Microsoft today launched a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with improvements to context menus and themes. In addition to the usual bug fixes, this build also makes it easier to share Windows feedback with others.
Windows 10 is a service. As we wrote in our deep dive on how Microsoft built, and is still building, Windows 10, this means Windows Insiders get new builds even after the operating system has launched.
The improved context menus are more visual than anything: Microsoft has given them “a modern look and feel.” Testers can also expect a more unified light and dark theme across the OS, but the company warns that none of this is final quite yet.
Microsoft Edge has also gained a few improvements:
Windows Insider Preview 10532 now flighting – here's what's in: pic.twitter.com/0HZkLSIKj9
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Lastly, the Windows Feedback app now has options that make it possible to share using any application that supports the Windows Share functionality, or get a direct link copied to your clipboard for pasting anywhere you like. The goal here is to help Windows Insiders more easily share specific feedback and suggestions with other testers and Microsoft engineers.
New features aside, you can expect the following issues:
- Windows Hello face sign-on will not work on this build with some devices; the device can still be unlocked with other methods like pin, password, or fingerprint.
- As reported by Insiders on the build 10525, 64 bit Google Chrome will crash on launch. Google is aware of the issue. In the meantime their 64 bit Google Chrome Canary build or 32 bit Google Chrome will work on this build.
Now that Windows 10 is out, Windows Insiders can either stick to the consumer release or continue to keep testing new builds. If you’ve been running Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, the steps have not changed: You will be automatically upgraded or you can upgrade via Windows Update. If you have yet to run a Windows Insider build, you’ll first have to upgrade to Windows 10 (using the free upgrade offer, by purchasing the OS separately, or by buying a new PC) and then opt into the Windows Insider Program (Settings app => Update & Security => Advanced options => Get Insider builds).
Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 10525, made available to testers on August 18, to build 10532. The update should arrive overnight for testers (your PC has to be plugged in, and be on or sleeping). If you’re OK with the above known issues and want to get build 10532 now, head to PC Settings, select “Update and recovery,” then “Preview builds,” and click the “Check Now” button.
Update on September 1: Microsoft has announced that starting with builds 10532, Windows Insiders in Japan, Australia, Canada, and India can download Cortana in Japanese and English. Later this year, Cortana will also be available first to Windows Insiders in Brazil and Mexico, and in Canada (French).