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Skip Ahead Windows 10 Build 17643 Lands with Improved Sets & Edge

A new Insiders Preview Build 17643 released to the Skip Ahead though don’t contain any new features but there are lots of improvemets went into this test build, such as Sets now works well with Office 365, and under the hood Microsoft Edge improvements.

Here’s what’s got fixed and improved in this Redstone 5 (RS5) build 17643 of Windows 10:

Sets with Office 365 in Windows 10 Build 17643

Starting with this build Sets with Office 365 making it easier to do more work faster as users are now able to group, recall, and refresh data from multiple sources for all their projects in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In the screen shot above Sets with Office in Word.

Also, any desktop (Win32) app with default “non-customized” title bar is now capable of running Sets. Apps with customized title bar, like for example Paint.exe, will not have Sets.

Next, you can now drag a tab around within the set, as well as drop it in another Sets window—when a Microsoft Edge windows is opened within Sets. However, dragging between a Sets window and a standalone Edge window is still not working.

Microsoft notes, after installing this build Sets may disapper temporarily and will return upon the next reboot or in a day or two.

To try out Sets with Office, you need to be a Office Insiders and must have installed latest version of Office 365 desktop apps. If you’re not already an Office Insider, sign-up here to join now.

Additionally, also you can sign-up a trial to become Office 365 subscriber “if you’re not already.”

In Edge releated improvements, Microsoft WebDriver is now a Feature on Demand (FoD) and can be install by turning on Developer Mode, or simply by going to Settings -> Apps -> Apps & features -> Manage optional features and installing it standalone. Once done, “it gets installed in to C:\Windows\System32\ and will automatically be on the PATH for the machine once installed,” wrote Microsoft.

This should address one of the biggest pain points we see from customers around binary mismatches, as FoD’s match the build/branch/flavor automatically. This also means that the standalone download will no longer be made available for insiders or future stable versions of Windows, as installation is now built into Windows.

Improvements to Data Sense now lets you know how much data is cosumed while on roaming if a device has a SIM. As a reminder, you can easily enable or disable roaming altogether under Cellular Settings.

There is now a new option under Settings -> Ease of Access -> Magnifier -> “Keep your mouse…” -> “centered on the screen” that enabled you to keep mouse centered on screen in Full-Screen mode.

Lastly, two new increments to the Magnifier list i.e. a 5% and 10% is added providing you more control of your zoom level.

In the screenshot below you can see new Magnifier settings:

Manifier Settings in Windows 10 build 17643

As always, there are lots of general fixes and known issues, too listed below:

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue where Reveal would sometimes not appear if you moved your mouse over and off an element repeatedly.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in a noticeable screen flicker when the screen adjusts after rotating your device.
  • We fixed an issue where the spellchecking menu would always appear on the primary monitor on PCs with multiple monitors, rather than the monitor with the red squiggled word.

Known issues

  • If you open Settings and clicking on any links to the Microsoft Store or links in tips, Settings will crash. This includes the links to get themes and fonts from the Microsoft Store, as well as the link to Windows Defender.
  • On resuming from sleep, the desktop may be momentarily visible before the Lock screen displays as expected.
  • When Movies & TV user denies access to its videos library (through the “Let Movies & TV access your videos library?” popup window or through Windows privacy settings), Movies & TV crashes when the user navigates to the “Personal” tab.
  • Tiling and cascading windows, including features like “View Side by Side” in Word, will not work for inactive tabs.
  • The Office Visual Basic Editor window will currently be tabbed but is not intended to be in the future.
  • Opening an Office document while the same app has an existing document open may cause an unintended switch to the last active document. This will also happen when closing a sheet in Excel while other sheets remain open.
  • Local files or non-Microsoft cloud files will not be automatically restored and no error message will be provided to alert the user to that fact.
  • Sets UX for Office Win32 desktop apps is not final. The experience will be refined over time based on feedback.
  • The top of some Win32 desktop app windows may appear slightly underneath the tab bar when created maximized. To work around the issue, restore and re-maximize the window.
  • Closing one tab may sometimes minimize the entire set.
  • File Explorer ribbon doesn’t stay pinned open across restart.
  • We’re aware of an issue that causes Narrator to read extra text when invoking Alt + Tab, and we’re working on a fix.
  • Using arrow and Page Up / Page Down keys doesn’t work to scroll webpages in Microsoft Edge. You’ll need to use another input method (mouse, touch, or touchpad).
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