17 December 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

16 December 2015

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 25.10586 to version 25.11082 with the following updates
    • Minor design changes, including different spacing for the Hub-icon
  • The following flags have been added
    • Experimental support for VP9 has been added

System

  • Improvements to OneCore

Apps

  • The Insider Hub has been added again

And further

  • Copyright info has been updated to 2016

Known issues

  • Languages packages and Features on Demand won't be able to install
  • The progress dialog when copying, deleting or moving a file won't show up
  • Default applications for some applications will be reset

8 December 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

4 December 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

2 December 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

24 November 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

18 November 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements
10.0.10586.11.th2_release.151112-1900

12 November 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

10 November 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements
10.0.10586.3.th2_release_sec.151104-1948

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

9 November 2015

Start and Action Center

  • You can now show either 3 or 4 medium tiles per group
  • The letters in the app list now take less space when "Show more tiles" is enabled
  • Tiles now can have jumplists
  • The context menus for tiles have been reorganized and provide quick links to share and review apps
  • Desktop app tiles now can have their own color
  • Start now supports up to 2048 tiles (up from 512)
  • The start context menus have been updated to display icons and contain the app's jumplist

Cortana and search

  • Cortana now works on local accounts
  • Cortana can now understand your inked notes
  • Cortana can now track your movies and ticketed events
  • Cortana can now warn you for missed phone calls
  • Cortana can now save energy when you're away

Desktop

  • Task View now allows to snap apps to the screen or replace apps
  • When you snap a window and select another window to snap beside it, you can resize both windows at once (only horizontal)

User Interface

  • When colors for start, taskbar and Action Center are enabled, title bars will now also be affected
  • Context menus now have a more consistent design
  • Improved dark and light theming
  • The look for dropdowns has been changed system wide
  • Windows Apps now have an opening and closing animation
  • Jumplists have a new design
  • Some icons have been replaced (including the Registry Editor)
  • The title bar of WinRT apps will now take the color of the splash screen while starting
  • The text that is shown while preparing your account has been updated

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 20.10240 to version 25.10586 with the following updates
    • You can now open proxy settings from within the Microsoft Edge settings
    • Edge has a new First start-home page
    • You can now share media to other screens
    • When a page is properly paginated, the next button will light up to go to the next page
    • Tabs won't resize when you're closing tabs until your mouse leaves the tabbar
    • Edge now shows previews of tabs
    • You can now sync your favorites and reading list
    • Middle-clicking the Edge-icon will now launch a new window
    • The F12 tools can now be docked into the window
    • The search engine setting now has its own pane
    • The note feature has a new icon
    • You can now use "Ask Cortana" when reading a PDF
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10240 to version 12.10586 with the following updates
    • Base for Object RTC support
    • Improved support for ECMAScript 6.0 and 7.0
    • Extended support for HTML5 and CSS3
    • Support for new input types
    • Support for Pointer Lock
    • Support for Canvas blending modes
    • Support for the download-attribute in an anchor
    • Support for the picture-element
    • Support for :in-range, :out-of-range, :read-only and :read-write
    • Support for font-size-adjust
    • Support for input type=datetime-local
    • Support for ellipses
    • Support for Object RTC
    • Support for HTML Templates
    • Support for CSS initial and unset
  • The following flags have been added
    • The experimental Javascript functions option is now functional

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Colors for start, the taskbar and Action Center now also apply to title bars
    • Windows Spotlight can now be set as the lock screen for Pro users
    • You can now disable the background for the logon screen
    • You can now (dis)allow apps to access your call history
    • You can now (dis)allow apps to access and send emails
    • You can now make Windows select the correct time zone automatically
    • You can now choose to shuffel backgrounds when using a slideshow
    • You can let Windows notify you when there are issues with any USB-connected device
    • The Insider settings now show your account details and allow you to stop receiving builds for a limited amount of days
    • The Control Panel's Theme Settings have been extended, back to the state from Windows 8.1
    • There is a new system in place to warn you for common issues when using the Insider Preview
    • Installing apps to another drive has been enabled again
    • You can now change where Windows stores offline maps
    • Changing the scalling settings will now go in effect when changed, without clicking "Apply"
    • You can now locate your device with GPS and location tracking in "Find my device"
    • The Activation-screen no longer shows a product ID and key but the status if you've been digitally entitled
    • The default apps are now marked as "Recommended for Windows 10" on the Default apps page
    • There is a new "Learn more" link in Windows Update that is supposed to give you info on the latest updates
  • Visual updates and others
    • The Settings-icon on the taskbar no longer has a background color
    • The Settings-tile is now transparent for non-fresh installs too
    • The "Storage" tab now has icons for each file format
    • The settings app splash screen now uses the user's accent color
    • The About page now shows the Windows 10 logo in the user's accent color
    • The Windows Insider Ring now has to be set with a slider instead of a dropdown

System

  • Improved memory management
  • Your default printer is now the last printer you've used
  • You can now activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 key
  • The build number of a public build no longer has to be dividable by 16
  • WebM and VP9 support has been removed (will return in a later build)
  • Improvements to localization text UI in various languages

Apps

  • You can now share feedback more easly from Windows Feedback
  • Windows Apps can now have jumplists
  • Skype Video has been added as a default app
  • Messaging has been added as a default app
  • Phone has been added as a default app
  • Sway has been added as a default app

Other features

  • Improvements to the text input panel, including expanding when more space is required and punctuation improvements
  • New emojis have been added
  • The "Environmental Variables" window has been reworked
  • You can now use Hyper-V within another Hyper-V guest machine
  • Improved performance for running Hyper-V machines within each other

And further

  • Windows will now claim to be version 1511, which stands for its November 2015 release date
  • The copyright has been changed to 2016

5 November 2015

Start and Action Center

  • You can now show either 3 or 4 medium tiles per group
  • The letters in the app list now take less space when "Show more tiles" is enabled
  • Tiles now can have jumplists
  • The context menus for tiles have been reorganized and provide quick links to share and review apps
  • Desktop app tiles now can have their own color
  • Start now supports up to 2048 tiles (up from 512)
  • The start context menus have been updated to display icons and contain the app's jumplist

Cortana and search

  • Cortana now works on local accounts
  • Cortana can now understand your inked notes
  • Cortana can now track your movies and ticketed events
  • Cortana can now warn you for missed phone calls
  • Cortana can now save energy when you're away

Desktop

  • Task View now allows to snap apps to the screen or replace apps
  • When you snap a window and select another window to snap beside it, you can resize both windows at once (only horizontal)

User Interface

  • When colors for start, taskbar and Action Center are enabled, title bars will now also be affected
  • Context menus now have a more consistent design
  • Improved dark and light theming
  • The look for dropdowns has been changed system wide
  • Windows Apps now have an opening and closing animation
  • Jumplists have a new design
  • Some icons have been replaced (including the Registry Editor)
  • The title bar of WinRT apps will now take the color of the splash screen while starting
  • The text that is shown while preparing your account has been updated

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 20.10240 to version 25.10586 with the following updates
    • You can now open proxy settings from within the Microsoft Edge settings
    • Edge has a new First start-home page
    • You can now share media to other screens
    • When a page is properly paginated, the next button will light up to go to the next page
    • Tabs won't resize when you're closing tabs until your mouse leaves the tabbar
    • Edge now shows previews of tabs
    • You can now sync your favorites and reading list
    • Middle-clicking the Edge-icon will now launch a new window
    • The F12 tools can now be docked into the window
    • The search engine setting now has its own pane
    • The note feature has a new icon
    • You can now use "Ask Cortana" when reading a PDF
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10240 to version 12.10586 with the following updates
    • Base for Object RTC support
    • Improved support for ECMAScript 6.0 and 7.0
    • Extended support for HTML5 and CSS3
    • Support for new input types
    • Support for Pointer Lock
    • Support for Canvas blending modes
    • Support for the download-attribute in an anchor
    • Support for the picture-element
    • Support for :in-range, :out-of-range, :read-only and :read-write
    • Support for font-size-adjust
    • Support for input type=datetime-local
    • Support for ellipses
    • Support for Object RTC
    • Support for HTML Templates
    • Support for CSS initial and unset
  • The following flags have been added
    • The experimental Javascript functions option is now functional

