The latest ‘Redstone 4’ Build, 17063 released to Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast ring and for those who opted in to Skip Ahead, includes a top feature ‘Timeline’ along with Edge support for Progressive Web Apps, UI tweaks, and several IT pro-focused goodies.
With 17063, Microsoft is introducing Timeline feature that let you resume your past activities back to where you left off on the PCs and iOS or Android devices. The default view shows the most relevant activities from earlier in the day or a specific past date. The activities are organized into groups by hours. And, you can even search for an activity, as well as see all activities of a single day by just selecting “See all next to the date header.”
And, by using the annotated scrollbar, you can easily get back to all other past activities.
It also enhances Task View, so you can switch between currently running apps and past activities.
The screenshot below shows the snapshots of Timeline. Below you can see an image of search in Timeline:
A activity is a combination of a specific app or a piece of content and each of them links back to a webpage, document, article, playlist, or task. In this Preview release, you can see and resume web-browsing activities in Microsoft Edge, files you opened in apps like Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and updated UWP versions of Maps, News, Money, Sports, and Weather.
Microsoft to help users with multiple accounts, like a personal Microsoft account, a work or school account has added a new activity history settings to control which accounts to appear in Timeline. Settings here also let you disable activity collection and clear your activity history.
Also, if an activity from one PC uses a modern app that’s not installed on another PC, Windows will automatically help you install that paticular app.
In addition, Cortana also now suggest activities to resume as you switch between phone, laptop, and other Cortana-enabled devices. Just use PC normally, and after a while, select a new Task view icon in the task bar, or open Task view by pressing Windows logo key + Tab. A past activities Timeline will appear right below your running apps.
- Additional improvements in Cortana brings a new look to Notebook and allow users to easily complete tasks. Below is an image of Flute UI Notebook:
- Account entry point is moved out of Cortana’s Notebook and into the navigation menu (that’s the side bar that contains elements like Home, Notebook, and Collections).
- Cortana Collections have been merged with Lists, so you get personalized suggestions and help with List creation – all in a rich, attractive interface.
- You can now use Cortana to control music playback as Microsoft enables natural language compatibility for Spotify just like Harman Kardon Invoke! This will work on both, above the lock screen (PC is locked) as well as below!
You can try queries like…
Play Christmas music on Spotify Play my discover weekly playlist on Spotify Play <Artist/Track/Title/Genre/Mood> on <AppName> Play some Drake Play focus music Play rock music Play my tracks
Once music is playing you can ask Cortana what’s playing like this:
Hey Cortana, what’s playing?
Cortana will keep you posted on your tracks.
Microsoft Edge gets Fluent updates with added support for a Dark theme, with darker blacks, and much better contrast with all colors, text, and icons.
- Bookmark button and flyout grouped, so you can easily add and manage bookmarks for EPUB and PDF books from the same location. An image of grouped bookmar and flyout:
- Offline web sites and push notifications support allow web pages to send push notifications to Action Center or refresh data in the background, even when the browser is closed.
- In addition, certain web pages can now work offline or improve performance, by using locally cached data when the cache is up to date, or when your device has a poor connection.
- Web Media extensions package extends Edge and Windows 10 to support open-source formats, such as OGG Vorbis and Theora.
- Gesture improvements for Precision Touch Pads now let you use gestures like pinch and zoom, or two-finger panning, to achieve the same interactions on web sites that you can do with a touch screen today.
- “Sets,” a new feature aims to make sure that everything related to your task, for example: relevant webpages, research documents, necessary files and applications, is connected and available to you in one click. Sets is now available to Insiders, and will be named when the final Redstone 4 build ships.
My People also received improvements, including:
- drag and drop contacts to rearrange them in the taskbar! You can also drop contacts into and out of the People flyout.
- a new setting let you now decide how many contacts to show in the taskbar. You can find the setting with the other People settings under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
- an animation across the People icon let you know when someone is pinned to the overflow list in the flyout. In addition, emotive notifications from contacts is now available for people pinned within the People flyout alongwith people directly on your taskbar.
- Also, People flyout now makes use of acrylic, reveal, and light effects.
