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Microsoft dropped a huge Windows 10 Preview Build

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windows 10's Creators Update is due early this year, and Microsoft served up what you might call a hearty appetizer Monday morning: its massive Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002, with so many improvements thatwe’ve broken out the back-end ones, which include pauseable updates, app throttling and even a new Green Screen of Death, into a separate article.

Build 15002 is being released for the PC only, as part of the Fast Ring of Insider builds. Be aware of a few bugs: Miracast connections won’t work, and the Netflix app probably won’t render video (instead, use Edge).

Why this matters:Microsoft didn’t specifically mention the Creators’ Update in the context of the new build, but this truckload of features has certainly been added with that update in mind. All of this will probably arrive on non-Insider PCs later this spring.

What Insiders will see in Build 15002

Here’s a short summary of the new front-end improvements in Build 15002, which we’ll break out in detail below.

Microsoft Edge updates, specifically with regards to tab management Tiles in the Start Menu can now be placed into folders Scaling, snipping, and sharing improvements Suggested Cortana commands On-demand Windows Refresh in Windows Defender Blue-light controls in Settings Narrator upgrades Microsoft Edge upgrades Microsoft Edge continues to improve

An unfortunate number of people used Microsoft Edge when it first came out―andpassed on it. But the Edge team hasn’t stopped rolling out improvements, and there are two key ones: a tab preview bar, as well as a tool to resume tabs that you’ve set aside.


Microsoft dropped a huge Windows 10 Preview Build
Microsoft

Edge has a new “set aside” tab feature.

You’ll probably find the latter feature more worthwhile. Other browsers offer the ability to restore tabs when the browser crashes or you accidentally close the window. Edge calls this “setting aside” the tabs, adding an icon in the upper left-hand corner to do so, plus another icon to restore them.

Edge also now offers a tab preview. Some browsers, like Opera, allow you to hover over a tab to project a small image of what the tab displays. Edge, on the other hand, now shows a little caret symbol to nudge your attention upward. Click it, and you’ll get a carousel of what each tab is currently showing.


Microsoft dropped a huge Windows 10 Preview Build
Microsoft

Windows 10’s new tab preview within Edge.

Build 15002 offers one Edge feature everyone should like: auto-blocking Flash. Last year’s Anniversary Update auto-paused the infamously un-secure Flash. The new build goes a step further: It won’t load Flash at all unless you explicitly tell Edge you want to run it.

Edge has one other subtle improvement: You can now launch either a standard browser window or an InPrivate window directly from the taskbar. It’s a small convenience, but a welcome one.

A tidier Start Menu and Notifications drawer

It's not officially time for spring cleaning, but Microsoft is allowing developers and users to spiff up the Start menu and notifications drawer.


Microsoft dropped a huge Windows 10 Preview Build
Microsoft

Windows 10’s new Start menu folders.

Windows 10 phones already enjoy this feature: the ability to drop several tiles into a custom folder on the Start menu. Now Windows 10 Insiders will get it with Build 15002, and taking advantage of it is easy: Just drop one app on top of another, and name the subsequent folder. If you do so, though, you’ll lose the “live tile” effects of a standalone tile.

Microsoft has also made it easier for developers to carve out custom subgroups inside your Notifications drawer, cleaning up that clutter.

Scaling, snipping, and sharing upgrades

Occasionally when you redock your laptop, you may notice your desktop icons suddenly shift position randomly, or change size. Build 15002 tries to solve that problem, with an improved scaling option in Settings. Likewise, Windows now offers better placement support, as well as smooth resizing of desktop apps.


Microsoft dropped a huge Windows 10 Preview Build
Microsoft

Windows Ink also boasts a new, long-overdue stroke erase feature, handly when marking up Web pages to share.

Microsoft’s also made changes in how you can share the content from those apps. I use Windows 10’s built-in Snipping Tool to grab an image, but OneNote’s Win + Shift + S command can do the same thing.

Sharing that snippet (or a Web page, or some other piece of content) is more contextual, and the Win + H command has been removed.

Improved Cortana commands and reminders

Microsoft is always updating Cortana, and remembering what exactly you can do is always a challenge. Cortana’s Notebook can help, as you can check out some of your available options in the various categories. Now, however, Cortana will auto-suggest commands based on what you’re typing, helping you figure out what you can do next. Reminders can also be scheduled monthly (finally!) for suggesting bill payments and other recurring events.

Triggering Cortana, though, has changed: Gone is Win = Shift + C. Instead, the new command is a simpler Win + C , which should have been there in the first place.

Windows Defender: Refresh Windows on demand

Microsoft previously allowed Windows 10’s built-in antivirus,Windows Defender, to share responsibilities with a second antivirus program. Defender has new options to run full, quick, or advanced scans, with a report on your PC’s health.

The most notable change, however, is the addition of the Windows 10Refresh Windows command within Defender itself. This is a fairly major undertaking, as Refresh Windows removes most of your apps, though not your personal data. Still, if your PC is running slow, Refresh Windows is a good fresh start.

Blue-light management headlines Settings changes

The negative effects of blue light at night aren’t well understood, but studies have suggested possible links to both obesity and cancer, as well as a disruptive effect on the circadian rythyms that help us sleep. Build 15002 now allows you to automatically lower the amount of blue light your PC emits after a given time, via a new menu within Settings.


Microsoft dropped a huge Windows 10 Preview Build
Microsoft

That’s just one of a number of Setttings pages overhauls. You’ll probably be equally pleased with the updated Display Settings options page, which restores the screen resolution controls to a prominent position.

You’ll also find a new settings page for theSurface Dial, better theme management, and even an option to control “cross device” experiences―letting apps on your phone, for example, talk to the comparable apps on your PC. (Note: Microsoft said a bug in the new build currently prevents Cortana from working across your phone and your PC.) Finally, there’s a new Touchpad Settings page, where you’ll be able to create new groups for three- and four-finger swipes, and discover new gestures.

Changes to Narrator and accessibility Microsoft adjusted the Narrator shortcut to make it more “intentional” (and less easy to trigger accidentally) by changing it from Win + Enter to CTRL + Win + Enter. Narrator has also been added to the WinPE

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