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New Windows 10 Insider Preview features

New Windows 10 Insider Preview features is amazing how fast Windows has evolved in just a few months. Since our last newsletter, we have released over 300 new features and improvements to Windows, and Windows Mobile, Insider preview builds.

This includes: a stunning new design for Start and Action Center; a totally new touch keyboard on PC; faster, more convenient ways to store and share content; plus, one of the most requested Windows 10 features yet (hint: check out the calculator app).
As usual, many of these updates were based on suggestions from Insiders like you. And yes, we are tracking your feedback — whether it’s a resounding new feature vote from thousands in the community or an insight from a single Insider. Read how the work of two dedicated Windows Insiders helped potentially hundreds of thousands of users.
With so much to explore, you’ll want to check that you have the latest Insider Preview build. Simply go to Windows Update or Phone Update in your device settings and click Check for updates. If you haven’t yet installed an Insider Preview build, go here for quick and easy installation tips for Windows 10 Insider Preview and go here for quick and easy installation tips for Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview.New Windows 10 Insider Preview features
Keep that feedback coming! You are helping to shape Windows for the world.

New Windows 10 Insider Preview features

Here are some recent highlights, including the build number where they first appeared.2 Go to the Windows Insider blog for more details on all the latest Insider Preview builds for both PC and Mobile.
  • Stay better connected. Pinned contacts display a counter if there are unseen messages. To share a file, simply drag-and-drop onto a contact to start an email — or share directly via the share picker.3 (Build 16199)
  • A new design. The UI for Start and Action Center includes elements of our new Fluent Design System such as Acrylic Material — a cool, translucent effect. (Build 16215)
  • Pinned sites are back. We heard your feedback — and you can now pin a website to the taskbar from Microsoft Edge. (Build 16215)
  • A better handwriting experience. The new handwriting panel has more gestures, easier editing, and emoji. Fill the panel and lift your pen off the screen — the text will shift so you have room to continue writing. (Build 16215)
  • A clever way to keep track of events. Using visual intelligence, Cortana (with your permission) can prompt you to create a reminder when she notices event posters that you’ve added to your camera roll4 – or when you use your pen to circle event information for an event on a website.5 (16215)
  • A totally new touch keyboard on PC. Enhanced text prediction, shape writing with the one-handed touch keyboard, and dictation on the desktop.6 (Build 16215) Plus the keyboard supports 26 languages, including Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese. (Build 16226)
  • OneDrive Files On-Demand. Access your files in the cloud without downloading and using storage space on your device. All your files, even online-only files, can be seen in File Explorer and work just like every other file on your device. (Build 16226)
  • Currency converter in Calculator. One of the top customer feedback requests since the launch of Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insiders to try. (Build 16226)
  • Narrator gets artificial intelligence. Now Narrator can do things like generate descriptions for images that lack alternative text. The service also includes the ability to extract text from images using optical character recognition. (Build 16226)
  • Link your phone and PC. This first set of ‘linking’ features is focused on cross-device web-browsing using an Android phone. Give it a try and let us know your feedback. Follow these simple steps to have your browsing sessions from your phone automatically show up on the PC that you’ve chosen. Then register here, if you’d like to help us refine these features even further. (Build 16251)

In other news

Info for IT Pros

  • Windows Server — now available as an Insider Preview. We recently released the first version of the Windows Server Insider Preview Build. Download the latest version and explore improvements to: container and software-designed networking, HTTPs, time accuracy, networking transports and more. Plus, the Windows Server Core base image has been optimized and is now over 20% smaller.
  • New security features. We have released several new preview security features for Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232 – and we’d like to hear what you think. To discuss these new features, and get best use scenarios and practices, visit the Windows 10 security space on Microsoft Tech Community.
  • Introducing Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness. In this three-part video guide, you’ll learn to leverage powerful telemetry data, gain insights and recommendations about your organization’s upgrade readiness, and follow a guided workflow based on Microsoft best practices.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016. Download this free e-book to learn about the latest technology in Windows Server 2016 and what it means for your organization, including: better protection, improved datacenter efficiency, new modernization capabilities and more.

Info for Developers

  • Windows Template Studio 1.2 has been released. Accelerate the creation of new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps using a wizard-based experience. The latest release includes new features, pages, and functionality, such as the ability to add new content to your existing project with right-click. Go here to download.
  • Announcing UWP Community Toolkit 1.5. Highlights include four new controls and a new powerful Composition expression builder to help build out complex animations with the Composition API. Get more details on the toolkit.
  • Try the latest Windows Preview SDK. With Windows 10 Insider Previews, we are regularly releasing updates to the SDK. Get the latest updates to the SDK, including loads of new APIs and bug fixes that have come in since the last Microsoft Build Developer Conference.New Windows 10 Insider Preview features

 

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