets see, can it accurately sync Favorites between devices? Well not yet.

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    hrlngrv

    While I know Windows Insider builds are a lot larger than Chrome OS, it's nevertheless annoying that Windows Insider builds take as long as they do to install. I create new VMs periodically, so I have a rough idea how long it takes to download, install and update OSes. New Windows Insider builds take longer. A lot longer. Either the process is really slow or Windows has become even more bloated.

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    Delmont

    Are the Slow Ring Builds stable?

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    rameshthanikodi

    I also want to add that many of the Acrylic design elements just don't show up when using Tablet Mode, since apps open full screen instead of on the desktop, many of the translucent elements don't show up at all. I was disappointed that there was almost no improvement made to tablet mode in 1709. Many of the animations are slow and could need to be tightened up. I wouldn't mind using desktop mode but only if File Explorer wasn't such a disaster.

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      sandeepm

      WILL THE NEW SETTINGS EVER HAVE 3RD PARTY EXTENSIBILITY? FANCY UI BUT WHAT IS THE POINT OF GOING BACK TO STONE AGE? HONESTLY, I LOVE CONTROL PANEL. ALL WE NEEDED WAS TO MAKE IT TABLET AND MOBILE FRIENDLY, RATHER THAN SPEND THE RESOURCES ON REDEVELOPMENT.


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      Spineless

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      As a priority, Tablet Mode is just behind IoT and phone...

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        sandeepm

        Good point about IOT and phone. But don't forget Auto, which they also killed. I for one, spend half my life stuck in traffic... and I bet I am not the only one. The only platform on this planet that does not support Auto integration in this day and age is the truly beloved Microsoft Windows... act 9 scene 9... curtain opens. Go find a new bed partner


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    rameshthanikodi

    not more e-book features in Edge! /facepalm

    Edge in 1709 has been a huge disappointment. Performance hasn't changed/improved at all, compared to Edge in 1703. In fact, I remember the jump from 1511 to 1607 to 1703 were all pretty major. What the fuck happened to Edge development after CU?

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      sandeepm

      ONLY BROWSER I EVER USED IS EDGE... THAT HAS BEEN THE CASE SINCE IT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED... MY COLLIGUES THINK I AM INSANE... SOMETIMES I TEND TO AGREE WHEN I AM TYPING ON THE AMAZON OR EBAY SEARCH BOX AND THE CURSOR JUST FREEZES. FOLKS, THIS IS LIFE, NOT AN EXPERIMENT. WE ARE ON WINDOWS NOT JUST FOR A ONE NIGHT STAND.


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      Spineless

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      Whatever happened to making the Edge shell an updatable store app?


      At this point, they'd be better off just taking the functional and stable IE shell and let it use the Edge renderer, since none of the Edge devs seem to know how a modern browser should work. The vast majority of users don't care about pdf and epub markup.

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    1024freeman

    Hmmm, every new iteration it seems MS takes the opportunity to pop open Edge to trumpet Edge.

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