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Microsoft included many user-requested changes and features in new Windows 10 preview

The new 9926 build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes many changes and additions that were requested by users of earlier builds. Those suggestions were collected and evaluated by Microsoft as part of its Windows Insider Program.

Microsoft's Windows team member Gabriel Aul posted a list of just some of those user-suggested changes that made it into the current build:

  • You've asked us to support more languages so we're bringing you more languages: 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).
  • The new Windows Update UX in the Settings app provides a progress bar for preview build downloads which was a top request for Insiders. When you navigate away after starting the download/install, it will know that the download and install is still in progress when you return (instead of looking like a blank slate. And progress is now determinate, instead of just a spinning circle.
  • We received feedback that ALT+TAB was too jarring (everything on screen changed) and that some people found it confusingly similar to Task View. Some people wondered why Virtual Desktops were not accessible from ALT+TAB. So, we merged the previous ALT+TAB design with the Task View to produce an approach that retained the large thumbnails that people like, but with an overlay that is familiar. Now, it feels far less jarring and while it looks like it belongs to the family of Task View and Snap Assist, it retains its unique strength of being a great keyboard switcher. Finally, this change makes the work we've done with precision touchpads feel better too. Now when you quickly three finger swipe left/right, ALT+TAB feels lighter-weight.
  • We also heard that folks wanted Persian calendars support and you'll find that in this build. The Persian calendar format will appear on your Lock screen, your taskbar clock, and on time stamps on files in File Explorer.
  • Another top request from you was to have the option to pick the default folder when opening File Explorer, and the team responded and added this feature.
  • We saw feedback from Insiders that it was hard to find how to make apps full-screen in the "hamburger-style" menu seen in previous builds so we've added a full-screen button in the title bar. We've also made the title bars for both desktop and modern apps title bars feel more harmonious.
  • Finally, I know that a TON of Insiders were unhappy about the bug where keyboard lights weren't working when Caps lock/Num lock/Scroll lock is toggled. I'm super happy to report that we've fixed that issue in this build. Thank you for being patient with us on that one.

Of course, Microsoft is still taking feedback from Windows Insiders for the current build of Windows 10 and will continue to do so in the weeks and months before the OS is officially launched.

Source: Microsoft

144 Comments
  • Someone to know how to remove IE Technical preview tab in IE? Everytime I open IE it's there and it's f$&#$& annoying.. 
  • probably just in the internet options?? I don't have that problem, it just opens my start page only
  • it is just a home page, change it to blank
  • what about GAMEs COMPATIBILITY?? 
    does it work with all games ?? 'amafraid to install it for that reason ?
  • I cant tell that all cames work but world of warcraft and heroes of the storm beta work fine (feels even faster)
  • Warcraft beta? You mean dota 2?  
  • no i mean world of warcraft (wow) not beta and the game heroes of the storm beta (also from blizzard)
  • FASTER ? xD
  • y that was my impression but can also be because fresh install tho Faster in the way af loading and starting the game (to be clear)
  • slower, much slower.
  • slower !!! Oh no :/
  • Leave the bullsht WOW... What about Lineage 2
  • You should probably wait if it's that important.
  • i may do so .. as i really want win 10 at all my pcs including the main i use for playing .. so i will wait just a little or something 
  • All games should work. Except maybe really old ones. If it works with Windows 8 it works with Windows 10.
  • Steam crashed every 20 mins in last build tho (a problem with SteamServices), did they fix that?
  • My son played gary's mod and cs:go on the latest W10 preview (fresh ISO install) on AMD FX6300/Nvidia GT640 for about 2hours with no crashing so far.  
  • steam CRASHES !!!! This will be annoying ! tell me if they fix it though ! 
  • Steam is running fine on my Yoga 2 Pro, and I was even able to do some game streaming from my desktop to the laptop.
  • More than likely a Steam bug. Are you using the beta client? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Since the first public build I play all my games  ( arma3, L4D2,CS:GO, mgs:gz and many more ) without any crash using steam ( i5 4670k + gtx760 )  so it seems that not every hardware is fully supported yet.
  • This is nice (Y)
  • I've been using the technical preview on my main gaming rig since it was available. Not once have I had an issue playing tons of different games, from brand new to old ones. I would not worry whatsoever
  • I'm considering doing the same on my main gaming PC. Anything you've experienced that I should know before moving over to 10 from 8.1? Incompatibilities, driver issues or major bugs?
  • I would be lying if I said I had a single issue. Absolutely nothing for issues. Its fantastic. Just updated to the new build last night and man, is it ever sexy. I highly recommend it
  • So sounds like you've had no regrets. Hmm.. So tempting! Ok, I think I'll seriously consider it today lol. Thanks man!
