Microsoft has issued another build version of the Windows 10 operating system for testers in the fast ring, one month before the operating system is officially launched on 29 July.
Edge is Microsoft’s attempt to start moving away from its long-running, and much derided, Internet Explorer browser, and has several new tools in the latest build for testers to try.
These include importing bookmarks from other browsers, password and fill-form support, drag and drop tabs and new display themes.
Gabriel Aul, Microsoft's director of programme management for the Windows Fundamentals team, warned testers to save any information from Project Spartan browsers before updating.
“Microsoft Edge has a new app ID that will cause any favourites, cookies, history and Reading list items that you had saved in Project Spartan from previous builds to be lost after upgrading," he said.
"If you want to keep these, make sure you back up your favourites before upgrading to Build 10158.”
Cortana has also been given some upgrades for the latest build, including the ability to send emails directly from voice dictations.
“Just say everything at once such as who you want to email (you can send to multiple people), the subject of the email, and what you want your email to say and that’s it,” said Aul.
Cortana has also been integrated with Office 365 so that it can learn from information in the system, such as calendar appointments and contacts, and prompt you as required.
"Cortana is already great at letting you quickly see what your day is going to look like, when and where to go for your first meeting, get a sense of travel times to work, or even get updates for upcoming trips from your calendar," said Aul.
"Cortana gets even better with a connection to Office 365, which enhances Cortana’s ability to help you prepare for meetings, learn about the people you work with, and remind you where you need to be next so you won’t be late."
Users will need access to the First Release version of Office 365 to test this feature.
Build 10158 also includes performance and reliability improvements for the Photos app that can be downloaded via the Windows Store Beta, as well as the ability to support animated GIFs, one of the most popular requests from testers.
The update to the Windows 10 Build version comes after confusion last week regarding who would be offered a free upgrade to Windows 10.
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