Microsoft begins to roll out Windows 10 build 14316 to the Fast ring of updates for PC. The new preview for Insiders includes many new features and improvements the company is planning to release with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
While the software giant will slowly be introducing the new feature planned for the summer, build 14316 is not a small preview, as it introduces a big number of the upcoming features.
Here are the new features available in Windows 10 build 14316:
Bash Ubuntu on Windows
Perhaps the biggest addition on this update for testers is Bash Ubuntu on Windows. The new features will allow developers to create and test code that will run on multiple platforms.
Bash is included on build 14316, but you’ll need to install the module by going to
Settings > Update & security > For developers and turning on Developer Mode. Then to complete the installation, you’ll need to open
Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off, and enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta).
Once Bash is installed, you simply open Command Prompt and use Bash command to start the tool.
Microsoft Edge is updating some of the extensions and bringing some new ones, including Pin It Button and OneNote Clipper. The web browser is getting some new features as well, including drag and drop folders, you can now import bookmarks from Firefox, in addition to Chrome and IE, Favorites now have three view, download reminders, and you can now set the default save location.
The software giant is also including a number of new features for the web platform on Microsoft Edge, including for the F12 Developer Tools, Web Platform, and more.
Cortana is getting a lot of new features in this preview, including:
Low battery notifications: This is a new features that brings the ability for the assistant to alert you on your Windows 10 PC when your phone has low battery.
Share map directions between devices: This new feature will allow Cortana to keep your directions in sync across devices.
Find my phone: If you ever lose your phone, you can now ask Cortana to find it for you. The assistant is now capable of locating your phone using geo-location and you can also have it ring.
Cortana setup: On select markets, if you’re having issues enabling Cortana, the operating system can now download the necessary speech languages as needed and enable the assistant automatically.
While not all the improvements Microsoft showed off during Build 2016 are included on this preview, Action Center is starting to show some improvements.
On build 14316, you can set app notification priorities. Simply open
Settings > System > Notifications & actions, and select the apps you want to change the notification settings using one of the three levels: Normal, High, or Priority.
As previously rumored, Microsoft is now including a dark theme, which is a feature the company is borrowing from Windows 10 Mobile. This also means that users no longer have to hack the registry settings to enable the feature.
The Dark Theme options is located in
Settings > Personalization > Colors and choose the Dark option.
Microsoft is also adding a new option on Colors to Show color on title bar only.
The “Battery Saver” settings page got renamed to “Battery”, and Detailed Battery Use page gets updated to manage settings per-app background.
Microsoft is also adding a new setting called Managed by Windows that will enable Windows to automatically manage the battery usage for app enabling to improve battery life.
While you won’t be able to stop updates from downloading and installing automatically. Microsoft is adding a new Change active hours option under
Settings > Update & security > Windows Update to prevent Windows from getting updates during those times.
You can now pin apps to be available on every desktop. Simple go to virtual desktop, right-click on a window, and select Show this window on all desktops.
The new app will allow to bring Continuum from phones to PC without needing a dock or Miracast adapter. Simply start the app and connect to your Windows 10 Mobile device via wireless connectivity.
Skype Universal Windows Platform app
Recently, Microsoft announced that is working on a new Skype app that unifies messages, video, and calls once again with a modern design. Now Insiders get the first preview with basic functionalities.
Microsoft is updating the progress experience when installing new updates or upgrades. The new change ditches the black background with the loading circle, in favor of a design that matches Windows Update.
Along with the new features and changes Microsoft says that the upcoming build will have a new “Messaging everywhere” preview to enable you to send and receive SMS messages from your phone directly from your PC.
If you’re part of the Insider program, you can download the Windows 10 build 14316 on your PC via Windows Update.
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