Windows Insider Preview build highlights

Explore the new features — install the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview build.

Explore the new features for yourself by installing the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build. On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Programme and follow the prompts.1


    • Screenshot of phone screen on PC.

      Project your Android phone screen to your PC.

      Get things done faster on your phone apps with your keyboard and mouse. Use the new phone screen feature on Your Phone app to mirror your Android phone's screen directly on your PC.

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PHONE SCREEN


    • Screenshot of emoji search.

      Emoji 12 are searchable.

      Press WIN+(period) or WIN+(semicolon) and type a word to instantly locate one of the many new emojis released with Emoji 12. (Build 18348)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EMOJI 12


    • Windows logo.

      Launch an app or script in Windows Sandbox.

      Windows Sandbox now supports configuration files. These files allow users to configure certain aspects of the sandbox, such as vGPU, networking and shared folders. (Build 18342)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SANDBOX


    • Windows logo.

      New Chrome extension for Timeline.

      The new Web Activities extension (available in the Chrome Web Store) collects activities from your Google Chrome browser and adds them to your Timeline in Windows. (18342)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHROME EXTENSION


    • Screenshot of Search screen.

      Get quick access to the apps that you use the most in Search.

      Just open Search Home and you'll see them under Top apps — no typing required! (Build 18329)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT QUICK ACCESS


    • Screenshot of Desktop apps in Windows Mixed Reality.

      Run Desktop apps in Windows Mixed Reality.

      Launch Desktop (Win32) applications (such as Spotify, Paint.NET and Visual Studio Code) in Windows Mixed Reality, just like how you launch Store apps. (Build 18329)

       

      READ MORE ABOUT WINDOWS MIXED REALITY


    • Windows logo.

      Extended dark mode for Mail and Calendar.

      Dark mode now works when composing a new message, updating a calendar item or reading your email. (Build 18329)

       

      READ MORE ABOUT EXTENDED DARK MODE


    • Screenshot of raw image extension in MS Store.

      More support for Raw image files from your camera.

      Download the new Raw Image Extension (Beta) package to view image thumbnails, previews and camera metadata of previously unsupported raw files. (Build 18323)

       

      DOWNLOAD RAW IMAGE EXTENSION PACKAGE

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SUPPORT FOR RAW IMAGE FILES


    • Screenshot of Windows desktop with light theme.

      An even better light theme.

      We polished up our extremely popular light theme for Windows, making icons more readable on the light background. (Build 18323)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LIGHT THEME


    • Screenshot of fonts in Settings.

      An easier way to install new fonts in Settings.

      You can now drag and drop font files from File Explorer into the modern Settings > Fonts page to install them. (Build 18317)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FONTS IN SETTINGS


    • Windows logo.

      Improved Start reliability.

      Changes include improved launch time and a new process that simplifies debugging and insulates Start from potential issues impacting other parts of the OS. (Build 18317)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT START RELIABILITY


    • Screenshot of Insider page in Settings.

      An easier way to get Insider Preview builds.

      A simplified Windows Insider Programme Settings page makes it easier to set up your PC for new builds and change your settings. (Build 18317)

       

      FIND OUT THE EASIER WAY TO GET BUILDS


    • Windows logo.

      Reserving disk space to keep Windows 10 up to date.

      To ensure critical OS functions always have access to disk space, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files and system caches. (Build 18312)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RESERVING DISK SPACE


    • Screenshot of sign in window.

      Streamlined Windows Hello PIN reset experience.

      We know remembering a PIN can be tricky, so we have revamped the PIN reset experience with the same look and feel as signing in on the web. (Build 18309)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS HELLO


    • Screenshot of sign in window.

      Sign in to Windows with password-less Microsoft accounts.

      Set up and sign in to Windows 10 with a phone number account, without having to create or deal with the hassle of a password for Insiders. (Build 18309)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SIGN-IN


    • Screenshot of start screen.

      A simplified Start layout.

      The new default layout features a sleek, one column design with reduced top-level tiles. (Build 18305)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE START LAYOUT


    • Screenshot of Windows Sandbox.

