Microsoft is rolling out the latest Windows 10 preview for PCs. The release brings the Insider preview of Windows 10 to Build 14971 and is an extensive update. This is the third preview for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, which will arrive spring 2017. Windows Insider Program members can get Build 14971 on the Fast Ring.
As mentioned, this is a large update that introduces some new features to Creators Update testers. For example, Microsoft has adorned this release with EPUB support in Microsoft Edge, introduces Paint 3D, and adds PowerShell in Command Prompt's default sports. There are also other improvements and increased language support for Chinese and Japanese Input Method Editors (IMEs).
EPUB support in Microsoft Edge is now available on Windows 10, at least for Insiders. At its basic level, this lets users read any unprotected e-book file in the EPUB file format. The Microsoft Edge browser offers some customization tools, like font size and different themes (dark, light, and sepia). There is also an ability to bookmark pages, search for words and phrases, and use Cortana for searches.
Paint 3D is now available in Windows 10. Of course, the new tool has been available in individual preview to insiders for a number of weeks. Now it comes on the Windows 10 platfrom. Users open Paint 3D via the Start icon.
Also in Build 14971, File Explorer uses PowerShell as its default command shell. This replaces the traditional Command Prompt in Win + X, File Explorer menus, and in the context menu.
Microsoft points out that users can still opt to use Command Prompt:
“For those who prefer to use Command Prompt, you can opt out of the WIN + X change by opening Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, and turning “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X” to “Off”.”
The company has also improved the typing experience for Input Method Editors (IMEs) with support for Chinese and Japanese:
- Improved Chinese IME reliability, including fixing an issue where the IME might crash due to an incompletely downloaded or corrupted dictionary file
- Improved Conversion Accuracy for the Japanese IME, including fixing various issues such as when conversion was used mixed with prediction and an UX issue when trying to change phrase segmentation
- Resource usage when typing with the Japanese IME, including fixing an issue that could result in unexpected graphic glitches after using the IME for an extended period of time
The full changelog for Widows 10 Preview Build 14971 also includes the following improvements and fixes:
- The experimental “Snooze” action on a tab in Microsoft Edge which provides you with a way to set a Cortana reminder on the website you are viewing is no longer available. Based on data gathered and feedback received, Microsoft decided to remove it from the product and re-evaluate the feature for a future release.
- The cursor will no longer be shown while inking — we believe this makes the experience feel even more like pen on paper. Try it out and let us know what you think!
- Improved reliability when using the protractor and inking in Sketchpad.
- Update some desktop wizards (including “map a network drive” and “extract from zip”) to now be proportionally sized when moved across monitors.
- Fixed an issue where Magnifier's keyboard shortcuts sometimes wouldn't work on the Lock screen.
- Fixed an issue that could result in sometimes not being able to completely remove files in the Windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup.
- We have enabled OAuth support for Yahoo Mail accounts. This will improve sync reliability for those accounts, and provide a more secure experience in the Outlook Mail app.
- Fixed an issue where trying to shut down the PC while certain Device Manager dialog boxes were open would result in the PC being stuck at the “Restarting…” screen.
- Fixed an issue where, as closing multiple tabs with middle click in Microsoft Edge, the width of the tabs might change, resulting in potentially unexpectedly closing the wrong tab.
- Solved an issue where the copy link option when right-clicking a hyperlink in Microsoft Edge wasn't work.
- Fixed an issue where, if you changed the size of the Microsoft Edge window, and then closed the app by closing the final tab, the next time Microsoft Edge is launched it would once again be the default size, rather than retaining the preferred window size.
- Fixed an issue where pinned tabs in Microsoft Edge were not being restored.
- We've made a number of translation improvements, including for Chinese speakers fixing a translation error in the dialog that appears when installing multiple fonts at once, as well as one in Settings > System > Battery. If you see any other translations that aren't as you'd expect, please log feedback
- Fixed an issue where, if you already hand a notification expanded in the Action Center, clicking the chevron to expand a second notification would result in it expanding then immediately closing.
- Fixed an issue where preferred Start menu width might not be preserved after rebooting.
Windows 10 Preview Known Issues
- Navigating to Settings > System > Battery will crash the Settings app.
- Using keyboard monitor hotkeys to adjust brightness won't work as expected. Desired brightness change could be done via the Action Center or by going to Settings > System > Display.
- Apps such as Store, Photos, and People may launch on their own after your PC has been inactive for a period of time. To stop these apps from launching on their own, un-maximize the app before closing it.
- The Windows Holographic First Run app can be launched but won't detect any hardware. This app and the Windows Holographic Shell is still under active development.