As part of the Creators Update development, Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10 build 14965 for PC and Mobile devices to the Fast ring.
Windows 10 build 14965, according to the software giant, includes a new feature to control external monitors using a tablet as a touchpad. There is also an updated version of Sticky Notes, Windows Ink gets new improvements, and Microsoft is also enhancing the new address bar in the Registry Editor.
As always, this new flight for PC and Mobile devices includes a number of additional improvements and a few known issues.
What’s new on Windows 10 build 14965
In build 14965, Microsoft is adding a virtual touchpad that lets you control external monitors with your tablet. Simply open Action Center, click on Project to connect to another monitor, and then you’re on your way to control the secondary monitor like if you’re using a physical touchpad.
To enable the feature just open the taskbar context menu and select Show touchpad button, and then a touchpad icon will appear in the notification area and tapping it will open up the virtual touchpad. In addition, on Settings > Devices > Touchpad, you’ll also find a few settings to customize the virtual touchpad settings.
Insiders are also getting a new version of Sticky Notes that supports more languages and regions. Additionally, the new version includes improved recognition of flights, emails, links, phone numbers, time, and stocks in more languages.
The updated Sticky Notes brings a slew of tweaks in performance, fixes, and other improvements, such as support for keyboard shortcuts like CTRL + B (bold), CTRL + I (italic), CTRL + N (new note) and CTRL + D (delete note), and there is a new context menu for easy copy/paste, reduced the minimum note size for typists.
Windows Ink Workspace
On Windows 10 build 14965, the Windows Ink Workspace gets updated with a number of improvements, such as increased number of apps in the Recently Used list to six apps.
The protractor gets improved and now you can use the mouse wheel to shrink and expanded it.
The update also updates the Pen & Windows Ink settings to include a link access the handwriting training tool — simply click on “Get to know my handwriting” to launch it.
Following the introduction of the address bar in Registry Editor, Windows 10 is now adding two new features:
You can now use CTRL + L to set focus to the address bar, in addition to the ALT + D shortcut.
You can now use shortcuts to access the different paths in the Registry. In short can now use HKCR, HKCU, HKLM, and HKU instead of typing or pasting the respective full name “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT”, “HKEY_CURRENT_USER”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”, or “HKEY_USERS” into the address bar.
Hyper-V has been updated so when you pick a particular DPI (zoom level) that setting will be preserved in the next connection to the Virtual Machine.
Additional improvements for PC
Along with the new changes and features, Windows 10 build 14965 also introduces a number of smaller tweaks and improvements.
For example, now File Explorer and Cortana shouldn’t crash on certain situations. Some settings that weren’t preserved during a feature update now are preserved moving forward.
Known issues for PC
In this flight, there aren’t significant known issues. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind: Double-clicking a Excel document to open it will crash Excel, and some Microsoft Studios games will freeze at launch.
Additional improvements for Windows 10 Mobile
Windows 10 Mobile build 14965 only includes a few extra improvements, including a fix to prevent Cortana from crashing and a particular scenario when using the assistant in French.
Data Usage settings should no longer prompt you to set a limit when you specified the unlimited option. In addition, phones with dual SIM can better differentiate cellular data between the two SIMs.
Microsoft Edge should no longer fail to launch after migrating settings from a previous version.
Known issues for Windows 10 Mobile
For now, you’ll be unable to install additional languages, keyboards, and speech packs on your phone for the next few weeks.
Microsoft also recommends not to use the previous workaround to install build 14951 or 14955. “The Microsoft account (MSA) ticket on your device needs to expire and then you’ll be offered today’s build. If you changed your date by 30 years. You’ll want to do a device reset.” Microsoft says.
Microsoft is listing the complete set of the features, fixes, and known issues for build 14965 at the Windows Blog.
Windows 10 build 14965 is available immediately through the Fast ring. It’ll download and install automatically on your PC and Mobile device, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates button.
Update, November 16, 2016: Windows 10 build 14695 is now available in the Slow ring.