Windows 10 build 10147: Improvements, Microsoft Edge, apps, and features (video)

Here is what's new in Windows 10 build 10147.

The download ISO files for Windows 10 build 10147 from the Microsoft’s partners channel recently leaked onto the web unveiling a number of changes and improvements over the last official build. The new unofficial preview shows purely tweaks around the user interface and performance improvements. In addition, the company finally renames its web browser to “Microsoft Edge” and we can see many other small changes.

As always, this is not an official build, as such it’s not recommended to download the ISO files and install the operating system on your main computer, as it’s not supported by Microsoft. However, if you’re still curious to see all the new changes in Windows 10 build 10147, you can watch the new video tour I have published on YouTube highlighting all the improvements and changes:

What’s new in Windows 10 build 10147:

Start menu

  • “New” label next to “All apps” now takes the Windows color scheme
  • All apps and File Explorer buttons in the Start menu have new icons
  • Music, Mail, and Camera apps tiles also have new icons
  • 3D flip animation for Live Tiles is back

Desktop

  • “Display settings” and “Personalize” option in the context menu get new icons
  • Quick access on File Explorer get new default pins
  • Control Panel gets new icons and user experience refinements

Taskbar

  • Date and time now includes blur and transparency
  • The “Show hidden icons” button has been updated
  • “Jump Lists” user interface received an update. Users will see Pinned and Frequent items separated from the basic options
  • Windows apps now feature bigger white icons without background and they not look like tiles anymore

Cortana

  • There is a new “Try Cortana” button, if you haven’t enabled the feature
  • Menu has been simplified
  • Various other subtle changes in the initial setup

Tablet mode

  • Tablet mode gets a power and “All apps” buttons at the bottom of the screen

Action Center

  • Action Center is updated with better blur and transparency effect

Settings

  • There is a new animation effect moving between settings

Windows apps

  • Phone Companion app appears on build 10147, but it’s not working
  • Contact Support app gets updated and now works

Microsoft Edge

  • There is a new Hub icon
  • Users can choose between a “Lighter” or “Dark” theme
  • “Open with” now has a new “Start page” option and users can specified one or multiple pages to open as new tabs
  • “Show the home button” and “Block pop-up” has been moved to the Advanced settings
  • Users can enable or disable passwords and manage saved passwords
  • Users can drag tab out to create new windows
  • Closing the browser users now get a warning to close all the tabs

Even though, Microsoft has said to no to expect any more big changes and surprises on the preview builds of Windows 10, as the operating system is almost complete, build 10147 includes a number of good changes that can be considered a very significant preview. This particular version of the operating system is more stable, snappier, and overall the performance is great.

Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 on July 29th, users are already being offered to reserve their copy for free on Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices, and we expect Windows 10 to roll out in 111 languages and 190 countries.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.