Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 Build 17666 for Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead Ring. The latest build is part of Redstone 5 development branch. The last few builds for Windows Insiders included bug fixes as at that time Microsoft was working on improving the performance of Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
The latest build 17666 comes with lots of major new features which the company had announced at its Build 2018 conference couple of days ago. Microsoft is expected to release Redstone 5 update for all Windows 10 users this fall.
The build includes many new features and improvements pertaining Fluent design elements and improvements to Sets along with the Dark theme for File Explorer and more. With the new preview build, Microsoft is bringing Fluent Design elements to Sets. The Fluent Design elements have been added to the title bar with some changes being made to the window border which is now in grey color.
Microsoft Edge tabs are also getting some improvements with Microsoft adding all the recent tabs when you use Alt + Tab to quickly switch back and forth between apps. Muting tabs in Sets is now possible with Microsoft letting users to mute audio from a webpage by clicking on the volume icon visible on the tab. This option is similar to muting volume in Microsoft Edge.
Background performance of the opened tabs has now been improved significantly with the tab not using any resources in the background. A lot of tabs can be restored without facing any issues.
Microsoft is adding Cloud Clipboard in the latest build which brings new experience for users. Users will now be able to press WIN + V to be able to enjoy a new clipboard experience. You will be able to now pin the items from the clipboard along with being able to directly paste from the clipboard history.
The new clipboard experience in Windows 10 is powered by Microsoft’s cloud technology letting you access your clipboard across any PC. Users would need to enable this feature by going to Settings > System > Clipboard. The clipboard history supports plain text, HTML and images which are less than 1MB in size.
The major new feature which has been added in this build is the introduction of Dark theme for the File Explorer. This was the most requested feature by the Windows Insiders and Microsoft has finally adhered to their request. You will be able to enable Dark Theme by going to Settings > Personalisation>Colors.
Microsoft at its Build 2018 announced support of extended line endings for Notepad. This support has been finally added with Notepad now supporting Unix/Linux and Macintosh line ending. Users will now be able to add name to the tile folders created in Start.
For creating tile folder users would need to drag one tile on top of another. You can add as many tiles as you want. After adding all the tiles you would need to expand the folder to be able to give a name to the tile folder. The name will be visible only when the folder is medium, wide or large in size.
The latest Windows 10 Build 17666 is a big update with many new features and improvements which is available to download for Insiders enrolled in Fast and Skip Ahead Rings. You can get it by going to Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update>Check for Updates.