Microsoft has given another hint of future Windows 10 feature updates by rolling out Insider Preview Build 10565 to the Windows Insider programme.
Build 10565 is the third technical preview to be released since Windows 10 launched earlier this year and is the biggest yet, introducing several new features and tweaks, such as closer Skype integration.
Users can receive and respond to notifications directly from the Action Centre, as well as Quick Reply to messages without opening the Skype app. Gabe Aul, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, wrote that this functionality will also be added to the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview programme in a future update for the smartphone OS.
Build 10565 also enables the Cortana digital assistant to read handwritten digital notes, setting reminders based on dates, times and names recognised in the text. Cortana can now use confirmation emails for things like cinema bookings in order to automatically set reminders for the event.
Microsoft Edge, the replacement default browser for Internet Explorer, also received a couple of enhancements. Hovering over a tab will display a preview of its contents, and the contents of a user's Favourites and Reading List can be synced.
Smaller additions include more boldly coloured title bars for Explorer windows, reworked context menus for the Start menu and an assortment of redesigned icons across the system.
Numerous bugs and user complaints have been fixed, such as pinned apps appearing twice in the taskbar and context menus being too large to use comfortably with a mouse.
As with previous preview builds, Microsoft emphasised that this is an unfinished product, and that known and unknown glitches may still occur. One particularly troublesome sounding problem involves the Dell Venue 8 Pro rejecting the update entirely, producing a blue screen and rolling back to the previous Insider Preview version.
Build 10565 is already available on the Insider programme's Fast Ring, and will arrive on the Slow Ring once a few of the more serious bugs have been ironed out.
There's still no word on when the updates seen in Preview Builds will be added to the main production version of Windows 10, although Microsoft has committed previously to delivering such updates instead of saving new features for a future OS.
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