Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17682

Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17682 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring along with those who opted for Skip Ahead.

New features in Build 17682

Set Improvements

Microsoft took into consideration the feedback provided by its users and has been working hard in updating the new tab page in order to make it more obvious you can launch apps. When you click on the plus button in the Sets windows, you will now be able to see apps which would include in your frequent destinations list. Along with this, the company has also gone on to integrate the all apps list into this page, allowing you to easily browse your apps, rather than using the search box. Apps that will go on to Support Sets will launch into a tab when clicked. If however, you have News Feed selected that all you need to do is click on “Apps” link which is available next to “News Feed” so as to switch to all apps list.

Managing your wireless projection experience

Like always, Microsoft has taken its feedback very seriously. It states,

“One of the things we’ve heard from you is that it’s hard to know when you’re wirelessly projecting and how to disconnect if your session especially if started from file explorer or from an app.”

However, this will not be a problem any longer, as this new build 17682 is here to fix it. Just like remote desktop, you will now be able to see a control banner at the top of your screen while you are in a session. This banner will keep you informed of the state of your connection, allowing you to quickly disconnect or reconnect to the same sink. It also allows you to tune the connection based on what you are doing. You will be able to do this tuning via the settings gear, which will go on to optimize the screen to screen latency based on one of the three scenarios as per the official blog:

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 strike 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 too often

By default, all connections start off in productivity mode.

Microsoft Edge improvements for web developers

 Microsoft Edge now comes with unprefixed support for the new Web Authentication API (a.k.a. WebAuthN). This evolves the earlier support for the WebAuthN specification so as to enable the updated version of the API by default.

Web Authentication provides an open, scalable, and interoperable solution to facilitate authentication, which replaces passwords with stronger hardware-bound credentials. The implementation in Microsoft Edge allows users to use Windows Hello via PIN or biometrics as well as external authenticators such as FIDO2 Security Keys or FIDO U2F Security Keys, so as to securely authenticate to websites.

RSAT is now available

You will no longer need to download RSAT manually every time yo upgrade. All you now need to do is go to “Manage optional features” in Settings and click on “Add features.” Now you will be able to see all the RSAT components listed. Just select the one that you want and after this every time you upgrade Windows will go on to automatically ensure that all those components remain after the upgrade.

Post-upgrade setup

After you have upgraded this window will appear, however, Microsoft assured that you need not worry as all your stuff is still there.

Microsoft states,

“We know some of you bought and setup your devices a long time ago – the features available in Windows have changed since then, so we’re giving you an opportunity to go through the setup questions you may have missed to ensure your device has the best setup possible. Click “Let’s Go” to go through those setup questions or click “Skip for now” if you want to go straight to your desktop. The conditions for showing this page are cloud programmable and may change over time.”

For more information check the official Microsoft blog.



Tahseen Jamil

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