After a week break Microsoft have released a new Windows 10 build for Windows Insiders. The new Redstone 5 build is 17704 and includes updates for Microsoft Edge, a new Skype experiences and improvements for Windows Mixed Reality, no more being dumped out to the Cliff House when accidently catching the Windows button during game play.
Starting with this build Microsoft Edge gains the “beta” tag and has improved fluent design, redesigned menus and a customise toolbar option:
New design improvements: As we continue to evolve how Microsoft Edge leverages the Fluent Design System for a more natural and usable experience, you may notice some subtle tweaks to the look of the tab bar in Microsoft Edge. In this build, we’re adding a new depth effect to the tab bar to help emphasize the active tab.
Redesigned “…” menu and Settings: We’ve heard your feedback that the Microsoft Edge settings were getting a little complex for a single page. In this release, we’re overhauling the Microsoft Edge settings to make it easier to navigate, put commonly-used actions front and center, and allow more customization than ever.
Customize toolbar items for Microsoft Edge: When you click “…” in the Microsoft Edge toolbar, you’ll find a refined menu that puts common commands like “New tab” and “New window” front and center. We’ve also added the much-requested ability to customize which icons appear in the Microsoft Edge toolbar – you can remove them all for a tidier look or add as many as you like to bring your favorite functionality to your fingertips!
Edge also has a feature that was due in the previous release, you can now control whether sites can autoplay media.
The other change with this build is a new Skype experiences. The app has a new look, easy screensharing and theme support:
Best in class calling experience – We’ve added several new calling features to make Skype’s calling experience even better than before.
Flexible group call canvas – Customize your group call experience and decide who appears in the main call canvas. Simply drag and drop people between the call canvas and the overflow ribbon to select who you want to focus on.
Take snapshots – Use snapshots to capture images of important moments within a call. Snapshots makes sure you never forget important memories like your grandkid’s funny antics or crucial information like the content that’s been screenshared during a meeting.
Easily start screensharing – We’ve made sharing your screen during calls even easier. Look for the ability to share your screen with the top level call controls.
New layout – Based on your feedback, we’ve made your contacts easier to access and view
Customizable themes – Choose a color and theme for your Skype client through your application settings.
And much more – Improvements to our media gallery, notifications panel, @mentions experience and more!
Task manager now shows Power usage and Power usage trends
For Windows Mixed Realty users there are now quick actions when using immersive applications. You can go home, view the time or capture videos and photos. To launch the menu press the Windows Key or do the bloom gesture. This is good new for WMR users who are frustrated when accidently pressing the Windows key during a game and getting pushed back to the cliff house. Now you will just get the new popup menu.
Introducing Quick Actions: While using an Immersive Application, Quick Actions allow users to easily Go Home, view the time, or launch Mixed Reality Capture tools (Photo, Video, and more). To launch Immersive Application Quick Actions, simply press the Windows key or use the Bloom gesture.
Other changes include:
- Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer
- Auto adjust of video brightness during playback
- Typing Insights
- Font installation for non-admin users
- Windows Security Improvements
Here are the other changes and known issues. Lookout for my hands on video soon.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback.
- If you have a Surface Studio, you should be able to update to Build 17698. Previously – Surface Studios were unable to update to Builds 17682, 17686, and 17692.
- We fixed an issue that could result in seeing a 0x80070057 error in Windows Update when upgrading to the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue from the last two flights resulting in the lock screen crashing in a loop when Picture Password was selected.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a high volume of Start reliability issues in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue where if you used WIN+A to open the Action Center you couldn’t immediately press Esc to close it.
- If clipboard history isn’t enabled, you can now enable it straight from WIN+V.
- Have multiple items in your clipboard history (WIN+V)? You can now start fresh in one shot by clicking the new clear all button.
- We fixed an issue resulting in noticeable lag when launching Task View on high DPI devices.
- We fixed an issue where Task View would still have a launch animation if “Show animations in Windows” was turned off.
- We fixed an issue where some cards in Timeline would appear with the text drawn twice, once normally, and a second time dimmer and with slightly different line spacing.
- We fixed an issue resulting Cortana crashing when attempting to edit reminders in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue when using Cortana causing search results to sometimes not do anything when clicked in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue where the People flyout was using the old Microsoft Store icon.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Credential Manager having white on white text when using Windows in dark theme.
- We fixed an issue where the string “Don’t use the index when searching…” in File Explorer’s Folder Options dialog had corrupted text.
