Microsoft released Build 17063 with a large number of new features

Its been quite a while since a new Build for Fast ring Insiders was released-the last one was released almost a month ago. Microsoft released Build 17063 last night for Windows Insiders. As the time has progressed, the list of changes introduced with this build is quite large and let us discuss all of them in detail. This build would most probably be the last build of the year.

What's new

  • Timeline: Timeline was first introduced by Microsoft in Build 2017.Originally planned for Fall Creators update, Microsoft postponed it to Redstone 4. (Read here) Timeline combines all of your work at one place to give you faster and easier access, if you have multiple devices then it works more best. More details about Timeline is in the blog post.
  • Microsoft Edge Improvements: There have been significant changes to Edge which include:
    • Introducing Fluent in Microsoft Edge
    • Flyout button and Bookmarks become one
    • Support for Push Notifications when you are offline
    • New Web Media extension package is included which supports OGG formats.
  • Gesture improvements for Touch Pad
  • Introducing Sets for a few Insiders
  • Cortana Improvements:
    • New Notebook look
    • Lists and Collections have been merged
    • Music improvements
  • Windows Shell Improvements:
    • Taskbar, Flyout UIs now support Fluent design.
    • You can now save notification drafts
    • Cloud State is shown in Navigation pane for Onedrive folder
    • Improved Network Flyout at Login Screen
    • Improved Windows update experience
  • My People improvements:
    • Drag and drop rearrange.
    • You can decide how many contacts show in the Taskbar.
    • Animations for the people.
    • Fluent design
  • Snipping Tool Improvements
  • Windows Settings Improvements:
    • Settings gets a new look: Redesigned Settings app with Fluent design and feedback.
    • Security questions for local accounts if you forget password.
    • New Display information page at Settings>System>Display>Advanced display settings.
    • Improved Scaling options.
    • New Keyboard Settings Page in Settings>Region.
    • Improved Page for Region and Language
    • Set Data Settings to prefer cellular usage option.
    • Improved Data usage Settings in Network.
    • Improved Per-App settings that now shows permissions.
  • Windows Defender  Application Guard now supports Windows 10 Professional too.
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux Improvements.
  • New Tools for Developers on Windows.
  • Input Improvements:
    • Personalize the handwriting panel.
    • You can use Emoji panel in more languages.
    • Emoji Data updated.
    • Split layout comes to Touch keyboard.
  • New Features for IT Professionals on Delivery optimization.
  • Beginning with this build, Homegroup is removed from Windows.

