Microsoft yesterday announced the release of a new Windows 10 Insider Build for Insiders in the Fast Ring as well as for those who opted to skip ahead. Build 16257 brings some exciting new features for Edge and a handy new input method for people with disabilities (see below).
Additionally, Microsoft also published Build 15237 for Windows 10 Mobile users in the Fast Ring and Insiders in the Slow Ring can now get Build 16257 on PC.
Build 16257 – New features
Eye Control (beta)
With Eye Control Microsoft aims to enable disabled people to interact with their PC only by the use of their eyes. In order to be able to take advantage of this feature, users will have to buy a compatible eye tracker like the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C.
On the Windows Blogs Microsoft notes:
Yesterday, we announced Eye Control, which makes Windows 10 more accessible by empowering people with disabilities to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes. The experience requires a compatible eye tracker, like the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, which unlocks access to the Windows operating system to be able to do the tasks one could previously accomplish with a physical mouse and keyboard. We are starting by supporting the EN-US keyboard layout, and we are looking to expand to more keyboard layouts in the future. We are excited to release this experience as a beta and would love your feedback!
Be sure to head over to the Windows Blogs for more information on this feature as well as the setup process.
Microsoft’s own browser also received some pretty substantial updates, first and foremost it now comes with a refreshed and more modern look thanks to the addition of Fluent Design elements.
Here’s what Microsoft says about the new Edge imporvements and fixes:
- We’re giving Microsoft Edge a refreshed and more modern look in the browser frame, inspired by the Fluent Design System. The use of Acrylic material provides depth and transparency to the tab bar and other controls, and we’ve improved button animations to feel more responsive and delightful.
- Based on your feedback we’ve adjusted the design of the address bar so now even if the address bar isn’t in focus to start with when you click and drag the text it will remain under the cursor. Previously the text would shift as the “http://” appeared – this change will make it easier to quickly edit parts of the URL.
- We fixed an issue where right-clicking on an image in Microsoft Edge and selecting copy then later pasting the clipboard content would result in the image URL being pasted rather than the image itself.
- We fixed an issue where if a tab had been opened while Microsoft Edge was in full screen mode, using Ctrl + W to close that tab while still in full screen mode would close the content but leave the tab in the frame.
- We fixed an issue where if you had two unrelated tabs in Microsoft Edge and opened a link from the first in a new tab, the new tab would appear to the right of the second tab rather than the first.
Microsoft also worked on full 24-bit RGB color support for the Console and with this Buld the Console’s default colors are getting their first overhaul in more than 20 years.
For more information on fixes and known issues please check out the dedicated article over at the Windows Blogs.