Windows 10 Insider Build 14971 Brings EPUB Books to Microsoft Edge, 3D to Everyone

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14971 for PC in Fast ring, Microsoft HoloLens gets Vuforia SDK, Windows Maps app with advance Ink, Surface Dial support released.

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Thursday brought another release Preview Build 14971 for PC, and with it Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast ring can now read any unprotected e-book in the EPUB file format with Microsoft Edge.

With this Windows 10 Creators Update, you will now be taken into a customizable reading experience for PDF files as well as any unprotected e-book in the EPUB file format with Microsoft Edge, where you can change the font and text size and choose between 3 themes: light, sepia, and dark.

To navigate through an e-book, you can use the table of contents or seek bar at the bottom of the browser. And you can also search for words or phrases and use Cortana to define specific words. And, of course, as you read, you can leave bookmarks as well.

The Paint 3D Preview app is now included as part of Windows 10. Opening Paint from Start will now take you straight to the Paint 3D Preview app. Remix 3D Preview, the community counterpart to Paint 3D Preview, is expands today to Windows Insiders and is currently only available in English but "will expand further to more region and language."

PowerShell is now the defacto command shell from File Explorer, and it replaces Command Prompt (aka, "cmd.exe") in the WIN + X menu, in File Explorer's File menu, and in the context menu that appears when you shift-right-click the whitespace in File Explorer.

Typing "cmd" (or "powershell") in File Explorer's address bar will quickly launch the command shell. For using it from Command Prompt, you can opt out of the WIN + X change by opening Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar, and turning "Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X" to "Off".

Read EPUB books in Microsoft Edge

Read EPUB books in Microsoft Edge

Get Office Beta version 2.0 for Insiders in the Fast ring (version 17.7614.2377.0), now helping you explore and manage Office experience by easily discover and launch apps and see all recent Office documents in one place.

This build also includes many improvements in typing experience with Japanese and Chinese Input Method Editors (IMEs).

Cortana can now help you keep track of your to-do list, with a new skill that creates, updates and opens lists especially helpful for the holiday season.

Cortana can automatically create a grocery, to-do and shopping list, and work with your Wunderlist account to keep your organized. You can sign into Wunderlist account by going to Cortana's Notebook and then selecting Connected Accounts. Doing this will add features such as the ability to add due dates to a to-do list.

"Whether it's planning a holiday meal, buying gifts, getting things done before you head out for vacation, or keeping track of who's naughty or nice, you can use your voice or type to quickly create a new list, add to an existing list when inspiration strikes, and pull up your lists just when you need them on any device."

The feature is exclusive to English speakers in the United States, and it's available on Windows 10 PCs and phones, as well as iOS and Android.

Check it out for yourself by saying "Hey Cortana, create a Holiday list".

Cortana Helping you keep track of to-do list

Cortana Helping you keep track of to-do list

Build 14965 of Windows 10 for PCs released to the Slow ring, is offering ISO images:

  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise is built to address the needs of large and midsize organizations, and comes with the management tools that IT administrators need.
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Education is built for students and faculty, and comes with the management tools that IT administrators need.
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home Single Language is built for consumers in emerging markets and can only run a single language.
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home China is built for consumers in China and is delivered in Simplified Chinese.

You can download ISO HERE.

For Windows 10 Mobile users, Microsoft is also offering a Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update Insider Preview build 14965 in the Slow ring.

This build features all that have been added in all of the Development Branch builds since the Anniversary Update was released. Microsoft said they'll also bringing Continuum.

Those on Slow ring, can goto Settings -> Update & security -> Phone update -> Check for updates to get 14965 build.

Get Office version 2.0 in Creators Update Build 14971

Get Office version 2.0 in Creators Update Build 14971

Below is a changelog of build 14971:

Other changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • First introduced to Insiders in Build 14926, the experimental "Snooze" action on a tab in Microsoft Edge which provides you with a way to set a Cortana reminder on the website you are viewing is no longer available. Based on data we gathered and feedback we received, we decided to remove it from the product and re-evaluate the feature for a future release.
  • We've improved reliability when using the protractor and inking in Sketchpad.
  • We've updated some of our desktop wizards (including "map a network drive" and "extract from zip") to now be proportionally sized when moved across monitors.
  • We fixed an issue where Magnifier's keyboard shortcuts sometimes wouldn't work on the Lock screen.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in sometimes not being able to completely remove files in the Windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup.
  • We have enabled OAuth support for Yahoo Mail accounts. This will improve sync reliability for those accounts, and provide a more secure experience in the Outlook Mail app.
  • We fixed an issue where trying to shut down the PC while certain Device Manager dialog boxes were open would result in the PC being stuck at the "Restarting…" screen.
  • We fixed an issue where, as closing multiple tabs with middle click in Microsoft Edge, the width of the tabs might change, resulting in potentially unexpectedly closing the wrong tab.
  • We fixed an issue where the copy link option when right-clicking a hyperlink in Microsoft Edge wasn't work.
  • We fixed an issue where, if you changed the size of the Microsoft Edge window, and then closed the app by closing the final tab, the next time Microsoft Edge is launched it would once again be the default size, rather than retaining the preferred window size.
  • We fixed an issue where pinned tabs in Microsoft Edge were not being restored.
  • We've made a number of translation improvements, including for Chinese speakers fixing a translation error in the dialog that appears when installing multiple fonts at once, as well as one in Settings > System > Battery. If you see any other translations that aren't as you'd expect, please log feedback – we're listening!
  • We fixed an issue where, if you already hand a notification expanded in the Action Center, clicking the chevron to expand a second notification would result in it expanding then immediately closing.
  • We fixed an issue where preferred Start menu width might not be preserved after rebooting.

