Hands-On with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130

Posted on May 30, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 0 Comments

If you saw my hands-on report about the leaked Windows 10 build 10125, you won’t be surprised to discover that the newly-released Windows Insider build, 10130, is virtually identical. So rather than go into a boring list of what has or hasn’t changed, here’s a visual tour of the new Fast ring build.

Start

The Windows 10 Start experience is starting (ahem) to grow on me. Here it is in normal menu view:

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And in full-screen view, in this case in Tablet Mode:

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And in full-screen mode with the Apps list shown:

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And, finally, in portrait view (full-screen):

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Desktop

No major changes, but the new icons look just fine to me. If only the window title bars would be colored to the theme for some contrast.

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Here is the new styling on taskbar jump lists again:

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And of course an obligatory shot of File Explorer in full-screen view in Tablet Mode.

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Tablet Mode

Speaking of Tablet Mode, here is one thing that did change: the Tablet Mode notification now lets you configure the how the change works in-place.

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And when you exit Tablet Mode, apps and windows actually return to acceptable, normal sizes (if not positions):

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Action Center

No major changes.

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Cortana

As a front-end of sorts of search, Cortana is getting some fit and finish updates. Note the Windows 95 icon for Phone and Modem control panel in the first shot.

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Store

No major changes. Music still doesn’t work.

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Outlook

Outlook Mail and Calendar are joined by a People app.

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Music and Videos

Nothing major. But Videos (and other apps including Xbox and Edge) can now finally play videos full-screen for real.

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Photos

Here, the Albums view is finally coming together.

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MSN apps

Nothing major here either, but I really like the layout of the new MSN apps.

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Maps

Maps is technically part of the MSN apps family as well.

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Xbox

Again, no major changes.

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Network Beta

Not sure what this is.

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