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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