      Run untrusted software with greater confidence.

      With Windows Sandbox, you get a lightweight desktop environment for safely running applications in isolation. (Build 18305)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SANDBOX


    • Screenshot of clipboard.

      See more entries in your clipboard history.

      We made the UI more compact so you can access more entries without scrolling. (Build 18305)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CLIPBOARD HISTORY


    • Screenshot of troubleshooting notice.

      Keep your device running smoothly with recommended troubleshooting.

      Windows will automatically recommend tips and fixes to help improve your overall experience. (Build 18305)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TROUBLESHOOTING


    • Screenshot of Office app icons.

      Say hello to the new Office app for Windows 10.

      See all your Office apps in one place, view recent and pinned documents and use the integrated Microsoft search to find people or documents quickly. (Build 18305)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE NEW OFFICE APP


    • Screenshot of Microsoft To-Do.

      Get more done with Cortana and Microsoft To-Do.

      Your lists and reminders from across Microsoft To-Do, Cortana and tasks in Outlook can now become one, centrally located list in your Microsoft To-Do app. (Build 18305)2

       

      FIND OUR MORE ABOUT MICROSOFT TO-DO INTEGRATION


    • Screenshot of Tamper Protection.

      Tamper Protection in Windows Defender Antivirus.

      This setting provides additional protections against changes to key security features, including limiting changes that are not made directly through the Windows Security app. (Build 18305)

       

      FIND OUT ABOUT KEY SECURITY FEATURES


    • Windows Snip

      Snip & Sketch screenshot improvements.

      The Snip & Sketch app now lets you take screenshots of specific windows on your screen. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SCREENSHOTS


    • Quick unpin for Start menu

      Quick unpin for groups and folders in Start.

      To make it easier to re-order your Start menu, you can now unpin groups and folders via a new context menu entry. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT HOW TO RE-ORDER YOUR START MENU


    • Dynamic hit targets for keyboards

      Type faster with more accuracy on the touch keyboard.

      To adjust for missed key hits, the keyboard can dynamically enlarge the hit target of each key, based on a prediction of what letter most likely will be typed next. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KEYBOARD ACCURACY


    • Notepad with the asterisk

      A better Notepad.

      Multiple improvements include: better interoperability with UTF-8 support, shortcuts to open, save and close, an indicator for unsaved changes. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NOTEPAD


    • Shows Narrator Home page

      Narrator improvements.

      Multiple improvements include: more control over the amount of information you hear, easier table reading and a more consistent, natural-sounding reading experience. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT ABOUT NARRATOR IMPROVEMENTS


    • Shows bigger cursors and pointers

      Bigger, brighter cursors.

      We've introduced new cursor sizes and colours in Ease of Access Settings to make Windows easier to see. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT ABOUT CURSORS


    • Windows logo.

      New tools for submitting feedback.

      The Feedback Hub includes auto-save for new feedback items, the ability to see Screenshots and Steps before submitting, and easier navigation between sections. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT ABOUT NEW FEEDBACK TOOLS


    • Gallery experience in Game bar

      New gallery experience in Game bar.

      Without ever leaving your game, you can view screenshots and videos taken through the Game bar and even share your favourite screenshots directly to Twitter. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT ABOUT GALLERY EXPERIENCES


    • Windows logo

      Windows Update notifications.

      Starting with 19H1, when your device has an update requiring a reboot, you will see a coloured dot on the Power button in the Start menu and on the Windows icon in your system tray. (Build 18298)

       

      FIND OUT ABOUT UPDATE NOTIFICATIONS


    • Date & time settings screenshot.

      Sync your clock with our time server.

      This option in Date & Time Settings will help in scenarios where you think the clock might be out of sync or if the time service has been disabled. (Build 18290)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TIME SERVER


    • Screenshot of desktop with Windows light theme.

      New Windows light theme.

      The 'light' colour in Settings will now apply to more of your Windows UI, including the taskbar, Start menu, Action Centre, touch keyboard and more. Plus, we've included a new default wallpaper. (Build 18282)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LIGHT THEME


    • Screenshot of Windows Updates options.

