Windows 10 build 17704 now rolling out for Insiders in the Fast ring

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After a two week break, Microsoft is rolling out a brand new Insider Preview build for those in the Fast ring and Skip Ahead ring. Today's build is 17704, and includes lots of new features and changes including updates to Microsoft Edge and more.

What's new?

  • New Microsoft Edge Beta logo: We're introducing a new Edge "BETA" icon to help users visually differentiate between officially released versions of Microsoft Edge and preview builds where Microsoft Edge is in ongoing development. This logo only will be seen on Insider preview builds.
  • New design improvements: As we continue to evolve how Microsoft Edge leverages the Fluent Design System for a more natural and usable experience, you may notice some subtle tweaks to the look of the tab bar in Microsoft Edge. In this build, we're adding a new depth effect to the tab bar to help emphasize the active tab.

  • Redesigned "…" menu and Settings: We've heard your feedback that the Microsoft Edge settings were getting a little complex for a single page. In this release, we're overhauling the Microsoft Edge settings to make it easier to navigate, put commonly-used actions front and center, and allow more customization than ever.
  • Customize toolbar items for Microsoft Edge: When you click "…" in the Microsoft Edge toolbar, you'll find a refined menu that puts common commands like "New tab" and "New window" front and center. We've also added the much-requested ability to customize which icons appear in the Microsoft Edge toolbar – you can remove them all for a tidier look or add as many as you like to bring your favorite functionality to your fingertips!
  • Last (but not least), this build breaks Settings out into subpages by category, with better-organized options and less clutter on each page. The new Settings experience is designed to match the experience in the Microsoft Edge hub, for a quicker and more familiar experience.
  • Control whether media can play automatically: It's really here! In this build, we've added a new setting in Microsoft Edge to allow you to control whether sites can autoplay media.
  • To showcase improvements in our privacy tools made in our next release of Windows, we are providing Windows Insiders early access to new improved features coming to the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer. At Microsoft, we understand that your data is your data. That's why we are committed to providing full transparency on what diagnostic data Windows collects, when it is collected, and how you can control what you share. We care about your privacy and helping you build trust and confidence in our products.
  • There's a new viewing mode for you to try out, designed to improve the visibility of your video when you are in a very bright environment. This feature uses the light sensor on your device to detect your ambient light, and automatically adjusts your video accordingly. To turn it on, navigate to Settings > Apps > Video playback, and turn on "Adjust video based on lighting".

  • Skype for Windows 10 gets a big update: This new Skype for Windows 10 update brings all the latest and greatest Skype capabilities to Windows 10 users.
  • Windows now shows you insights about how its AI has been helping you type with efficiency. If you use the software keyboard on Windows, there are many features built into the typing experience that leverage AI and ML to help you be more efficient. Some examples include autocorrecting your spelling mistakes, prediction of the next word you would type, word suggestions as you start typing so you don't have to type the full word and the number of words you've typed by swiping over the letters on the software keyboard (yes, you can do that, try it out if you have not yet).
  • Our inbox text controls are now taking advantage of the new CommandBarFlyout control.
  • We've continued to work on the Current threats area on the Virus & threat protection section, which now displays all threats that need action. You can quickly take action on threats straight from this screen.
  • Task Manager now includes 2 new columns in the "Processes" tab to show energy impact of the running process on their system. This should help our customers to understand which apps/services are using the maximum power vs. the least power-hungry apps. The metric takes CPU, GPU & Disk into evaluation when calculating power usage.

There's loads more new in this build, and you can check out the full changelog at the Windows Blog, including a list of known issues and more!

Zac Bowden
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  • A beta logo for Edge. Surely, considering you're running an insider build you know it's a preview version. Seems a little silly unless Edge eventually updates through the store and you can opt in to preview versions of apps through the Microsoft Store.
  • The problem is that they let anyone into the insider program.
    Not all of us have the same expectations or frame of reference for the software we're testing.
  • So nothing really new, just more sugar coating for edge, no performance improvement and now reason to change from my default browser I use now. I still prefer the desktop skype.
  • Adrian s is that You stop trolling
  • Edge has been consistently the fastest browser on the market. Nothing seems to indicate they're going to stop with the new version.
  • read the full change log there are a lot of fixes
  • I'm not yet seeing this build. I think these changes sound great. Looking forward to checking them out.
  • Skype looks better, but still missing GIPHY support
  • Just updated only to discover that they've removed the SMS sync from Skype. That was the only reason I continued to use it as it was so easy to send and receive text messages from my desktop. Now I have to send and reply to everything on my phone instead which is a real pain. Bad move Microsoft.
  • Same here - very frustrating that sms relay has been removed. The new Skype is still half baked and doesn't address the issues with the app.
  • Ooh, this article is tempting me to jump back into the Fast ring :)
  • Well the Start menu reliability issues are now fixed and I don't see any other particularly bad issues that would affect me. Back to the fast ring I go.
  • The one thing in this update that interests me is the addition of energy impact of certain processes. I often use the Processes tab to see which programs, etc. are eating my processor, memory or hammering my drive. But it will be additionally helpful to see if one or more processes are also beating up my battery life. These will be good feedback data bits for improving the platform.