  • 'am updating my secondary PC with it now .. But i neeed to be sure before updating my main PC which i used to play on .. For me i cnt wait to try it ... but still concerns fly everywhere 
  • I think Windows 10 will only be free as an upgrade to windows 7 or 8, so if you install windows 10 on your main rig then your install of windows 7/8 will be gone and you may have to pay for 10.
  • ummmm ... !!! it may be .. i need more patience though ! :)
  • Dragon Age Inquisitions works fine.
  • Have u tried more ?! 
  • This is where you get to be the explorer and venture into uncharted waters and bring back the gold.  Install it and find out for yourself. I think you'll be able to run most everything you want to run, even at this level.
  • Right .. ;) ... Mr.explorer :))
  • Played a couple of games on Steam last night with no problem. Civ 5 and Civ: Beyond Earth.
  • Tested AC unity for like 6 hours of play time. With my game system in use with Intel i5 3670K and AMD HD 7870 TI. Windows was used in virtual box.
  • does the performance got affected or something ?! & have you tested Far Cry Iv on it yet ? 
  • No I don't have Far cry 4 yet. But Far cry 3 (Blood dragon e.d) did it pretty good as wel. Frames where already faster then usual in W8.1. Also tested Windows 10 on MacBook pro 2012 retina, but it was pretty slow. Because it need to push al these pixels (2560x1600) with only a Intel i5 3500M and Intel HD4000 1GB of VRAM.
  • this is promising & Encouraging !! thank you :)) 
  • I agree with people... This is how Microsoft will learn of issues. By user testing and feedback. This is such is great platform decision. It's nice to see feedback actually listened to.
  • Steam is fine. Everything works. No issues at all. If it works on windows 8/7. It will work here.
  • It normally works with me on win. 8.1 .. I have never experienced any issues ,, I hope as u say .. No issues along with win. 10 ;)
  • AE Castle Siege dont work for example..has someting to do with the login
  • Battlefield 4 is unplayable for me.
  • why excatly !! 
  • How do I make the Start Menu transparent and modern apps show horizontal.
  • I feel somewhat of an idiot that I can't figure this out either
  • I'm with you guys :(
  • Seriously people... Yall need to research and read... It's not yet enabled.... Premature build... Go to http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/23/january-build-now-av... ... Gabe spelled it out "New Start menu" ... "the work in Start isn't done yet, and we'll have more changes that will show up in future builds including note personalization (and transparency!), drag and drop, Jump Lists, and the ability to resize the Start menu"... But sigh..alas... This was my most requested feature... Patience of a virtue...
  • persian calender ^_^ just need to unblock store for iran and add persian LNG for cortana..and that will be gr8 ^___^
  • Live tile of Windows Central app doesn't work :-)
  • On w8.1 live tile never displayed what was new unless you opened the app.
  • I have sometimes encountered this issue after my phone hits battery saver, windows central app disables live tiles. Trick is to just re-enable from the app. Or was your question specific to Win10?
  • Hopefully by the end of my summer vacation, it will be flowing juices.Come on Windows10,quick.
  • Woo
  • Still can't change the window titlebar font color, which makes it unreadable on dark themes because it doesn't even automatically switch to a lighter color. Bah!
  • Yeah, I noticed that too. In win 8 you could install one program and have custom themes, in win 8.1 it didn't work properly anymore so I've been using light themes ever since. Still, a bit weird they didn't fix that thing
  • Yeah, that is too big and obvious issue for them to not fix. And I've always wanted to use a far theme. Can't cause of that.
  • Yes. This is still an issue that is bugging me too.
  • Accessing anonymous SMB shares is broken.. Big time
  • Best one is the progress bar. Man, it's painful to watch a circle spinning constantly and hopping that something is happening.
    But well, that's changed now. All thanks to us.
  • Adding language packs based on user feedback request is odd. All previous windows OS's have language packs, it shouldn't be hard to port the files to windows 10. Why invent the wheel again?
  • im guessing a new typography and a simple port would not work.   That being said adding language packs as per user feedback does sound very odd. possibly a way to try to Bolster their change log and to give testers err insiders a better connected feeling to the project
  • I agree. It probably has something to do with the connected feeling, otherwise I can not explain it. It still is odd though that microsoft would go that far. I see the language pack as part of the backbone of winodws, Everyone needs the language packs, if the whole globe can participate in the technical preview.  But there are so many other relevant experiences and bugs that need ironing out, that something as language packs is distracting to what to me seems the point of the technical preview. Language is a given and should have been spotted by microsoft, so that the insiders can focus on other more pressing fields of feedback of the OS. A bit distracting, feels almost like a tactic to keep focus away from real pressing issue of windows 10. I don't know, maybe I'm paranoid, but it does get me frustrated for the insiders.
