As if Microsoft has not had enough Windows news today, they have also released a new build of Windows 10 into the pipeline. Unlike the last build, this one is also available to the Slow Ring so people will be able to download the ISO for this version. Also, Windows 10 has now been changed (in name only) from Technical Preview to Insider Preview. Hopefully this change in name is more than just a name change. The move to drop this new build onto the Slow ring as well will hopefully mean that it is a more stable version.

Some of what is new was demonstrated during the keynote today at Microsoft’s Build conference. There is a new animation on the Start Menu for the live tiles. It is subtle, but it is a nice effect. There are some changes to some other UIs as well, but none of these are particularly news worthy at this point in time.

What is news is something that has been a long time coming. Multi-monitor setups are very common, and even devices like Microsoft’s Surface line encourage use with a second display. However with the huge DPI differences between a tablet and a monitor, this can cause issues with scaling despite the work done in Windows 8.1 to enable per display DPI scaling. This build is not a cure-all for everything, but the core UI components should now scale correctly regardless of DPI. Hopefully there is a lot more coming here this has always been a bit of an annoyance when running a Surface Pro 3 with an external monitor (as an example) and of course there are plenty of apps that don’t scale at all. I’m still waiting for an outright solution to these apps. The ultimate solution is to move apps into the Windows Universal App model and have them in the store, since that part of Windows is fantastic at scaling based on DPI and display size already. There was a lot of info today at the keynote about putting more apps in the store so that should help some of this, but regardless, with Windows there are going to be apps that ignore the scaling so really there needs to be a fix for these.

Continuum gets some improvements as well. Until recently I have not had much of a chance to try Continuum since I was running Windows 10 on my desktop but I have some 2-in-1 hardware now that I hope to get running with this to see how well it’s working. The keynote demos today showed some nice changes though and the start screen layout now flows a lot better between display sizes and orientation.

Cortana continues to get some tweaks as well. The UI has changed a bit and there is now a menu bar for Cortana on the left side of the search window. This is small but should help make it a lot more usable. There are also going to be Instant Answers now with Cortana where it attempts to answer your question before you are even done typing it. This should only get better over time.

Also mentioned in the keynote was some changes to the experience to help promote app discovery. These changes will be coming in this build, and offer things like Apps showing up on the lock screen if Cortana thinks you might like them. If you launch an app through Cortana, it also may suggest a similar app. The example today was if you like to play Star Wars: Commander, it might suggest the recently launched Star Wars Rebels game. This can be turned off if you don’t like it, so fret not.

I’ll be installing this build when I get home from San Francisco. The previous build completely broke my desktop to the point where I can’t even launch the start menu, so it’s good to see that there are ISOs available. Remember this is beta software! If you are interested in giving this a go, check out insiders.windows.com to sign up, and if you are already on Windows 10 just check for updates and the new build should be available now.

Source: Windows Blog

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  • hrmes - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    Yes, but then you have a lot of empty unused space where they used to be and it look rather ugly... Reply
  • Makaveli - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    Agreed I was right clicking and removing live titles last night cleaned up the menu nicely. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, May 3, 2015 - link

    Being able to disable something does not make it a "non-issue".

    The UI should be designed as much as possible to be good out of the box.
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  • Taristin - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    I havent been able to update my Win10 beta install since the 9xxx series. It tells me I need to change my BIOS settings, but Im running it in Bootcamp on an iMac. So I dont know what I even could do, since there is no BIOS on a mac. Reply
  • cyberguyz - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    Did a virgin install ikn a new virtual machine. It works fine for me. Reply
  • HollyDOL - Sunday, May 3, 2015 - link

    10074 acts a bit weird for me... I had to disable sleep state for disk since it kind of forgets to wake it up again after that and it won't appear until I shut down computer, keep it shutted down for a few seconds and then turn it on again (hard reset button doesn't help, the SSD won't appear in the ICH drive list). Sometimes it locks the drive same way on login screen. Hopefully next version fixes this, else I'll have to try with virgin install. Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - link

    This build of win10 has a lovely new feature, and by lovely, I mean awful. every time you start a game, it has to show the messages "press win+G to open the game bar" "you can record videos with win+r" "you can stop recording video with win+alt+t" EVERY TIME A GAME IS OPENED. It's incredibly annoying, and there doesn't appear to be a way to turn the thing off. Reply

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