Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Edge, shell, notification, input, and Task Manager improvements
Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PC with Edge, Shell, Notification, Input, Games, Task Manager and Hyper-V Enhancements. This is the sixth version of the next update of Windows 10 Fall Creators, which is scheduled to arrive later this year (probably in September).
Windows 10 is a service, which means it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be updated regularly not only with fixes but also with new features.
Microsoft has released many of these updates, including three most important: November Update, Anniversary Update and Update Creators.
First, Edge can now read aloud any webpage and PDF with word and line highlighting.
The shared user interface now matches the Edge theme if it is different from the rest of the system and starts on the Share button (rather than the center of the browser). There is also a new animation when you add a favorite and lots of minor bug fixes.
Then the Windows Shell has been updated to crush a very annoying error for those who have a high DPI display and change the display scale value. You no longer have to disconnect and re-manage fuzzy desktop applications after docking, uncoupling, and remoting.
Windows now provides DPI-related information to these applications, so each time one of them is started, it will get updated operating system data. Just throwing again is enough to do them properly if they are blurry.
The notification buttons now extend at the bottom of the notification, instead of being right justified. Notification is now easier to act on, as the first one expands automatically into each notification group in the Action Center.
The X to dismiss the notifications has been changed to an arrow – Microsoft hopes this will make it clearer that the notification is being sent to the Action Center for later review.
The notification badges for people attached to the taskbar will now be consistent with the color of their theme and receiving emoji from people attached to the taskbar is now known as “pop”.
The emoji panel now supports the emoji search type 5.0, plus lots more keywords. In addition, if you place the mouse over any of the emoji in the Emoji panel, you will now see the exact name of a Unicode character.
The touchpad is now more accurate (especially for single-handed use), makes a sound with each keystroke (like above), and is better at learning your typing style (ie, better text predictions The more you write and correct).
The smaller update is probably the new game mode icon on the game bar. We are not even sure why it was changed.
The GPU performance tracker in Task Manager has received an updated UI design and more details like the DirectX version and the physical location of its GPU. Only the hardware GPUs are listed and the basic software-only display adapter is hidden.