Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175

Posted on July 22, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 13 Comments

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build adds improved Edge site pinning and a few other minor improvements for those in the Dev channel.

As a reminder, the Dev channel is testing features that could appear in some future Windows 10 release, the earliest of which is Windows 10 version 21H1. But no promises.

New features in this build include:

Pinned website improvements. Now, when you click on a pinned website in the taskbar, a preview pane will pop-up and display a thumbnail of each of the open tabs for that site across all of your Microsoft Edge windows. The bad news? “This feature is currently rolling out to a subset of Insiders today.” Yep, they’re A/B testing it. For some reason.

Reset-AppxPackage for PowerShell. While it’s been possible to reset a UWP app from within Settings for some time, Microsoft is finally making this capability available via PowerShell. So now you can use commands like the following (yes, you’ll need the app’s package name first) to reset apps from the command-line:

Get-AppxPackage *calculator* | Reset-AppxPackage

Eye Contact (Surface Pro X only). Eye Contact is a new feature that uses AI to artificially adjust your gaze on video calls so that you seem to be looking directly into the camera, albeit only on Surface Pro X. If you have such a machine and are in the Dev channel, you can enable Eye Contact in the Surface app. Which is not part of Windows, but whatever.

Unrelated to build 20175, Microsoft also revealed that its slow-motion improvements to the icons in Windows 10 continues: This week, it begins rolling out new icons for Sticky Notes and Snip & Sketch. At this pace, the icons should all be updated sometime in 2021, at which point they’ll all need to be refreshed again.

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175”

  1. darkgrayknight

    At least there is some movement on the icons changing.

  2. winner

    Is that Windows 10 "Pup Tent?

  3. jimchamplin

    Do they have a single old man inside of a slow motion time field working on these icons? It really shouldn't take more than a few hours to create those. They're done in Illustrator and then converted to bitmaps at specific resolutions. I'd imagine it's simple to create a script to export them to a single icon resource. Draw it, export it. Put it in the code tree for the next build.


    Boom.

  4. blue77star

    Why is taking them that long to update icons? It is crazy to think about it. Good part of Windows 10 UI needs to be updated.


    They should remove Windows Media Player, Word Pad, and Control Panel. I believe at this point Settings got everything it needs that Control Panel has and very few apps out there need Control Panel. They should redo Event Viewer, Computer Management in general and move it under Settings. Also remove any remaining Windows Vista/7 elements. I think that effort should be alone a good reason to justify standalone update/release. And while doing that just apply fluent design across the board. Freeze working on any new features until UI is completely refreshed.

  5. IanYates82

    Is it odd that the Edge change is in Windows itself rather than in Edge? What version of Edge do they ship in the Windows insider build?

  6. Pierre Masse

    In reply to nickysreensaver:

    Microsoft deserve full throttle and some. It's been too long a shit show in the design department to let it go an inch.

  7. eeisner

    "Yep, they’re A/B testing it. For some reason."


    Except, as I'm sure you know Paul, this isn't an actual A/B test. An A/B test isn't an on for some/off for others test. It's 2 different versions, version A for some, version B for others. How the Insider team hasn't figured this out in however many years they've been doing this is beyond me.

  8. omen_20

    Happy about Sticky Notes and Snip & Sketch getting new icons. If they could update Task Manager and Remote Desktop Connection Manager, I'd be set on Windows utilities.

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