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Microsoft Release Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10159

I had only just installed Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10158 the other day when this morning up popped version 10159! It’s unusual to get a build so quickly after the last one, but I’m certainly glad Microsoft released it as it’s the most stable build I have used so far!

Likewise the Apps are also running better, for example the People App does not crash when I add my Google or iCloud Accounts, plus Cortana is even playing ball!

Cortana now actually responds to my voice and while this sounds like a small improvement its actually the first time it’s worked as well as it has! Now I can ask it all sorts of questions and get it to add content to my calendar (I,e, add an event).

In fact there are over 300 bug fixes in this build (10159) so I recommend those in the Fast ring to download and use this ASAP.

The only other feature that has been added, which you may know about already, is the new fancy Windows logo that has been applied to the login screen – it looks pretty good I have to admit.

However the main reason for the build is Microsoft were pretty happy to let this one out to the Insider Preview early and like I said before I can see why, as it’s got some essential fixes.

Of course it also incorporates the Features of Build 10158, what with the Project Spartan Browser now getting proper Edge branding and also a lot of the icons have been tweaked – the taskbar ones look particularly good!

Anyway here is a recap of what was in Build 10158 in case you missed it..

Microsoft Edge:

  • Microsoft have added an option for you to add the Home button back to the browser.
  • Import favourites/bookmarks from other browsers into Microsoft Edge.
  • There are new options for changing what you see when you first start Microsoft Edge.
  • There are new customisations for the New Tab page. You can choose to either see top sites and suggested content – or just top sites.
  • Microsoft added password and form-fill support. Microsoft Edge now lets you manage your passwords for your favourite websites.
  • Audio from Microsoft Edge plays while the app is minimised or in the background.
  • You can drag and drop tabs to a new window.
  • There is now a dark theme.

General UX improvements and refinement: For Continuum, you’ll see a lot of bug fixes as well as improved Tablet mode animations, improved support for Windows 8/8.1 apps and classic (Win32) apps in Tablet mode. And when using the Start Menu, you can swipe up on the left side to open All apps. This also works in Tablet mode, when you have opened up the left side of Start behind the hamburger menu. Additionally, in All apps – you can click on a letter to quickly go to apps on the All apps list under that letter (great for people with lots of apps installed).

Taskbar: On the Taskbar, when an app needs your attention, it will now flash in orange. And when you download something or move files around in File Explorer, the progress animation in the Taskbar has been changed back to green and back to animating horizontally (instead of white and animating vertically seen in the previous build).

Updates to Cortana: Cortana now has a dark theme colour to match the rest of the OS. Tracking your flights has also been enabled so when you get an e-mail with flight or package information from supported providers they show up in the Cortana experience and Cortana will also alert you about them.

Alerts for going to work, going home and the airport also work now too. You can send an e-mail with Cortana! Just say everything at once such as who you want to email (you can send to multiple people), the subject of the e-mail, and what you want your email to say and that’s it. For example – you would say something like “Email Joe Blogs Nice weather we are having…” and then what you want the message to say. You can even make corrections with your voice. Note – this feature requires an Internet connection and works for U.S. (English) right now.

Cortana integration with Office 365: With this build, you’ll be able to try out the Cortana integration with Office 365 if your company is opted into First Release for Office 365. Cortana is designed to let you quickly see what your day is going to look like, when and where to go for your first meeting, get a sense of travel times to work, or even get updates for upcoming trips from your calendar. Cortana gets even better with a connection to Office 365, which enhances Cortana’s ability to help you prepare for meetings, learn about the people you work with, and remind you where you need to be next so you won’t be late.

Photos app for Windows 10: Microsoft published an update to the Photos app via the Windows Store Beta. Not only does this update have general performance and reliability improvements, it also has new capabilities. For example – the Photos app now supports animated GIFs.

There is now an “Open with” button in the photo viewer. While viewing a photo, click the “…” icon at the top right and choose “Open with”. This was another top request from Windows Insiders. And now links to your saved photos, screenshots, and camera roll are available on the Albums page.

Snipping Tool: For fans of the Snipping Tool, you’ll notice Microsoft snuck in a new little feature in the Snipping Tool with this build. You can now set up to a 5-second delay to capture pop-up menus!

Source [Windows Blog]

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