While, everyone is waiting for the Spring Creators Update codenamed Redstone 4 (RS4), Microsoft has just pushed a new Redstone 5 test Build 17639 to Skip Ahead.
The new Preview build arrives with more added functionality to windows management feature called “Sets” along side other number of new features.
Sets was started in Redstone 4 as a way to help group apps into tabs, keep wegpages, docuements, files, and apps connected. Eventually, it was removed from RS4, but later it was revived in an earlier Redstone 5 build.
Here is what this next wave of Sets improvements bringing in today:
Microsoft now allows drag and frop an app tab around within the Set or combine tabbed app windows into Sets. Microsoft Edge web tabs witin Sets still don’t support this drag and drop feature. If you open a Microsoft Edge tab outside of a Set, you can’t drag and drop it into a Sets window.
You can now use Alt + Tab to switch between Photos, OneNote and Microsoft Edge when tabbed together. In case of multiple Edge windows in a Set, “only the one most recently accessed will be visible in Alt + Tab.”
Alt + Tab primarily worked with Windows Explore. You can now control its behavior via a new setting.
Improved Settings for Sets are now accessible via Settings -> System -> Multitasking. Even, it can be searched — just type “Sets” or “tabs” and it will appear in the dropdown.
The screenshot below shows new Settings for Sets:
File Explorer Improvements
Microsoft is currently working on to make two File Explorer windows grouped together. Now, there is no need to hold CTRL on a new tab page to launch a File Explorer window in a tab.
Also, using Ctrl + N keyboard shortcut you can now open a new tab when a File Explorer window is in focus. Just use Ctrl + N to open a new window, and Ctrl + W to close the window/tab.
And, there is also a new UI for easily opening new tabs and windows in the File Menu, and in the context menu when right-clicking on a folder. Also now when you right-click on a Sets tab, you’ll find several options, including “close other tabs”, “move to new window”, and “close tabs to the right”.
Improvements to Previous Tabs, include follwing features:
- Pick and choose a Previous Tabs to restore, instead restoring all tabs. If the Sets activity card in Timeline was used, it’ll now automatically restore all tabs.
- Now, Previous Tabs can be restored from any type of activity.
- When you open a document that previously had tabs, a prompt will appear offering to restore those tabs, and the Previous Tabs button will be in the filled state. For things that aren’t documents, a prompt will not automatically appear, but you’ll know that there are tabs available to restore because the Previous Tabs button will be in the filled state.
- A new animation is added to the experience when there are no Previous Tabs available to be restored.
That’s not all, even Sets for more Win32 (desktop) apps, including Office is coming soon to Office Insider. Check out more Sets and File Explorer releated features in the changelog below.
Other improvements, such as bluetooth battery percentage can now be checked under Bluetooth & other devices Settings, Windows Calculator updated to version 10.1803.711.0 now correctly calculates square roots for perfect squares. After this update, “the square root calculation now recognizes perfect squares and correctly returns exactly 2 for the square root of 4,” wrtoe Microsoft.
Below, you can find full changelog:
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We fixed an issue resulting in duplicate entries in Disk Management.
- We fixed an issue that could result in certain UWP apps silently terminating when minimized.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain devices with BitLocker enabled unexpectedly booting into BitLocker recovery in recent flights.
- We fixed a race condition that could result in the taskbar not autohiding after opening and closing the Start menu while a fullscreen window was visible.
- We fixed an issue where typing in Start would switch to a blank Cortana screen if Start was open when the PC went to sleep.
- We fixed an issue when using Arabic as your display language where after using the X to close the touch keyboard in a UWP app text field it might stop coming up automatically in that field.
- Sometimes having too many choices can be confusing and less is more. That is why this new build has consolidated the places where users can adjust their display brightness by removing the display brightness slider in Control Panel Power Options and the “Display brightness” section under Power Options Advanced Settings. Don’t worry! You can still adjust your display brightness via Settings > System > Display settings, the Action Center, and via keyboard hot keys.
- 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.
Other Sets improvements and fixes based on your feedback, including:
- We fixed an issue where the active tab color wouldn’t be visible until you hovered over it.
- We’ve been working on our polish, and you’ll notice that switching between open tabs is now a lot smoother.
- We’ve improved the reliability when restoring tabs, fixing some issues where tabs didn’t restore as expected.
- We fixed an issue where closing a tab in a Set then immediately opening a new tab might result in the window unexpectedly maximizing.
Here are a few things we’re still working on that aren’t quite finished / resolved yet:
- File Explorer ribbon doesn’t stay pinned open across restart.It may take some time for the app exclude list in Sets settings to populate the first time it’s opened.
- Sometimes it takes two tries to bring up an inactive tab from the taskbar.
- There’s a chance that you may see an unexpected second row of tabs when you open the new tab page.
- When you launch an app or website from the new tab page, there’s a chance focus will change to a different tab.
- The “filled” state of the restore icon in Sets will remain filled even though you’ve restored all tabs.
- We’re aware of an issue that causes Narrator to read extra text when invoking Alt + Tab, and we’re working on a fix.
- The new tab may sometimes open blank. Closing the tab then opening it again should resolve this issue.
In other news, Microsoft commits to spend $5B over four years on the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next four years. “Our goal is to give every customer the ability to transform their businesses, and the world at large, with connected solutions,” Microsoft stated.
“We’ve been invested in IoT before the term was coined, when enterprises had these endpoints in their factories, buildings and other devices that were totally “dark.” Today, we’re planning to dedicate even more resources to research and innovation in IoT and what is ultimately evolving to be the new intelligent edge. “
“With our IoT platform spanning cloud, OS and devices, we are uniquely positioned to simplify the IoT journey so any customer—regardless of size, technical expertise, budget, industry or other factors—can create trusted, connected solutions that improve business and customer experiences, as well as the daily lives of people all over the world. The investment we’re announcing today will ensure we continue to meet all our customers’ needs both now and in the future.”