The latest Fast ring build sees the return of the “tablet posture experiment” that it briefly tested with version 20H1. So yes, there are new features. Sort of.
That is, Microsoft being Microsoft, these features aren’t really new. And they’re not rolling out to everyone in the Fast ring because this company can’t stop giving Insiders the middle finger.
To my first point, the new table experience was first rolled out as an “experiment” to Insiders starting with 20H1 build 18970. But that experiment ended with build 19013. So now it’s being reintroduced “after some refinement,” and Microsoft says it will “deliver this experience to customers in a future Windows 10 update.” Which should be Windows 10 version 20H2. But I guess we’ll see.
To my second point, Microsoft says only that only “some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring” will see the (not) new features, which appear when you’re using a convertible PC in a so-called “tablet posture.” Which, confusingly, is not the same as Tablet mode.
“In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that [sic] have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet [sic] mode settings set to ‘Don’t ask me and don’t switch’,” Microsoft writes. Maybe it should try Grammarly.
The (not) new features include:
- Taskbar icons are spaced out
- Search box on [the] taskbar is collapsed into [an] icon-only mode
- Touch keyboard auto invokes [sic] when you tap a text field
- File explorer [sic] elements will have a little more padding, [sic] to make them comfortable to interact with using touch
- Some Tablet-related settings in Settings > System have been updated