Microsoft revealed, at the start of the week, a huge number of Windows 10 updates in its most recent preview build for Insiders.
Amidst the updates and alterations that can be previewed and tested out by developers are the tab and windows controls for the Edge browser, a look at the new Web payment in Microsoft Wallet and a selection of security updates intended for consumers and enterprise users.
One alteration for Insiders is the transition from a “green screen of death” from the standard “blue screen of death” that appears as a sign of serious system problems.
“This is a [big] update,” Windows and Devices Group software engineer Dona Sarkar said in a blog post on Monday. She went on to say that the Microsoft support team will be on “high alert” in the company designed Feedback Hub – ready to reply to Insider comments about the previewed information.
Amidst updates en-route to Microsoft’s Edge browser are extra tools to streamline the tracking and managing of multiple tabs, to include a new visual preview panel that enables users to scroll through all tabs that are open on screen, without exiting the current view. Tabs can also be put to one side and re-visited later whilst kept open in the process.
Microsoft’s new Payment Request API, which enables users to save payment and shipping preferences for quicker Web purchases, is also part of the preview, except for the ability to try out processing a payment.
Insiders testing the Preview will also see alterations to the Windows Defender anti-virus and security app. These incorporate additional options for quick, advanced or full security scans, as well as a way to refresh windows on-demand.
“If your PC is running slow, crashes or is unable to update your PC, this option may help you,” Sarkar noted. “This option starts fresh by reinstalling and updating Windows, which will remove most of your apps but keep your personal files and some Windows settings.”
Insiders will also be able to test drive new features for Windows Information Protection – designed to offer enterprise users greater control over the way that encrypted work files are transferred and utilised on alternative devices and applications.
Insiders can also see that the preview build introduces updates to folder tiling in the Start Menu, Windows app sharing, high-DPI support, icon scaling, window resizing, VPN access, Windows Ink, the Cortana intelligent assistant and accessibility/language support.
In the meantime, an all-new Web-based privacy dashboard was revealed to Insiders yesterday, smoothing the process of managing their Microsoft activity data and privacy preferences. Windows and Devices Group executive vice president Terry Myerson, confirmed in a recent blog, that new features were added due to valuable customer feedback from users of Windows.
Also to be launched to Insiders before release is a new privacy dashboard, said to deliver a new set-up “experience” for managing privacy.
Myerson stated that both of these new features will be piloted and results of Insider feedback considered before rolling them out to the wider Windows 10 user base, as part of the Creators Update.
“We want you to be informed about and in control of your data, which is why we’re working hard on these settings and controls,” Myerson said. “And regardless of your data collection choices, we will not use the contents of your email, chat, files, or pictures to target ads to you.”