- Improving app discoverability with new option to turn this on or off in the People settings under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
Snipping tool adds a new “edit in Paint 3D” button so you can take your snip to the next level via Paint 3D. Move (or remove) objects with Magic select, augment and annotate with a variety of options, bring in 3D objects from Remix 3D, and more!
Windows Settings page gets refreshed with the UI now leveraging Fluent Design brings the followjng improvements:
- Security questions is now available for local accounts as well by going to Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in Options -> “Update your security questions”.
- View detailed information about the display by visiting the new “Advanced display settings” page linked at the bottom of Settings -> System -> Display.
- Most of the information should be self-explanatory, but here are a couple of pieces that you might want more detail on:
- Improving apps scaling experience that become blurry if you dock/undock, RDP, or change display settings. A new setting under Settings -> System -> Display -> Advanced scaling, you’ll find a new section called “Fix scaling for apps” where you can enable a setting to let Windows try and fix apps so they’re not blurry.
- a new Keyboard Settings experience under the Time & Language Settings will let you easily add new keyboard layouts.
- A new and improved Region & Language Settings page added new icons to each language entry as well as an entirely new language selection experience – enabling you to quickly identify available language features per language.
- Set data settings to prefer cellular usage instead of Wi-Fi always or when Wi-Fi is poor. This update allows people with fast LTE connections and large/unlimited data plans to favor cellular whenever available and avoid being stuck on poor Wi-Fi connections.
- Improved Data usage management now let you configure data limits and/or place background data restrictions to Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, in addition to cellular connections, in the Data usage page.
- “Reset Game Mode Settings” available under Settings -> Gaming -> Game Mode allows you to restore Game Mode settings for their PC back to the default values for the feature.
- a new context menu option let you go straight from the app in Start to per-app settings in Settings. Also, new links are added to check background usage, lock screen notifications, and defaults, and options to terminate and/or uninstall the app.
Microsoft also added new features in Delivery Optimization with multiple policies (both Group Policies and MDM Policies) letting admins to throttle bandwidth for both foreground and background traffic at certain times of day, restrict peer selection to same subnet, automatically join devices into peer groups by using a DHCP server’s User option or the connection’s DNS suffix as well as the ability to increase the usage of peers by delaying the use of the HTTP source.
You can view new configs list by opening GP Editor and check out new policies under Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Delivery Optimization.
Another new process called “Registry,” now added into the Task Manager, as this build begin to store hive data in this process and so this is visible in Task Manager as increased memory usage by that process.
Microsoft is retiring the HomeGroup with alternatives for you to get the best file-sharing experience in Windows 10 going forward: OneDrive a cross-device cloud storage, Share functionality for folders and printers, and easier connection through your Microsoft Account email address across devices.
Windows Shell bring the next wave of UI experience by applying acrylic to the taskbar, Share UI, Clock & Calendar flyout, Network flyout, Volume flyout, and Input flyout. Other improvements include:
- Now, if a notification toast gets dismissed with unsubmitted text, you can open the action center and your text will now be saved with the notification.
- Simplified grouping of apps in all apps list in Start for East Asian languages:.
- A new icon in File Explorer’s Navigation Pane now indicates cloud states of OneDrive files and folders on demand. In the File Explorer ribbon View tab, click the Options button, then in the dialog go to Navigation Pane section of View tab and uncheck “Always show availability status”.
- A consistent Network flyout on the login screen uses similiar network flyout from the taskbar.
Also, if Windows Update Settings shows a warning or alert, it’ll be echo via a new Windows Update system tray icon as well. A right click on the icon will show options relevant to the current state, such as restart, schedule the restart, or go to Windows Update settings. If visible, this icon can be turned off from within Taskbar Settings.
Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) coming to Windows 10 Professional in the next feature update let users users navigate the Internet in Application Guard knowing their systems are protected from even the most sophisticated browser attacks.
Also, a right-click on Windows Defender icon in notification area will show a new context menu that lets you quickly do a quick scan, update your Defender definitions, change the notifications and open Windows Defender Security Center.
