Microsoft has released Windows 10 ‘Insider Preview’ Build 10074 to Windows Insiders on both Fast and Slow rings. This is the same build which recently leaked, and notably changes the build title to "Insider Preview" from "Technical Preview", in order to reflect importance of the Windows Insider community and the progress of Windows 10.
The new Windows 10 build 10074 comes with a few new features, UI improvements and performance enhancements: including the reintroduction of transparent UI (Aero Glass) elements, an enhanced Cortana interface which is better integrated with the Start Menu, new default Windows sounds and updates to various Windows apps. You also get a new Live Tile animation, in addition to performance and stability improvements for Live Tiles.
The new build is available for download through Windows Update for users already running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. You can download and update Windows 10 build 10074 by following these steps:
- Click on the start menu and in the search box type ‘Windows Update’
- Choose ‘Windows Update Settings’
- In the left panel click ‘Preview Builds’
- Click on the ‘Check’ now.
- Download the new build
After the build downloads, your machine will begin to install 10074. Once the installation is complete, you should be running the latest version of Windows 10 for Insiders. Those who prefer a clean install, can download the ISO files of Windows 10 build 10074 directly from Microsoft.
What's new in Windows 10 build 10061 for Insiders
- General UX improvements: Includes bunch of UX improvements with the last build and you'll see even more in this build. For example, you’ll notice a new Live Tile animation for Start in addition to in addition to some performance and stability improvements for Live Tiles.
We've done work to better support high DPI displays. And we know many Windows Insiders are running multi-mon setups – often with 2 monitors with different DPI. You will start to see some work we're doing to make sure core UX components in Windows scale correctly on both your monitors so things look nice regardless of DPI.
We've also heard loud and clear that many Windows Insiders want to see Aero Glass from Windows 7 make a comeback. We've been working out how to satisfy this request, and are trying some things out with this build to see how you like them. We're running a little A/B test with this build. 50% of you will normal transparency on the Start menu and taskbar while the other 50% will see a blur effect on the Start menu and taskbar (like frosted glass). If Windows Insiders really like the blur effect, we will add it to more areas and even consider making it the default instead of standard transparency. Which one did you get? Send us feedback about it via the Windows Feedback app!
- Even more improvements to Continuum: We’re continuing to make Continuum better and invest in a simplified taskbar. Additionally when you close an application in Tablet mode, we take you back to the Start screen instead of the desktop as you would expect when using a tablet. You will see general polish on snapping, and the shared divider between two snapped windows now let’s you adjust the size.
- Multi-tasking improvements: We're continuing to refine and complete our mulit-tasking experience with Windows 10. Check out Alt-Tab, Task-View, and Snap Assist. Snap Assist also now supports the ability to close a window during Snap Assist.
- New default Windows sounds: We’ve heard a lot of feedback from people that they want some fresh system sounds for Windows 10. Check them out and let us know what you think.
- Visual refresh for Cortana: You will see a visual refresh for Cortana in this build that makes the experience feel more ingrained into the overall Windows experience. Start and Cortana are now more tightly integrated. As you start to search for an app from within Start, Cortana can seamlessly take over and bring back the right result. The new Windows split view control has been added to Cortana’s left rail, offering quick access to key Cortana functionality like the Notebook, Reminders or Feedback on how Cortana’s doing. This split view control helps anchor Cortana to the rest of the Windows UI and provides navigation consistent with many other Windows first party applications.
- New experiences in Cortana: We are making available some new and updated experiences in Cortana powered by Bing Instant Answers. Cortana will aim to answer your question while you're still typing. Here are a few questions you can try:
- Weather – “Seattle Weather”
- Finance – “MSFT stock”
- Dictionary – “define astounding”
- Calculator – “48*92”
- Flight Status – “UA 238”
- Reference – “how tall is brad pitt”
- Showtimes – “movies near me”
- Tech Help – “memory in my computer”
- Time Zone – “time in London”
- Unit Conversion – “42 ft in meters”
- Chit Chat – “tell me a joke”"
Fixes in Windows 10 build 10061 for Insiders
- You can now launch Win32 (desktop) apps from the Start menu again. Sorry about this bug!
- You should be able to download music in the Xbox Music and Music Preview apps.
- When you minimize an app playing audio, it should continue playing in the background.
Known issues in Windows 10 build 10061 for Insiders
- Developers cannot enable Developer Mode in the Settings app for installing and testing apps on this build. We’ll enable this in an upcoming build. In the meantime, you will need enable your device for development using the Group Policy Editor.
- There is an issue in this build preventing some games from playing in full screen mode. We’re working to get a fix out via WU as soon as possible.
- The People app continues to crash. We’re planning to release an update for the People app through the Store Beta that fixes this.
Keep in mind that this is a pre-release version of Windows, meant for seasoned users to test and provide feedback. If you come across any issues not mentioned in this post, please provide your feedback directly to Microsoft through the Insider Hub and the Windows Feedback apps.
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