General changes for PC

  • [Fixed] an issue where all types of dynamic volumes listed here wouldn’t mount properly or be accessible from Windows (the data remained intact but inaccessible on the volume on impacted builds).
  • [Fixed]  an issue where after opening and closing the People flyout notification toasts might stop appearing until the computer had been rebooted.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where Cortana’s notification settings were unexpectedly missing in Settings after upgrading to recent builds.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where when there was a problem with Cortana’s speech resources not being available, she could end up blocking Start.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in potentially not receiving all of your notifications from Cortana in the last first flights. We fixed an issue where when using Windows in Hebrew no search results were shown in Search until a space was entered.
  • [Fixed] an issue such that Recycle Bin will now show up in the search results when typing in Cortana. This was a server-side change so you will see it outside the bounds of this flight.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where opening the Action Center while there was a notification toast visible could result in the Action Center unexpectedly animating in from the bottom corner rather than the side.
  • [Fixed] an issue where if you reinstalled or reset your PC without internet in the last few flights the default tiles in Start could get stuck as downward arrows.
  • [Fixed] an issue where if the system was low on memory context menus might display in a narrow width missing all text.
  • [Fixed]  an issue with the File Picker dialog from recent builds where saving file names that included an additional period in the name (like A.ver2.exe) would result in the file extension not being included with the saved file (A.ver2).
  • [Fixed] an issue where certain videos when watching in Microsoft Edge would stop playing and become unresponsive upon altering play speed to 4x or 8x.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting the expected tooltip not appearing when hovering the mouse over images on certain sites in Microsoft Edge.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where no search suggestions were displayed while typing in the Microsoft Edge address bar if the PC was set to a region not currently supported by Cortana.
  • [Fixed]  an issue that could result in an error message saying “device does not respond” when attempting to use Near Share.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where nearby devices that had near share enabled might not be listed in Share.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in cursor lags on some devices when night light was transitioning.
  • When you use the split gesture to add more space between two words in the handwriting panel (a caret, as showcased here) that space will now close back up after a pause.
  • Added a top level link to Storage Settings to “free up space” now, so you can get at it faster if you need it, rather than having to open Storage Sense first.
  • Made some small tweaks to the design of the Windows Update Settings page and subpages.
  • To improve discoverability, when you have an update pending reboot in Windows Update Settings, beside the restart now button you will now also see a button for selecting other restart options.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in some Insiders finding that Outlook 2016 crashed frequently on the previous flight.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the group policy to set a custom lock screen image wouldn’t work if you had also set a policy that disabled the image on the login screen.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in docker not working in the last few flights.
  • [Fixed] an issue from recently flights where the Emoji Panel’s most frequently used page wasn’t updating.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the touch keyboard showed a very small size on large monitors.
  • Updated the touch keyboard to now have an animation when invoking and dismissing.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where keys on the full touch keyboard might become stuck in a visually pressed state.
  • Updated the wide touch keyboard such that if you double tap the Shift key to turn on caps lock the key will now stay in a visual pressed state so you can see that caps lock is engaged.
  • Updated the full touch keyboard so that you can now use keyboard shortcuts that contain 3 keys (for example, WIN + Alt + D).
  • We’ve made some small design changes to the dictation UI that appears when you press WIN+H.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the Chinese (Simplified) Pinyin IME might hang when typing quickly into Cortana.
  • [Fixed] the issue where VPNs that used custom pop-up windows during connection were failing with error 720 when attempting to connect.
  • [Fixed] the issue causing users that have enabled the legacy console to be unable to launch any command line application.

Known Issues

  • Popular Tencent games like League of Legends and NBA2k Online may cause 64-bit PCs to bugcheck (GSOD).
  • [DEVELOPERS] Deploying an x86 app to a x64 PC remotely result in “FileNotFound” deployment failures if the target PC is running Build 17040. Deploying an x64 app to a x64 PC remotely or a x86 app to a x86 PC will work fine.
  • Microsoft Edge may not receive Push Notifications from websites in this flight, due to an issue saving permissions on a per-site basis. We expect this issue to be resolved in the next preview build.
  • Launching an immersive 360 degree video from the Movies and TV app within Windows Mixed Reality will result in the video facing the wrong way. Subsequent launches of 360 degree videos will work correctly.
  • When users try to create a Microsoft Edge InPrivate window from inside a Mixed Reality headset, a regular window will get created instead. Users won’t be able to use InPrivate inside Mixed Reality in this build. InPrivate on desktop is not affected.
  • Preparing for the inclusion of OpenSSH Server as a deployment mechanism in Developer Mode. However the UI code got checked in ahead of the components, and so while there is a “Use OpenSSH (Beta) for remote deployment” switch in the UI under Settings, it won’t work, and turning it on will break remote deployment to that device until the switch is turned off.
  • If you’re using any EUDC fonts Microsoft Edge, Cortana, and other apps that use a webview won’t launch. You can resolve this issue by deleting the HKCU\EUDC key in Registry Editor. Note, if you do this, you won’t be able to see EUDC characters. We recommend you export this regkey before deleting it, so it’s easy to reapply the key in a future flight once the issue has been fixed.
  • After upgrading to this build you may find touch and pen to not work on the non-primary display. Related to this, mouse, touch, and pen input might not happen in the right place after an orientation change or if you’re using a non-native aspect ratio. We’re working on a fix.
You can read the complete blog post here:
Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17063 for PC
This build is as usual would be available via Windows update only.

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