First major update to Windows 10 Preview

Windows 10 logoWe've written before about Windows 10's new updating policy, and today we're seeing the real-world result for the first time. The Windows 10 Technical Preview, build 9849, is being updated to build 9860. That update will roll out automatically to members of the Windows Insider program, and it will be delivered through Windows Update.

The operating system upgrade is a little more heavyweight than a regular hotfix; systems will need to reboot to finish installation, and Microsoft says that the reboot will take longer than normal.

Windows 10 build 9860

The major feature of the new build is that it contains the first iteration of Windows 10's notification center. At the moment, it's a simple collection of historic notifications. Microsoft says that future builds will add more capabilities to the notification center, such as the ability to take actions in response to notifications.

Windows 10 build 9860

The build also adds keyboard shortcuts to move apps between monitors (with Win+shift+arrow keys) and animations when switching between virtual desktops to make it easier to understand what is going on.

Additionally, the build introduces some new bugs. Most of these will go unnoticed, but one that many people may see is that the user interface for joining Wi-Fi networks has "gone backwards" while the final UI is being developed.

Build 9860 also turns on a feature that previously required special registry keys to enable. As we described before, the original preview build included a hidden UI to control how fast updates were delivered so that users could opt in to receiving new builds quickly or at a more conservative pace. In 9860, this UI is now enabled and turned on for everyone, allowing all Windows Insiders to choose whether to get fast or slow updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, Windows 10

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