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Colors for start, the taskbar and Action Center now also apply to title bars
    • Windows Spotlight can now be set as the lock screen for Pro users
    • You can now disable the background for the logon screen
    • You can now (dis)allow apps to access your call history
    • You can now (dis)allow apps to access and send emails
    • You can now make Windows select the correct time zone automatically
    • You can now choose to shuffel backgrounds when using a slideshow
    • You can let Windows notify you when there are issues with any USB-connected device
    • The Insider settings now show your account details and allow you to stop receiving builds for a limited amount of days
    • The Control Panel's Theme Settings have been extended, back to the state from Windows 8.1
    • There is a new system in place to warn you for common issues when using the Insider Preview
    • Installing apps to another drive has been enabled again
    • You can now change where Windows stores offline maps
    • Changing the scalling settings will now go in effect when changed, without clicking "Apply"
    • You can now locate your device with GPS and location tracking in "Find my device"
    • The Activation-screen no longer shows a product ID and key but the status if you've been digitally entitled
    • The default apps are now marked as "Recommended for Windows 10" on the Default apps page
    • There is a new "Learn more" link in Windows Update that is supposed to give you info on the latest updates
  • Visual updates and others
    • The Settings-icon on the taskbar no longer has a background color
    • The Settings-tile is now transparent for non-fresh installs too
    • The "Storage" tab now has icons for each file format
    • The settings app splash screen now uses the user's accent color
    • The About page now shows the Windows 10 logo in the user's accent color
    • The Windows Insider Ring now has to be set with a slider instead of a dropdown

System

  • Improved memory management
  • Your default printer is now the last printer you've used
  • You can now activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 key
  • The build number of a public build no longer has to be dividable by 16
  • WebM and VP9 support has been removed (will return in a later build)
  • Improvements to localization text UI in various languages

Apps

  • You can now share feedback more easly from Windows Feedback
  • Windows Apps can now have jumplists
  • Skype Video has been added as a default app
  • Messaging has been added as a default app
  • Phone has been added as a default app
  • Sway has been added as a default app

Other features

  • Improvements to the text input panel, including expanding when more space is required and punctuation improvements
  • New emojis have been added
  • The "Environmental Variables" window has been reworked
  • You can now use Hyper-V within another Hyper-V guest machine
  • Improved performance for running Hyper-V machines within each other

And further

  • Windows will now claim to be version 1511, which stands for its November 2015 release date
  • The copyright has been changed to 2016

29 October 2015

User Interface

  • The context menus in start no longer use the user's accent color
  • The title bar of WinRT apps will now take the color of the splash screen while starting
  • Some context menus have been updated with a new design
  • The text that is shown while preparing your account has been updated

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 23.10565 to version 25.10576 with the following updates
    • You can now use "Ask Cortana" when reading a PDF
    • Casting media to device now fully works
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 13.10565 to version 13.10576 with the following updates
    • Improved support for ECMAScript 6
  • The following flags have been added
    • The experimental Javascript functions option is now functional

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • The default apps are now marked as "Recommended for Windows 10" on the Default apps page
    • There is a new "Learn more" link in Windows Update that is supposed to give you info on the latest updates

System

  • The build number of a public build no longer has to be dividable by 16
  • WebM and VP9 support has been removed (will return in a later build)
  • Improvements to localization text UI in various languages

Other features

  • Improved performance for running Hyper-V machines within each other

Fixed issues

  • Fixes an issue where the Xbox app would consume gigabytes of memory on your PC when any Win32 game is installed that is identified as a game in the Xbox app
  • The Search box will now work again in a location that Cortana is not supported

Known issues

  • Notification sounds get reduced by 75% for a period of time
  • Upgrading will cause the loss of all your Skype messages and contacts in the Messaging app
  • On small formfactors with rotation or virtual mode, screen size set larger than the physical screen will experience bluescreens when upgrading
  • Surface Pro 3s may shut down instead of going into sleep when using the power button

27 October 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

16 October 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The start context menus have been updated to display icons and contain the app's jumplist

Cortana and search

  • Cortana can now understand your inked notes
  • Cortana can now track your movies and ticketed events
  • Cortana can now warn you for missed phone calls
  • Cortana can now save energy when you're away

User Interface

  • Jumplists have a new design
  • Some context menus have been changed
  • Some icons have been replaced (including the Registry Editor)
  • Title bar colors are now the same color as your accent color instead of a faded variation of it
  • WinRT apps will no longer show a colored icon on the taskbar if available

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 21.10547 to version 23.10547 with the following updates
    • Edge now shows previews of tabs
    • You can now sync your favorites and reading list
    • Middle-clicking the Edge-icon will now launch a new window
    • The F12 tools can now be docked into the window
    • The search engine setting now has its own pane
    • The note feature has a new icon
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 13.10547 to version 13.14366 with the following updates
    • Support for CSS initial and unset

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Installing apps to another drive has been enabled again
    • You can now change where Windows stores offline maps
    • Changing the scalling settings will now go in effect when changed, without clicking "Apply"
    • You can now locate your device with GPS and location tracking in "Find my device"
    • The Activation-screen no longer shows a product ID and key but the status if you've been digitally entitled
  • Visual updates and others
    • The settings app splash screen now uses the user's accent color
    • The About page now shows the Windows 10 logo in the user's accent color
    • The Windows Insider Ring now has to be set with a slider instead of a dropdown

System

  • Your default printer is now the last printer you've used
  • You can now activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 key

Apps

  • Skype Video has been added as a default app
  • Messaging has been added as a default app
  • Phone has been added as a default app
  • Sway has been added as a default app

Other features

  • You can now use Hyper-V within another Hyper-V guest machine

And further

  • Windows will now claim to be version 1511, which stands for its November 2015 release date
  • The copyright has been changed to 2016

13 October 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

12 October 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The start context menus have been updated to display icons and contain the app's jumplist

Cortana and search

  • Cortana can now understand your inked notes
  • Cortana can now track your movies and ticketed events
  • Cortana can now warn you for missed phone calls
  • Cortana can now save energy when you're away

User Interface

  • Jumplists have a new design
  • Some context menus have been changed
  • Some icons have been replaced (including the Registry Editor)
  • Title bar colors are now the same color as your accent color instead of a faded variation of it
  • WinRT apps will no longer show a colored icon on the taskbar if available

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 21.10547 to version 23.10547 with the following updates
    • Edge now shows previews of tabs
    • You can now sync your favorites and reading list
    • Middle-clicking the Edge-icon will now launch a new window
    • The F12 tools can now be docked into the window
    • The search engine setting now has its own pane
    • The note feature has a new icon
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 13.10547 to version 13.14366 with the following updates
    • Support for CSS initial and unset

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Installing apps to another drive has been enabled again
    • You can now change where Windows stores offline maps
    • Changing the scalling settings will now go in effect when changed, without clicking "Apply"
    • You can now locate your device with GPS and location tracking in "Find my device"
    • The Activation-screen no longer shows a product ID and key but the status if you've been digitally entitled
  • Visual updates and others
    • The settings app splash screen now uses the user's accent color
    • The About page now shows the Windows 10 logo in the user's accent color
    • The Windows Insider Ring now has to be set with a slider instead of a dropdown

System

  • Your default printer is now the last printer you've used
  • You can now activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 key

Apps

  • Skype Video has been added as a default app
  • Messaging has been added as a default app
  • Phone has been added as a default app
  • Sway has been added as a default app

Other features

  • You can now use Hyper-V within another Hyper-V guest machine

And further

  • Windows will now claim to be version 1511, which stands for its November 2015 release date
  • The copyright has been changed to 2016

30 September 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

18 September 2015

Start and Action Center

  • You can now show either 3 or 4 medium tiles per group
  • The letters in the app list now take less space when "Show more tiles" is enabled
  • Tiles now can have jumplists
  • The context menus for tiles have been reorganized and provide quick links to share and review apps
  • Desktop app tiles now can have their own color
  • Start now supports up to 2048 tiles (up from 512)

Cortana and search

  • Cortana now works on local accounts

Desktop

  • Task View now allows to snap apps to the screen or replace apps
  • When you snap a window and select another window to snap beside it, you can resize both windows at once (only horizontal)

User Interface

  • Context menus have now have a grey design instead of white
  • The look for dropdowns has been changed system wide
  • Windows Apps now have an opening and closing animation
  • Some icons have been replaced

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 20.10532 to version 21.10547 with the following updates
    • You can now open proxy settings from within the Microsoft Edge settings
    • Edge has a new First start-home page
    • You can now share media to other screens
    • When a page is properly paginated, the next button will light up to go to the next page
    • Tabs won't resize when you're closing tabs until your mouse leaves the tabbar
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10532 to version 13.10547 with the following updates
    • Extended support for HTML5 and CSS3
    • Support for the download-attribute in an anchor
    • Support for the picture-element
    • Support for :in-range, :out-of-range, :read-only and :read-write
    • Support for font-size-adjust
    • Support for input type=datetime-local
    • Support for ellipses
    • Support for Object RTC
    • Support for HTML Templates
    • Improved support for ECMAScript 7

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Windows Spotlight can now be set as the lock screen for Pro users
    • You can now disable the background for the logon screen
    • You can now (dis)allow apps to access your call history
    • You can now (dis)allow apps to access and send emails
    • You can now make Windows select the correct time zone automatically
    • You can now choose to shuffel backgrounds when using a slideshow
    • You can let Windows notify you when there are issues with any USB-connected device
    • The Insider settings now show your account details and allow you to stop receiving builds for a limited amount of days
    • The Control Panel's Theme Settings have been extended, back to the state from Windows 8.1
    • There is a new system in place to warn you for common issues when using the Insider Preview
  • Visual updates and others
    • The "Storage" tab now has icons for each file format

Apps

  • Windows Apps can now have jumplists
  • Multiple apps now use a colored icon (Windows Store, Mail, Calendar, Calculator, etc.)

