New Windows 10 Build Brings Massive Microsoft Edge Improvements

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows 10 with 32 Comments

Microsoft Announces the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft today released Windows 10 build 17704 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. There’s a ton of new things in this build for Insiders, apart from the fact that Sets is being removed with this build. Here is a list of all the notable new features included in this build:

  • Microsoft Edge:
    • Edge now has an improved address bar design with a new depth effect/drop shadow for the address bar
    • The main menu has been redesigned to give users quick access to the important features quickly
    • Settings has been redesigned to include a category-based design that makes it easier to find the exact options you are looking for
    • You can now customize which icons show up in the toolbar
    • Edge can now automatically block autoplay of media on annoying sites (*cough*CNET*cough*). You can choose to block autoplay of media on all sites or enable autoplay blocking on a per-site basis
    • PDFs now have a new icon if Edge is your default PDF viewer
  • Devices with a light sensor can now intelligently adjust videos based on the lighting you are in to improve the visibility of videos
  • Non-admin users can now install fonts in Windows, even if the yare not from the Microsoft Store
  • If you use the software keyboard in Windows, you can now find out how much the AI and ML tech is helping you improve typing with Typing Insights
  • The context menu for XAML based text boxes on apps now include Fluent Design and an improved design
  • Windows Security can now block apps and files when suspicious behaviors are detected
  • Task Manager now makes it possible to understand the energy impact of running processes with new Power Usage and Power Usage Trend columns
  • Windows Mixed Reality now includes a new Quick Actions feature to perform quick tasks with the Windows key, and a new post-update experience to get “the best setup possible”

Build 17704 is a huge update for Windows 10 Redstone 5, and there are a number of other minor improvements in this build that you can find in the full changelog. Do keep in mind that this build removes Sets, so you may want to stay on an older build if you loved using the new tabbed experience in Windows 10. Either way, if you are a Fast ring Insider, you can get the new build from Windows Update right away.

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