Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661( Redstone 5 ) new features and changes

Microsoft has recently released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661 from Redstone 5 branch for Fast Ring users. Redstone 5 will be the next major update to Windows 10 and is scheduled to release in the second half of 2018. The build includes improvements in Snipping, Sets, Windows Security, Task View gets Fluent Design tweaks. The Settings app brings new changes to Focus assist and sound settings. You can receive this build by opting into Fast Ring of Windows 10 by visiting Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program in the settings app.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661

This is the first Redstone 5 build which has been released to Fast Ring as the earlier RS5 builds were released on the Skip Ahead Ring which was specifically created by Microsoft for giving an early start to their development process of the next major update. Here the complete list of new features and changes on Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661.

Modern snipping experience

With Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661 snipping experiences are being updated to improve the screen capture and annotation process. The Snipping Tool included with Windows is decent enough, but Microsoft has made it much easier to use. Now when you want to take and share a screenshot all you have to do is hit Win + Shift + S and a snipping toolbar will open. You can also activate it by pressing Print Screen, although you’ll need to activate this option via Keyboard Settings.


Screen Sketch is now an app!

Originally introduced as part of the Windows Ink Workspace, this comes with a variety of benefits, including that it can now be updated via the Microsoft Store, it will now show up in the list when you press Alt + tab, you can set the window size to be your preference if you like multitasking, and it even supports multiple windows (and tabs, thanks to Sets!).

Easy snipping is only a single step away.

Enabled a keyboard shortcut for easy snapping, so by pressing WIN + Shift + S, a new snip toolbar will pop up. After selecting the snipping area user will get a notification which can be opened in the Screen sketch app. Surface Pen or any other button can be now set up for bringing the new snipping experience. Also Immediately after taking a snip, you’ll now get a notification that will take you and your snip to the Screen Sketch app where you can annotate and share away!

Press Print Screen. You heard it right, just one button! It’s not enabled by default – go to Keyboard Settings – you’ll see a new option that says “Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping”. Opening Settings and search for “print screen” will take you to the right page.

Press the quick action button in Action Center. Called “Screen snip” – it should be there as soon as you upgrade, but if not you can always enable it via Notifications & Actions Settings.

Continuing the Sets Experiment

For the last few weeks, Microsoft have made the Sets experiment available to all Windows Insiders who have opted in to Skip Ahead. Now that the Fast ring and Skip Ahead are merging back together and will be receiving the same RS5 builds, Microsoft are going to continue with the controlled study just like Microsoft did back in December. This means that not all Insiders will see Sets. Insiders who were opted into Skip Ahead who had Sets previously will continue to have Sets. However, unlike the controlled study Microsoft did in December, the large majority of Insiders in the Fast ring will see Sets and a smaller group won’t

More Fluent Design: Introducing acrylic in Task View

We’ve heard you like acrylic! We like it too – when you update to this build you’ll find that the entire Task View background now has a soft blur effect.

Introducing acrylic in Task View
Introducing acrylic in Task View

Windows Security Improvements

Windows Defender Security Center is now called Windows Security. You can still get to the app in all the usual ways – simply ask Cortana to open Windows Security or interact with the taskbar icon. Windows Security lets you manage all your security needs, including Windows Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender Firewall.

Focus assist improvements when gaming

Now Focus assist will turn on automatically when you’re playing any full-screen game. No more interruptions when you’re crushing it. This behavior should be turned on automatically, but you can always check by going to Settings > System > Focus assist and ensuring the “When I’m playing a game” automatic rule is enabled.

Continuing the sound Settings Migration

Consolidating the settings experiences is an ongoing priority for Microsoft. Microsoft started the work moving Sound settings to Settings with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and Microsoft is happy to announce the next piece of that with today’s flight. Device properties have now been integrated into Settings – just click on the links in Sound Settings and you’ll find a new page where you can name your device and select your preferred spatial audio format.

Taking the Microsoft Pinyin and Wubi IMEs to the next level

Do you write in Chinese (Simplified)? We’re updating the Microsoft Pinyin IME! We’ve been focusing on addressing your performance, reliability and compatibility feedback. You’ll also notice a number of other improvements, including:

Design improvements – a new logo (for the Microsoft Pinyin IME), new IME toolbar, and dark theme support!

Microsoft Pinyin and Wubi IMEs
Microsoft Pinyin and Wubi IMEs

An updated context menu. Microsoft has added a bunch of options to the IME mode indicator’s context menu in the taskbar, so you can quickly access the things you need.

The IME now uses the same UX for Expressive Input as other languages. You can bring it up by clicking the emoji button in the IME toolbar, or use the Emoji Panel hotkeys (WIN + period (.) or WIN + semicolon (;)). You can browse between Emoji, Kaomoji, and Symbol input when Chinese (Simplified) is the active locale.

Microsoft would love to hear what you think of this new experience – this link will take you to the Feedback Hub where you can share your thoughts.

Source Windows blog
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