Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a ridiculously long list of improvements. This is the first new build of 2017 and shows what’s coming in the company’s Windows 10 Creators Update, which is slated for release in “early 2017.”
Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way than its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes but new features too. While Microsoft has released many such updates to date, the Creative Update will be a major one and follows the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, released in August 2016.
Here’s a quick rundown of this build that Microsoft sent over:
- Cortana’s increased helpfulness, as she can now provide a list of suggested app-specific commands when you’re typing in an app into the search box for greater ease of discovery
- Tab management improvements for Microsoft Edge and various other feature additions that aim to enhance the browsing experience (full changelog
- Windows Ink enhancements, including an updated Windows Ink pen, pencil and highlighter control to now visually indicate what color has been selected, as well as a new point erase feature
- Windows Defender improvements, including new options to run quick, advanced or full scans such as device performance and health scans that provide reports on your PC’s health
- Updated Windows Share experience, redesigned to become more app-focused
- Lower Blue Light settings to automatically lower the amount of blue light emitted from your PC at night
Edge now has a tab preview bar that gives you a visual preview of every tab you have open without leaving your page. It also lets you set tabs aside to give you a clean slate. Edge finally also has a proper Jump List in the Taskbar, for launching a new window or InPrivate window. Stability has been improved thanks to a new UWP architecture and Flash click-to-run (untrusted content is now blocked by default). Last but not least, Edge now has preview support for the new Payment Request API.
After this build leaked late last year, there was a lot of commotion around the fact that the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) had been changed to green. Given the history of the BSOD, and that green is associated with “go” and “good” there were many who were quite upset at the change. Microsoft has now clarified that released versions of Windows 10 will continue to have the classic blue color. The green is simply there to distinguish when Windows Insider builds crash.