  • Perhaps they mean adding them this early in the testing process.
  • im not sure, maybe they were focucing on the core OS first. and when the technical preview came out were surprised by wartm reception.  then deciced to release language packs therein to expidite more insiders and therefore more bug reports that makes sense to me anyway
  • Probably they just added that in the list to just let people know that's it is now available. Since it wasn't before on previous builds of the technical preview
  • Language packs were previously available only on full release of Windows, not in beta/preview. Guess they mean making them available earlier was based on user feedback.
  • I want to install this so badly! But if I did it would be on my main PC as the sole OS. And it seems like many ppl are not recommending that yet.. So, I guess I'll wait for a few more builds to release before jumping over to 10.
  • Make a separate partition just for w10 to give it a test drive, its my main OS and of course there's bugs but there's always a way around them.
  • I use wtp on my main PC and honestly I haven't had any issues whatsoever since I first started using it when they first released it. My experience has been more than amazing so far.
  • Cool! Did you upgrade over top of 8.1?
  • Use "virtual box." Fast and easy!
  • I backed up all my files and I'm running it on my surface pro 1. Works just fine. Next week I'm going to use my sp1 to write notes in class and see how it does
  • Im gonna buy a laptop just for windows 10 lol
  • I hope same for Windows 10 phone
  • Same here
  • Is Full screen Metro IE back in this build? I use this to stream 2 videos in full.screen alot in win 8 and it appears to be mia since first build if win 10.
  • Please Microsoft we need the charm bar back.
  • No thanks. Maybe some of the features from that added to the new side bar but not the charms bar. It was so poorly designed
  • Please no.  It makes no sense to have to go all the way to the right of the screen to find a context menu for the current window.  It's also such a pain to open since you have to go down to the corner, then up, then wait a second and then it opens.  I much prefer to just push a (start) button if I want to reboot or right click on an object for a context menu. Good riddance charms bar.
  • I can not install it on my Windows XP
  • Hamburger menu.... Die
  • OneDrive must get back the smart file system... At least as an option for the people who need it. For limited disk space, OneDrive smart folders is the best cloud solution since you are able to see all your files and download only what you need instead of having to download the whole folder for only one file.
  • This is pretty much the only thing I really care about getting fixed, file placeholders are a must for me due to limited physical disk space. Until then I will have to stick with 8.1, I hope it is fixed before 10 actually has a real release.
  • Everything seems great with Windows 10, but no matter what happens if placeholders are not included in the final version then I won't be installing it on my surface pro 3... Being a mobile user working in the field, this is the most important feature which is missing from Windows 10. Heck, they can at least put it as an option for people/enterprises that need/depend on it.
  • Do you know what happens now when OneDrive has more files than you have free space?
  • Why charm bar not available in tablet mode? Why there is a taskbar in tablet mode? Bring back 8.1 Start Screen! ....hope next build will focus more on tablet mode.
  • I think the charms bar is well and truly gone. Side swipe brings in notification centre, you need to use titlebar hamburgers for sharing, settings etc.
  • Charms will never come back anymore. it was made redundant by the users so MS fired it.  
  • I'm gonna keep W8.1 on some cheap atom tablet just for memories of the charm bar, but W10 for all the main machines.. The goodies in W10 are way too awesome to ignore!
  • no way to control windows updates (other than group policy). keeps trying to give me zune update, which i dont want or need and i cant hide or unselect it. so, instead it repeatedly tells me it failed.
  • Yeah, kinda sucks that they took it out of the control panel
  • Persian calendar... How about week numbers? Those have been requested since 1995...
  • Absolutely. There is no excuse for this. Week numbers are very commonly used in parts of Europe.
  • I would think that everyone could a use for those
  • Totally agree.... Week numbers are very important as we use them a lot in project forecasting, planning and deployment. Especially in the heavy industries involving power plants, refineries and factories.
  • Send feedback/user requests guys!
  • Already done that through Win10 preview. It just is strange that MS never added it themselves... I refuse to believe that no one at MS ever used week numbers... Even if MS makes the otherwise best calendars in the world, I would look for something else because of the of weeknumbers
  • Has the music app and phone sync been fixed? They're basically broken with it's constant errors
  • Thanks Microsoft for adding Persian calendar but Iran is still banned by Microsoft and we can't download any app from windows store!
  • Why is that?
  • Iran is not banned by MS. You were banned by Iran from downloading from MS.
  • No, Windows Store and Windows Phone Store are not banned by Iran. In WP, we can access to store by changing the region to every country but Iran! But In Windows, access to the store is complicated and normally we can't access to the store. https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/...
  • Well it could be because of sanctions. One example is that Apple stopped selling and products and services to the Crimea because of the whole situation over there with Russia and the sanctions put in place. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Would be great if they gave us option to put user profile iand folder on other hdd during install.
