7 Notable Feature Updates in Windows 10 Insider Preview

Microsoft has announced new Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16241 for PC and Mobile Build 15230 for Mobile. Alongside this, the company also announced their second Bug Bash for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which will run from July 14th to July 23rd.

While it was earlier announced that the much-awaited Timeline feature won’t make it to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the company has introduced various improvements to Windows Shell, PC gaming, task manager, mixed reality, delivery optimisation and other general bug fixes and improvements for both PC and Mobile.

Earlier this week, Microsoft ended support for Windows 8.1 mobile phones and there is one more year of support left for Windows 10, as the company is working on bringing to life a new Windows-powered handheld device.

What’s New on Windows 10 PC?

Windows Shell

Microsoft is integrating their Cloud Self Service Password Reset (Cloud SSPR) from Azure AD Premium (AADP) into the Windows experience. Users with an AADP or MSA account can reset their password or PIN directly from the login screen.

PC Gaming

The Company has fixed two common gaming issues found in the earlier Windows version — an issue that was preventing profile cards in the Xbox Live in-game experience from working and an issue causing Game bar to crash while broadcasting.

Task Manager

The GPU section of the Performance tab in the Task Manager has been given an overhaul. Now, the GPU name is shown on the left-hand side of the Performance tab for each GPU.

In addition to that, the multi-view engine has been set as default, which shows the performance monitors of the four most active GPU engines — 3D, Copy, Video Encode and Video Decode. Right-clicking on the chart will switch you back to the single-engine view.

A total GPU memory text counter has been added next to the dedicated shared text counters located at the bottom of the Performance tab. The Direct X version also shows the highest supported DX feature level and Microsoft Edge’s processes are also labelled in the Task Manager.

Mixed Reality

A lot of improvements have been made to Mixed Reality and the most notable ones are as follows:

  • Added support for Mixed Reality Motion Controllers over USB with Wireless/Bluetooth support coming soon.
  • Updated Mixed Reality Portal icon, teleportation experience; improved connection reliability and stability of headset during Mixed Reality session.
  • An issue with sharing Mixed Reality captures on Facebook has been resolved too.
  • Fixed issues with speech commands and disappearing HoloTour audio during app and Cliff house¬†switch.
  • Improved 4K 360 video streaming, support for ASMedia and other 3rd party controllers.

For a more detailed list of Mixed reality experience, click here.

Delivery Optimisation

Delivery optimisation tech is used by Microsoft to download content from a Windows update and Windows Store and now they’re giving the users the power to customise the amount of bandwidth that can be used by these downloads in the background.

Alongwith these advanced delivery optimisation options, the company has also added Activity Monitor which allows users to see the overall bandwidth that is being used in downloads of OS updates as well as Store app downloads and updates.

Windows Console & Bash on Windows

Microsoft has made Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux Distro available in Windows Store which can be downloaded and installed on Windows 10 Insider Preview build. More more information, click here.

General Changes

While there have been a number of general changes, improvements and fixes for PC, the notable ones are as following:

  • An issue with battery status updation while the device is unplugged has been fixed, as has been the issue where Windows Defender Security Center shows an ‘Unexpected’ state if a 3rd party firewall product is active.
  • Several last flight issues including apps using networking becoming unresponsive to Surface Dial UI not appearing have been fixed.
  • Adjustments have been made to resolve storage spaces issues in the previous build.
  • Other improvements and fixes were rolled out for Windows Media players, touch keyboard and more.

To check out the entire list of Known issues for PC and General fixes issued, click here.

What’s New on Windows 10 Mobile?

Not a lot has changed on Windows 10 Mobile as the company has only provided some general changes, improvements and fixes for mobile.

The issue where VPN profile appeared to be always switched on has been fixed. In addition to that, the notification issue between the Bluetooth Support Service and device background service for fitness band has been fixed too alongwith Caller ID matching in Japan and Denmark.

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