Microsoft Is Testing A New Lock Screen Layout In Windows 10 Preview Build 18970

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Preview Build 18970 last week. This build belongs to the 20H1 branch that is scheduled for a release in Spring 2020.

This build brings plenty of bug fixes, changes and improvements for Windows 10 users. Microsoft introduced a new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible devices. Users can take advantage of the new feature to switch to the tablet mode without any interruption.

However, the new experience came with a series of changes including the spacing between the taskbar icons increased this time. Furthermore, there are some changes to the File Explorer as well. The Redmond giant also rolled out some changes to the tablet section available in the Settings menu.

Redesigned Windows 10 Lock Screen

Microsoft has been working to improve and modernize the current design of Windows 10. The company has implemented numerous changes during the past few years. As part of these efforts, Microsoft is testing a different lock screen layout. In addition to the aforementioned design changes, the new lock screen design is available in Windows 10 build 18970. Microsoft’s leakster @Albacore first spotted the new design and shared it on social media.

Windows 10 Cloud Download Option

Furthermore, Windows 10 users also got a new cloud download option in the recent release. This feature enables them to choose between local reinstall or download Windows. Previously, the Reset this PC option allowed users to reinstall Windows 10 from existing files. The cloud download option will reinstall your existing edition, version, or build that is currently running on your PC.

This new lock screen layout is currently available to Fast Ring Insiders. It seems like testers will get a chance to see some more design changes in Insider Builds releasing during the next few months. These changes are scheduled for a release in the first half of next year.

What do you think about the lock screen concept? Do you think that it really needed a redesign?

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.

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