Microsoft Today ( 26.06.2018) released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17704 (Redstone 5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead Rings. The Windows 10 build 17704 comes with huge amount of improvements and new features such as visual improvements to Microsoft Edge. Introduces new Diagnostic Data Viewer features to improve your privacy experience and typing insights to help you type more efficiently. You can now install fonts per user account, and there’s a new viewing mode that improves the visibility of videos in bright environments.
Also With Redstone 5 build 17704 Microsoft Introduced a new version of Skype and Windows Security app with a new “Block suspicious behaviors” feature. Task Manager and Windows Mixed Reality pick up new improvements, and much more. But with the blog post, Microsoft confirms that “Sets won’t be part of the final Redstone 5 update“.
Microsoft says it is now taking Sets offline, in a decision to “continue making the feature great.”
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Microsoft Edge Gets Huge Improvements
Now With Windows 10 Build 17704 Microsoft has introduced a new Edge “BETA” icon that will only be seen in Insider preview builds. Microsoft explains there is visually differentiate between officially released versions of Microsoft Edge and preview builds where Microsoft Edge is in ongoing development.
New Fluent design improvements: Microsoft is also bringing Fluent Design’s new depth effect to the tab bar on Edge browser to help emphasize the active tab.
Redesigned “…” menu and Settings: Microsoft Edge settings panel is being revamped, and it’s now easier to navigate. that means you can navigate faster and find the relevant settings quickly. As the software giant is overhauling the Microsoft Edge settings, you’ll also notice a refined menu that puts common commands like “New tab” and “New window”.
The customizations will allow you to put commonly-used actions on front. That means you’ll be able to customize the icons that appear in the new Microsoft Edge toolbar.
And also now you can finally control whether media can play automatically. This setting is under Advanced Setting -> Media autoplay.
New PDF icon: Windows 10 now has a new icon for PDFs in File Explorer when Microsoft Edge is your default PDF handler.
New Skype experience on windows 10
Microsoft is today revamping the Skype UWP app experience on Windows 10. The new app offers improved calling experience, allows you to take snapshots of important moments within a call, customize the themes and much more.
Here’s a what’s new on Windows 10 Skype:
- Best in class calling experience – We’ve added several new calling features to make Skype’s calling experience even better than before.
- Flexible group call canvas – Customize your group call experience and decide who appears in the main call canvas. Simply drag and drop people between the call canvas and the overflow ribbon to select who you want to focus on.
- Take snapshots – Use snapshots to capture images of important moments within a call. Snapshots makes sure you never forget important memories like your grandkid’s funny antics or crucial information like the content that’s been screenshared during a meeting.
- Easily start screen sharing – We’ve made sharing your screen during calls even easier. Look for the ability to share your screen with the top level call controls.
- New layout – Based on your feedback, we’ve made your contacts easier to access and view
- Customizable themes – Choose a color and theme for your Skype client through your application settings.
- And much more – Improvements to our media gallery, notifications panel, @mentions experience and more!
In addition to all the latest enhancements, with this update, you can expect more frequent improvements to your Skype for Windows 10 experiences going forward via updates from the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft is fully committed to the privacy and security of the users, and the company is introducing an improved Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer that lets you understand when your data is collected and much more.
On the Diagnostic Data Viewer, users can view specific details about each report collected such as when it was sent and what application or component caused the report to be created.
It also lets you see the Common Data, Device Connectivity and Configuration, certain browsing history and much more.
This Redstone 5 preview also ships a new version of the Windows Security app that includes a new protection setting called Block suspicious behaviors, which brings the Windows Defender Exploit Guard attack surface reduction technology to all users.
Task Manager Improvements
With Windows 10 Build 17704 Task Manager now includes 2 new columns in the “Processes” tab to show energy impact of the running process on their system. This should help users to understand which apps/services are using the maximum power vs. the least power-hungry apps. The metric takes CPU, GPU & Disk into evaluation when calculating power usage.
- Power usage: This column will provide an instantaneous view of apps/services using power.
- Power usage trend: This column provides a power usage trend over 2 mins for each running apps/services. This column will be blank when you start an app but will populate based on the power usage every 2 mins.
Ease of Access and Narrator improvements
Narrator Quickstart: When Narrator launches, a new Quickstart tutorial experience will be available. The Narrator Quickstart will help you get up and running quickly with Narrator. It teaches the basics of using Narrator, such as learning the keys on your keyboard, navigation, the most used commands etc. At the end of the Quickstart, there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
When the Narrator Quickstart launches, Scan Mode may not reliably be on by default. We recommend going through the Quickstart with Scan Mode on. To verify that Scan Mode is on, press Caps Lock + Space.
Narrator Keyboard improvements: We have added the scan mode secondary action command and Spell current selection command. Please refer to Intro to New Narrator Keyboard Layout doc for more information.
Updated Ease of Access > Display Settings UI: We’ve made some tweaks to the Make text bigger section under Settings > Ease of Access > Display Setting to make it a bit clearer.
New video viewing mode
Microsoft is also launching a new viewing mode that uses the device’s light sensor to detect the ambient light and improve the visibility of your video when you are in a very bright environment. It’s worth noting that the feature works only on devices that have a light sensor. If your device meets the requirements, you can turn on “Adjust video based on lighting” option in Settings > Apps > Video playback.
Windows 10 now comes with Typing Insights, which will show you the stats about how the AI technology has been helping you type with efficiency, and apparently, it works only on devices with the software keyboard. You can go to Settings > Devices > Typing and click on “View typing insights” link to see them. Basically, it shows stats about features such as text predictions.
In addition to all the features and changes, build 17704 also includes some additional improvements, including the ability to enable the clipboard history from the Windows key + V interface, and if you have too many items in the history, the interface also now includes a clear all button.
Using File Explorer, you’ll notice that the sorting by size filters now looks a little more modern. When you upgrade to this build you’ll find Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, Huge and Gigantic are now defined as 0 – 10KB, 16KB – 1MB, 1 MB to 128 MB, 128 MB – 1 GB, 1 GB – 4 GB, and > 4 GB, respectively.
In search, Windows 10 build 17704 includes additional keywords to help you get to the settings you’re intending to find. For instance, if you type “rename” will now find View your PC name, which you can use to rename your PC.
Windows 10 now adds DTS:X to the list of spatial audio technologies you can use.
Starting with build 17704, the old Snipping Tools is getting retired in favor to the new Screen Sketch apps, and when opening the old experience, you’ll see a warning with a button to open the new experience.
In the Windows Mixed Reality experience, when using an Immersive Application pressing the Windows key or using the Bloom gestures, Quick Actions allow users to easily Go Home, view the time, or launch Mixed Reality Capture tools (Photo, Video, and more).
Shape writing on the touch keyboard is now available when using English (Australia), and there is an update for the Ease of Access flyout on the login screen to display a on and off toggle switch for Narrator.
Starting with this flight, the software maker will removing Sets, but it’ll come back in the feature.
Microsoft is listing the complete set of improvements, fixes, and known issues for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17704 at the Windows Blog.