Earlier today Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10, build 10565, and with it comes many new features, most notably the new Skype applications. In addition, Edge has a few updates like Tab Previews and favorite syncing, Cortana can now understand notes written with ink (Surface pen), the title bars now have a color intensity that matches the rest of the theme, improved context menus in the Start menu, and new icons for Registry Editor and Device Manager.
This build was only released to Fast ring users, at this time the company has not released any build for the Slow ring, and while I did have a show-stopping issue with my Dell XPS 13, my Surface Pro has update just fine and appears to be a stable install.
The biggest change for me personally with this release is the new Skype apps that are integrated into the OS. The intent is to make the more common tasks faster, such as quick reply from the Action center and in practice look practical, but the apps do not work for me at this time. The Messaging app will not show messages received but in the Video app I can make calls.
Still, I’ll give these apps a solid try before moving back to the full desktop app once they are fully working on my build.
It’s clear from this update that Microsoft is making the OS more cohesive in terms of UI polish and more feature robust with the inclusion of the Skype apps. With this build being part of the Threshold Wave 2 branch, for those of you not in the Insider program, you should see these features arrive around November, it should give you a good flavor of what to expect when this update is ready for everyone.
If you installed this build, let us know how it is working for you in the comments below.