Microsoft this week launched the latest tech preview of Windows 10 for Windows Insiders, build 10061, and it includes some notable new features, here’s a look at what’s new and where Microsoft is currently at with Windows 10 development.
Windows 10 Build 10061
Microsoft told us it would be experimenting with different icon designs, and we’ve seen that through the various builds. One icon change that caused a bit of a stir in previous builds is the look of the Recycle Bin. Here’s a look at how the icons look in this current build.
And here is how they looked in build 10041. Personally, I think the new icons shown above, especially the Recycle Bin which look much better.
You can download this build now if you’re a Windows Insider and part of the Fast ring for receiving new builds. If you aren’t a Windows Insider, but would like to test out the Windows 10 Tech Preview before it’s officially released later this summer, check out our guide here.
Remember, that you do not want to install this build on any computer that’s your main productivity machine. This is a preview build for testing only, and should only be installed on a second computer or in a virtual machine.
While this build offers some interesting new interface changes and new app features, it’s still buggy, which is to be expected. Here is a list (a long list at that) of known issues with this build that Gabe Aul listed on his Blogging Windows post.
- We know this one will be a bit painful but there is a bug with this build in which Win32 (desktop) apps won’t launch from the Start menu. The workaround is to use search to find and launch these apps and pin them to your taskbar for quick access.
- The Windows Store Beta (grey tile) and Project Spartan get unpinned after upgrading. You can re-pin them to your Taskbar from All apps on your Start menu.
- The version of the Mail and Calendar apps included in this build (17.4008.42281.0) have a known issue that causes every typed letter to appear twice. Which might be funny if it weren’t so irritating. We have fixed this issue with updated versions of the apps (17.4016.42291.0) available in the Windows Store Beta (grey tile). If you don’t open the Mail and Calendar apps within the first 15 minutes after logging in to your device for the first time after upgrading and your device is connected to the Internet, the apps should update automatically. You can also go into the Store Beta and check for updates manually at any time.
- Cortana will highlight things it will be able to help users with, but some of these features are not yet implemented and we are working to deliver them soon.
- There is a known issue where you might see a black screen with only your mouse cursor during login/logout. We have a fix for this coming via WU.
- Downloading music in the Xbox Music and Music Preview apps is currently broken. We also have a fix for this coming via WU.
- When you minimize an app playing audio, it may stop playing once its minimized.
- In Project Spartan, no selection highlight appears when selecting text in the address box. You can right click in the address box to cut/copy/paste and it will work as expected. We also have a fix for this coming via WU.
- Magnifier does not work when you put it into docked mode. We will also have a fix for this coming via WU.
Of course if you find other issues, or actually like some of the new features, make sure to give your feedback to Microsoft via the feedback app.
If you’re testing out Windows 10, leave a comment below and let us know how things are going.
Also, make sure to hop in the Windows 10 Forums and join in the conversation as we continue on the road to the final version of Windows 10.
I’ve been using it for quite awhile now and overall I really like it. Big improvement over 8.1. My major complaint is the length of time it takes for updates. I’m in the fast ring and it takes me hours to install an update. For example…last night around 6 I turned on my computer and there was an update. It immediately started and was still running at 80% complete this morning at 7 when I left for work. I’ve tried through WU and via ISO on disc and it’s still the same length of time. Hoping the final version isn’t this bad at updating!
“..I’ve tried through WU and via ISO on disc and it’s still the same length of time..”
Apparently my issue was I was trying to go from 10041 to 10049 and there was a bug with 10049 that caused problems during update. I cleared my WU and it updated to 10061 and it only took an hour. Much better update experience!