Windows 10 Laptops
Image Courtesy: CNET.com

Microsoft has just released Windows 10 Build 17017 to the Windows Insiders. If you are on the Fast Ring or opted in to Skip Ahead, you can grab the latest preview update by heading to Settings > Security & Updates > Windows Update. The Build 17017 is from the development branch (Redstone 4) and it comes with some new features.

Cortana is getting a major update with a new feature called collections. The digital assistant will save you time as it will now show things you’re interested in such as updates on the movies and TV shows that you would like to watch. Microsoft explains that the updated Cortana app works only in the United States but it may be expanded to other countries in the coming days or months.

Microsoft is also simplifying actions between Cortana and Action Center. This is a significant update to the Action Center as now it will also show important insights from Cortana. Earlier, the notifications used to appear on both Cortana and Action Center, as it was confusing users Microsoft has finally simplified the two best features of Windows 10 to work together for better user experience. Microsoft also promises to bring all the proactive content that used to be available in Cortana to Action Center. “Cortana’s proactive content is going to migrate to Action Center so that you have one place to go to find out what action to take next and to see the important insights Cortana has for you, Microsoft explains.

Another major change is the startup settings. Microsoft is finally integrating the startup options in the Windows 10’s settings app. Earlier the feature was only accessible from the Task Manager but you can now find Startup page under Settings > Apps, as you might have guessed already, Microsoft has redesigned the startup apps page and it is much better than the Task Manager’s startup setting.

As we noted above, the new Windows 10 PC build is rolling out to all Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. If you are on the Slow Ring or you have recently opted out of the Insider Program, you’ll need to switch back to the Fast Ring as Microsoft isn’t going to push the new build to Slow Ring Insiders anytime soon.