It’s Friday and Gabe Aul has unleashed another new build of Windows 10 to people in the Windows Insider Program’s fast ring. Unlike the last build which was mostly just some cosmetic changes, build 10547 looks to fix a few of the complaints that I had with Windows 10 in our review.

One thing that bothered me was that the Start Menu would not allow you to create groups more than three “medium” tiles wide, and with this update, users can select “Show more tiles” in the personalization settings which allows a fourth column of tiles. It’s nice for the desktop, but this should be very beneficial to tablet mode which I felt was wasting a lot of space with just the three column width. Having four columns also allows for two wide or large tiles to be on the same row, which is a much better solution than having to plug holes with smaller tiles even if you don’t really want them. Hopefully the wording changes on the setting, since Show more tiles is not really what the setting is doing, and it is of course a fall back to the Windows 8.1 setting with the same name which actually did allow you to put more tiles on the Start Screen.

Tablet mode also gets some tweaks. I felt that Windows 10 actually lost a step compared to Windows 8.1 in just touch usage. Microsoft appears to be trying to bring back some of the good tablet features that Windows 8 had. A small change which should actually be a nice change is that when you have two apps snapped in tablet mode, you can now snap another app over one of those, just like in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has a graphic that shows the app teeter from side to side to show you which side it is going to replace. It’s a small change, but welcome. Windows 8.1 was pretty solid as a tablet operating system so it’s great to see Windows 10 adding some of those features back.

The core apps are also being updated constantly, and we’ve seen some good changes to things like Mail getting an option to disable conversation view, and the photos app keeps getting iterated to make it a better experience. It has been updated again to make it more obvious which photos are on your PC and which are in the cloud. Other core apps like Xbox app are getting updated, and the Xbox app is gaining a Beta program too much like the Xbox itself has.

The Start Menu has gotten some fixes, and with this build the 512 app limit in the Start Menu has been increased to 2048 apps. While there should not really be a limit here, 2048 should be enough for pretty much anyone as far as installed apps.

Cortana, which before required a Microsoft Account, is now usable with a local account. I’ll have to test to see exactly what this means. In the original version of Windows 10, enabling Cortana with a local account would force the system to switch the account login to a Microsoft Account. It’s not clear from the release notes if you can just log in to Cortana with a Microsoft Account now instead of switching the login, or if it is actually usable with just a local account.

There are, as usual, a few known issues as well including Store Apps may not update automatically, so please check out the known issues before installing in case one of them will directly affect you.

Source: Windows Blog

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  • 29a - Sunday, September 20, 2015 - link

    You should use the feedback mechanism built into Windows 10 to suggest they fix that rather than bitching about it on some website. I've found they take feedback pretty seriously.
  • WaltC - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    last build, 10532, featured memory compression changes, which didn't strike me as "cosmetic"...;)
  • blahsaysblah - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    Anyone know if you can get Edge Preview build by itself? Or is it too integrated into Win 10 to have two of them? How do they expect devs to take up Edge?
  • Wardrop - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    I would hope it's not too integrated. I'd hope they learned something from there mistakes with IE and the problems heavy integration and circular dependancies can have.
  • DanNeely - Sunday, September 20, 2015 - link

    I'd be nice to see Edge ported back to older OSes since Win7 will probably be holding on heavily in corporate markets for a few more years, so offering Edge to older OSes would help MS defend against user share erosion from Chrome/Firefox. A situation that will only get worse as IE11 becomes more outdated and becomes a bigger cross browser compatibility challenge.

    The main counter argument is also fairly solid from the engineering perspective of the IE team. Being limited to the Win7 API level, or having to write large numbers of OS compatibility shims is not just a lot of work; it also undermines the entire One Version of Windows Forevermore paradigm that the company is focused on.
  • Gigaplex - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    Corporate markets are encouraged to use Enterprise versions of Windows 10. Edge isn't supported on the Long Term Service Branch of Enterprise either. Edge is not focused on the corporate market, so don't expect to see it on Windows 7.
  • DanNeely - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    Wow. I guess some things never change, that move is classic old/bad MS, the OS slitting the Edge team's throat.
  • brikbot - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    Edge is written as a "Universal" app, so it will only run on Windows 10. It's not an issue of integration into Windows 10, but older OS's not supporting the "Universal" framework.
  • kn00tcn - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    i thought there was a recently WU to port some framework features back
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    Feature request: allow us to use the Cortana speach recognition technology to dictate text into any field that accepts text. Use some Win+Key combination and the context menu to activate. That would be a real major upgrade for many. And make it less akward to talk to your computer, if it's regularly of visible benefit.
    (yes, I know this is not a new request)

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