Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview for PCs at its ongoing BUILD conference. The new preview brings along a slew of improvements in terms of both design and new features. For starters, Microsoft has introduced some Aero Glass elements in the UI. The look was introduced with Windows Vista but it was later dropped in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
“We’ve also heard loud and clear that many Windows Insiders want to see Aero Glass from Windows 7 make a comeback,” said Gabriel Aul, the leader of Microsoft’s operating systems group’s data and fundamentals team. “We’ve been working out how to satisfy this request, and are trying some things out with this build to see how you like them.”
Though Microsoft says that not everyone will be able to see the return of Aero Glass, as Microsoft is running an A/B test where half of Windows 10 testers will see normal transparency on the Start menu and taskbar, while the other half gets to see the blur effect. The company will choose which one to make the default based on the kind of feedback it receives.
Next up, we have Cortana, which has received a visual tweak “that makes the experience feel more ingrained into the overall Windows experience.”
Put simply, much better integration of Cortana has been possible with the Start menu/screen. In addition, Cortana has acquired new features powered by Bing Instant Answers, implying it gives answers while you type. It gets 11 new functionalities:
- Weather – “Seattle Weather”
- Finance – “MSFT stock”
- Dictionary – “define astounding”
- Calculator – “48*92”
- Flight Status – “UA 238”
- Reference – “how tall is brad pitt”
- Showtimes – “movies near me”
- Tech Help – “memory in my computer”
- Time Zone – “time in London”
- Unit Conversion – “42 ft in meters”
- Chit Chat – “tell me a joke”
Other additions and improvements include updates for the Music and Video Preview apps, Xbox app April 2015 update, Windows Store beta improvements along with discovering features and apps in Windows 10.
With this release, the build number has been bumped up from 1061 to 10074. Windows 10 Insiders should get the update overnight. For those of you who want to update now, go to PC Settings, select Update and recovery, then Preview builds, and then click the Check Now button.
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Users who still have not signed up for the Windows Insider Program, can register now. Users can also download the ISO in 32-bit and 64-bit variants from Microsoft’s official page.