Microsoft has delivered more updates for Windows 10 to testers on its Windows Insider programme, showing changes to the Start menu and Tablet mode and a host of tweaks and fixes to other parts of the platform.
The software giant officially unleashed Windows 10 to the world at the end of July, but unlike earlier versions of the operating system, this one is set to receive regular updates throughout its lifecycle. The updates delivered to testers on the Windows Insider Fast ring thus give some idea of what users of the release code will receive when Microsoft pushes out an official update.
The new release was detailed by Gabe Aul, Microsoft's director of programme management for the Windows Fundamentals team, writing on the Windows blog.
"Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10547 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. As usual, this build includes bug fixes and improvements over Build 10532 and also includes some new things for you to try and send us feedback on what you see," Aul wrote.
The main changes in Build 10547 include the option for users to select to see four columns of tiles in the Start menu instead of the default three, and improvements to the Tablet mode of the user interface that enables the user to snap apps to the left or right, swipe down to close an app, and more easily replace a previously snapped app with another.
Other improvements include changes to the text input panel, which now expands automatically as the user writes. The panel also no longer opens automatically if Tablet mode is not active, or an external keyboard is attached.
For developers, Build 10547 also includes a preview of Object RTC in Microsoft Edge, the new browser in Windows 10. This set of application programming interfaces (APIs) is intended to enable real-time audio and video communication in the browser without the need to install any plugins.
The new build also fixes a number of issues, including the notification icon for Action Center lighting up even if there are no new notifications, and critical issues some Windows Insider testers were experiencing with the Start menu.
Microsoft has yet to confirm when production users will see the first Windows 10 update, but some industry watchers have hinted that this will come before the end of this year.
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