- We’ve heard your feedback and are updating our sorting by size filters in File Explorer to be something a bit more modern. When you upgrade to this build you’ll find Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, Huge and Gigantic are now defined as 0 – 10KB, 16KB – 1MB, 1 MB to 128 MB, 128 MB – 1 GB, 1 GB – 4 GB, and > 4 GB, respectively.
- We’ve added some new keywords to help you get to the settings you’re looking for – for example “rename” will now find “View your PC name” (from which you can rename your PC). Please log feedback if there are any others that you’d like us to add!
- We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing when changing the default browser in the last flight.
- We fixed an issue where after a reboot, settings for Background Apps would revert to default.
- We fixed an issue where on demand features that were less than 1 MB (such as RSAT: IPAM Client) would fail to install.
- We fixed an issue where if your Bluetooth was turned off when upgrading to recent builds, the toggle for turning on/off Bluetooth wouldbe missing in the Settings page and the Bluetooth quick action button in the Action Center will not work. Note: this fix willprevent the issue from happening again, however if you are already impacted you will need to uninstall the radioadapter and re-enumerate it to get yourself back into a good state. You can do this by opening Device Manager, finding the radio adapter listed under Bluetooth, right-clicking and selecting Uninstall (make sure “delete the driver software for this device” is left unchecked), clicking Uninstall, then going to the Action menu and selecting “Scan for hardware changes”.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain Bluetooth devices, like the NOAHLink, not connecting after upgrading.
- We fixed the bug that was impacting driver testing scenarios where executing HLK Component/Device driver tests might havecaused abugcheck that blocked test execution.
- We fixed the issue causing the Game bar to crash on x86 machines.
- To improve clarity, we’ve separated Settings > Privacy > Speech, Inking & typing into two settings: Settings > Privacy > Speech and Settings > Privacy > Inking & typing personalization.
- We fixed the issue that caused Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator, Choose Keyboard settings to be missing text as well as visible values in the two combo boxes.
- We added DTS:X to the list of spatial audio technologies you can use.
- We addressed a crash in the audio troubleshooter if querying the volume or mute state failed.
- We fixed an audio service issue that could cause some previously-recoverable hangs to become unrecoverable.
- We’ve updated Microsoft Edge so that even if a tab is not actively playing audio you will now be able to preemptively mute it from the context menu when right-clicking the tab.
- We fixed an issue for certain languages where when loading tabs in Microsoft Edge you may briefly see a formatting placeholder (%) in the tab name.
- We fixed an issue where drag events in Microsoft Edge (after moving a tab) could arrive out of order, leading to not being able to close that window.
- We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would exit full screen video mode if focus was set to an Outlook window on a secondary monitor.
- We fixed an off-by-one error when using the up arrow to go through your command history in Command Prompt in recent flights.
- Thanks everyone who shared feedback about the Microsoft Pinyin IME experience introduced with Build 17661. With today’s build the experience will be returning to the one that shipped with the April 2018 Update, while we take your feedback into consideration.
- We fixed an issue resulting in text being unexpectedly finalized when typing using the Japanese IME in Outlook 2016.
- We fixed an issue where when using the Emoji Panel in a win32 app the first letter of the search might get dropped.
- When using the touch keyboard you’ll find that the clipboard button is now always visible in the candidate pane. Tapping it will bring up your clipboard history for you to browse and paste from.
- Shapewriting on the touch keyboard is now available when using English (Australia)!
- We have fixed an issue where if you had previously performed a Find using Narrator’s Find feature and you brought up the dialog the text would not have been cleared from the field.
- We’ve updated Ease of Access flyout on the login screen so that Narrator now has an on / off toggle
- We’re working on adding dark theme in File Explorer and the Common File Dialog, but we still have some things to do. You may see some unexpectedly light colors in these surfaces when in dark mode and/or dark on dark text.
- When you upgrade to this build you’ll find that the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) no longer have an acrylic background.
- We’re working on improving settings for HDR videos, games and apps in a new Windows HD Color page under System > Display. Some things temporarily will not work; notably, some users will not be able to enable/disable HDR display support.
- Applications that use ICC color profiles may encounter errors such as Access Denied. This includes the Color Management control panel, and color profile switching on certain Surface devices.
- When you use the Ease of Access > Make Text bigger setting, you may see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere. Also if your System > Display > Scaling and layout is not set to 100%, some text might appear unexpectedly tiny after reverting the “Make text bigger” value back to 0%.
- Windows Mixed Reality may get stuck after going to sleep and display a persistent error message in Mixed Reality Portal or a “Wake up” button that doesn’t work. To work around this, restart your computer or explorer.exe to use Windows Mixed Reality 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.