Microsoft launches Windows 10 technical preview PC build 10041

Clocking in at build number 10041, the new release brings a number of new features and changes that we've seen in leaks leading up to this release, as well as fixes for some issues experienced in build 9926.

While this new build doesn't include the new Spartan browser, it does include a slightly new look for the start menu, adding some transparency and improving the touch experience by enabling users to drag and drop apps to pin them to the most used apps list. In addition, virtual destops also got some love, with the added ability to drag windows to specific desktops, as well as organizational tweaks to how apps are shown and manipulated on each virtual desktop.

Also in this build, Cortana is expanding to some new markets. Previously only available to preview members in the U.S., Cortana will now work from the desktop in China, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.

Finally, this build brings a number of other tweaks to the way connecting to new networks is handled, as well as an enhanced Photos app, improved handwriting input, and some lock screen tweaks that will show off some tips and tricks when a new build is released.

If you're in the fast ring, you should be able to snag this update now. Microsoft notes that it plans to continue releasing ISOs for updated builds, but only as they roll out to slow ring users. Therefore, build 10041 will be direct download only until it hits slow ring users.

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