  • I think they should of asked people who have stopped using Windows what it would take to bring them back instead.
  • I would say they probably monitor mac and android public forum already. All major companies do this today
  • They should do a real campaign so the investors could see.
  • Totally agree. They should not only do it, they should announce that's what they're doing and recruit the competition's users to make a better product.
  • *sigh*. Not to be a grammar nazi, but it is should have, not should of.
  • Nazi is actually proper noun and should be capitalized.  :P
  • in this new build my ps always crash and restarts itself evrytime i open a video on the web, whether in youtube or on news channels. so i temporary use my windows 8.1.  
  • It's kind of choppy to me. Cortana loads so slow and everything takes 10 seconds to open after I click it. The icons could be a tad bit bigger and robust as well.
  • Hope they do the same for phone version as well...
  • Please vote for true virtual desktop. https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/...
  • I suggested an idea for the new Windows. I like the personalized look from the modern desktop with the name, picture, shut down button in the upper right. What do you guys think about it?
  • Here is the link where you can vote for the idea.
  • https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/...
  • Still sad about the charms bar... I think that is super useful for settings and sharing
  • I still want transparent tiles. It's on Xbox one, why not windows 10 too? Just curious.
  • Hows the performance on W10 compared to W8.1. I want to install on my HP Stream 11, which is limited in performance
  • My SP3 was fast before, but even faster now!
  • I dont see any of the top ones requsted...
  • Keep up the good work, Microsoft.
  • I hate to bust the tech medias bubble, but most of them seem to be giving Satya credit for windows 10, hololens and even surface pro 3. As much as o like Satya and the work he's done related to Azure and the cloud, the fact is that hololens, windows 10, office 365, touch office, standard office, and surface are all products Balmer orchestrated under his watch that are just coming into view clearly. The only thing Satya did was cancel surface mini orchestrated partnerships with various companies, finished the restructuring first announce by Balmer. Again I like him a lot, but the reality is that the above mentioned items should be credited to Balmer
  • Not to be an American pompous A-hole, but I couldn't care less about language support and Persian calendars, yet THESE are some of the top changes people care about?? I hope that's a reflection of how close to finalized the OS is. In other words, I hope the features that matter to EVERYONE are complete and that's why these regional things are now taking higher priority.
  • Just installed Windows 10 TP about 10hours ago on my 1+yo Asus Vivotab tablet and has been playing with it for the past hours. Yup, the Charm bar is definitely gone. Really missed it as i used it to quick access the screen brighness control bar and wifi settings very frequently. It is so intuitive for me with that Charm bar. Another big bummer is now i can't boot to Start Screen mode by default anymore even after toggling the setting in the Navigation & Taskbar menu. As such, all my pinned websites are dead and wasted. You guys got any advice/solutions for the above issues, kindly share. Thanks! And for those who have yet taken the plunge, be prepared for lags & bugs given that its a Beta version.
  • Doesn't support mouse drivers for MacBook boot camp
  • Anybody know how to set a default folder in file explorer?
  • And here I was thinking that my keyboard was starting to die because the caps/num/scroll lock lights weren't working. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Mine disk that initially, but either after running updates or a reboot, I haven't had an issue since
  • Wats the update size for this build pls tell me..
  • i have install yesterday the new Version Windows 10 (Surface Pro 3). BUT for me touch interface is awful guys (small icons and nothing good UI).
  • To be the Tiltle Bar on Desktop and Modern app be more feel harmonious, hope it will have the same color if we set our favorite color for taskbar and title bar for desktop apps, hope modern apps title bar will also adapts the color. Hope they would bring back the long ribbon type of  close, maximize and minimize buttons just like in windows 7 buttons but in a metro style.
  • Cortana and Notification centre should be transparent. They should give us the opinion. It will look a lot sexy.
  • Good point Vincent!
  • Just installed. Action center showed the internet connection I had. Why can't it also show connection speed be it LAN or WIFI.
  • I installed the preview, but am curious about the folder icons in explorer. Are those supposed to be final or just a beta till a designer gets its hand on them? Otherwise I gotta give some seriously negative and constructive criticism :P
  • Can the preview be installed on a Dell Venue 8 pro?...and if so are the ISO files required or can I just do the windows 10 update option?
  • Although it may seem like a trivial new addition, don't forget the brand spanking new calculator! So much easier to use than that old tiny one from 1997.
  • *1995
  • We really like new Persian calendar. Thank you MS ❤
  • When I was using, it grinded my gears to connect to wifi. They changed the button action, so when you clicked on the network icon on notification area, instead of a small menu just over the icon, it opened a metro-style network configuration applet and it was a whole lot more complicated to connect. Hope they have fixed it somehow.