Other features

  • Improvements to the text input panel, including expanding when more space is required and punctuation improvements
  • New emojis have been added
  • The "Environmental Variables" window has been reworked

Fixed issues

  • Multiple issues have been fixed that would trigger a critical error dialog when using Start
  • The Action Center icon will no longer light up when there aren't any new notifications
  • Fixes an issue where the battery fly-out would be rendered incorrectly in some languages
  • Multiple issues with audio have been resolved

Known issues

  • Windows Store apps might fail to update automatically
  • When using notepad from the command line to open a file with just the file name will triger a permission error
  • Clicking on toggles in the Action Center to quickly might cause the Windows Shell to block and no longer open any fly-outs like battery, audio, network, etc.

15 September 2015

Start

  • The start menu has been added with support for Live Tiles
  • The "Jumplists" tab under "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" has been renamed to "Start Menu"
  • An option to switch to the start menu has been added under "Start Menu" in "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties"

And further

  • Avatars on the logon screen and start menu are now circles

8 September 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

27 August 2015

User Interface

  • Context menus now have a more consistent design
  • Improved dark and light theming

Microsoft Edge

  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10525 to version 12.10532 with the following updates
    • Improved support for ECMAScript 6.0 and 7.0
    • Support for new input types
    • Support for Pointer Lock
    • Support for Canvas blending modes
    • Additional improved support for HTML5 and CSS3

Apps

  • You can now share feedback more easly from Windows Feedback

Known issues

  • Windows Hello face sign-on will not work on this build with some devices (fingerprint will work)
  • 64 bit Google Chrome will crash on launch

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

18 August 2015

User Interface

  • When colors for start, taskbar and Action Center are enabled, title bars will now also be affected

Microsoft Edge

  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10240 to version 12.10525 with the following updates
    • Base for Object RTC support

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Colors for start, the taskbar and Action Center now also apply to title bars
  • Visual updates and others
    • The Settings-icon on the taskbar no longer has a background color
    • The Settings-tile is now transparent for non-fresh installs too

System

  • Improved memory management

Known issues

  • Mobile hotspots don’t work in this build
  • 64 bit Google Chrome will crash on launch

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

14 August 2015

Start and Action Center

  • Start is now based on XAML instead of Direct UI
  • The start menu has been added with support for Live Tiles
  • The Start grid has been improved to allow new arrangements for tiles
  • The Start screen grid now scrolls vertically
  • Tiles no longer use a gradient and border
  • The Action Center now takes the full height of the screen
  • You can now change quick settings in the Action Center
  • Notifications can now contain actions
  • A swipe from the right now opens the Action Center
  • Quick settings can now contain more settings
  • Notifications have received a new design
  • The Action Center icon has been added to the taskbar
  • Notifications are now added to the Action Center
  • New battery indicator
  • The start menu now can be made transparent
  • You can now pin tiles by dragging apps from the "All apps" list to the start screen
  • You can now put the PC to sleep with the power button in start
  • Folders now have an arrow to indicate that they contain a dropdown
  • Tiles can now be manipulated (format, etc.) with touch, similar to Windows Phone
  • When clicking on the network icon, a new fly-out shows up to manage your connection without opening Settings
  • The battery status popup has been updated
  • The Power button is now showed above the All apps button
  • It is now possible to resize the start menu
  • Tiles for Win32 apps no longer take a color based on the icon of that tile, but follows the accent color
  • Recently installed apps are now displayed on the top of the all apps list
  • There is a new calendar fly-out for the system tray
  • Start now has a blurred background
  • There are new Tile animations
  • There is a new sound control
  • You can now enable "Battery saver" or change the brightness from the "Battery status" icon in the taskbar
  • Start now supports jumplists
  • File Explorer and Settings are now shown above Power options
  • Start will now give a suggestion for new apps
  • You can now click on a letter to show all letters and navigate faster
  • There is now a global back button in the taskbar in Tablet Mode
  • You can add new locations to the left side part of the menu
  • For virtual desktops, the taskbar will now be filtered by default
  • The progress bar behind icons in the taskbar have been redesigned
  • The full screen start menu now shows the power and all apps button at the bottom
  • New start animations for apps
  • You can now swipe up on the left side of start to show all apps
  • New quick settings for Notes and Quiet hours

Cortana and search

  • The search button is replaced with a search bar by default
  • Cortana has been added, although with limited availability
  • Cortana can now search for music
  • Cortana is now integrated into start
  • Cortana's height is now variable to start
  • The Cortana icon is now smaller to match the start button
  • The search field, when disabled, will no longer cover the taskbar when opening the start menu, searching by typing is still possible
  • The search field now appears in the start menu when not enabled on the taskbar
  • In China, users can now choose between Cortana and Huna
  • Cortana now shows a smaller interface when using the "Hey Cortana" command
  • Windows + C now opens Cortana instead of the Charms bar
  • Search will now show a "Try Cortana" button on the bottom if Cortana isn't activated
  • Additional features have been added, like flight tracking, etc.
  • Cortana now supports Office 365 integration
  • Cortana will sometimes "talk" to you through the search box

Desktop

  • Task View has been added
  • ALT+TAB now opens a view that's merged with the Task View
  • You can now drag windows to another desktop in the Task View
  • You can now choose to display all active apps from all desktops in the taskbar, or only the apps that are on the current desktop
  • Support for multiple desktops
  • Task View replaced the App Switcher
  • Modern UI apps now can run on the desktop
  • Aero Snap has been updated
    • You can now snap up to 4 windows
    • When you snap a window and resize it, then snap another window to the other side, it will fill up the left screen instead of half the screen
    • When snapping an app, Windows will prompt a overview of other running apps to snap along
  • Universal Apps now can create a shortcut on the desktop or any other folder
  • You can now pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar
  • You can now scroll a window by pointing the cursor to it
  • When used on a touch enabled device, the icons in the notification area have more space
  • Clicking the internet connection icon on the taskbar will open the PC Settings app instead of the fly-out
  • "Personalize" in the desktop context menu now opens the Settings app
  • The window chrome of Win32 apps is now the same as for WinRT apps
  • The back-button no longer takes the accent color in some apps
  • Apps no longer have to take a white icon on the taskbar
  • All Win32 controls have been given a redesign
  • The taskbar animations for loading, needs attention, etc. have been updated
  • The installation experience has been updated, it also introduces more apps
  • There are new default wallpapers
  • Properties windows have received a visual refresh

File Explorer

  • Home is the new default location
  • An "Add to favorites" button has been added under "Start" in the ribbon
  • You can now share files from within the File Explorer with compatible Universal Apps
  • Favorite folders can now be pinned to Home in File Explorer
  • OneDrive now uses selective sync, no more Smart Files
  • You can now choose the default folder for File Explorer
  • A "Pin to quick access" options has been added to the ribbon in the File Explorer, replacing Favorites
  • Apps can now run within File Explorer (or pick a photo, Photos will load in File Explorer, for example)

User Interface

  • The desktop has received a new interface
  • Windows have a new chrome design to match Win32 and WinRT apps
  • Settings fly-out now appears within an app
  • The Charms bar has been removed
  • Many icons have been updated
  • Multiple animations have been altered
  • Animations have been refined
  • Dialogs in WinRT are now windowed
  • The installation interface has been redesigned
  • The start button now has a smaller Windows logo and a new hover design
  • The window preview in the taskbar has been updated with a new design
  • When the taskbar is small, the date will still be visible
  • The "All apps" icon has been changed
  • The lock screen now shows icons in the bottom right corner, instead of under the clock
  • Context menus now have a touch-friendly design when using a touch screen (and a redesign in general)
  • Loading screens for Restarting, Shutting down, etc. have been redesigned
  • Cortana now gets introduced during installation
  • It's now more clear how to make a new Microsoft Account, or how to use a local account
  • The taskbar is now dark by default
  • Windows no longer take on a color and are now always white
  • Jumplists have been redesigned
  • The Hero wallpaper is now available
  • The logon screen has been updated with a centered design
  • The Hero wallpaper is now used in the logon screen

