The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds contain a huge set of new features and improvements — with something for everyone.
All Insiders will appreciate the new Timeline feature — an amazingly easy ways to get back to web sites, apps and activities you were working on in the past. You’ll also find exciting updates to the My People experience, Microsoft Edge and Cortana2, including features requested specifically by Insiders like you.
If you’re an IT Professional, you’ll be interested in the latest news about Windows Defender Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG). And for developers, we’ve introduced new tools to make developing on Windows an even better experience.
New Windows 10 Insider Preview features
Here are some recent highlights, which appeared in Windows Insider Preview Build 17063.3 Go to the Windows Insider blog for more details on all the latest Insider Preview builds.
1. Resume activities you started in the past.
With Timeline in Task View, you can quickly scroll back to content you opened earlier — like a webpage, document, article, playlist, or task — even if you’ve closed an app or file. It even works across activities on different PCs. (To leave feedback, click on the button in the upper-right corner of Timeline.)
2. An improved My People experience.
You can now drag and drop contacts to rearrange them as you like in the taskbar. Display up to 10 contacts (or show them all in the overflow).
3. More Fluent Design.
You’ll discover better contrasting colors and text, more transparency and cool animations across more of the Windows 10 UI, including Microsoft Edge, Start, Settings and Action Center.
4. Offline web sites and push notifications.
Microsoft Edge now supports new web standards that allow web pages to send push notifications to your Action Center and refresh data in the background, even when the browser is closed. Learn more in our post Service Workers: Going beyond the page.
5. A new Keyboard Settings page.
Go to Time & Language Settings to easily add new keyboard layouts and adjust other advanced keyboard-related settings.
6. An improved Region & Language Settings page.
Highlights include an entirely new language selection experience — enabling you to quickly identify available language features per language (display language, text-to-speech, speech recognition, and/or handwriting). Checkout the new experience by going to Settings > Time & language.
7. Expanded language support for the Emoji Panel.
The Emoji Panel can now be used in over 190 languages — 152 of which have tooltip support when you hover over each emoji.
8. Personalize the handwriting panel.
You can now change the font that your handwriting converts to in the handwriting panel.
9. Save notification drafts.
If a toast (such as one from Skype) gets dismissed with unsubmitted text, we will now save the draft so you can complete it and send later.
10. A more responsive Cortana experience.
Your content has a new home called Organizer that provides you with easier access to your lists, Collections and reminders. You can now also use Cortana to control music playback on more of your favorite music apps — including Spotify.
For IT Pros
1. Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) updates.
You spoke, and Microsoft listened. Microsoft is bringing Windows Defender Application Guard to Windows 10 Professional in the next feature update of Windows 10. For quick access from the context menu, simply right click on the Windows Defender icon in the notification area.
2. Get an end-to-end look at Windows 10 security.
Register today for a live webcast on Tuesday, February 6th covering all the security features that have shipped to date — and get your questions answered by our engineers and product team experts. Insiders can email questions in advance to: [email protected].
3. New! Microsoft 365 powered device lab kit.
This updated version of the popular Windows 10 Deployment and Management lab features a fully-provisioned virtual lab environment with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security. Plus, 25 step-by-step lab guides covering AutoPilot, Windows Defender Application Guard, Windows Hello, Windows Analytics, and more.
4. New! Project Honolulu Technical Preview update.
To enhance our new Windows Server management experience, we’ve added more, top-requested features in Virtual Machines and continued to make performance enhancements for faster load times and page rendering.
1. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
The latest updates to WSL include: support for background tasks (including daemons) and running in remote locations; the option to run elevated and non-elevated WSL instances simultaneously; and, a new tool to convert Linux paths to Windows-friendly paths. (Build 17063)
2. Windows Command line Toolchain includes bsdtar (tar) and curl.
These two popular command line tools from the Unix shell are now available in Windows and Windows Server. bsdtar provides handy extraction/creation of compressed files and curl offers data transfer capabilities so you can download files from a remote location. (Build 17063)
3. Unix style sockets (AF_UNIX) are available on Windows.
Based on user feedback, we heard that you’d like an easier path when porting tools relying on AF_UNIX to Windows. As a result, two Win32 processes can now use the AF_UNIX address family over Winsock API to communicate with each other. Read this blog for more details. (Build 17063)