What you need to know
- Windows 10 Insiders on the Dev channel can now grab build 21359.
- The build includes several changes and improvements but doesn't have any new features.
- Windows 10 build 21359 also includes a lengthy list of fixes.
Windows 10 Insiders in the Dev channel have a new build to grab today. The latest update brings PCs to build 21359 and includes several changes and improvements. The build doesn't include any new features but has a lengthy list of changes, improvements, and fixes.
Here's everything that's new, as found on its changelog:
Changes and Improvements
- We have added an option under the Power menu on the Start menu to restart apps after signing in when you reboot your device. When this setting is checked, it toggles the option under Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Restart apps we introduced in 20H1.
- • We have added an option under the Power menu on the Start menu to restart apps after signing in when you reboot your device.
- If you have your activity history synced across your devices through your Microsoft account (MSA), you'll no longer have the option to upload new activity in Timeline. AAD-connected accounts won't be impacted. To view web history, Edge and other browsers have the option to look back at recent web activities. You can also view recently used files using OneDrive and Office.
- We're updating the Ease of Access category in Settings to now be called Accessibility.
- We're updating the Ebrima font to now support characters from Bamum (Unicode block U+A6A0 to U+A6FF).
- We're updating the Nirmala UI font family to improve how the Chakma characters are displayed when combined based on feedback.
- Thank you to the Insiders who have taken the time to share feedback about the new version of our Korean IME. For the time being we will be reverting to the version included in previous releases.
You can grab the latest build now if you're a Windows Insider in the Dev channel. We have a guide on how to join the Windows Insider Program if you want to get started.
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So they're phasing out Timeline?
Well, it didn't work with anything except UWP apps and MS Office. I think Edge used to work but the new Edge Chromium is not showing up. With the current state of UWP, I guess very few people actually used that feature.
I'm starting to be concerned about this update... It was supposed to be a major update. Considering they're now in the co_release branch, historical precedent would suggest that not a lot of changes (especially major) would occur anymore. We got some nice tweaks and an icon pack... that ain't it. I hope to see the Windows shell (Taskbar and action center) updated as well as the inbox apps/system UI updated to WinUI 2.6 (like W10X) in this update.
Don't forget that the dev channel isn't connected to any current release.
Best to say nothing's official until it reaches the beta channel.
Right, it's not supposed to be, but the shift to the co_release branch suggests it is linked to Co (21H2) now and there's now internal development going on for the version of Windows after Co (likely 22H1). Major changes would likely be reserved for the latter.
Seeing the development of Project Reunion, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sun Valley got delayed to 2022. Or broken up between 21h2 and 22h1, which would suck, but feel just like Microsoft.
I think that Timeline is a great feature, particularly for a local machine. I think the Verge's conclusion that this doesn't make sense in a non-Cortana world isn't really accurate. I think we all really have different "Flows" depending on our device context. I hope they keep it locally on Win 10... I do kind of wish it would continue on as-is... particularly if we all start going back to offices and have an office system and a home system for work.
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