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge 20.10240 has been added with the following features
    • You can now draw on web-pages
    • Comments can now be added to web-pages (like Office)
    • Reading Mode is now built-in for PCs
    • Reading List is now built-in
    • Cortana is now built-in
    • You can now find your downloads in the download manager
    • You can now open Internet Explorer from within Spartan
    • The "Add to" dialogue has been improved
    • You can now save PDFs you opened in the browser
    • There is a new Internet Explorer-like New tabs page
    • There is a new MSN.com-like New tabs page
    • Pages that are using sound now show this in their tab
    • You can now pin sites to start again
    • Edge can now save passwords and forms
    • Edge now supports InPrivate browsing
    • When Reading Mode-compatible content is found, the icon will animate
    • When hovering over an URL, the target URL is now shown at the bottom
    • Edge is now capable of going full screen, where it used to go in full window
    • The Settings pane has been split in 2 pages
    • It is now possible to pin panes to the side to let them stay open while browsing
    • Improved print options
    • Improvements to address bar badges
    • Reading Mode now supports more screen sizes and content types
    • There is a new share icon on the url bar
    • You can now enable a dark theme for Edge
    • You can now drag and drop tabs between multiple windows
    • You can now manage your passwords
    • You can now change the search provider
    • When closing Edge with 2 or more tabs open, it will now warn you
    • Pinned hubs now look better
    • You can now show a home button
    • You can now view localhost sites within Microsoft Edge
  • F12 developer tools
    • New and improved Network Tools
    • HTML and CSS Pretty Printing support
    • Async Callstacks for Events and Timers
    • Sourcemaps for Styles and in the Memory Profiler
    • Find references and Go To Definitions
  • EdgeHTML 12.10240 has been added with the following features
    • Support for Content Security Policy
    • GamePad API support has returned (as seen in Internet Explorer Developer Channel)
    • CSS Transforms - preserve-3d support
    • JS Arrow function
    • JS iterators
    • JS Symbols
    • Media Queries Level 4: Interaction Media Features
    • CSS3 Cursor Value support
    • HTML5 date/week/time input fields are now enabled by default
    • Selection API Support
    • WAV Audio Support
    • ES6 Built-ins (Math, Number, String and Object)
    • ES6 Object Literal Enhancements
    • ES6 Promises
    • ES6 Classes
    • ES6 Spread
    • ES6 Template Strings
    • ES6 Proxies
    • ES6 WeakSet
    • HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)
    • HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
    • Video Tracks
    • DOM L3 XPath
    • Conditional Rules
    • Gradient Midpoints
    • Date related input types
    • Touch Events
    • Web Audio API
    • ARAI Landmark Roles
    • Fullscreen API
    • DOM Level 3 XPath
    • Default function parameters
    • Rest parameters
    • Spread (...) operator
    • RegEx "y" and "u" flags
    • Generators
    • Proxy
    • Reflect
    • Function "name" property
    • String.prototype methods
    • Improved support for HTML5
    • Improved support for CSS3
    • Default parameter
    • Generators
    • RegExp Build-ins (ES6)
    • ASM.js
    • Media Capture and Streams
    • Meta Referrer
    • SVG foreignobject element

Internet Explorer

  • IE is replaced by Project 'Spartan' as the default browser
  • The Immersive Internet Explorer has been removed

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Options for the Windows Insider Program have been added
    • DataSense is added to manage data connections
    • Battery Saver is added to manage energy consumption on mobile devices
    • You can now choose if you want new Windows builds as soon as they are released, or want to wait a couple of days
    • You can now add Optional Features through the app
    • Battery Saver (Devices) has been added to show usage details
    • Personalization settings have been added
    • Closed captioning can now be set in the app
    • Multiple privacy settings have been added
    • The list of default accent colors has been changed
    • Storage Sense has been added to the main menu
    • You can now back-up settings to OneDrive (not the same as sync)
    • You can now change your background through this app
    • Under "Privacy", Cortana options have been added
    • Transparency can be disabled
    • You can now enable and disable the color of the taskbar and start screen
    • Multiple new personalization settings have been added
    • New privacy options have been added
    • Under "Update & recovery" there is a new "For developers" section
    • Backup & restore has been re-added from Windows 7
    • Windows Hello has been added with facial recognition, fingerprint and iris scan support
    • Options to change start have been added under "Personalization"
  • Visual updates and others
    • Multiple sections have been renamed, replaced, merged, or split

System

  • Touch gestures on a touchpad are now built-in and universal across all Windows devices
  • Improvements to multi monitor support have been made
  • Built-in MKV-file support
  • Built-in HVEC-file support
  • System-wide support for the FLAC & ALAC audio formats
  • Apps can now run on a 1024x600 resolution
  • Win32 apps now also use gestures
  • Support for the Persian calendar
  • You can now print to PDF natively
  • You can now install apps from and move apps to an SD card
  • Apps no longer have a restricted minimum size
  • Win32 apps can no longer ask to change the default app for any file format and have to use the method used by Universal Windows Apps

Apps

We will no longer cover changes to built-in apps other then Microsoft Edge as this is almost impossible to keep track off and updates to these apps aren't bound to any version of Windows. And in case you do want to know the differences between the built-in Windows 8.1 and built-in Windows 10 apps: they are basically all redone

  • Classic Calculator has been removed

Other features

  • The virtual keyboard now shows AutoComplete suggestions
  • Touching a textbox in the desktop will now auto start the onscreen keyboard
  • Command prompt
    • Standardized key shortcuts
    • Selecting text is now possible
    • Paste from clipboard is now possible
    • Text wrap can be altered on resize
    • Leading zeros can now be trimmed in selections
    • You can alter the opacity of the window between 30 and 100 percent
  • Preview Updates can be rolled back in the EUFI screen
  • "System compression" has been added to Disk Cleanup as a new option
  • It's easier to connect to wireless audio and video devices
  • The Text Input canvas has been improved
  • You can now set a timer in the snapping tool

And further

  • The Windows kernel major version number changed from version 6.3 to 10.0
  • Internet Explorer is no longer a default pinned item on the taskbar and is replaced by Edge
  • Some of the sounds have been renamed
  • "Play to" has been renamed "Cast to Device"

11 August 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

5 August 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

29 July 2015

Start and Action Center

  • Start is now based on XAML instead of Direct UI
  • The start menu has been added with support for Live Tiles
  • The Start grid has been improved to allow new arrangements for tiles
  • The Start screen grid now scrolls vertically
  • Tiles no longer use a gradient and border
  • The Action Center now takes the full height of the screen
  • You can now change quick settings in the Action Center
  • Notifications can now contain actions
  • A swipe from the right now opens the Action Center
  • Quick settings can now contain more settings
  • Notifications have received a new design
  • The Action Center icon has been added to the taskbar
  • Notifications are now added to the Action Center
  • New battery indicator
  • The start menu now can be made transparent
  • You can now pin tiles by dragging apps from the "All apps" list to the start screen
  • You can now put the PC to sleep with the power button in start
  • Folders now have an arrow to indicate that they contain a dropdown
  • Tiles can now be manipulated (format, etc.) with touch, similar to Windows Phone
  • When clicking on the network icon, a new fly-out shows up to manage your connection without opening Settings
  • The battery status popup has been updated
  • The Power button is now showed above the All apps button
  • It is now possible to resize the start menu
  • Tiles for Win32 apps no longer take a color based on the icon of that tile, but follows the accent color
  • Recently installed apps are now displayed on the top of the all apps list
  • There is a new calendar fly-out for the system tray
  • Start now has a blurred background
  • There are new Tile animations
  • There is a new sound control
  • You can now enable "Battery saver" or change the brightness from the "Battery status" icon in the taskbar
  • Start now supports jumplists
  • File Explorer and Settings are now shown above Power options
  • Start will now give a suggestion for new apps
  • You can now click on a letter to show all letters and navigate faster
  • There is now a global back button in the taskbar in Tablet Mode
  • You can add new locations to the left side part of the menu
  • For virtual desktops, the taskbar will now be filtered by default
  • The progress bar behind icons in the taskbar have been redesigned
  • The full screen start menu now shows the power and all apps button at the bottom
  • New start animations for apps
  • You can now swipe up on the left side of start to show all apps
  • New quick settings for Notes and Quiet hours

Cortana and search

  • The search button is replaced with a search bar by default
  • Cortana has been added, although with limited availability
  • Cortana can now search for music
  • Cortana is now integrated into start
  • Cortana's height is now variable to start
  • The Cortana icon is now smaller to match the start button
  • The search field, when disabled, will no longer cover the taskbar when opening the start menu, searching by typing is still possible
  • The search field now appears in the start menu when not enabled on the taskbar
  • In China, users can now choose between Cortana and Huna
  • Cortana now shows a smaller interface when using the "Hey Cortana" command
  • Windows + C now opens Cortana instead of the Charms bar
  • Search will now show a "Try Cortana" button on the bottom if Cortana isn't activated
  • Additional features have been added, like flight tracking, etc.
  • Cortana now supports Office 365 integration
  • Cortana will sometimes "talk" to you through the search box

