A latest build 17083 of Windows 10 Redstone 4 for PC, released to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and for Skip Ahead on January 24, adds new features, such as Telemetry tool and more. Also, with this test build, Microsoft has taken away some features, like Sets windows-management tool until it begins shipping Redstone 4 to mainstream users in April of this year.
Timeline, which makes it way into this Redstone 4 build provide the ability to more easily delete activities in Timeline from a given hour or a day from the context menu and let users sync activities to the cloud for cross-device usage.
Right-clicking an activity will show “clear all from day” option in the default view. Microsoft also made it easier to clear all activities for an hour or day when you click “see all” option. In the picture below you can see the context menu that will appear when you right click an activity in timeline, “Clear all from Yesterday” is highlighted.
See the image above that shows new Timeline.
To sync your activities, simply enable “Let Windows sync my activities from this PC to the cloud” in the settings app, or enable it via an option provided at the bottom of Timeline.
Here is what’s new in this build 17083:
With this build, Microsoft has introduced new Font settings experience and additional fonts now can be acquired from the Microsoft Store. The initial settings page for fonts provides a short preview of each font family and reflect the primary languages a font is designed for, as well as multi-color fonts.
Clicking on one of the family previews, take you to a details page that show default or custom previews for each font in that family. Also, from a seprate variable-font details page web developers and advanced typographers can explore continuous, variable-design capabilities of the font.
And clicking the link from the Fonts page in Settings, takes you directly to the Fonts collection in the Store.
Diagnostic Data improvements can be found under Settings -> Privacy -> Diagnostics & feedback adds two new features:
Diagnostic Data Viewer Windows app that shows the event details send by your device to Microsoft. Navigate to Settings -> Privacy -> Diagnostics & feedback to enable the Diagnostic Data Viewer Toggle and then click the button below to launch the app.
The left column shows diagnostic events and selecting an event opens the detailed event view, which shows exact data uploaded to Microsoft. You can also use the search box at the top of the screen to find all diagnostic event data. In the detailed menu, you can even filter diagnostic data by event categories.
Another new features adds the ability to a user to make changes to the Diagnostic Data levels set by the administrator.
The two pictures below showing new Diagnostic Data Viewer and Filter option:
Windows Shell improvements gives a new name to Quiet Hours, which is now called as “Focus Assist” and let you switch between three Focus Assist modes by right-clicking the Action Center icon in the taskbar.
A picture below show the context menu that appears when you right click the Action Center button:
Making Windows Hello setup easier as you can now set up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN straight from the lock screen by simply clicking Windows Hello tile under Sign-in options.
Windows Settings improvements now let you see UWP app version numbers by a simple right-clicking the app in Start and selecting More -> App settings. Also, using a new options added to dropdown to the Settings -> Apps -> Startup settings page, so you can choose to sort the apps listed by name, state, or startup impact.
Hyper-V/WSL improvements adds an extended user-mode API for third-party virtualization stacks and applications to create and manage partitions at the hypervisor level, configure memory mappings for the partition, and create and control execution of virtual processors.
Ease of Access improvements available under Settings -> Ease of Access -> Display, when turned off will result in the scroll bars in UWP (XAML) apps persisting as scrollbars in their full expanded size, even when not interacting with them.
Another new check under Settings -> Ease of Access -> Color filters settings page let you you choose whether to enable or disable the color filters hotkey.
Windows App permissions improvements now let you decide which UWP apps can access pictures, videos, or documents folders. At any time, just go to Settings -> Privacy and ther you’ll find 3 new Settings pages (one for each of the folders).
Picture below shows UWP app version numbers:
In addition, Microsoft also released a new Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17079 to Windows Server Insiders. To obtain the Insider software downloads, registered Insiders can download directly from the Windows Server Insider Preview download page here.
Windows Desktop Program for Desktop Application Analytics offer developers a convenient one-stop portal to view their desktop application analytics or access to data via an API.
Statistics and charts quickly show how the applications are doing– from how many customers they’ve reached to detailed performance data on crashes and failures. With these analytics, developers can better track and prioritize fixes, monitor the distribution of their application, prepare and improve the overall experience for their customers.
