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Windows 10 build 17682 releases with new features

Microsoft pushes build 17682 for Windows 10 delivering new welcome additions expected to arrive with the Redstone 5 update.

Windows 10 build 17682

As part of the Redstone 5 development, Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10 build 17682 for testers with devices enrolled in the Fast ring and Skip Ahead lane of the Windows Insider Program. This new update isn’t significant, but it introduces a few new features and a slew of improvements over the previous build.

Windows 10 build 17682, according to the company, delivers improvements to Sets and to the experience when projecting content wirelessly. Microsoft Edge introduces improvements that developers can implement to facilitate authentication. Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) are now available on demand through the Settings app. In addition, the out-of-box experience (OOBE) has been updated to help users configure new features, such as Windows Hello, link your phone to your PC, Timeline, OneDrive, and Office.

What’s new with Windows 10 build 17682

Here are the changes included in the latest Redstone 5 preview of Windows 10:

Sets

Starting with Windows 10 build 17682, Sets is updating the new tab page listing your frequent apps at making it more obvious that you can use this page to launch applications. Also, the new tab page displays the all apps list so you can quickly start any app, instead of having to open the Start menu.

Sets new tab page on Windows 10 build 17682
Sets new tab page on Windows 10 build 17682

If you have News Feed selected, simply click the “Apps” link next to “News Feed” to switch to the all apps list.

Wireless presentation

In order to help you to know when you’re wirelessly projecting and how to disconnect, Redstone 5 introduces a control banner at the top of the screen when you’re projecting.

The banner will keep you informed about the state of your connection, allow you to quick disconnect or reconnect, and tune the connection.

Project banner on Windows 10 build 17682
Project banner on Windows 10 build 17682

Clicking the gear button allows you to optimize the screen latency depending on the mode you’re using:

  • Game mode — minimizes the screen to screen latency to make gaming over a wireless connection possible.
  • Video mode — increases the screen to screen latency to ensure the video on the big screen plays back smoothly and without glitching.
  • Productivity modes — strikes a good balance between game mode and video mode where the screen to screen latency is responsive enough that typing feels natural, while ensuring videos don’t glitch frequently.

Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 build 17682 delivers an updated version of Microsoft Edge that comes with a preview for Web Authentication support, which provides an open, scalable, and interoperable solution to facilitate authentication, which replaces passwords with stronger hardware-bound credentials.

Using this new implementation lets users to use Windows Hello (via PIN or biometrics) and external authenticators like FIDO2 Security Keys or FIDO U2F Security Keys, to securely authenticate to websites.

Remote Server Administration Tools

Starting with build 17682, Windows 10 allows to install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) using the Settings app Manage optional features page.

Once the tools are installed, the next time you upgrade, Windows 10 will automatically add them again to your device.

Post-update setup

Specifically, for older devices, starting with the Redstone 5 update, you’ll now get a post-upgrade out-of-box experience to finish setting app new features that were not available the first time your setup Windows 10.

Windows 10 Redstone 5 update OOBE experience
Windows 10 Redstone 5 update OOBE experience

The experience allows you to configure new features, such as Windows Hello, Office, OneDrive, Timeline, and link your phone to your PC. Of course, you can always click the Skip for now button to go straight to the desktop.

Other changes

Alongside the new features and changes, build 17682 brings other minor improvements. For example, Screen snipping (Windows key + Shift + S, or other entry points) will now default to rectangular snipping, and your most recent mode selection (rectangular or freeform) is preserved across invocations.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of improvements, fixes, and known issues for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17682 at the Windows Blog. In case you missed it, you can read all the changes for Windows 10 build 17677 in this article.

Downloading Windows 10 build 17682

Although there are no ISO files for Windows 10 build 17682, the update is available immediately through the Fast ring and Skip Ahead for PCs. This preview build will download and install automatically on your device, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates button. (You can learn how to join the Windows Insider Program on this video.)

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