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is now capable of running background tasks, such as sshd, tmux/screen, etc. will now continue running after the last console window has been closed.
Elevated and non-elevated WSL instances can run simultaneously.
WSL is now supported when connected via OpenSSH, VPN, Enter-PSSession, and/or other similar Windows remoting tools. With background processes you can background sshd in WSL so it persists in the background without having any open windows.
Tool to convert Linux paths to Windows-friendly paths, like Wslpath is available now. Here is a quick reference for how you can use the wslpath tool:
-a force result to absolute path format
-u translate from a Windows path to a WSL path (default)
-w translate from a WSL path to a Windows path
-m translate from a WSL path to a Windows path, with ‘/’ instead of ‘\\’
Microsoft has also made new tools available to developers, including:
Windows Command line Toolchain includes bsdtar (tar) and curl tools from the Unix shell.
Unix style sockets AF_UNIX are available on Windows now, as a result, two Win32 processes can now use AF_UNIX address family over Winsock API to communicate with each other.
Camera privacy settings under Settings -> Privacy -> Camera now give control over apps that have access to a camera. Another related include, Windows Camera app in the list of apps that can use your camera.
Lastly, starting this release by going to Settings -> Devices -> Pen & Windows Ink -> “Change the font of the handwriting experience”, select your preferred font from the dropdown, then write in the handwriting panel to see your chosen font.
Emoji Panel to browse and use mouse/touch/keyboard to pick an emoji is now available in more languages!
A new setting let you decide to input a single or multiple emoji at a time. Simply check or uncheck new “Don’t close panel automatically after an emoji has been entered” setting under Settings -> Time & Language -> Keyboard -> Advanced Keyboard Settings.
Emoji data update include a number of additional words to find the emoji — just use the touch keyboard and search for things like hedgehog, vampire, and pretzel.
Hardware keyboard suggestions update now support a dark theme as well as the settings is moved under Keyboard Settings -> English (United States) -> Options -> Hardware keyboard -> “Show text suggestions as I type”.
Split layout for the touch keyboard – an ergonomic layout designed to be used with both hands, one on each side of your tablet.
Here, is an image of split layput touch keyboard:
Other releases today include, SQL Operations Studio, a data management tool that enables you to work with SQL Server, Azure SQL DB and SQL DW from Windows, macOS and Linux is available for download.
Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1712 Build 05002 released to Windows Server Insiders, is a flexible, lightweight browser-based customer-deployed platform and solution for Windows Server management scenarios for troubleshooting, configuration and maintenance.
Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1712 Build 05002 is now available to Insiders before the public for download over here.
Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17061 now available to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 17061 or greater).
The Preview SDK Build 17061 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area.
The Preview SDK can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.
Below you can find full changelog of this release:
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We fixed an issue where all types of dynamic volumes listed here wouldn’t mount properly or be accessible from Windows (the data remained intact but inaccessible on the volume on impacted builds).
- We fixed an issue where after opening and closing the People flyout notification toasts might stop appearing until the computer had been rebooted.
- We fixed an issue where Cortana’s notification settings were unexpectedly missing in Settings after upgrading to recent builds.
- We fixed an issue where when there was a problem with Cortana’s speech resources not being available, she could end up blocking Start.
- We fixed an issue resulting in potentially not receiving all of your notifications from Cortana in the last first flights. We fixed an issue where when using Windows in Hebrew no search results were shown in Search until a space was entered.
- We fixed an issue such that Recycle Bin will now show up in the search results when typing in Cortana. This was a server-side change so you will see it outside the bounds of this flight.
- We fixed an issue where opening the Action Center while there was a notification toast visible could result in the Action Center unexpectedly animating in from the bottom corner rather than the side.
- We fixed an issue where if you reinstalled or reset your PC without internet in the last few flights the default tiles in Start could get stuck as downward arrows.
- We fixed an issue where if the system was low on memory context menus might display in a narrow width missing all text.
- We fixed an issue with the File Picker dialog from recent builds where saving file names that included an additional period in the name (like A.ver2.exe) would result in the file extension not being included with the saved file (A.ver2).
