It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build, though the wait might be over soon as a new interim build 10558 has been leaked online featuring significant amount of UI changes.
Windows 10 build 10558 features a slew of cosmetic changes along with the addition of new apps such as Microsoft Phone, which is a pretty good indication that the company is prepping itself for Threshold 2.
Apart from the overhauled operating system itself, the build also shows notable changes made to the latest Edge browser. For instance, it now gets tab previews, which allows users to keep an eye on what’s happening in other tabs without having to switch to them. Other changes include certain tweaks made to the download manager, while there’s also a new dockable Developer Tools window to work on.
Meanwhile, context menus have also been overhauled making them slightly smaller. Though the perhaps the most notable change in the build is the addition of new apps which include Skype Messaging, Skype Video and Microsoft Phone. It showcases how Microsoft is finding new ways to make communication better, along with its effort to integrate with Windows on mobile devices.
The build also marks the return of the ability to save apps to SD cards or drives apart from the partition where the OS is installed, a feature that’ll certainly come in handy for tablet users. In addition, business users also get access to the Spotlight feature along with several UI changes that include a new Registry Editor icon along with several tweaked icons here and there.
It is worth pointing out that the build 10588 hasn’t officially been released. Hence, it is recommended not to install the leaked build. Moreover, at the moment, we are not even sure whether Build 10588 will be making its way to the Fast Ring.
In other related news, Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb aka Major Nelson made a big announcement on his official blog, according to which Cortana will be arriving on the Xbox One in 2016. He said that beta testers will get a chance to try Cortana on the Xbox One console ‘later this year’ when the Redmond giant releases it through the Xbox One preview program.