Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17711 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring in addition to those who opted in to Skip Ahead. With the latest Redstone 5 build 17711 Microsoft includes several new improvements for Microsoft Edge. There are also overall updates to the Fluent Design experience and improvements to Registry Editor as well as display improvements for HDR content. Here is a brief of changes and improvements included on Windows 10 Build 17711.
Microsoft Edge Improvements
As Microsoft continuously makes improvements, add new changes on edge browser to take over their competitor’s chrome and Firefox. This build 17711 brings a bunch of improvements to Microsoft Edge. These new features are:
● Under the learning tool of Reading View, you can now see more optional topics. In addition to highlighting the part of the speech, you can change the color of the previous part and open an indicator on it to make it easier to identify the part of the speech.
It also comes with a new feature called Line focus that helps you improve focus while reading an article by highlighting one, three, and five lines.
When you save the autofill data, you can see the new dialog:
● The Microsoft Edge browser asks for permission from the user each time before saving passwords and auto-filled card details. Microsoft has improved the pop-up and character design to improve discoverability and provide clarity on the value of saving this information.
● These changes include the introduction of passwords and payment icons (more cool animations), improved messaging, and highlighting options.
The PDF toolbar can now be called from the top hover so that users can easily access these tools.
Fluent Design updated
Fluent Design was already available in Microsoft Edge, but with this new build, it’s getting better. Microsoft is bringing Fluent Design touches to the context menu.
“Shadows provide visual hierarchy, and with Build 17711 many of our default modern popup type controls will now have them. This is enabled on a smaller set of controls than what the general public will eventually see, and Insiders can expect to see the support grow in subsequent builds,” the company explains.
Microsoft is finally adding Windows HD Color Display Settings. If your device meets the requirements, it can show high dynamic range (HDR) content, including photos, videos, games, and apps. The new setting basically helps you understand and configure your device for HDR content. It’s worth noting that the setting works only if you have an HDR-capable display.
The Windows HD Color Settings page now reports on the system’s related features and allows HD Color to be configured on a powerful system, many of which can be done in one place.
Registry Editor Improvements
Starting with today’s build, Microsoft made improvements in the Registry Editor where users can see the drop-down list as they type, which helps to quickly complete the lower path.
You can also delete the last word with ‘Ctrl+Backspace’ to complete the backup job faster (Ctrl+Delete will delete the next word).
Here is a look at some of the other general changes and system improvements included in today’s build which also includes the reminder that Sets has been removed:
REMINDER: Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback.
We have fixed the issue that had regressed the time it takes to remotely deploy and debug a UWP application to a local virtual machine or an emulator.
We fixed an issue that could result in any surface that used reveal (including Start tiles and Settings categories) going totally white.
We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing a 0x80080005 error when upgrading to recent flights.
We fixed an issue where the “You are getting an update” dialog displayed unexpected extra characters.
We fixed an issue where aborting a shutdown would break input in UWP apps until rebooting.
We fixed an issue in recent flights where attempting to pin Settings categories to Start would either crash Settings or do nothing.
We fixed an issue resulting in Ethernet and Wi-Fi Settings unexpectedly missing content in the last flight.
We fixed a high-hitting Settings crash impacting pages with getting Help content, including Touchpad Settings, Accounts Settings, and Family and Other Users Settings pages.
We fixed an issue that could result in Sign-In Settings being blank sometimes.
We fixed an issue where advanced keyboard settings might unexpectedly show “some settings are hidden by your org”.
We fixed an issue where creating a system image from backup and restore in the control panel would fail on x86 machines.
We’ve decided to turn off the acrylic background in Task View – for now, the design will return to how it shipped in the previous release, with acrylic cards instead. Thanks to everyone who tried it out.
We fixed an issue where after using voice to ask Cortana certain questions you may not be able to ask her a second question with voice.
We fixed an issue that could result in explorer.exe crashing if certain apps were minimized when switching to tablet mode.
On the Share tab in File Explorer, we’ve updated the Remove access icon to be more modern. We’ve also made some tweaks to the Advanced security icon.
We fixed an issue that could result in the console forgetting the cursor color on upgrade and it getting set to 0x000000 (black). The fix will prevent future users from hitting this issue, but if you’ve already been impacted by this bug, you’ll need to manually fix the setting in the registry. To do this, open regedit.exe and delete the ‘CursorColor’ entry in ‘Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console’ and any sub-keys, and re-launch your console window.
We addressed an issue where the audio driver would hang for many Bluetooth speakers and headsets which support the Hands-Free profile.
We fixed an issue resulting in the Microsoft Edge favorites pane scrolling sideways instead of up and down on the mouse wheel in recent flights.
We fixed a few issues highly impacting Microsoft Edge reliability in the last few flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in Internet Explorer losing all settings and becoming unpinned from the taskbar with each of the last few flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in ethernet not working for some Insiders using Broadcom ethernet drivers on older hardware in the last flight.
We fixed an issue where remoting into a PC running the previous flight could result in just seeing a black window.
We fixed an issue that could result in certain games hanging when typing into the chat window.
We fixed an issue from the last flight where text predictions and shape writing candidates wouldn’t appear in the touch keyboard’s candidate list until backspace is pressed while typing.
We fixed an issue where when Narrator started you would be presented with a dialog that informed the user of the change to the Narrator’s keyboard layout and the dialog might not take focus or speak after the Narrator has started.
We fixed an issue where when you changed Narrator’s default Narrator key to just caps lock the Insert key would continue to function until the caps lock key was used as the Narrator key or if the user restarts Narrator.
We fixed an issue where if your System > Display > Scaling and layout is not set to 100%, some text might appear smaller after reverting the “Make text bigger” value back to 0%.
We fixed an issue where Windows Mixed Reality might get stuck after going to sleep and display a persistent error message in Mixed Reality Portal or a “Wake up” button that doesn’t work.
To see the entire release notes, you can read this Microsoft blog post.