Desktop

  • Task View has been added
  • ALT+TAB now opens a view that's merged with the Task View
  • You can now drag windows to another desktop in the Task View
  • You can now choose to display all active apps from all desktops in the taskbar, or only the apps that are on the current desktop
  • Support for multiple desktops
  • Task View replaced the App Switcher
  • Modern UI apps now can run on the desktop
  • Aero Snap has been updated
    • You can now snap up to 4 windows
    • When you snap a window and resize it, then snap another window to the other side, it will fill up the left screen instead of half the screen
    • When snapping an app, Windows will prompt a overview of other running apps to snap along
  • Universal Apps now can create a shortcut on the desktop or any other folder
  • You can now pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar
  • You can now scroll a window by pointing the cursor to it
  • When used on a touch enabled device, the icons in the notification area have more space
  • Clicking the internet connection icon on the taskbar will open the PC Settings app instead of the fly-out
  • "Personalize" in the desktop context menu now opens the Settings app
  • The window chrome of Win32 apps is now the same as for WinRT apps
  • The back-button no longer takes the accent color in some apps
  • Apps no longer have to take a white icon on the taskbar
  • All Win32 controls have been given a redesign
  • The taskbar animations for loading, needs attention, etc. have been updated
  • The installation experience has been updated, it also introduces more apps
  • There are new default wallpapers
  • Properties windows have received a visual refresh

File Explorer

  • Home is the new default location
  • An "Add to favorites" button has been added under "Start" in the ribbon
  • You can now share files from within the File Explorer with compatible Universal Apps
  • Favorite folders can now be pinned to Home in File Explorer
  • OneDrive now uses selective sync, no more Smart Files
  • You can now choose the default folder for File Explorer
  • A "Pin to quick access" options has been added to the ribbon in the File Explorer, replacing Favorites
  • Apps can now run within File Explorer (or pick a photo, Photos will load in File Explorer, for example)

User Interface

  • The desktop has received a new interface
  • Windows have a new chrome design to match Win32 and WinRT apps
  • Settings fly-out now appears within an app
  • The Charms bar has been removed
  • Many icons have been updated
  • Multiple animations have been altered
  • Animations have been refined
  • Dialogs in WinRT are now windowed
  • The installation interface has been redesigned
  • The start button now has a smaller Windows logo and a new hover design
  • The window preview in the taskbar has been updated with a new design
  • When the taskbar is small, the date will still be visible
  • The "All apps" icon has been changed
  • The lock screen now shows icons in the bottom right corner, instead of under the clock
  • Context menus now have a touch-friendly design when using a touch screen (and a redesign in general)
  • Loading screens for Restarting, Shutting down, etc. have been redesigned
  • Cortana now gets introduced during installation
  • It's now more clear how to make a new Microsoft Account, or how to use a local account
  • The taskbar is now dark by default
  • Windows no longer take on a color and are now always white
  • Jumplists have been redesigned
  • The Hero wallpaper is now available
  • The logon screen has been updated with a centered design
  • The Hero wallpaper is now used in the logon screen

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge 20.10240 has been added with the following features
    • You can now draw on web-pages
    • Comments can now be added to web-pages (like Office)
    • Reading Mode is now built-in for PCs
    • Reading List is now built-in
    • Cortana is now built-in
    • You can now find your downloads in the download manager
    • You can now open Internet Explorer from within Spartan
    • The "Add to" dialogue has been improved
    • You can now save PDFs you opened in the browser
    • There is a new Internet Explorer-like New tabs page
    • There is a new MSN.com-like New tabs page
    • Pages that are using sound now show this in their tab
    • You can now pin sites to start again
    • Edge can now save passwords and forms
    • Edge now supports InPrivate browsing
    • When Reading Mode-compatible content is found, the icon will animate
    • When hovering over an URL, the target URL is now shown at the bottom
    • Edge is now capable of going full screen, where it used to go in full window
    • The Settings pane has been split in 2 pages
    • It is now possible to pin panes to the side to let them stay open while browsing
    • Improved print options
    • Improvements to address bar badges
    • Reading Mode now supports more screen sizes and content types
    • There is a new share icon on the url bar
    • You can now enable a dark theme for Edge
    • You can now drag and drop tabs between multiple windows
    • You can now manage your passwords
    • You can now change the search provider
    • When closing Edge with 2 or more tabs open, it will now warn you
    • Pinned hubs now look better
    • You can now show a home button
    • You can now view localhost sites within Microsoft Edge
  • F12 developer tools
    • New and improved Network Tools
    • HTML and CSS Pretty Printing support
    • Async Callstacks for Events and Timers
    • Sourcemaps for Styles and in the Memory Profiler
    • Find references and Go To Definitions
  • EdgeHTML 12.10240 has been added with the following features
    • Support for Content Security Policy
    • GamePad API support has returned (as seen in Internet Explorer Developer Channel)
    • CSS Transforms - preserve-3d support
    • JS Arrow function
    • JS iterators
    • JS Symbols
    • Media Queries Level 4: Interaction Media Features
    • CSS3 Cursor Value support
    • HTML5 date/week/time input fields are now enabled by default
    • Selection API Support
    • WAV Audio Support
    • ES6 Built-ins (Math, Number, String and Object)
    • ES6 Object Literal Enhancements
    • ES6 Promises
    • ES6 Classes
    • ES6 Spread
    • ES6 Template Strings
    • ES6 Proxies
    • ES6 WeakSet
    • HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)
    • HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
    • Video Tracks
    • DOM L3 XPath
    • Conditional Rules
    • Gradient Midpoints
    • Date related input types
    • Touch Events
    • Web Audio API
    • ARAI Landmark Roles
    • Fullscreen API
    • DOM Level 3 XPath
    • Default function parameters
    • Rest parameters
    • Spread (...) operator
    • RegEx "y" and "u" flags
    • Generators
    • Proxy
    • Reflect
    • Function "name" property
    • String.prototype methods
    • Improved support for HTML5
    • Improved support for CSS3
    • Default parameter
    • Generators
    • RegExp Build-ins (ES6)
    • ASM.js
    • Media Capture and Streams
    • Meta Referrer
    • SVG foreignobject element

Internet Explorer

  • IE is replaced by Project 'Spartan' as the default browser
  • The Immersive Internet Explorer has been removed

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Options for the Windows Insider Program have been added
    • DataSense is added to manage data connections
    • Battery Saver is added to manage energy consumption on mobile devices
    • You can now choose if you want new Windows builds as soon as they are released, or want to wait a couple of days
    • You can now add Optional Features through the app
    • Battery Saver (Devices) has been added to show usage details
    • Personalization settings have been added
    • Closed captioning can now be set in the app
    • Multiple privacy settings have been added
    • The list of default accent colors has been changed
    • Storage Sense has been added to the main menu
    • You can now back-up settings to OneDrive (not the same as sync)
    • You can now change your background through this app
    • Under "Privacy", Cortana options have been added
    • Transparency can be disabled
    • You can now enable and disable the color of the taskbar and start screen
    • Multiple new personalization settings have been added
    • New privacy options have been added
    • Under "Update & recovery" there is a new "For developers" section
    • Backup & restore has been re-added from Windows 7
    • Windows Hello has been added with facial recognition, fingerprint and iris scan support
    • Options to change start have been added under "Personalization"
  • Visual updates and others
    • Multiple sections have been renamed, replaced, merged, or split

System

  • Touch gestures on a touchpad are now built-in and universal across all Windows devices
  • Improvements to multi monitor support have been made
  • Built-in MKV-file support
  • Built-in HVEC-file support
  • System-wide support for the FLAC & ALAC audio formats
  • Apps can now run on a 1024x600 resolution
  • Win32 apps now also use gestures
  • Support for the Persian calendar
  • You can now print to PDF natively
  • You can now install apps from and move apps to an SD card
  • Apps no longer have a restricted minimum size
  • Win32 apps can no longer ask to change the default app for any file format and have to use the method used by Universal Windows Apps

Apps

We will no longer cover changes to built-in apps other then Microsoft Edge as this is almost impossible to keep track off and updates to these apps aren't bound to any version of Windows. And in case you do want to know the differences between the built-in Windows 8.1 and built-in Windows 10 apps: they are basically all redone

