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Windows 10 Insider Preview 10074 rolls out to both Fast and Slow Ring users

by AshwinApril 30, 2015

Microsoft has announced the next build of Windows 10 Technical Preview.

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Except it isn’t called Technical Preview anymore. It is now being called Insider Preview.

The Redmond based company says it is doing so to reflect the importance of the testing community, the Windows Insider Program.

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out Windows 10 Insider Preview 10074 today. The announcement comes from the Microsoft BUILD 2015 Developer Conference.

Aero Glass is back:

The popular Windows 7 feature returns to the Start Menu. However, Microsoft is testing something new too, and in an odd manner. It says that 50% of users will get the Windows 7 Aero Glass transparency effect on the Start Menu and the Taskbar, while the other users will see a new Blurry effect like Frosted Glass.

Microsoft is letting people vote on which one they like, and the one with better feedback will be made default, and also says that it could be added to more ares in the Windows UI.

Start Menu:

The Start Menu has new animations for Live Tiles, along with performance and bug fixes for Live Tiles. Users of Multi Monitor setups of Windows 10 should now see that the OS scales properly, even on displays with different DPI. The bug which prevented Win32 apps in the Start menu from opening has been fixed.

Continuum:

Hybrid device users (Tablet-Laptop) will see improvements in snapped windows. Apps closed in Tablet mode will no longer take you to the dektop and instead take you to the Start Screen.

Multitasking:

Multi-tasking is better with Alt-Tab, Task-View, and Snap Assist have been improved with the latter now offering an option to close a Window.

In case you weren’t aware Snap Assist lets you drag an application to an edge of the screen and place it there. Left Click on any app’s title bar, and hold the mouse and drag it to one of the four edges of the screen to put the app in the corresponding edge.

The update also adds new default Windows sounds. The Windows virtual assistant, Cortana has been given a makeover, and has better integration with Start.  It now offers answers before you even finish typing.

Apps (Music, Video, Xbox, Windows Store Beta)

Version 3.6.999.0 of the Music and Video preview apps have some visual improvements. Full screen mode offers a more immersive Now Playing experience, in Music Preview

The Video App now supports up to 3 devices, and lets the user download movies, TV Shows (and seasons), and also view the progress, pause, resume and cancel the download. Closed captions are available for purchased content.

The Xbox app for Windows 10 has been updated to 4.4.9014.0 and adds a Game DVR, screenshots, a Live Tile, user profiles, and real-name sharing. It also bundles the drivers for the Xbox controllers. We covered this extensively here.

The Windows Store Beta is getting a major overhaul. Microsoft continues to work of it Universal App experience in Windows 10, and it is reflected by the change of Windows Store Beta’s icon from grey to Blue, to match its other apps.

Apps purchased in Windows 8.1, will be displayed in the Windows Store Beta too. The Store is also opening up for 41 more Countries. (view the list here)

The Lock Screen will display tips and tricks for Windows 10, while Start and Cortana will now help discover high quality apps.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10074 Download:

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10074 is being rolled out to both the Fast Ring and Slow Ring users of the Insider Program. Windows Update should pick the new build and start downloading it automatically. You can check if it is doing so by navigating to Start > Settings > Update and Recovery.

(As you can see from the screenshot, my PC is downloading the new build right now.)

And since the latest build is available for slow ring users, the company has made available the Windows 10 Insider Preview 10074 ISO for download.

This will be especially useful for those who wish to try Windows 10 or perform a clean installation. You can download the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10074 ISO straight from Microsoft’s servers. Choose the language, and the version you want x86 (32-bit)/x64 (64-bit). You will need to create a bootable DVD or USB using a third party software. We recommend using Rufus, a free utility to make bootable USB drives.

Microsoft also unveiled its new browser, Microsoft Edge. It was formerly called codename Project Spartan, and will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser in Windows 10. More on this from our previous coverage.

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