To get started simply sign up with a Microsoft account, then upload a signed file using same trusted, valid certificate that your company uses to sign applications. Once you sign up Windows Desktop Application Program and register your certificates, you’ll be able to use the analytics reports to:
- View a summary of all failure types, sorted by number of hits
- Drill down into each failure and download stack traces and CAB files to debug the issue faster
- Compare the health status and adoption of a newly released version of your application to previous releases
- View health data in aggregate or by region, allowing you to isolate issues that are specific to a region
- Compare performance and adoption of your desktop applications across Windows versions, such as the latest Windows 10 or Windows Insider releases.
There’s no charge to access this data.
To learn more, check this documentation, or this video:
Also, ahead of the Data Privacy Day, Microsoft gives Windows Insiders an early preview of the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer coming in our next release of Windows. Our commitment is to be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data. This is all part of our commitment to increase your trust and confidence in our products and services.
In addition, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard will enable you to see and manage more data associated with your Microsoft account. These changes are part of the greater enhancements we are rolling out now and in the coming months.
Below you can find a number of other Ease of Access improvements in Settings of Build 17083, including:
- We’ve added Narrator landmarks throughout Settings to quickly move between search, navigation list, and main landmarks. And for Narrator users, the page heading (shown visually at the top of each page) will no longer read out as being at the bottom of each page.
- In Settings > Ease of Access, we’ve shortened the name of the “Cursor, pointer and touch feedback” page to “Cursor & pointer size”.
- We’ve swapped the positions of Color Filters & High Contrast in the Settings > Ease of Access navigation list.
- In Settings > Ease of Access > High Contrast, we’ve switched the default theme to be “High Contrast Black”.
- We’ve added links to Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator Settings for learning how to use Narrator and for adding more voices. Also the cursor movement mode combo box in the “Use Narrator cursor” sub-section has been removed.
- We’ve updated the Settings > Ease of Access > Speech page to present information & settings about Dictation, Cortana, as well as Windows Speech Recognition.
- We fixed an issue where Settings > Ease of Access > Eye control was a blank page.
- We’ve updated the Ease of Access search terms & results to better align with the available settings. Duplicate search results have been removed.
- Throughout Settings > Ease of Access you’ll find new “Related settings” links.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- Thank you for your support of the early testing we’ve done with Sets. Your feedback helps us as we continue to develop this feature. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline as we ready RS4 for release. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it – however, Sets will return soon in a post-RS4 flight! Thanks again for feedback, and we look forward to sharing new Sets features with you soon.
- We fixed an issue for those using Start menu with the all apps list hidden, where Start would crash if you clicked on one of the all apps list headers, changed the width of Start’s tile grid, then went back to the all apps list.
- We fixed an issue where clicking on a toast notification might take multiple tries since a single pixel drag initiated a swipe and resulting in the click being ignored.
- We fixed a high hitting reliability issue from recent flights resulting in explorer.exe potentially crashing if you dragged a Microsoft Edge tab from its window then put it back.
- We fixed an issue where the lock screen background would be lost after restart if “Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen” was turned off.
- We fixed an issue where the login screen over remote desktop would be blank instead of showing a password prompt in recent builds after waking the host from sleep.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Start not having the Reveal effect in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where the all apps list in Start would become offset if you exited tablet mode while the all apps list was zoomed out to show only the headers.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Uninstall, Share, and Rate & Review verbs not working from a UWP app’s context menu in Start in the previous flight.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Store title bar overlapping the rest of the Store app when in tablet mode in the last two flights.
- With the recent redesign of Cortana’s Notebook, we’re shifting to use that as the primary entrance for Cortana’s lists, and removing the entry point for lists from Cortana’s navigation pane.
- We’ve updated Windows Defender’s systray context menu to now use the modern style.
- We fixed an issue resulting in rendering artifacts in the Clock and Calendar flyout when transparency was enabled.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Windows getting stuck on the rebooting screen for a long time.
- We fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you tried to change the state of the microphone or camera permissions in Privacy Settings.
- We fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you opened the notification settings for an app that had a notification waiting in the Action Center.
- We fixed an issue where Lock Screen Settings would crash if the “Force a specific default lock screen and logon image” group policy was set.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights where Settings might crash when navigating to “Email and App accounts”.
- We fixed an issue where Shared Experiences Settings took a really long time to load (30+ seconds).
- We fixed an issue resulting in microphone and camera settings in Privacy settings flipped to deny all device access after upgrading to recent builds.