  • Classic Calculator has been removed

Other features

  • The virtual keyboard now shows AutoComplete suggestions
  • Touching a textbox in the desktop will now auto start the onscreen keyboard
  • Command prompt
    • Standardized key shortcuts
    • Selecting text is now possible
    • Paste from clipboard is now possible
    • Text wrap can be altered on resize
    • Leading zeros can now be trimmed in selections
    • You can alter the opacity of the window between 30 and 100 percent
  • Preview Updates can be rolled back in the EUFI screen
  • "System compression" has been added to Disk Cleanup as a new option
  • It's easier to connect to wireless audio and video devices
  • The Text Input canvas has been improved
  • You can now set a timer in the snapping tool

And further

  • The Windows kernel major version number changed from version 6.3 to 10.0
  • Internet Explorer is no longer a default pinned item on the taskbar and is replaced by Edge
  • Some of the sounds have been renamed
  • "Play to" has been renamed "Cast to Device"

15 July 2015

And futher

  • Unknown fixes and improvements

9 July 2015

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 20.10162 to version 20.10166 with the following updates
    • You can now view localhost sites within Microsoft Edge

Apps

  • Store
    • You can now buy WiFi in the Windows Store

Fixed issues

  • Unknown bug fixes

6 July 2015

Bug fixes

  • Improved reliablility, stability and battery usage

2 July 2015

Bug fixes

  • Improved reliablility, stability and battery usage

30 June 2015

User Interface

  • The Hero wallpaper is now available
  • The logon screen has been updated with a centered design
  • The Hero wallpaper is now used in the logon screen

29 June 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The full screen start menu now shows the power and all apps button at the bottom
  • The hamburger button no longer shows a notification icon when new apps are installed, this is now shown at the all apps button
  • New animations for tiles, including the 3D-animation
  • New boot animations for apps
  • Most WinRT tiles can now take the large tile size (including Edge, Calculator, etc.)
  • The smilies for additional icons above power have been replaced with actual indicating icons (and some have been updated)
  • Full screen start is now aligned higher, allowing more tiles in the height without a scrollbar appearing
  • You can now swipe up on the left side of start to show all apps
  • The clock, language and other notification-fly-outs have been updated with a transparent background
  • New quick settings for Notes and Quiet hours
  • Start will no longer show suggested apps

Cortana and search

  • Search will now show a "Try Cortana" button on the bottom if Cortana isn't activated
  • Cortana now has a refined UI
  • Additional features have been added, like flight tracking, etc.
  • Cortana now supports Office 365 integration
  • Cortana will sometimes "talk" to you through the search box

User Interface

  • The window chrome of Win32 apps is now the same as for WinRT apps
  • The back-button no longer takes the accent color in some apps
  • Apps no longer have to take a white icon on the taskbar anymore
  • Multiple icons have been revamped
  • All Win32 controls have been given a redesign
  • The taskbar animations for loading, needs attention, etc. have been updated
  • The installation experience has been updated, it also introduces more apps
  • There are new default wallpapers
  • Properties windows have received a visual update

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 15.10130 to version 20.10158 with the following updates
    • Project Spartan has been rebranded to Edge
    • The feedback icon has been removed from the main bar
    • There is a new share icon on the url bar
    • You can now enable a dark theme for Edge
    • You can now drag and drop tabs between multiple windows
    • You can now manage your passwords
    • You can now change the search provider
    • When closing Edge with 2 or more tabs open, it will now warn you
    • Pinned hubs now look better
    • You can now show a home button
    • Pinning sites to start is broken in that it no longer has the site's theme, but a normal Edge logo
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10130 to version 12.10158 with the following updates
    • Improved ECMAScript 6 support (without flags)

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • The Windows Spotlight lock screen has been removed for non-Home
    • Automatic color picker now works
    • You can now enable features that aren't enabled by default through Windows Update
    • You can now exit the Windows Insider program
  • Visual updates and others
    • There are new animations when switching applets

Apps

  • More apps now use the accent color as their tile color
  • More apps have a tile-less icon on the taskbar
  • Multiple apps have been updated to more recent versions
  • Most stock apps no longer have a background color for their icon in the taskbar
  • Store
    • The "Store" apps has been removed, leaving only "Store (beta)"
    • The Store has received a new design with an interface more similar to other apps (back button in title bar, etc.)
  • New "Get Office" app
  • New "Phone companion" app
  • New "Microsoft Wi-Fi" app
  • Photos
    • The Photos app now supports GIFs
    • You can now choose to open a picture with another app
  • Insider Hub
    • The Insider Hub has to be activated in "Add features"
    • The Insider Hub has a new icon

Other features

  • You can now set a timer in the snapping tool

Fixed issues

  • In tablet mode, icons no longer disappear behind the Task View, Search and Back button when app icons are shown

12 June 2015

Start and Action Center

  • You can add new locations to the left side part of the menu
  • When new apps are available, there will be a little badge on the "All apps" button and hamburger menu
  • The Action Center no longer has a border
  • For virtual desktops, the taskbar will now be filtered by default
  • There is now an universal back button on the taskbar in tablet mode
  • The progress bar behind icons in the taskbar now works for every state again and has been redesigned
  • The clock widget in the taskbar has been redesigned

Cortana and search

  • Windows + C now opens Cortana instead of the Charms bar

User Interface

  • Some of the icons have been revamped
  • Jumplists have been redesigned
  • You can now swipe down from the edge of a screen to show app commands like Windows 8.1

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 13.10122 to version 15.10130 with the following updates
    • Project Spartan is now capable of going full screen, where it used to go in full window
    • The Settings pane has been split in 2 pages
    • It is now possible to pin panes to the side to let them stay open while browsing
    • Improved print options
    • Improvements to address bar badges
    • Reading Mode now supports more screen sizes and content types

Apps

  • More apps now use the accent color as their tile color (Photos, Alarms & Clocks, Maps, etc.)
  • Video
    • The full screen feature now works properly
  • Solitaire Collection
    • Solitaire Collection Preview has been renamed to Solitaire Collection
  • Network beta
    • A "Network beta" app has been added, but doesn't contain anything
  • MSN apps
    • The stock MSN apps have been updated to a newer version (Weather, News, Sports, Money, etc.)
  • Store Beta
    • The stock Store has been updated to a newer version
    • The interface has been improved
    • You can now see all of your purchases in "My collection"

And further

  • Printing to PDF is now called "Microsoft print to PDF"

29 May 2015

Start and Action Center

  • You can add new locations to the left side part of the menu
  • When new apps are available, there will be a little badge on the "All apps" button and hamburger menu
  • The Action Center no longer has a border
  • For virtual desktops, the taskbar will now be filtered by default
  • There is now an universal back button on the taskbar in tablet mode
  • The progress bar behind icons in the taskbar now works for every state again and has been redesigned
  • The clock widget in the taskbar has been redesigned

Cortana and search

  • Windows + C now opens Cortana instead of the Charms bar

User Interface

  • Some of the icons have been revamped
  • Jumplists have been redesigned
  • You can now swipe down from the edge of a screen to show app commands like Windows 8.1

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 13.10122 to version 15.10130 with the following updates
    • Project Spartan is now capable of going full screen, where it used to go in full window
    • The Settings pane has been split in 2 pages
    • It is now possible to pin panes to the side to let them stay open while browsing
    • Improved print options
    • Improvements to address bar badges
    • Reading Mode now supports more screen sizes and content types

Apps

  • More apps now use the accent color as their tile color (Photos, Alarms & Clocks, Maps, etc.)
  • Video
    • The full screen feature now works properly
  • Solitaire Collection
    • Solitaire Collection Preview has been renamed to Solitaire Collection
  • Network beta
    • A "Network beta" app has been added, but doesn't contain anything
  • MSN apps
    • The stock MSN apps have been updated to a newer version (Weather, News, Sports, Money, etc.)
  • Store Beta
    • The stock Store has been updated to a newer version
    • The interface has been improved
    • You can now see all of your purchases in "My collection"

And further

  • Printing to PDF is now called "Microsoft print to PDF"

20 May 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The "Expand start" button has been removed
  • Start now supports jumplists
  • "Places" has been removed
  • File Explorer and Settings are now shown above Power options
  • Start will now give a suggestion for new apps
  • You can now click on a letter to show all letters and navigate faster
  • Tablet improvements
    • The apps list is no longer displayed onscreen by default
    • Tiles are displayed larger
    • There is now a global back button

Cortana and search

  • In China, users can now choose between Cortana and Huna
  • Cortana now has a Feedback button
  • Cortana now has a dark interface
  • Cortana now shows a smaller interface when using the "Hey Cortana" command

User Interface

  • Apps will now display the back-button in the title bar when required, tablets will show this button in the taskbar in a later build
  • Switch-buttons and sliders have received a new design
  • The window border chrome has been updated
  • The installation has a slightly altered design (the ring now fades, there are only 3 steps instead of 4)

