Last week was all about hardware but this week we are back on software with a Windows Insider Preview. Build 10565 of Windows 10 for Windows Insiders has been released today and it includes the new Skype experience. With this build you can use the new Messaging, Phone and Skype video universal apps so maybe at last we don’t have to use the old desktop client.
Also in this build are tab previews in the Edge browser, so when you hover over an open tab you get a preview of its content. A welcome new feature is syncing of favourites and reading lists in the Edge browser so your favourites will sync across your devices.
Other changes are tracking of events in your email with Cortana, full colour title bars, new icons and other fixes. It is good to see some of the missing features of the RTM version of Windows 10 being addressed.
More info on the Windows Blog.
Skype messaging, calling and video experience: As we’ve announced previously, Skype messaging, calling and video capabilities will come integrated into Windows 10 through the Messaging, Phone and Skype video universal Windows apps. These Windows applications enable quick and easy, free calling and messaging to other Skype users across phones, over 3G/4G and Wi-Fi tablets and to PCs Wi-Fi. With this build, you can preview the integrated capabilities on your PC while an upcoming Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build will have these integrated capabilities for you to preview soon on mobile devices. Try things like Quick Reply from Action Center where incoming notifications will come in with the option to reply inline without opening the application. This is an early preview and you can expect some bugs, and more features to come as we deliver monthly updates.
Tab Preview in Microsoft Edge: In Microsoft Edge, you can now hover over your open tabs and get a preview of what’s on those webs
Syncing Favorites and Reading list items in Microsoft Edge: In this build, you’ll see a first look at the new syncing feature in Microsoft Edge that lets you sync your Favorites and Reading list items. We are still working on refining it, but definitely check it out and let us know what you think.
Cortana improvements: Cortana is able to intelligently understand your inked notes – setting reminders based on locations, times and numbers that she can understand from your digital annotations.