Microsoft has announced today that a new build of Windows 10, 10565, is available for testing for those of you who are participating in the Fast ring of the Insider program. The download, which is out now, has several new features including the new Skype messaging apps, tab previews in Edge, syncing of favorites and reading lists in Edge, a few updates to Cortana, updates to title bars and more.
This is a large update for Windows 10 and is representative of many of the improvements that we will see with Threshold Wave 2 which is expected to arrive in November.
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Along with the additional improvements listed above, there are new icons, improved context menus on the Start menu, an easier way to manage the default printer, and quite a few bug fixes as well.
Here are some things that been have fixed:
- You should no longer see a warning message in the Settings app > Update & Security > Windows Update regarding changed ring settings for preview builds unless you actually change your ring settings.
- Background audio playback works again when apps like Groove are minimized.
- We fixed the issue where clicking on the system icons in the notification area quickly results in Windows Shell blocking the launch of fly-outs like Audio, Networking, etc.
- After Build 10525, we heard a lot of feedback that some context menus were too big for mouse. We’ve made adjustments to many of the context menus to make them smaller for using them with a mouse.
- You can now pin contacts to the Start menu from the People app.
- Certain apps won’t appear twice anymore when pinned to the taskbar.
- Hiding desktop icons via context menu on the desktop now works.
- Windows Store apps should now be updating automatically.
- The search box does not work if you are in a locale where Cortana is not available. We are currently investigating workarounds.
- The Xbox app for Windows 10 will consume gigabytes of memory on your PC if you have any Win32 games (non -Windows Store games) installed on your PC that have been identified as games or added by you in the Xbox app. Closing the Xbox app will release your PC’s memory.
- WebM and VP9 have been temporarily removed from the flight builds. We continue to develop a VP9 implementation that we intend to ship in Windows. Expect VP9 to return soon in a future release.
- Small form-factor devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, that boot with rotation or virtual mode screen size set larger than the physical screen size will experience a bluescreen on upgrade and will roll back to the previous build.
As usual, you should not install this build on your primary machine as it is part of the Fast ring, in fact, my Dell XPS 13 keeps BSODing during the install process, so be extra careful this time around.
Once installed, we will post a gallery and do a deeper dive into the new features.
You can read more about the update, here.