Another new build of Windows 10 is rolling out to Windows Insiders today. Microsoft today released Windows 10 build 15046 for Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring, and it’s a fairly minor update from the last build (15042). The latest build is only available for PCs.
As we are nearing the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest build of Windows 10 does not include a lot of new features and it mostly focuses on bug fixes and improvements in the OS. This will likely be the case for most of the upcoming builds of Windows 10, as Microsoft is busy polishing up the Windows 10 Creators Update for the public release in April.
There are a couple of new features in the update, however. Firstly, Microsoft is bringing back the old color for Cortana in the taskbar which the company removed with an earlier build of Windows 10 as part of an experiment. As it seems like, Insiders didn’t really like the change so Microsoft is bringing it back to its original design. Microsoft is also adding a tiny new feature to the Windows Defender notification in the taskbar which will now show your status right from the taskbar icon.
Microsoft has also improved the “Pick up where you left off” feature with build 15046. With the latest build, Windows 10 now shows your apps, files, and websites from Microsoft Edge in Cortana rather than the Action Center. As a result, they are always accessible and you won’t have to worry about mistakenly removing the notification from the Action Center anymore.
There are a couple of other minor new changes — for instance, Microsoft is introducing improved translations, especially for the new OOBE as well as a new icon for the Gaming page in the Settings app. Apart from all of this, there really isn’t anything else in this build.
Windows 10’s development will get exciting once again when Microsoft starts releasing Windows 10 “Redstone 3” builds following the public rollout of the Creators Update. Redmond is expected to reveal details regarding the Redstone 3 update at its annual developer conference, Build 2017. Windows Insiders should be able to try out some of the upcoming new features sometime around June/July of this year when Redstone 3 development enters the “prime-time” period.
In the meantime, if you are interested in getting the latest build of Windows 10, make sure your device is enrolled into the Fast Ring. Once that’s done, go into Windows Update in the Settings and check for updates to download and install build 15046 on your machine.
As usual, you can find the full changelog for build 15046 here.