Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Edge, shell, notification, input, gaming, Task Manager, and Hyper-V improvements. This is the sixth build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September).
Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes, but new features, too. Microsoft has released many such updates, including three major ones: November Update, Anniversary Update, and Creators Update.
First up, Edge can now read aloud any webpage and PDF with word and line highlighting. The Share UI now matches the Edge theme if it is different from the rest of the system and launches under the Share button (rather than in the center of the browser). There’s also a new animation when you add a favorite and a bunch of small bug fixes.
Next, the Windows Shell has been updated to squash a really annoying bug for those that have a high DPI display and change the display scaling value. You no longer have to log out and back in to fix blurry desktop apps after docking, undocking, and remoting. Windows now provides DPI-related information to these applications such that each time one of them starts, they’ll get updated data from the operating system. Simply re-launching is enough to render them correctly if they’re blurry.
Notification buttons now span across the bottom of the notification, rather than being right-justified. It’s now easier to take action on your notifications as the first one auto-expands in each notification group in the Action Center. The X for dismissing notifications has been changed to an arrow — Microsoft hopes this makes it more clear that the notification is actually being pushed to the Action Center to be reviewed later. Notification badges for people pinned to the taskbar will now be consistent with the color of your theme and receiving emoji from people pinned to the taskbar is now referred to as a “pop.”
The emoji panel now supports type to search for emoji 5.0, plus a bunch more keywords. Also, if you hover your mouse over any of the emoji in the Emoji Panel, you’ll now see the exact Unicode character name. The touch keyboard is now more accurate (particularly for one-handed use), makes a sound with each key press (like the old one), and is better at learning your typing style (meaning better text predictions the more you type and correct).
The smallest update is probably the new Game Mode icon on the Game bar. We’re not even…
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