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 0.11.10074 to version 13.10122 with the following updates
    • There is a new Internet Explorer-like New tabs page
    • There is a new MSN.com-like New tabs page
    • Pages that are using sound now show this in their tab
    • You can now pin sites to the start menu again
    • Edge can now save passwords and forms
    • Edge now supports InPrivate browsing
    • When Reading Mode-compatible content is found, the icon will animate
    • When hovering over an URL, the target URL is now shown at the bottom
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10074 to version 12.10122 with the following updates
    • CSS3 Cursor Value support
    • HTML5 date/week/time input fields are now enabled by default

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Backup & restore has been re-added from Windows 7
    • Windows Hello has been added with facial recognition, fingerprint and iris scan support
    • Options to change start have been added under "Personalization"
    • You can no longer pin individual settings to Start
  • Visual updates and others
    • Settings has a new interface design
    • Some applets have been moved to other sections

System

  • Win32 apps can no longer ask to change the default app for any file format and have to use the method used by Universal Windows Apps

Apps

  • Music Preview
    • Music Preview is now called Music
    • Feature and interface update
  • Video Preview
    • Video Preview is now called Video
    • Feature and interface updates
  • MSN apps
    • All MSN apps have been given a small design update
  • Insider Hub
    • The Insider Hub now follows the new design rules for Windows 10 with a brand new interface
  • 3D Builder has been added as a default app
  • Windows Reading List is no longer a default app
  • Windows Reader is no longer a default app
  • Music is no longer a default app
  • Video is no longer a default app

And further

  • "Play to" has been renamed "Cast to Device"

Fixed issues

  • Updates & Security > For Developers no longer makes the app crash

5 May 2015

Fixed issues

  • Project Spartan will no longer crash when attepted to open on some devices
  • The Start menu will no longer appera when screen resolution, DPI settings or screen rotation are changed

29 April 2015

Start and Action Center

  • When in fullscreen, the groups are verticaly centered
  • Start now has a blurred background
  • There are new Tile animations
  • Live Tiles can now be disabled
  • When tablet mode is enabled, the Windows, Search/Cortana and Task View icons get bigger (the actual icons, not just the space arround them)
  • There is a new sound control
  • You can now enable "Battery saver" or change the brightness from the "Battery status" icon in the taskbar

Cortana and search

  • Cortana is now integrated into start
  • Cortana's height is now variable to start
  • The Cortana icon is now smaller to match the start button
  • The search field, when disabled, will no longer cover the taskbar when opening the start menu, searching by typing is still possible
  • The search field now appears in the start menu when not enabled on the taskbar

Desktop

  • "Personalize" in the desktop context menu now opens the Settings app

User Interface

  • This build indicates the first build in the Insider Preview series instead of the Technical Preview
  • The installation now says "Installing Windows" rather then "Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview"

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • The list of default accent colors has been changed
  • Visual updates and others
    • The category icon is now shown next to the back-arrow
    • Some icons have been changed
    • Update & back-up has been renamed Update & security
    • Windows Defender settings are now also displayed under Update & security
  • The personalization settings have been removed from the Control Panel (except for themes)

Apps

  • Getting started
    • Getting started has a new tile icon (which appeared on the splash screen in 10061)
  • People
    • People has been revamped

And further

  • Some of the sounds have been renamed

23 April 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The Power button is now shown above the All apps button
  • It is now possible to resize the start menu
  • The amount of columns per group is now 3 by default (upgrades are not affected and remain with 4 columns)
  • Start now shows the progress of apps that are being installed
  • Tiles for Win32 apps no longer take a color based on the icon of that tile, but follows the accent color
  • Recently installed apps are now displayed on the top of the all apps list
  • Health & Fitness is no longer pinned to start by default
  • The Action Center now takes on the color you've chosen for windows and the taskbar
  • There is a new calendar fly-out for the system tray

Cortana and search

  • Cortana can now search for music

User Interface

  • There are some new icons
  • The taskbar is now transparent
  • The Task View button has a new icon
  • The search bar is now the full height of the taskbar
  • The taskbar is now dark by default
  • Windows no longer take on a color and are now always gray

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 0.10.10049 to version 0.11.10064 with the following updates
    • You can now find your downloads in the download manager
    • You can now open Internet Explorer from within Spartan
    • The "Add to" dialogue has been improved
    • You can now save PDFs you opened in the browser
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.10049 to version 12.10064 with the following updates
    • Default function parameters
    • Rest parameters
    • Spread (...) operator
    • RegEx "y" and "u" flags
    • Generators
    • Proxy
    • Reflect
    • Function "name" property
    • String.prototype methods
    • Improved support for HTML5
    • Improved support for CSS3
    • Default parameter
    • Generators
    • RegExp Built-ins (ES6)
    • ASM.js
    • Media Capture and Streams
    • Meta Referrer
    • SVG foreignobject element
  • Edge now has an about:flags page

Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer has been reset to a state equal to version 11.0.9600

Settings

  • New panels, settings and options
    • Transparency can be disabled
    • You can now enable and disable the color of the taskbar and start screen
    • Multiple new personalization settings have been added
    • New privacy options have been added
    • Under "Update & recovery" there is a new "For developers" section
  • Visual updates and others
    • The app has received a minor design update

System

  • Apps no longer have a restricted minimum size

Apps

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview
    • Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview is now a default app
    • The app has, compared to its stable counterpart, a brand new UI
  • Music Preview has been added as an app
  • Video Preview has been added as an app
  • Outlook
    • Mail has been replaced by Outlook
    • Outlook now has a ribbon design
    • Calendar has been replaced by Outlook Calendar

31 March 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The battery status popup has been updated

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge version 0.10.10049 has added with the following features
    • You can now draw on web-pages
    • Comments can now be added to web-pages (like Office)
    • Reading Mode is now built-in
    • Reading List is now built-in
    • Cortana is now built-in
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 12.0 to version 12.10049 with a number of new features

Internet Explorer

  • IE is replaced by Project 'Spartan' as the default browser

Settings

  • Visual updates and others
    • Some icons have been updated

Apps

  • Alarms & Clocks
    • Alarms has been renamed to Alarms & Clocks
    • The option bar has been updated with a new design
    • The interface is now white by default
  • Calculator
    • More options are visible in the smallest screen
    • Some buttons have been put elsewhere
    • Number buttons now are shown in bold
    • The interface is now white by default
  • Sound recorder
    • The interface is now white by default

And further

  • Internet Explorer is no longer a default pinned item on the taskbar and is replaced by "Project Spartan"'s globe icon

24 March 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The start menu can now be made transparent
  • You can now pin tiles by dragging apps from the "All apps" list to the start screen
  • "Places" no longer have icons, and the "Places" title has been removed
  • You can now put the PC to sleep with the power button in start
  • Folders now have an arrow to indicate that they contain a dropdown
  • Tiles can now be changed (format, etc.) with touch, similar to Windows Phone
  • When clicking on the network icon, a new window shows up to manage your connection without opening Settings

Cortana and search

  • Cortana is now available in China, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain

Desktop

  • You can now drag windows to another desktop in the Task View
  • You can now choose to display all active apps from all desktops in the taskbar, or only the apps that are on the current desktop

User Interface

  • Task View has been updated with a new interface
  • The start button now has a smaller Windows logo and a new hover design
  • The window preview in the taskbar has been updated with a new design
  • Multiple icons have been updated
  • When the taskbar is small, the date will still be visible
  • The "All apps" icon has been changed
  • The lock screen now shows icons in the bottom right corner, instead of under the clock
  • The login screen has been redesigned
  • Context menus now have a touch-friendly design when using a touch screen (and a redesign in general)
  • Loading screens for Restarting, Shutting down, etc. have been redesigned
  • The installation UI has been updated
  • The installation now shows a percentage that is a total of the full installation, rather than a percentage for each step
  • Cortana now gets introduced during installation
  • It's now more clear how to make a new Microsoft Account, or how to use a local account

Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer has been updated to version 11.0.10011
  • Improvements to the EdgeHTML render engine
    • Conditional Rules
    • Gradient Midpoints
    • Date related input types
    • Touch Events
    • Web Audio API
    • ARAI Landmark Roles
    • Fullscreen API
    • DOM Level 3 XPath
    • Improved support for ECMAScript 6
    • Improved support for FeBlend mode
    • Improved support for CSS3 standards
    • Improved support for HTML5 standards
  • New flags have been added to about:flags
  • You can now send a smiley face

System

  • You can now print to PDF natively
  • You can now install apps from and move apps to an SD card