      A smarter Windows Update experience.

      Intelligent Active Hours can automatically sense when you're active on your device so updates and reboots don't get in the way of your busy schedule. (Build 18282)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT INTELLIGENT ACTIVE HOURS


    • Windows logo

      A more consistent reading experience in Narrator.

      Text reading commands (previous/next for character/word/line/sentence/paragraph/page) can now be used to scan a full window from top to bottom. (Build 18282)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NARRATOR


    • Screenshot of focus assist settings.

      Fewer interruptions while you're in full screen mode.

      Watching a movie on your PC? Poring over Excel tables? Studying? With this Focus Assist update, you can keep your notifications quiet until you exit full screen mode. (Build 18277)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FOCUS ASSIST


    • Screenshot of brightnews Quick Action slider.

      Fine tune your display brightness in Action Centre.

      Based on a top request, the brightness Quick Action is now a convenient slider instead of a button, giving you faster, more granular control. (Build 18277)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS


    • Screenshot of advanced scaling settings.

      Fixed blurry apps automatically.

      Notice that some of your apps seem blurry on your high-resolution DPI display? The Advanced Scaling setting is now enabled by default so Windows can fix your apps automatically. (Build 18277)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ADVANCED SCALING


    • Windows logo.

      More language support for SwiftKey's Typing Intelligence.

      Get text predictions in more languages on both touch and hardware keyboards. (Build 18272)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SWIFTKEY


    • Screenshot of printing screenshots.

      Snip & Sketch improvements.

      We've included options to add a border to screenshots and print them directly from the app.

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SNIP & SKETCH


    • Screenshot of sticky notes in dark mode.

      Dark Mode for Sticky Notes.

      Along with full Dark Mode support, this new version of the Sticky Note app also supports Windows Dark Mode.

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS DARK MODE


    • Screenshot of Windows search settings.

      Find things faster on your PC.

      We've extended Windows search indexing beyond documents, pictures, videos and desktop to cover all folders and drives on your PC. (Build 18267)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SEARCH INDEXING


    • Image of touch keyboard.

      More symbols are available on the touch keyboard.

      Just tap the new 'Ω' key in the numbers and symbols view for direct access to more symbols and special characters. (Build 18267)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TOUCH KEYBOARD


    • Uninstall option for more apps in the Start menu.

      You have the option to uninstall more pre-installed Windows 10 inbox apps via the context menu on the Start menu All Apps list.

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT STAR MENU APPS


    • Windows logo.

      Narrator Read by Sentence.

      You can read next, current and previous sentences in Narrator. Read by sentence is available with the keyboard and with touch. (Build 18262)

       

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NARRATOR READ


    • Screenshot of Sticky Notes syncing.

      Sync your Sticky Notes across devices.

      With the new version of the Sticky Notes app, you can sync and backup your notes across your Windows devices and view them in all one convenient place. Also includes a new charcoal-coloured note. (Build 18252)

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT STICKY NOTES


    • Image of a screenshot being taken.

      Capture more kinds of screenshots.

      Take screenshots of UI elements such as pop-up menus and dialogue boxes using the highly requested delay snip feature in the Snipping tool. (Build 18252)

      FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SCREENSHOTS


  • Windows logo.

    A new sign-in screen design.

    We've added the option for a translucent texture to help you focus on the sign-in task. (Build 18252)

     

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SIGN-IN


  • Microsoft To-Do logo of large checkmark.

    Handwriting support for Microsoft To-Do.

    Capture, check off and strike through your tasks naturally with a digital pen using Windows Ink. (Build 18252)

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MICROSOFT TO-DO

  1. Go here for instructions on how to find out which Windows 10 Insider Preview build you have installed. Windows Insider Preview may be substantially modified before it's commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. To view Windows Insider settings, you must have administrator privileges on your PC. For PCs running early versions of Windows 10, go to Settings>Update and Security>Advanced Options>Get Insider Preview Builds.
  2. Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device.