Known issues for PC

  • Navigating to Settings > System > Battery will crash the Settings app.
  • Using keyboard monitor hotkeys to adjust brightness won't work as expected. Desired brightness change could be done via the Action Center or by going to Settings > System > Display.
  • Apps such as Store, Photos, and People may launch on their own after your PC has been inactive for a period of time. To stop these apps from launching on their own, un-maximize the app before closing it.
  • Double-clicking on an Excel document to open it from File Explorer will crash Microsoft Excel. The workaround is to open the document from within Excel.
  • Microsoft Studios games like Microsoft Sudoku, Jigsaw, Minesweeper, Taptiles, and Treasure Hunt may freeze at the splash screen on launch.
  • As we have previously announced we are working on the Windows Holographic Shell that is going to be included in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. In today's flight you will see the Windows Holographic First Run app. While you will be able to launch the app and walk through the first few screens, it won't detect any hardware. This app and the Windows Holographic Shell is still under active development here at Microsoft and with our partners, microsoft writes.
Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft is evolving HoloLens in the enterprise and manufacturing world, as part of the strategy, earlier at Build, company announced support to "Vuforia", world's most widely used AR development platformst through its 275,000 developers.

Today, Vuforia is moving one step further, ny making its SDK now commercially available to the public, with support for HoloLens development.

One of Vuforia's main features is that it allows AR device to recognize objects in the real world, and surface relevant information about them. This offers some very powerful use cases that can transform and simplify the way people work. For example, "using Vuforia, a HoloLens headset can recognize each individual part of a motor and present the user with information, suggestions, possible issues that need addressing and so on," Microsoft explains.

Interested in developing with Vuforia on HoloLens, check out the Holographic Dev Center.

Maps app on Windows 10, optimized for a touch experience, and support inking and drawing, today improving the touch and pen experience bringing more natural interactions.

The latest Maps app released today adds capabilities like gestures control that enable you to pinch zoom or tilt a map by dragging two fingers down, so you can see things in 3D.

With Windows Ink, you can ink at any time to draw or add annotations on the map. Now, you easily measure the distance as you trace a route on the map with your pen. Or, draw perfectly straight lines on the map using a ruler tool. Finally, you can also quickly calculate directions between two points by drawing a line between your start point and your destination. The Maps app will then automatically convert your drawn line into a real route and give you directions.

Even you can now combine different ink modes to personalize your map and annotate your plans on top of it so you can reference everything in one place.

So what if you don't have a pen, no worry, you can still use all the ink functionality with mouse or finger, simply by toggling the touch writing option on the ink toolbar.

All in all, though minor, these changes should lead to a better experience for Maps users, especially if they enjoy using a Surface Pen. However, Microsoft wasn't done, and added support for one new peripheral inside of the Maps app: the Surface Dial.

The Surface Dial was originally unveiled alongside the Surface Studio desktop PC, but the peripheral works with any Windows 10 PC. Maps users will be able to take advantage of the new device, and use it to rotate, zoom, or change map perspective easily. They'll even be able to use the Dial to control the ruler on the map, supposedly "making it more natural to interact and create using both hands".

That's not all, Surface Dial, integration offer even more ways to interact with the map as it lets you use "dial to take advantage of the ink toolbar or move the ruler on the map," making it more natural to interact and create using both hands.

Microsoft notes, these Surface Dial with maps features are available on Surface Studio as well to anyone using an up-to-date Windows 10 device with the Surface Dial off screen, said Microsoft.

WindowsSurface Dial integrates with Windows Maps app

Update 11/23: A new Windows 10 Anniversary SDK Preview Build 14965 which is to be used in conjunction with last week's Windows 10 Insider Preview Slow ring on PCs and Mobile is released today.

As expected, developers are advised to try this Preview SDK on test machines running Windows 10 Insider build 14965 or higher. Also, make sure to have installed Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate to use this SDK.

"The Preview SDK is a pre-release and cannot be used in a production environment," writes Microsoft. Adding, "If you are working on an application that you need to submit to the store, you should not install the preview."

The Preview SDK Build 14965 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area including 'updates and additions to Windows namespace." Additionally, "Debugging Tools for Windows update with few new features such as "JavaScript scripting and extensibility," adds Microsoft.

You can download this Preview SDK build from the developer section on the Windows Insider website here.

Update 2: Computer Groups are now available in Upgrade Analytics, that allow segmenting your environment by creating Computer Groups based on OMS Log Search results or by importing Groups from Active Directory, WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager.

With Computer Groups in initial release, Microsoft recommend to use query based Computer Groups.

And, said that they're creating a feature in the Configuration Manager Upgrade Analytics Connector that allows syncing ConfigMgr Collections as Computer Groups into OMS.

Computer Groups in Upgrade Analytics

Computer Groups in Upgrade Analytics