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Check out voice typing, new animations, and more in Windows 10 build 21277 (video)

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What you need to know

  • Windows 10 build 21277 recently rolled out to Windows Insiders.
  • The build includes emulation support for 64-bit apps on ARM devices.
  • Our latest video breaks down some of the build's best features.

Microsoft recently rolled out Windows 10 build 21277 to Windows Insiders. The build includes several new features and enhancements over previous builds, and it brings 64-bit app emulation support to Windows 10 on ARM PCs. Our senior editor and Windows 10 expert Zac Bowden breaks down some of the build's best features in a new video.

The video goes through the new animations within the build, an improved voice typing experience, and more. Here's the full changelog as found on the Windows blog:

  • Windows Insiders with ARM PCs who install this build can try out x64 emulation by installing x64 apps from the Microsoft Store or from any other location of their choosing. For more details on this experience, please head on over and read this blog post from Hari Pulapaka!
  • Starting with this build, Insiders will get their first look at the emoji we've designed to support Emoji 12.1 and 13.0! This update brings over 200 new glyphs to Windows – including bubble tea, a smiling face with tear, a ninja, a magic wand, and more:
  • We've updated the animation when opening or closing a window to make the transition smoother. Do you notice a difference? Let us know!
  • Based on Insider feedback, you can now use the built-in screen snipping experience in Windows (WIN + SHIFT + S) to create a snip of your screen and paste it directly into a folder of your choice in File Explorer to save the screenshot there. Try it out! (This was released to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel as part of the recent Windows Feature Experience Pack update.)
  • Using the touch keyboard in a portrait posture on a 2-in-1 touch device now supports split keyboard mode. (This was released to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel as part of the recent Windows Feature Experience Pack update.)
  • It's now possible to uninstall the Snipping Tool. If you choose to uninstall it, it can be reinstalled via the Optional Features page in Settings.
  • We've made some adjustments to improve the scaling logic of the graphs in Task Manager's Performance tab.
  • We've updated Registry Editor so that the Find window, renaming a key, and other places all now support CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time.
  • When using the Delete key or Dismiss button in Action Center to clear groups of notifications, Narrator will now announce that the notification group has been cleared instead of just moving focus to the next notification group.
  • Based on feedback we're adjusting a few strings in Offline Maps Settings to improve clarity.
  • To help you find what you're looking for faster, we've updated our folder logic in Start menu's all apps list so that if a folder only contains a single item we will now display that item in place of the folder.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

7 Comments
  • Maybe it's just me but the new open and close animation appear to stutter/glitch less than they do on my current machine. Even if they just replicate the old animations 1:1 it would be nice to have them work more smoothly.
  • Not fond of the new animations either, they seem unfinished (which, to be fair, they probably are) and lacking something. They may be too slow or lack acceleration. They remind me of the animations in the very first Threshold builds. That is actually a positive association, as just like back then these new animations could herald the beginning of a new era of aesthetic experimentation, which would be welcome after the rather stale past two years.
  • Love these videos. Will be exciting to follow the evolution of the UI until 21H2.
  • "You can now use the built-in screen snipping experience in Windows (WIN + SHIFT + S) to create a snip of your screen and paste it directly into a folder of your choice in File Explorer to save the screenshot there." Oh man I've wanted this for so long. Most of the time, it's easier and more convenient to just skip creating an image file from the screen capture and just paste the image where you need it, but sometimes you want to keep the file - maybe many - and you don't want to have to keep using the save menu. "Using the touch keyboard in a portrait posture on a 2-in-1 touch device now supports split keyboard mode." That's also another good one. But I'm still waiting for some big changes to the touch keyboard to make its usability at least on par with SwiftKey.
  • Animation is very nice at opening the app, but not good enough while closing
  • The new animation looks horrible. Just leave it as it was please. I bet they will give us no configuration options for it.
  • omg this new animation is something taken of windows 3.0 from 1980!!! can these programmers just put macbook next to the windows pc and try to clone apple animation :P Sorry but it's shame to open windows laptop next to the mac user on the tube btw white flash while in dark mode still not fixed...