Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Microsoft Teases New Fluent Design in Windows 10 Preview Build

Microsoft Teases New Fluent Design in Windows 10 Preview Build

With the latest Windows Preview Build 16215, Microsoft is giving Windows Insiders a sneak peak at what's coming to Windows 10 later this year with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update debuted at Build 2017.

Start and Action Center: These features have received elements of Microsoft's new Fluent Design System. The changes made to the Action Center provide "much clearer information separation and hierarchy".

There is also a new HDR and Advanced Color Settings page and a per-app defaults page so that you can now start with your app and see the available options for what it can handle. This build also introduces a new Full Screen mode which you can switch on or off by pressing F11, it has smoother new tab animations, there are improvements to the browser's session restore behavior, and new annotation tools for EPUB Books when viewed in Edge.

The company has also updated its Edge browser to allow users to pin their favourite websites to the taskbar.

"We heard your feedback, this build you can now pin a Web site to the taskbar from Microsoft Edge", Sarkar said. It operates through the Microsoft Edge browser: When a user is looking up a particular item on an online merchant's website, Cortana will deliver a little pop-up notification to the user's address bar if it finds the same item at a lower price through a different retailer.

Digital stylus pens don't have a Global Positioning System but the latest Windows 10 update will tell users where they were when they last inked to a computer. The assistant can now prompt the user to create a scheduled reminder of events when it notices their posters in the camera roll (with the users' permission). The touch keyboard also gets word prediction as well as one-handed keyboard support.

While there isn't a whole lot in this update, there is a new feature to PowerPoint that will allow users to "add, change, delete, or reply to a comments in a presentation" from your device.

There is also a host of new changes to handwriting support, including new gestures for the Windows 10 stylus, an expanded emoji library, and automatic handwriting detection.

Most importantly, resources for games running in Game Mode have been tweaked on 6 and 8 core CPU PCs for improved game performance. Aside from the new UI features and enhancements, staying up to date is one of the best defences you can have against malware.

This officail update comes just a week after Microsoft apologised to users after it released an update to its popular Windows 10 operating system by mistake.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to disable the welcome screen from showing up after every update.

Pinned sites are back!

Language Packs via Settings Time & language Region & language are available again starting with this build.

The Windows Subsystem for Linux is still in beta, but no longer requires Developer Mode if you want to enable it. The issue causing updating to the latest builds to get stuck at 12% should be fixed.

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