Surprise! Microsoft has rolled out the latest Windows 10 build 10565 for PC to its fast ring insiders. The new build brings improvements to Cortana, Edge along with the much-anticipated Skype integration.
Cortana now understands pen-based inputs, implying the digital assistant can now figure out what’s written on the screen. A nifty addition given Microsoft’s focus on pen-based inputs in its top-end productivity devices.
While the company’s latest Edge browser now gets a new tab preview option, which allows users to hover over a browser tab to get snapshot of that particular tab’s content.
Moreover, the build 10565 finally gets the much-hyped Skype integration. This means that Skype messaging, calling and video capabilities will come integrated into Windows 10 via Skype’s universal Windows apps. Microsoft has promised that feature will also be available on Windows 10 Mobile too.
Based on user feedback, the new build also brings several UI refinements. Users can now match the color of the title bars according to the selected theme, which can be done via Settings > Personalization > Colors. The company has also added a slew of new icons for the build along with refining some context menus.
Besides, aforementioned features, this build incorporates following fixes:
- You should no longer see a warning message in the Settings app > Update & Security > Windows Update regarding changed ring settings for preview builds unless you actually change your ring settings.
- Background audio playback works again when apps like Groove are minimized.
- We fixed the issue where clicking on the system icons in the notification area quickly results in Windows Shell blocking the launch of fly-outs like Audio, Networking, etc.
- After Build 10525, we heard a lot of feedback that some context menus were too big for mouse. We’ve made adjustments to many of the context menus to make them smaller for using them with a mouse.
- You can now pin contacts to the Start menu from the People app.
- Certain apps won’t appear twice anymore when pinned to the taskbar.
- Hiding desktop icons via context menu on the desktop now works.
- Windows Store apps should now be updating automatically.
And of course, the new build comes with known issues that could hamper your overall experience. Here’s a list of known issues Microsoft has detailed in the blog.
- The search box does not work if you are in a locale where Cortana is not available. Microsoft says they are currently investigating workarounds.
- The Xbox app for Windows 10 will consume gigabytes of memory on your PC if you have any Win32 games (non -Windows Store games) installed on your PC that have been identified as games or added by you in the Xbox app. Closing the Xbox app will release your PC’s memory.
- WebM and VP9 have been temporarily removed from the flight builds, though the company says we can it come in a future release.
- Small form-factor devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, that boot with rotation or virtual mode screen size set larger than the physical screen size will experience a blue screen on upgrade and will roll back to the previous build.
Meanwhile, a new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview seems rather imminent this week. The company clearly said in the blog post that new Skype capabilities will soon be coming to an upcoming Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build.