Windows 10 build 21354 new features
Co_Release branch

Windows 10 build 21354 outs with new features in the Dev Channel

Windows 10 build 21354 in the Dev Channel ships with new Camera and Display settings and tweaks for the Start menu, Settings, and built-in apps.

  • Windows 10 build 21354 releases in the Dev Channel with new features and changes.
  • It brings new Camera settings to manage network cameras and webcams.
  • Introduces the ability to disable content adaptive brightness control (CABC).
  • Microsoft also ships tweaks for the Settings app, Start menu, WSL, News and Interests, built-in apps, and more.

Build 21354 for Windows 10 is now rolling out for devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This is preview number 69, and it is a small release with several changes and new features.

According to the company announcement, Windows 10 build 21354 introduces a new “Cameras” settings page with new features for network cameras and webcams. You will also find several changes for built-in apps (Snipping Tool and Paint), tweaks to the Start menu, improvements for the “News and interests” feature, and more.

In addition, this release represents the first build available in the “CO_RELEASE” branch. The “CO” is for the Cobalt internal codename. Usually, when Microsoft changes the release development branch, it means that the team is in the process of completing adding the scope of features and improvements planned for what could be the next version of Windows 10. In this case, version 21H2, which the company is expected to ship during the second half of 2021.

Windows 10 build 21354 new features

Here are the new features, changes, and improvements with the latest preview of Windows 10.

Cameras settings

Starting with build 21354, Windows 10 introduces a new “Cameras” page in the “Devices” section of the Settings app.

The new page includes settings to add, remove, disable, and configure network cameras, built-in cameras (front and rear), and external USB webcams.

Cameras settings
Cameras settings

In the configuration settings, you can also remove the backlight that causes shadows on your face. And you can even adjust brightness and contrast, enable Video HDR or Eye Contact, or correct the camera rotation.

Webcam configuration settings
Webcam configuration settings

Displays settings

In the Display settings, you will now have the ability to disable content adaptive brightness control (CABC), which is a feature that improves battery life by adjusting the contrast and brightness of the display based on the content shown in the display. However, the feature can cause distracting brightness changes that also decrease the image quality that might be something important when you need to show content with color accuracy, as such now, there is an option to disable it.

The feature is called: “Automatically adjust contrast based on the displayed content to help improve battery,” and it will be available depending on the camera support.

Windows 10 CABC settings
CABC settings (source: Microsoft)

Start menu improvements

As part of the Start menu improvements, build 21354 no longer includes a Windows Tools folder. Instead, it is now an option with a new icon that opens the new Windows Tools folder in Control Panel.

Start menu on build 21354
Start menu on build 21354

In addition, the Windows Tools folder now combines all the options previously available in the Windows Accessories, Windows Administrative Tools, Windows PowerShell, and Windows System folders. As a result of this change, you will no longer find these folders in the Start menu or across the operating system.

Windows Tools folder
Windows Tools folder

Furthermore, all the tools are searchable using Windows Search, and you can now pin them to the taskbar or Start menu.

Finally, File Explorer now appears in its own place in the Start menu.

Device usage settings

Starting with build 21354, Windows 10 officially introduces the “Device usage” settings page in the “Personalization” section, which allows you to specify how you plan to use the device to allow the system to show suggestions for tips, tools, and services that will help you make the most out of the operating system.

Device Usage settings
Device Usage settings

Windows Update changes

Windows 10 build 21354 also brings changes to the “Change active hours” feature. For example, now you see the “Automatically adjust active hours for this device based on activity” toggle switch enable if you never configured the feature.

Change active hours enabled
Change active hours enabled

Using this new default setting, Windows Update will be able to schedule automatic updates when you are not actively using the computer.

ARM improvements

For ARM64 devices, it’s now possible to enable compatibility settings for x64 applications.

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

In WSL, the default path has been changed to \\wsl.localhost\\ from \\wsl\\ to improve reliability and performance. However, you will still be able to use the \\wsl\\ path to access the files.

Applications changes

There is a new version of the Microsoft Paint app that does not introduce any new features in this flight, but now it’s an app that updates through the Microsoft Store and includes a new modern icon.

Paint new icon
Paint new icon

The Snipping Tool also becomes an app that receives updates through the Microsoft Store. The company also says that this app has been combined with the Snip & Sketch app, which means that they both will receive updates simultaneously. Furthermore, the Snipping Tool is no longer part of the Windows Accessories folder, and it will appear in its own place in the Start menu.

News and Interest improvements 

This flight also brings some improvements for the News and Interests widget in the taskbar.  Starting with this release, you will find more ways to personalize the feed with the new “Manage interest” button that appears when hovering over the weather in the taskbar.

News and Interests on build 21354
News and Interests on build 21354 (source: Microsoft)

The button opens the feature personalization experience in your Microsoft account online page. The page includes more ways to select topics of interest. You can use the search box to find more topics. You can manage the topics you follow by selecting “Followed interests” in the left navigation.

Also, the “Tune your feed” is available from the left pane on the “My interests” page. “This experience makes it easy to explore and follow publishers from [the Microsoft] partner ecosystem and select example articles that pique your interest.” In addition, the “Followed Publishers” option in the left pane lets you manage the publishers you follow.

Finally, when you click the “X” on top of the card, you can remove it and provide feedback, including “Not interested in this story,” “Don’t like the source,” or “Report an issue.”

These changes are available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia.

Microsoft Edge

Although Microsoft Edge receives updates independently from Windows Update, pinned sites should now show all the open tabs across windows as of the latest release of the browser.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of improvements, fixes, and known issues for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21354 at the Windows Blog.

Download Windows 10 build 21354

The build 21354 preview is available immediately through the Dev Channel, and it will install automatically. However, you can always get it manually from Settings Update & security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates button.

You can learn more about all the changes available in the current development process of Windows 10 in this guide.