Preview Build Highlights

New Windows 10 Insider Preview Features

Here are some recent highlights, including the build number where they first appeared.1 Install the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build and explore some of these new features for yourself. 2 On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings>Update and Security> Windows Insider Program (or click here to go directly to Settings) and follow the prompts.3

Build 17128

Get help from Contana to change settings. Download this preview app in the Microsoft Store to have Cortana guide you through the steps for changing a setting in Windows on your PC. (Currently only available in English for the US and United Kingdom markets, and in German.)4

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Build 17127

Set your favorites places in Cortana. A new profile page let's you add and edit your favorite places for traffic updates and reminders when you arrive or leave your places.4

Cortana’s new Notebook goes international with improved performance. The new design is available for all markets and languages where Cortana is supported. In addition several performance improvements have been deployed that should make Notebook load faster.4

Now easier to use a Skill in Notebook. Default Skills in Cortana’s Notebook (like Weather, Sports, and News) come with a set of tips for questions you can ask Cortana to get you started.4

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Build 17123

A new, more advanced format for images. The High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) has arrived for Windows 10 and the Photos app! HEIF improves quality, compression, and capabilities compared to earlier formats like JPEG, GIF, and PNG.

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Build 17115

New Privacy Settings. This new design makes it easier to review and set your privacy options and offers two new settings for Inking & Typing and Find my device. More details about the change can be found in this blog post.

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Build 17107

Keeping PCs up-to-date. When Windows Update is receiving an update, it will keep your PC from going into sleep mode for up to 2 hours to help ensure you get updates successfully.

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Build 17101

Emoji search comes to more languages. Earlier in RS4, we updated the Emoji Panel to support browsing and picking emoji in many new locales. Now you can find an emoji by keyword in over 150 locales.

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Build 17093

Do more with your Game bar. Go to your captures, toggle your microphone and camera, edit the title of your Mixer stream, even check the time —all from new buttons on Game bar.

Clutter-free printing from Microsoft Edge. Print webpages from Microsoft Edge without ads and unnecessary clutter from the web. Note: this option will only be visible for certain type of webpages.

A more functional full screen mode in Microsoft Edge. Without leaving full screen, you can now access the address bar and navigate to other sites, add a site as a favorite, and more. Simply hover your mouse or drag a finger at the top of the screen.

Control Windows with your eyes. We’ve made eye control even better for easier scrolling, quick access to Start, Timeline, Settings and more.

Go password-less with Windows 10 S. Just download the Authenticator App to set up Windows Hello and access all your favorite apps and services – all without ever having to enter your password.

Experience HDR on more PCs. An HDR-capable display gives you richer colors and a more vibrant picture. With our new calibration tool, we are expanding HDR access to more Windows 10 PCs.

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Build 17083

Timeline improvements. We agree with Insiders that deleting multiple activities from Timeline can be cumbersome – so we added the option to delete everything from a given hour or day from the context menu. You can also chose if you want to synch your activities across devices, for greater privacy.

A new Font Settings page + and fonts in the Microsoft Store. Preview more font capabilities such as color and variable fonts and grab even more fonts directly from the Microsoft Store.

More control over diagnostic data. The Diagnostic Data Viewer app provides a detailed view of the diagnostic data your device is sending to Microsoft and change how your admin has set the level of data shared.

Making Windows Hello setup easier. Now, you can set up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN straight from your lock screen by clicking the Windows Hello tile under Sign-in options.

Control which apps access your content. Set which UWP apps on your PC can access your pictures, videos, or documents folders.

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Build 17074

Quiet hours. Choose those times when you don’t want to be bothered by notifications. You can set Quiet Hours to automatically turn on at certain times or when you’re presenting or playing a game. You can also allow priority people to contact you during quiet hours and you can see a summary of what you missed when your quiet hours are over.

New reading experience for EPUB, PDF, and Reading View. We’ve overhauled the look and feel of the reading and Books experiences in Microsoft Edge, including. a pop-up “Notes” menu in Books; grammar tools for EPUB books and Reading View; a full-screen reading experience; the option to auto-fill saved passwords when browsing InPrivate, and more.

Autofill credit cards on web forms. Microsoft Edge can now save and automatically fill your credit card information on payment web forms.

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Build 17063

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. (EN-US only. Requires a Spotify account.)4

Security questions for local accounts. With the Fall Creators Update, we started working on self-help solutions for password recovery from the Lock screen. We’ve added this functionality to local accounts as well, through the newly available use of security questions for local (non-Microsoft) accounts.

An improved Region & Language Settings page. We’ve added icons to each language entry to indicate when language support is installed for display language, text-to-speech, speech recognition, and/or handwriting.

A new Keyboard Settings page. Go to Time & Language Settings to easily add new keyboard layouts and adjust other advanced keyboard-related settings.

More Fluent Design. You’ll discover better contrasting colors and text, more transparency and cool animations across more of the Windows UI, including Microsoft Edge, the Start menu, Settings and the Action Center.

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).

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.

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Build 17046

More emoji data for the touch keyboard. More of the emoji you love will appear as you’re typing related words with the touch keyboard. Try typing words like unicorn, kiwi, artist, or turtle (in your language, of course) to see related emoji.

Form Fill for address fields. Microsoft Edge can now save and automatically fill in your preferred information in addresses and related forms. Addresses you save will even be roamed across your Windows 10 devices.

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Build 17040

Shape-writing with wide touch keyboard. With the Fall Creators Update we introduced shape-writing input for one-handed keyboard. We’ve heard your feedback and it’s now also available when using the wide keyboard.5

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Build 17035

An easier way to share files. You can now wirelessly share files and URLs to nearby PCs via Bluetooth using the new Near Share feature. Just follow a few quick set-up steps, click on the Share icon and (once your recipient accepts) watch your file magically transfer.

Instantly mute auto-playing media on websites. Microsoft Edge now displays an audio icon that shows which tab is playing sound. Just click the icon to mute and unmute. Thanks to everyone who shared feedback requesting this hand feature.

Windows Update bandwidth control. You can now limit the download bandwidth that is used in foreground downloads. Foreground downloads take place when you interactively start a download, for example, when you click on “Check for updates”.

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Build 17025

More control of your Startup tasks. The list of apps that you want to run at startup has now moved to a more convenient spot under Settings>Apps. We’ve also introduced an advanced option to control which specific tasks in an app you want running at startup.

Revamped Ease of Access settings. This build adds new Ease of Access settings to make your device easier to use and fit your needs. We heard your feedback and improved setting descriptions to help you more easily understand available accessibility features.

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Build 17017

Introducing Cortana Collections. Cortana can learn what things interest you such restaurants, recipes, books and TV shows – and then put them into neatly organized lists. (EN-US only.)4

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  1. Go here for instructions on how to find out which Windows 10 Insider Preview build you have installed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cortana not available in all markets. See the list of markets in which Cortana is available.
  5. Currently only available in the following languages. Catalan (Catalan), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), English (India), English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), French (Switzerland), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italy), Norwegian, Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), and Vietnamese (Vietnam).