'Near Share' Feature Comes to Windows 10 'Redstone 4' Test Build 17035

Microsoft adds new option for sharing files, photos, URLs, and more to latest Windows 10 test build 17035 for PC.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17035 for PC released to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and Skip Ahead bring Near Share, improvements to Edge, Save free EPUB books and more features.

Mute-a-Tab introducing a new experience that displays a new audio icon when a tab is playing media will mute the audio streams when clicked. Clicking again will unmute the tab audio. The feature can be invoke via the right click context menu on the tab.

Microsoft Edge now let save a free EPUB books from the web, along with a new context menu that invokes by a right-click on books in the Book pane, including View in Microsoft Store, Pin to Start, and Refresh books.

Remove from here has been renamed Remove from device.

Microosft introduces Near Share in the Edge, so you can wirelessly share files and URLs to a nearby PCs. To get started using this feature, first ensure to enable Bluetooth on both the PCs under Settings -> Notifications & Actions -> "Add or remove quick actions" —– next up, turn ON 'Near Share' on both the PCs through a new quick action in the Action Center. Then, look for the Share icon in any apps e.g. Photos, Microsoft Edge. Even, right-clicking a file then and Share in the File Explorer will work.

Clicking on Share, will show a list of devices at the top, you can then select the one you want to share to, any nearby PCs in Bluetooth range with the feature enabled should show up. Recipient will then get a notification via Action Center to accept or decline for file transfer to begin wirelessly.

Near Share in Windows 10 Build 17035

Microsoft also now let customers shop Surface hardware using the Microsoft Store app in the U.S., U.K. and Australia — navigate to this page in the Store.

Settings improvements including, Windows Update — now let you limit the foreground download bandwidth. Sound Settings moved to Settings let manage, such as switching devices and troubleshooting, in Settings -> System -> Sound.

This build also bring additional Ease of Access settings with new sections on Display, Audio, Speech Recognition and Eye control (beta) that have been added to group related settings.

Narrator settings update now include a setting to control verbosity of text characteristics. And, the layout in Color filters settings now provide filter descriptions.

Touch keyboard now have an acrylic background in all layouts, including wide layout, one-handed layout, and the handwriting panel. Tapping the button in the top left of the keyboard will let switch between wide, onehanded, and standard touch keyboard layouts. Additionally, standard touch keyboard layout now supports 190+ more languages.

Handwriting panel improvements, including: new animations when inserting text in the handwriting panel, write a letter on top of another, and the handwriting panel will recognize corrections more accurately than ever before, use a gesture to create more space between words.

See, this GIF animation of new animation:

Test insertion animation in handwriting panel in windows 10 build 17035

Microsoft also made changes to the hardware keyboard with an ability to see three text suggestions while typing on a hardware keyboard near caret. "Tapping the up arrow key on the keyboard and using left/right arrow keys will change the focus on the suggestions, and by tapping space or enter key will select the desired one."

This opt-in feature currently only support en-US at this time — just make sure to add English (United States) in Settings -> Time & languages -> Region & languages. And, to enable the feature, set it 'On' by enabling "Show text suggestions as I type on hardware keyboard" setting under Settings -> Devices -> Typing.

Here, an screenshot of text suggestions:

text suggestion on hardware keyboard in windows 10 build 17035

Microsoft partners extend Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) across platforms with a new partnership formed with three leading security companies – Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften, to enable to detect, protect, and respond to security threads on macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices.