Dona Sarkar, the chief of Windows Insiders, in a blog post announced the availability of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 for PC with a bunch of new features and enhancements. It's a step towards releasing the 'Windows 10 Creative Update' in the month of April.
If you are a Windows Insider in the fast ring PC build, checkout this big update to experience it before the final public release. Make sure to checkout the bugs list before installing.
Windows 10 Insiders Preview Builds are dev builds from the development branch and thus consists of known and unknown bugs. These releases are to give a heads up to the insiders to checkout the features/fixes and to report out issues & suggestions to Microsoft. If you are fine to try it before final release, become a Windows Insider and install the latest preview builds.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 for PC has many new features and enhancements, as well as known/unknown bugs. Among the new features, here is a list of few of them, but of course you can check the original 'Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 for PC' post on Windows Insiders blog to know all the new features part of this build.
Microsoft Edge team has made a lot of new changes to make it easier to keep track of your tabs. Here's a list of them:
- The new Tab preview bar allows you to easily glance at a visual preview of every tab you have open without leaving your page. You can scroll through the list with touch, mouse wheel or a touchpad. Just click the chevron icon next to your tabs to get started.
- Microsoft has added two new buttons next to your tabs in Microsoft Edge to help you quickly manage all your tabs without losing your flow.
- They also added Jump List in Microsoft Edge. Simply right-click or swipe up on the Microsoft Edge icon in the Taskbar and pick the task you want.
- This release introduces a new UWP architecture for Microsoft Edge's multi-process model, including a new visual tree and new input model. These changes will help improve stability.
- 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, which allows sites to make checkout easier using the payment and shipping preferences stored in your Microsoft Wallet.
- They have enabled independent rendering of HTML5 video elements by default.
- They have also enabled Media over Fetch and XHR over Fetch by default.
In the new build, Microsoft team has many new improvements for the Start Screen and the Shell. Checkout the below points to get more details on those:
- You will now be able to group your Start tiles into folders. Tile folders are a way for you to organize and personal your tiles in Start. It was already there in Windows Phone and now they brought it to Windows for PC.
- They have redesigned the Windows sharing experience to be more app-focused and integrated with where you are sharing from. The new Windows Share experience will pop-up the new share flyout within the app you are sharing from and give you a list of applications you can share to.
- You can now use Win + Shift + S globally to capture a region of your screen and copy it to the clipboard for pasting into OneNote for Windows 10 or any other app. The feature is now not limited to OneNote 2016.
- The build 15002 brings more goodness in the way of high-DPI support for desktop apps. They have updated Performance Monitor (Perfmon) to now be more crisp on high-DPI PCs. You can now enable them yourself for other GDI-based applications.
- There will now be an improved performance and smoothness when resizing GDI-based Desktop applications and UWP apps.
- They have made changes to desktop Icon Placement and Scaling based on the feedback provided by Windows Insiders. Now when you change your multi-monitor configuration, dock/undock your device, project your display, add or remove monitors or otherwise make changes that affect the icon scaling, you should see an improvement in how the system adjusts the layout of your desktop icons.
- The Network flyout has been updated to have a simplified and faster VPN access, so that after selecting a VPN, you can now click connect from within the flyout rather needing to open VPN Settings.
- Microsoft has improved the app sign-in experience for users with multiple accounts. The new sign-in dialog shows your available Microsoft, Work or School accounts and gives you the ability to add new accounts to Windows.
- Those of you who follow the Simplified or Traditional Chinese lunar calendar can now use the taskbar calendar to quickly check the lunar date alongside the current Gregorian date.
- To provide a more relevant and crafted experience to Windows users, Microsoft will now provide app developers a way to create custom subgroups for their notifications in Action Center, thus Improving the notification experience across Windows 10.
Microsoft has now added new improvements to the new Windows Defender app in Windows 10. The improvements in this build includes:
- New options to run quick, advanced, or full scans.
- Device performance and health scans give you a report on your PC's health.
- Family options has visual improvements and links you to great content/applications on the web to set up a family or view device information.
- Settings pages to change configuration on the app or learn more about it.
- Microsoft has introduced "Refresh Windows on-demand' in Windows Defender.
- General bug fixes and improvements.
There are many other improvements now available in Windows 10 build 15002 and those are listed below:
- The updated Windows Ink pen, pencil and highlighter control now visually indicate which color is selected.
- Now you will have the option of deleting your whole ink stroke or erasing only pieces of it.
- For apps that support Cortana commands, it will now bubble up suggested commands as you type the app name in Cortana.
- There will now have more recurrence options for Reminders.
- The keyboard shortcut to invoke Cortana in listening mode has now changed to WIN + C.
- The Windows Out-Of-Box-Experience (OOBE) Team has been working to reimagine how people set up their PCs for the first time. Microsoft is now taking it to the next level where people can listen and respond to Cortana verbally to further simplify and make the setup process more accessible.
Source: Windows Insiders Blog