I was expecting this yesterday, but Microsoft surprised us all today by releasing Windows 10 build 10130 to Windows Insider Fast Ring testers. Looking through the list of what’s new, I see that it’s mostly what I previously wrote about with the leaked build 10125. But it’s always nice to see these things hit the official releases.
Here’s what’s new in Windows 10 build 10130.
Start customization. You can customize the Start experience in Settings now. So for example you can enable a full-screen Start experience on desktop PCs if you’re into that kind of thing.
Near-final icons. Those new icons I was just describing are apparently close to the final design. “These icons are more modern and lightweight, while creating a better visual relationship between typography and iconography,” Microsoft’s Gabe Aul explains. “On top of that, app icons are now more consistent between desktop and mobile so apps like Word and Excel look similar no matter what device you’re using.” Microsoft says, however, that the “icon evolution” will continue as the firm pushes more consistency and better functionality.
Taskbar jump list improvements. Jump lists now match the visual style you’re using.
Continuum improvements. In Tablet mode you can now swipe the top edge of the screen to access app commands in Modern apps, just as you can in Windows 8.1. (New universal apps will not offer this functionality.
Edge improvements. Still codenamed Spartan in this build and with the old icon, Edge picks up the ability to pin/unpin the Cortana pane, Favorites pane, Reading list pane, or any other pane in the browser. Additionally, there are advanced print options, improved Address Bar badges, Reading view improvements to support different content, window sizes, and device layouts, and support for full screen video.
Taskbar settings. Based on feedback, the taskbar will be filtered when you’re using virtual desktops, meaning that you will only see the icons for that desktop.
Cortana keyboard shortcut. Tap WINKEY + C to bring up Cortana. (Formerly Charms.)
Microsoft Print to PDF. You can now print directly to a PDF file in Windows 10. Well, you always could. Now it has a new name.
Video app improvements. You can finally play video full-screen in the Video app.
No Slow ring changes. The Slow ring is not getting build 10122, but if build 10130 looks good in the Fast ring, Microsoft says it will “look at pushing it to the Slow ring and releasing ISOs.”