Windows Insider News

Good news! New Redstone 5 (RS5) versions of Windows 10 Insider Preview builds are now available to Insiders in the Slow Ring. These builds include a new version of Skype plus preview features like SwiftKey autocorrection for typing, a redesigned menu for Microsoft Edge — plus more control over websites that automatically play media.

For Insiders in the Fast Ring, your latest Insider Preview builds include an improved Windows update experience, new emoji and a very cool Mixed Reality innovation.

Windows 10 Insider Preview highlights

Here are some recent highlights, including the build where they first appeared.
  • Over 150 new emoji. This latest collection includes superheroes, a softball, a pirate flag plus some nice improvements to existing emoji. You can access them using the Emoji Panel (WIN+.) or the touch keyboard.3 (Build 17723)
  • A convenient portal into the physical world. For those immersed in a virtual Mixed Reality session, we’ve adding the ability to peer out into your physical environment — without removing your headset. (Build 17723)
  • An improved Windows update experience. Before an update, Windows will automatically check if you are currently using your machine and schedule a better time to reboot. If you find your device restarting at the wrong time, please file a bug in the feedback hub. (Build 17723)
  • Skype for Windows 10 gets a big update. The new Skype for Windows 10 update includes a customizable group calling experience, easier screen sharing and access to contacts, the option to capture images during video calls, and more. (Build 17704)
  • Redesigned Microsoft Edge menu and Settings. Based on your feedback, we’ve simplified the menu and better organized Settings into sub-pages. We’ve also added a much-requested option to customize which icons appear in the toolbar. (Go to ”Show in toolbar” in the “…” menu.) (Build 17704)
  • Control whether media in Microsoft Edge can play automatically. We’ve added a new setting to allow you to control whether sites can autoplay media. You can find this under Settings>Advanced> Media autoplay. (Build 17704)
  • Create your own font. With the Microsoft Font Maker app available in Windows Store, you can use your pen to create a font based on your personal handwriting style. (Build 17704)
  • An easier way to capture and share screen shots. Try our new Screen Sketch app directly from the Snipping Tool. You can launch the app directly to start (and share) a snip from there. Or, for even faster screenshots, just press WIN+Shift+S or create a shortcut and press the back of your pen or the Print Screen key. (Build 17704)
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