Microsoft has released its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring With a number of new features “Flashlight” feature for Mixed Reality users, Group Policies for Microsoft Edge, New set of emojis, Kiosk setup experience, Time Accuracy and Traceability improvements and more.
Along with build 17723, Microsoft also released the first preview of Windows 10 Build 18204 (19H1) For devices obtained for Skip ahead Ring. Where Microsoft is ditching the ‘Redstone’ codename in favor of 19H1 where 19 represents 2019 and H1 refers to the first half of the year.
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Windows 10 Build 17723 Features
Dona Sarkar, chief of the Windows Insider program, said in a post today Currently build 18204 includes all the same changes found in 17723, but eventually, the company will start adding different improvements and features specific for the 19H1 development.
For Insiders who chose to “skip ahead”, 19H1 builds will continue to come from the RS_PRERELEASE branch. Insiders can see the branch name in the watermark at the lower right of their desktop. Right now, the builds from these branches are largely the same which is why we’re only doing a single blog post for both of today’s new builds. However, in the future we will be doing separate blog posts for each,”
Mixed Reality Flashlight Feature
With Windows 10 Build 17723 Microsoft introduced an interesting feature for those who use Mixed Reality Headsets. Called the “Flashlight”, it will allow users to take advantage of the connected camera and see the surroundings without removing the headsets. The feature will basically allow users to broadcast a video feed from the camera to the headsets so the user is aware of the surroundings.
Dona Sarkar, the head of the Windows Insider Program at Microsoft Explained the feature allows users to peer into their physical environment without removing their headset, enabling a seamless mix of physical and virtual realities.
With the latest Windows Insider Program build, you can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed connected to your controller. It’s comfortable, intuitive, and keeps you immersed”
Microsoft Edge Improvements (Group Policies)
Microsoft is also introducing some new Group Policies and MDM settings for IT administrators to manage its Edge browser. The policies, include enabling/disabling full-screen mode, printing, favorites bar, and saving history. The policies now also help prevent certificate error overrides for enhanced security.
As part of the Group Policy overhaul, Microsoft has also introduced new options for configuring the Home button and startup options, as well as setting the New Tab page and Home button URL and managing extensions.
New Set of emojis
The latest Windows 10 build has incorporated all the 157 new emojis that were announced as part of Unicode 11 last month. The list includes a whole bunch of new characters, including superheroes, redheads, a softball, a pirate flag and even a llama. Users will be able to access the entire pack by using the Emoji Panel (WIN+.) or the touch keyboard.
With latest builds, you’ll also find that Microsoft made tweaks to some of Microsoft’s existing emoji – here are some examples:
Time Accuracy and Traceability improvements
This build includes updates to time related functions by:
- Leap Second Support– Windows will now support these occasional 1-second adjustments in a traceable and UTC-compliant manner. What’s a leap second? As the earth’s rotation slows, UTC (an atomic timescale) diverges from mean solar time or astronomical time. Once UTC has diverged by at most .9 seconds, a Leap Second is inserted to keep UTC in-sync with mean solar time. Since the practice of inserting leap seconds began in 1972, a leap second has typically occurred every 18 months.
- Precision Time Protocol– For the highest accuracy environments, you can now improve your time accuracy by leveraging a new time protocol that delivers far more accurate time samples to the endpoint (Windows Server 2019 or Windows 10, host or virtual machine).
- Software Timestamping– You can now further improve your network time accuracy by eliminating the software delay introduced by the Windows networking stack.
For a full write up with more details about these new improvements, please see our announcement here.
Improved Update Experience
In order to improve the update experience so that Windows does not reboot your computer while you are using it and then force you wait to wait for the install the update, Microsoft has been working on predictive models that detect the right time to install a Windows update. These models will not only detect if you are using the computer before restarting but will also try to predict if you left your computer briefly and are expected to come back to it.
Kiosk setup experience
The Kiosk setup experience has been tweaked in the new build with a new assigned access configuration page in Settings that uses a wizard to walk users through the creation process. In the past, Microsoft Edge hasn’t been available in Kiosk mode because it, and third-party web browsers, need special permissions beyond those required by most Windows apps, but that also changes from this build.
Along with this Microsoft also making it easier to access the Game bar. With latest Windows 10 Build 18204 and 17723, you can now discover Game bar from the Start menu or bring up Game bar by using the Win + G shortcut at any time.
Along with these features, Microsoft especially focuses to patch the bugs ( “…” menu not working in multiple apps (including Microsoft Store, Photos, and Screen Sketch), CRITICAL PROCESS DIED bug check and more), which previously reported by users. Here the full list of what’s fixed and broken in Windows 10 Build 18204 (19H1) and Build 17723 (Redstone 5)
Users already running Restore 5 builds your device automatically get installed windows 10 Build 17723 via windows update. Or you can manually check and install latest updates from Settings -> update & security -> windows update.
If you already enrolled for Skip Ahead Ring, your Device receive the first Windows 10 Build 18204 (19H1 ) Via windows update. You can check How to join the Redstone 6 skip ahead ring.