- We fixed an issue where Windows Update Settings might show a red exclamation mark, but no text explaining why there was an alert.
- We fixed an issue where the width of the list of updates in Windows Update Settings would fluctuate as you scrolled it.
- We’ve made some tweaks to the Video Playback Settings page.
- We’ve made the decision to remove the recently added Keyboard Settings page under Settings > Time & Language and will consider returning it in a future release. If you’d like to add another keyboard to your language, you can do this as before from the Region & Language Settings page by selecting the language you wish to add to. Advanced keyboard settings (including overriding your default keyboard and emoji panel settings) are still available – the link to this page has been moved to Settings > Devices > Typing.
- Update and Shutdown is now available again as an option if you click the power button in Start when there’s an update pending.
- We fixed an upgrade issue resulting in a “Path Not found” error on “Staging apps on CreateMetadataDirectory” in the upgrade logs of you’d installed an app from the Store before upgrading and had moved it to a secondary drive (an option in Apps & Features Settings). If you were impacted by this issue upgrade would still succeed, however the app wouldn’t work after upgrading.
- We fixed an issue where the back button in Windows Defender Security Center would be invisible if you opened WDSC through a link in Settings.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the GraphicsPerfSvc service sometimes using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue from the last two builds resulting in apps that came preinstalled with Windows potentially failing to update in the Store with error 0x80073CF9.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the copy action in Photos only working the first time it’s used.
- We fixed an issue where the embedded handwriting panel and the handwriting panel might show at the same time.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the handwriting panel unexpectedly appearing recently when tapping or panning certain win32 text areas.
- We fixed an issue where the numeric keypad of the touch keyboard didn’t work in certain password fields found on the web.
- We fixed an issue where using a child key on the Greek or Czech touch keyboard layouts to input accented keys wouldn’t work.
- We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel’s Most Frequently Used section wasn’t updating.
- We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel would close after a single emoji was entered in certain apps even if the option to enter multiple emoji at once was selected.
- We fixed an issue resulting in two finger scrolling using touch or mouse not working Word 2016 in the last two flights.
- We fixed an issue where running Magnifier with bitmap smoothing enabled and then closing Magnifier could result in text now appearing blurry, or the PC suddenly becoming slow/laggy.
- We fixed an issue from the previous flight where the Windows Defender icon might be missing from the systray, even if it showed as enabled in Settings. We also fixed an issue from the last two flights where the icon unexpectedly showed a warning even though no warning was visible once you opened the app.
- We fixed an issue where when opening Task View immediately after an upgrade you might need to wait 15-30 minutes before Timeline was visible.
- We fixed two issues impacting Timeline reliability.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not creating Timeline activities if used immediately after login.
- We fixed an issue where PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge on the previous flight would appear off to the right instead of centered.
- We fixed a high impact issue resulting in Microsoft Edge launch failures in the last two flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Microsoft Edge title bar sometimes being the wrong color.
- Thank you everyone who shared their thoughts on the updates made to the Microsoft Yahei font – we’ve made the decision to return the font to its Fall Creators Update state while take your feedback into consideration.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain devices hitting a bug check (GSOD) with error System Service Exception on the last two builds.
- We fixed an issue with Linux containers on Windows using Docker Community Edition for Windows (edge) on many machines. The docker pull or docker run commands will fail with an error “Not enough memory resources are available to complete this operation”.
- If you have a VPN client installed via the Microsoft Store, it won’t work after upgrading to this build. If you require your VPN client to work – you might consider holding off taking this new build.
- If you install a font product from the Microsoft Store, then later install a new build (feature update), the Store package will remain installed, but the fonts within the package are not installed. Until this is fixed, the temporary workaround is to uninstall the product from the Apps page in Settings, then re-acquire the product from the Store.
- 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.
- Audio playback from Microsoft Edge is sometimes unexpectedly muted. A workaround is to minimize Edge, count to three, and then unminimize.
- We’re investigating reports that Win32 apps pinned to Start have blank live tiles that show only a name starting with “W~”.
- We’re investigating an issue where using Task View to switch to an app might result in touch not working properly in that app. If you encounter this, restarting explorer.exe will fix it.
- The link for “Advanced display settings” is missing in Display Settings. If you need to access this dialog for now you’ll need to open Run and run “rundll32 display.dll,ShowAdapterSettings 0”.