Microsoft today released a new preview build for Windows 10 Redstone 5 and it includes some interesting new features.
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Redstone 5 Preview Build 17661 to Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead rings. Unlike the previous two RS5 Insider builds, this version contains some notable new features. Namely a new modern screenshot experience and improved Fluent Design effects for Windows Timeline. There are other minor improvements throughout the OS as well.
Windows 10 Preview Build 17661
The process of taking screenshots in this build has been improved to a more modern experience. You can now take a shot and easily annotate the shot as needed with the Screen Sketch utility. Sharing a screenshot is easier now, too. In today’s article, Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc note: “WIN + Shift + S will now bring up a snipping toolbar – snip a rectangle, something a bit more freeform, or full screen and it will go straight to your clipboard. If that’s all you need, you can take it from there. Want more, though? Immediately after taking a snip you’ll now get a notification that will take you and your snip to the Screen Sketch app where you can annotate and share away!” Once we have some time to test this out I’m sure we’ll be writing more about it.
The company is continuing to improve its Fluent Design System and introducing a new acrylic look to Windows Timeline. This provides a more modern look for Windows Timeline and helps it blend in with the overall design of Windows 10.
Other notable new features include a rebranding of Windows Defender Security Center to “Windows Security” which will include most of your Windows 10 security tools in one spot. The Focus Assist feature is getting improvements for times when you’re gaming.
In addition to the new improvements listed above, here is the list of other minor changes and fixes you can expect in this build:
- We’ve made a number of improvements to how Narrator communicates the use of Sets – for example, Narrator will now inform you of the tabs by reading information such as Tab # N of M as you open and move between tabs. If you’re a Narrator user, please take a moment to try out Sets with today’s build and share feedback about the experience.
- When you clean install or do a PC refresh, you’ll find that the Out of Box Experience for setting up your PC now includes a page for enabling activity history sync, which will help you continue what you were doing, even when you switch devices.
- We’ve adjusted how you access skin tones in the Emoji Panel – you’ll now see a row of skin tone colors to select from when people emoji are in view.
- We fixed an issue where using arrow and Page Up / Page Down keys didn’t work to scroll webpages in Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the mouse cursor becoming invisible when hovering over certain UI elements and text fields in the last two flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the mouse cursor not animating correctly in the last two flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Game Bar not appearing for some Insiders after pressing WIN+G.
- When you hover over the Windows icon in the taskbar, a tooltip will now appear for Start.
- We’ve updated the design of the handwriting panel so that the delete button is now a top level button. The button to switch languages is now under the “…” menu.
- If you go to Pen & Windows Ink Settings, you’ll find a new option that allows your pen to behave like a mouse instead of scrolling or panning the screen.
Of course, as will all preview builds, there are several known issues as well. Be sure to read the full release notes to review all known issues and new features. If you are an Insider, Microsoft notes that all new RS5 Insider builds will be released to both Skip Ahead and Fast rings moving forward.
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