We have the first Windows Insider Fast Ring build of 2017! As we haven’t had a build for a few weeks there are a lot of changes in this release, almost to many to call out!
The first change is with Microsoft Edge which gains a couple of new features: there is now a tab preview bar in Edge so you can see what you have open in the browser, you have a little button in the title bar which you can use to drop down and show the tabs. There is also an option to put away tab for later and then quickly recall when you want to reopen it.
In Microsoft Edge, there is now a jump list so when you right click on the icon in the task bar you have the option to open a new tab or open an in-private windows.
Folder are now supported in the start menu just as Windows 10 Mobile, you just drag one app over another and it will create a folder just as it does on the phone. It’s a nice way to organise your start menu.
There is also a redesigned share menu, which on my Surface crashed each time I tried it but this is what it should look like:
Other changes include:
- Microsoft Edge will now block untrusted Flash content by default until the user explicitly chooses to play it
- Microsoft Edge now has preview support for the new Payment Request API
- OneNote 2016’s popular screenshot feature is now built into Windows 10! You can use Win + Shift + S to capture a region of your screen and copy it to the clipboard for pasting into OneNote for Windows 10 or any other app
- Improved high-DPI support for desktop apps
- Smooth Window Resize
- Desktop Icon Placement and Scaling Improvements
- Simplified and faster VPN access
- Windows Ink pen, pencil and highlighter control to now visually indicate which color is selected
- This build also now supports the use with Narrator from WinPE for installing Windows as well as troubleshooting options with WinRE
- Windows Defender Improvements
- Improvements to settings
- Windows can now automatically lower the amount of blue light emitted from your PC at night
There are also the normal known issues which include an issue with the Netflix app, see below. You can read the full details on the Windows Blog and lookout for my hands on video soon.
Opening Battery settings page via Settings > System > Battery will crash the Settings app.
The option to enable the Virtual Touchpad is missing from the taskbar context menu.
Cortana’s cross-device scenarios won’t work on this build (including notification mirroring, missed call, share photos, share directions, low battery, and find my phone).
Some websites in Microsoft Edge may unexpectedly show “We can’t reach this page”. If you encounter this, please try accessing the site from an InPrivate tab.
Dragging apps from the all apps list to pin on Start’s tile grid won’t work. For now, please right-click on the desired app in order to pin it.
Using CTRL + C to copy in Command Prompt won’t work.
When projecting to a secondary monitor, if you set the connection to “Extended”, Explorer.exe may start crashing in a loop. If this happens, turn off your PC, disconnect the secondary monitor, then restart your PC.
The touch keyboard button may be unexpectedly missing from the taskbar. If this happens, open the taskbar context menu, and select “Show touch keyboard button”.
You may see an error from Windows Hello saying “Couldn’t turn on the camera” on the lock screen.
Brightness changes made via Settings > System > Display will unexpectedly revert after closing the Settings app. For now, please use either Action Center, power flyout or brightness keys to change the brightness
The list of apps in the Surface Dial “Add an app” page via Settings > Devices > Wheel may unexpectedly be empty. If that happens, tap the “Browse for an app” button at the bottom of the screen to pick the desired app instead.
Miracast sessions will fail to connect.
The Netflix app may display a black screen rather than the expected video content. As a workaround, you can use Microsoft Edge to watch video content from Netflix.
On certain hardware types (e.g.: Acer Aspire), the Netflix app crashes when starting a movie.
3rd party UWP apps would crash on devices if the DPI settings on the machine are >=150% (Generally people do this on high resolution devices – Surface book etc.)
If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 directly to Build 15002, all your store apps are lost during upgrade process but you can go and re-download all the lost apps from the Store.
When using Microsoft Edge with Narrator, you may hear “no item in view” or silence while tabbing or using other navigation commands. You can use Alt + Tab when this happens to move focus away from and back to the Edge browser. Narrator will then read as expected.
Saying “Hey Cortana, play <item> on <AppName>” doesn’t work immediately after installing the app. Wait 5 minutes for indexing to begin and try again.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.