Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17035 for insiders in Fast Ring and for those who have opted to avoid it. The preview build brings improvements to Near Share and Edge browsers and touch keyboards.
Microsoft last month released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17035 for PC just weeks after the Preview Build 17025 rollout. The preview build is available to Windows Insiders in Fast Ring and for those who have opted out. Microsoft says the update will not be available to PC users with AMD processors due to an error and is working to fix and remove the block.
In terms of new features, the update brings support for Near Share, a wireless file transfer service similar to Apple’s AirDrop. Microsoft Near Share works on all PCs that support Bluetooth and can be quickly enabled from Action in the Action Center. The feature only works when both devices run RS4 Build 17035 or higher. To share files between computers, Windows 10 RS4 Build 17035 users can look for share icons in apps like Photos, File Explorer or Edge Browser and see the list of devices above by clicking Share. The Bluetooth range will show a list of all the surrounding PC devices. Recipients will be notified of the incoming file via Action Share where they may accept or reject. Once the recipient receives, the file will be transferred wirelessly.
The feature mimics AirDrop, which was introduced with the launch of Mac OS X Lion and iOS 7 and has been around for almost six years now. Another competitor to both Google, Apple and Microsoft, Files Go Dubbed has been seen testing similar services with an upcoming app.
The new build also improves the 17035 Microsoft Edge browser, where users can now mute a tab playing audio. The audio icon displayed in a tab’s playing media can now be clicked to mute the tab, and clicking again will unmute it. The option to mute or unmute a tab will also be available through the right-click action from the context menu. Edge users can now save free EPUB books directly from the web while reading the same in Microsoft’s browser. The software major also adds relevant options when users right-click the book pane. Options include View in the Microsoft Store, Pin to Start, and Refresh Book Refresh from here, named Remove Remove from Device.
Microsoft is also modifying the Settings page in Windows 10, with the option to limit download bandwidth of Windows updates at the front. Sound settings are moved from the legacy control panel to the main settings page. Build 17035 powered Windows 10 users can access general sound settings from Settings> System> Sound.
Microsoft is updating the touch keyboard with acrylic backgrounds while the standard touch keyboard layout comes in 190+ languages besides Korean, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Microsoft offers an option to choose between wide, one-handed and standard touch keyboard layouts. Other keyboard improvements include streamlined text insertion, improved word recognition and the ability to split words by drawing a split gesture.
This update introduces an embedded design on the hardware keyboard, including the ability to view text suggestions while typing on the hardware keyboard. Users will now receive three text suggestions as they type and can switch between suggestions by tapping the up arrow key and using the left / right arrow keys on the keyboard. The desired word can be entered by tapping the spacebar or the Enter key. Further, Microsoft is integrating its AI chatbot Rinna with Japanese input method editor for text advice. Line on Riner, a popular messaging service in Japan, has over 6 million users. This special preview build brings other enhancements, including an updated action center that uses fluent design and improved discoverability and bug fixes.