Microsoft release new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17650 (RS5) Skip Ahead build to Insiders

Microsoft has just released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17650 (RS5) to Windows Insiders who opted in to Skip Ahead.

The new build brings the following changes and improvements.

Windows Defender Security Center gets a Fluent Design refresh

Microsoft heard your feedback and when you install this build you’ll find they have updated Windows Defender Security Center (WDSC) to include the Fluent Design elements you know and love. You’ll also notice Microsoft adjusted the spacing and padding around the app and will now dynamically size the categories on the main page if more room is needed for extra info. Last but not least, Microsoft also updated the title bar of the app so that it will now use your accent colour if you’ve enabled that option in Color Settings – with Sets enabled, you will see this colour in the WDSC tab.

Windows Defender Firewall now supports Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) processes

You can add specific rules for a WSL process in Windows Defender Firewall, just as you would for any Windows process. Also, Windows Defender Firewall now supports notifications for WSL processes. For example, when a Linux tool wants to allow access to a port from the outside (like SSH or a web server like nginx), the Windows Defender Firewall will prompt to allow access just like it would for a Windows process when the port starts accepting connections. This was first introduced in Build 17627.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Microsoft fixed an issue where File Explorer would always open with the ribbon minimized, rather than remembering how you’d left it.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where elements on the main page of the Windows Defender Security Center app would slightly change size on mouse hover.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where non-default languages might unexpectedly have the option to remove in Settings greyed out.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where the Color Filters and High Contrast icons were switched in Settings.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where clicking links in Settings that launched other apps would result in Settings crashing and nothing else happening.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some people experiencing a Settings crash when navigating to Apps > Default Apps > Set defaults by App.

Known issues

  • On resuming from sleep, the desktop may be momentarily visible before the Lock screen displays as expected.
  • When Movies & TV user denies access to its videos library (through the “Let Movies & TV access your videos library?” popup window or through Windows privacy settings), Movies & TV crashes when the user navigates to the “Personal” tab.
  • Tiling and cascading windows, including features like “View Side by Side” in Word, will not work for inactive tabs.
  • The Office Visual Basic Editor window will currently be tabbed but is not intended to be in the future.
  • Opening an Office document while the same app has an existing document open may cause an unintended switch to the last active document. This will also happen when closing a sheet in Excel while other sheets remain open.
  • Local files or non-Microsoft cloud files will not be automatically restored and no error message will be provided to alert the user to that fact.
  • Sets UX for Office Win32 desktop apps is not final.  The experience will be refined over time based on feedback.
  • The top of some Win32 desktop app windows may appear slightly underneath the tab bar when created maximized. To work around the issue, restore and re-maximize the window.
  • Closing one tab may sometimes minimize the entire set.
  • We’re aware of an issue that causes Narrator to read extra text when invoking Alt + Tab, and Microsoft is working on a fix.
  • Using arrow and Page Up / Page Down keys doesn’t work to scroll webpages in Microsoft Edge. You’ll need to use another input method (mouse, touch, or touchpad).
  • If you complete the setup for a Windows Mixed Reality headset on this build, the headset will remain black until it is unplugged and reconnected to the PC.

Windows 10 Insiders on the Skip Ahead ring can download the new build by Checking for Updates in Settings.

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