On Friday, Microsoft announced a new Windows 10 Desktop Build. The Build 14328 is available for the Fast Ring and adds many new great features to the OS. I want to present some of the new features in this article and talk about the performance of the latest build.
At Build Conference 2016, Windows Ink got presented. With Windows Ink, Microsoft is integrating more pen support into the entire OS. With Build 14328, everybody can try Windows Ink, even on a PC that does not support pens.
If you have a device with an active pen like Surface devices Windows Ink is enabled by default and accessible via the pen button in the notification area of your taskbar. You won’t see this button if your device does not have an active pen paired with it. However, for those of you who don’t have a device with an active pen but want to try out Windows Ink Workspace, you can right-click on the taskbar and choose “Show Windows Ink Workspace button”.
All Windows Ink features are really cool and work already almost perfectly. I cannot really decide which feature I should like the most- all of them are just great: I love the digital ruler, the sticky notes, the screen sketch…!
I cannot wait to see the Windows Ink experience coming to all Windows 10 devices with the Anniversary Update this summer! To learn more check out this article here.
Cortana now also works on the lock screen. This a nice feature and it works without any issues but I am not sure that I will use it very often.
A feature I will definitely use are the reminders on content from UWP apps like Microsoft Edge. You can just share an article from Edge to Cortana and have her remind you to read it at a later time. This is an easy but really useful feature and it is great to see that Microsoft also integrates little things like this to make users happy.
Microsoft has added badges to the taskbar. Some UWP apps like Mail will now show badges on the taskbar. For example, they can tell you the number of unseen emails. Furthermore, the icon of the notification center on the taskbar now also has a badge that displays the number of unseen notifications. Great little feature!
Performance, problems and more
The performance of this build is really good – I actually do not understand why it is a Fast Ring build! I had no problems with any feature until now so I can recommend this build to everyone who wants to try all the cool new stuff coming to Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update. Nevertheless, I heard from some Surface owners that they have trouble with bluescreens etc., so you should not install it on your main PC/Laptop.
What are your impression on the latest Windows 10 Fast Ring build? Do you have any problems with it or do you the same good experience I have? Tell us in the comments!