A new Windows 10 Redstone 5 preview rolled out to Skip Ahead and Fast Ring testers this week, bringing new features. They include more Fluent Design elements and focus assist tweaks, but the most awaited is an updated screenshot tool.
Windows currently has a number of options for screenshots, including its snipping tool and the regular PrintScreen button. However, third-party tools like ShareX are becoming more popular due to their advanced features.
With its new preview, Microsoft is looking to bridge the gap. Firstly, it lets users take a screenshot of a specific area by pressing Windows+shift+S. The image will automatically go the clipboard, with a notification that lets you annotate on them.
It’s still missing options like automatic image uploading, shape-based annotations, and gif supports but it’s a convenient step forward. We expect Microsoft to add more features as the years go by, reducing the need for third-party tools.
Gaming and Fluent Design
Microsoft is also making some tweaks to Focus assist, which is new with the April 2018 Update. For the unfamiliar, the feature is a renamed Quiet Hours that integrates automatic rules while performing certain tasks.
This preview extends that functionality to gaming, reducing interruptions during gameplay. It now turns on with any fullscreen game when you have the option enabled.
The update also comes with some more minor changes. You’ll notice Fluent Design elements in Task View, with a soft blur background effect to fit with other aspects of the OS. In this build, you’ll also notice that Windows Defender Security Center is called Windows Security. Microsoft often tests new names, and it’s not clear if this change will be permanent or not.
Finally, there’s the usual fixes, performance improvements, and other minor tweaks. There are also a number of known issues, which you can find on the Windows blog.