Windows 10 build 10547 for PCs begins to roll out today, September 18, Microsoft announces. As it has become usual, the software giant has chosen Friday once again to roll out a new preview of its operating system. This time on build 10547, Microsoft is offering a number of great improvements and changes over the build 10532, which will become part of Threshold 2 when it releases in November.
The new improvements include changes around the Start menu, Tablet mode, new app updates, tweaks on the Microsoft Edge browser, and a number of fixes — below you’ll find a list with all the new features and improvements on build 10547.
What’s new in Windows 10 build 10547
Start menu: Previously, the default for tile groups on the Start menu had 3 columns of medium sized tiles, after feedback Microsoft is now adding the ability to have 4 columns, if that’s something you like. To change this configuration simply go to Settings > Personalization > Start and enable the new “Show more tiles” option. “And for the Insiders that want more than 512 tiles on Start; we now support up to 2048.”
Tablet mode: If you like to use Windows 10 with Continuum, now form “Task View you can now snap apps to left and right, replace a previously snapped app with another (teeter) and swipe down to close an app.”
App updates: Microsoft is also improving many of its apps, such as the Photo app, which now includes a new folder view and you better see OneDrive and This PC folders. The Xbox app also received and big update, which I have already covered here. The Outlook Mail and Calendar apps also picked up a new update — all details here. Groove and Maps also got updated as well.
Lock screen: Starting Windows 10 build 10547, Microsoft is also adding an option to change the default background pictures in the sign-in screen by going to Settings app > Personalization > Lock screen and turning off “Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen”.
Text input: “The text input panel now expands as you write to provide more space in Latin languages. The text input panel also no longer opens automatically when you are not in tablet mode or have an external Surface keyboard attached. Additional punctuation support has been added to the suggestions bar to make entering punctuation characters easier. Lastly, improvements have been made to help the suggestions be more relevant. “
Microsoft Edge: For developers, this build also includes a preview of Object RTC in Microsoft Edge. The ORTC APIs enable real-time audio and video communications directly inside Microsoft Edge without the need to install any plugins.
Here’s what’s fixed on build 10547
- Microsoft has fixed a lot of the underlying causes of the critical error dialog Insiders were seeing with Start. And search should work more consistently now when interacting with Start.
- The notification icon for Action Center should no longer light up even though there weren’t any new notifications.
- The company fixed an issue where the Battery fly-out text was truncated in certain languages.
- When choosing background shuffle, we’ve enabled the ability to shuffle backgrounds randomly instead of the order they appear in the folder.
- You can now use Cortana with local accounts as well as with a Microsoft account.
- Microsoft has fixed several issues with audio – including issues specific affecting Realtek audio devices.
Windows 10 build 10547 is available for download immediately through the Fast ring of updates. To download the new bits manually, simply go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and check for new updates.
This build contains a few known issues around languages, Windows Store, apps, and a warning after installing the upgrade, you can get all the known issues details here.