- We fixed an issue where certain videos when watching in Microsoft Edge would stop playing and become unresponsive upon altering play speed to 4x or 8x.
- We fixed an issue resulting the expected tooltip not appearing when hovering the mouse over images on certain sites in Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue where no search suggestions were displayed while typing in the Microsoft Edge address bar if the PC was set to a region not currently supported by Cortana.
- We fixed an issue that could result in an error message saying “device does not respond” when attempting to use Near Share.
- We fixed an issue where nearby devices that had near share enabled might not be listed in Share.
- We fixed an issue resulting in cursor lags on some devices when night light was transitioning.
- When you use the split gesture to add more space between two words in the handwriting panel (a caret, as showcased here) that space will now close back up after a pause.
- We’ve added a top level link to Storage Settings to “free up space” now, so you can get at it faster if you need it, rather than having to open Storage Sense first.
- We’ve made some small tweaks to the design of the Windows Update Settings page and subpages.
- To improve discoverability, when you have an update pending reboot in Windows Update Settings, beside the restart now button you will now also see a button for selecting other restart options.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders finding that Outlook 2016 crashed frequently on the previous flight.
- We fixed an issue where the group policy to set a custom lock screen image wouldn’t work if you had also set a policy that disabled the image on the login screen.
- We fixed an issue resulting in docker not working in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue from recently flights where the Emoji Panel’s most frequently used page wasn’t updating.
- We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard showed a very small size on large monitors.
- We’ve updated the touch keyboard to now have an animation when invoking and dismissing.
- We fixed an issue where keys on the full touch keyboard might become stuck in a visually pressed state.
- We’ve updated the wide touch keyboard such that if you double tap the Shift key to turn on caps lock the key will now stay in a visual pressed state so you can see that caps lock is engaged.
- We’ve updated the full touch keyboard so that you can now use keyboard shortcuts that contain 3 keys (for example, WIN + Alt + D).
- We’ve made some small design changes to the dictation UI that appears when you press WIN+H.
- We fixed an issue where the Chinese (Simplified) Pinyin IME might hang when typing quickly into Cortana.
- We fixed the issue where VPNs that used custom pop-up windows during connection were failing with error 720 when attempting to connect.
- We fixed the issue causing users that have enabled the legacy console to be unable to launch any command line application.
- Popular Tencent games like League of Legends and NBA2k Online may cause 64-bit PCs to bugcheck (GSOD).
- [DEVELOPERS] Deploying an x86 app to a x64 PC remotely result in “FileNotFound” deployment failures if the target PC is running Build 17040. Deploying an x64 app to a x64 PC remotely or a x86 app to a x86 PC will work fine.
- Microsoft Edge may not receive Push Notifications from websites in this flight, due to an issue saving permissions on a per-site basis. We expect this issue to be resolved in the next preview build.
- Launching an immersive 360 degree video from the Movies and TV app within Windows Mixed Reality will result in the video facing the wrong way. Subsequent launches of 360 degree videos will work correctly.
- When users try to create a Microsoft Edge InPrivate window from inside a Mixed Reality headset, a regular window will get created instead. Users won’t be able to use InPrivate inside Mixed Reality in this build. InPrivate on desktop is not affected.
- We’re preparing for the inclusion of OpenSSH Server as a deployment mechanism in Developer Mode. However the UI code got checked in ahead of the components, and so while there is a “Use OpenSSH (Beta) for remote deployment” switch in the UI under Settings, it won’t work, and turning it on will break remote deployment to that device until the switch is turned off.
- If you’re using any EUDC fonts Microsoft Edge, Cortana, and other apps that use a webview won’t launch. You can resolve this issue by deleting the HKCU\EUDC key in Registry Editor. Note, if you do this, you won’t be able to see EUDC characters. We recommend you export this regkey before deleting it, so it’s easy to reapply the key in a future flight once the issue has been fixed.
- After upgrading to this build you may find touch and pen to not work on the non-primary display. Related to this, mouse, touch, and pen input might not happen in the right place after an orientation change or if you’re using a non-native aspect ratio. We’re working on a fix.