Apps

  • Photos
    • The Live Tile is now integrated with OneDrive
    • Improved performance
    • Support for RAW files
    • Support for keyboard shortcuts
  • Reading List
    • Reading List now notifies you of its Windows Phone counterpart
  • Windows Store beta
    • Small changes to the UI in general
  • OneNote
    • OneNote Preview is now the default version and no longer requires an update to be installed to show up
  • Settings
    • There are new app management tools
    • You can now return to your previous Windows installation from within the Settings app's Recovery settings
    • Regular Win32 apps are now also displayed in with the WinRT apps in the Settings
    • UI items have been refreshed
    • You can now choose to receive updates through P2P
    • Windows Defender settings have been added
    • You can now choose the behavior of the Tablet mode switch
    • You can now pin settings the start screen
  • Windows Feedback
    • The Feedback app now has an improved interface
    • The category a feedback item belongs to is now displayed above that feedback item
  • Insider Hub
    • You can now track the feedback you've given
  • Scan
    • The Scan app has been revamped

Other features

  • The Text Input canvas has been improved
10.0.10041.0.fbl_impressive.150313-1821

18 March 2015

Start and Action Center

  • The start menu can now be made transparent
  • You can now pin tiles by dragging apps from the "All apps" list to the start screen
  • "Places" no longer have icons, and the "Places" title has been removed
  • You can now put the PC to sleep with the power button in start
  • Folders now have an arrow to indicate that they contain a dropdown
  • Tiles can now be changed (format, etc.) with touch, similar to Windows Phone
  • When clicking on the network icon, a new window shows up to manage your connection without opening Settings

Cortana and search

  • Cortana is now available in China, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain

Desktop

  • You can now drag windows to another desktop in the Task View
  • You can now choose to display all active apps from all desktops in the taskbar, or only the apps that are on the current desktop

User Interface

  • Task View has been updated with a new interface
  • The start button now has a smaller Windows logo and a new hover design
  • The window preview in the taskbar has been updated with a new design
  • Multiple icons have been updated
  • When the taskbar is small, the date will still be visible
  • The "All apps" icon has been changed
  • The lock screen now shows icons in the bottom right corner, instead of under the clock
  • The login screen has been redesigned
  • Context menus now have a touch-friendly design when using a touch screen (and a redesign in general)
  • Loading screens for Restarting, Shutting down, etc. have been redesigned
  • The installation UI has been updated
  • The installation now shows a percentage that is a total of the full installation, rather than a percentage for each step
  • Cortana now gets introduced during installation
  • It's now more clear how to make a new Microsoft Account, or how to use a local account

Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer has been updated to version 11.0.10011
  • Improvements to the EdgeHTML render engine
    • Conditional Rules
    • Gradient Midpoints
    • Date related input types
    • Touch Events
    • Web Audio API
    • ARAI Landmark Roles
    • Fullscreen API
    • DOM Level 3 XPath
    • Improved support for ECMAScript 6
    • Improved support for FeBlend mode
    • Improved support for CSS3 standards
    • Improved support for HTML5 standards
  • New flags have been added to about:flags
  • You can now send a smiley face

System

  • You can now print to PDF natively
  • You can now install apps from and move apps to an SD card

Apps

  • Photos
    • The Live Tile is now integrated with OneDrive
    • Improved performance
    • Support for RAW files
    • Support for keyboard shortcuts
  • Reading List
    • Reading List now notifies you of its Windows Phone counterpart
  • Windows Store beta
    • Small changes to the UI in general
  • OneNote
    • OneNote Preview is now the default version and no longer requires an update to be installed to show up
  • Settings
    • There are new app management tools
    • You can now return to your previous Windows installation from within the Settings app's Recovery settings
    • Regular Win32 apps are now also displayed in with the WinRT apps in the Settings
    • UI items have been refreshed
    • You can now choose to receive updates through P2P
    • Windows Defender settings have been added
    • You can now choose the behavior of the Tablet mode switch
    • You can now pin settings the start screen
  • Windows Feedback
    • The Feedback app now has an improved interface
    • The category a feedback item belongs to is now displayed above that feedback item
  • Insider Hub
    • You can now track the feedback you've given
  • Scan
    • The Scan app has been revamped

Other features

  • The Text Input canvas has been improved
10.0.10041.0.fbl_impressive.150313-1821

18 February 2015

And further

  • Unknown fixes and enhancements

23 January 2015

And further

  • Improved power efficiency
  • Improved reliability for virtual machine live migrations
  • Improved performance in Internet Explorer

Fixed issues

  • Fixes a reliability issue in explorer.exe which would cause the system to crash
  • Fixes an issue that could cause a deleted app to be reinstalled
  • Fixes an issue that could cause pending Windows Updates to be incorrectly reported in the update history
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the Start menu to be improperly registered and fail to launch
  • Fixes an issue that could cause random pixelation on the screen when using Remote Desktop Client

Start and Action Center

  • Start is now based on XAML instead of Direct UI
  • The Start grid has been improved to allow new arrangements for tiles
  • The Start screen grid now scrolls vertically
  • Tiles no longer use a gradient and border
  • The Action Center now takes the full height of the screen
  • You can now change quick settings in the Action Center
  • Notifications now can contain actions
  • A swipe from the right now opens the Action Center
  • Quick settings can now contain more settings
  • Notifications have received a new design

Cortana and search

  • The search button is replaced with a search bar by default
  • Cortana has been added, although with limited availability

Desktop

  • ALT+TAB now opens a view that's merged with the Task View

File Explorer

  • You can now choose the default folder for File Explorer
  • A "Pin to quick access" option has been added to the ribbon in the File Explorer, replacing Favorites
  • Apps can now run within File Explorer (or pick a photo, Photos will load in File Explorer, for example)

User Interface

  • The desktop has received a new interface
  • Some animations have been altered
  • Some icons have been redesigned to match the new UI
  • Win32 window chromes are now more similar to WinRT apps
  • WinRT apps have a new border chrome
  • Full screen mode is now a button on the window instead of in the hamburger menu
  • Settings fly-out now appears within an app
  • The Charms bar has been removed
  • The installation interface has been altered

Internet Explorer

  • The EdgeHTML 12 rendering engine
    • HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)
    • HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
    • Video Tracks
    • DOM L3 XPath
    • Improved ECMAScript 6 Standard support
    • Improved ECMAScript non-standard support
  • F12 developer tools
    • New and improved Network Tools
    • HTML and CSS Pretty Printing support
    • Async Callstacks for Events and Timers
    • Sourcemaps for Styles and in the Memory Profiler
    • Find references and Go To Definitions
  • More Windows Insiders will get Edge 12 as the default engine to replace Trident 7

Settings

  • Control Panel
    • The default window color pallet has been updated
    • New backgrounds have been added

System

  • Win32 apps now also use gestures
  • System-wide support for the FLAC & ALAC audio formats
  • Support for the Persian calendar

Apps

  • Classic Calculator has been removed
  • Alarms
    • Alarms has been redesigned
    • There is now a world clock function
  • Calculator
    • Calculator has received a new design
  • Camera
    • Camera has been revamped
  • Contact Support
    • Contact Support is a new app
  • Getting Started
    • Help + Tips has been renamed to Getting Started
    • Getting Started has been redesigned
  • Insiders Hub
    • Insiders Hub has been redesigned
  • Maps
    • Maps has been revamped
  • OneNote
    • OneNote has been updated to OneNote Preview
    • OneNote now has a ribbon design
    • You can now give feedback from the sidebar
    • You can now sync text-only for slow or mobile data connections
    • The radial menu has been removed
    • You can now attach documents and pictures
    • You can now make checkbox lists
    • You can now add tables
    • Text can be highlighted with your fingers
    • KB3034229 is required to see the new OneNote app
  • Photos
    • Photos has been revamped
    • New Photos, manage settings and features
    • Photos now removes duplicates automatically
    • Images are now enhanced automatically
  • Settings
    • Settings has been merged with Control Panel
    • Settings has been revamped completely
    • New options for Aero Snap have been added
    • When downloading a new build, Windows Update will also show a progress bar
    • You can now choose to enable scrolling in inactive windows
    • There are new options to schedule restarts
    • Universal scroll is now added as an option under settings
  • Windows Feedback
    • Windows Feedback has received a new design
  • Windows Store beta
    • Windows Store beta has been added as a new app
  • Xbox
    • Xbox has been revamped

Other features

  • It's easier to connect to wireless audio and video devices

And further

  • The Windows kernel major version number changed from version 6.4 to 10.0
  • The builds are now called Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview (instead of Windows Technical Preview)
  • The preview is now available in Japanese, Russian, German, French, French (Canada), Korean, Italian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, Turkish, Arabic, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Thai, Vietnamese (Language Interface Pack), Catalan (Language Interface Pack), and Hindi (Language Interface Pack)
  • Updating to this build might reset some of your settings, even from official builds from Microsoft