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 Program and follow the prompts.1

  • Date & time settings screen shot.

    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' color in Settings will now apply apply to more of your Windows UI, including the taskbar, Start menu, Action Center, 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.

    Less interruptions while you're in full screen mode.

    Watching a movie on your PC? Pouring 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 Center.

    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 & symbols view for direct access to more symbols and special characters. (Build 18267)

     

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TOUCH KEYBOARD

  • 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-colored note.

     

    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 dialog boxes using the highly-quested delay snip feature in the Snipping tool.

     

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SCREENSHOTS

  • 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.

     

    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.