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Hands on with Windows 10 'Timeline' and more in the latest Insider preview (video)

Today, Microsoft has released a brand new Windows 10 Insider Preview build that's packing a whole bunch of new changes and features. It's been a while since the last public preview build, which means this new build in particular is featuring more noteworthy changes than usual; including Timeline, UI improvements and more.

As always, we've thrown together a video walkthrough showcasing the most noteworthy changes, features and enhancements found in this weeks Insider Preview build. Our video showcases Timeline, the new Microsoft Edge Fluent Design improvements, Cortana's new Lists app, the new Settings redesign and more.

Build 17063 is rolling out now for Insiders in the Fast ring. Let us know if you're downloading to give it a try in the comments!

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • So excited for this! 😍
  • Why are open apps not being displayed in taskbar?
  • I noticed that, too.  No idea.
  • I use the Cortana grocery list all the time.  It's so easy to say, "Add 40 watt light bulbs to my grocery list," at home on my laptop and then see the list on my android phone at the store and check things off. I've actually stopped using OneNote for simple stuff like this because Cortana's lists are so much easier.
  • it's 12/20/2017 in united kingdom. your computer screen says 12/18/2017. ooooooh you sneaky bugger. ;)
  • Hate to break it to you but you're wrong. As of writing this comment it is another 4 hours until it's the 20th
  • nice
  • The translucent side panels look pretty great. In the settings app it looks way more transparent than in the mail app though. I wonder if that's a user setting, or a sign that it's not finished yet. I prefer the more translucent version, but that's just me.
  • My guess is the shell team will be testing various levels of opacity in the acrylic layer to garner feedback from insiders. I doubt they'll settle on the same level for every UI component, but we'll see.
  • Looks pretty decent and you're showing your insider email Zac! lol.
  • All these acrylic and blur effects are so pointless. It may look interesting with one window but when you have many of them and just ACTIVE window have transparencies it's so misleading :/
  • Is it me or they added some fluent design to the taskbar?
  • Replacing pure black backgrounds with transparent crap is ALWAYS a bad UI decision. The settings app shows, IMO, the best implementation of Fluent design so far. Not sh*t like the Windows Store and Xbox app and not completely flat. It's the most balanced. Unfortunately, Microsoft apparently doesn't know how to remain consistent. I disagree that Windows is looking better. In fact, it's getting more and more inconsistent. And this Fluent Design stuff is derailing everything.
  • How the hell do I turn OFF this Timeline feature?  It's annoying and useless to me.  The ONLY thing I want to see when I bring up Task View is my ACTIVE PROGRAMS.  I don't care about what I was running days ago.  There has got to be a setting or registry entry to kill this.
  • It can't e turned off, WTF
  • Go to Privacy -> Activity history
  • I wish that MS would finish finalizing fluent design and merging control panel to settings app instead of adding 20 new features and leaving them half completed and then adding new features. win10 consistently feels like a beta.
  • Why isn't working for me? I used Office apps at yesterday, and nothing, but only see the active apps...
  • Sets also doesn't work for me... I have Office 365 with student account, and have the Office 2016 Pro Plus... If requirement an Office Insider account, then I suck it, because I can't join to the Office Insiders...
  • Taskbar reminds me of Windows 7
    Acrylic = Aero! Yes we've came full circle to Win 7 No wonder if in future we'll see solid taskbars like in XP.
    Previously versions shifts according to the functionality, now in the time of Satya Nadella functionality became static they are just changing the wrapper in a very sweet manner. The very moment Microsoft stops moving, they'll stop earning. But the problem is they already have reached the top of the mount, no more mountain left to climb (in this universe/technology) so now they have started to climb again the very same mount from the very different perspective.