Windows 10’s latest Insider Preview release introduces major improvements

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Microsoft today released a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Fast Ring. The latest build of Windows 10, build 14986, a huge update for Windows 10. The build highly focuses on new features for Cortana.

With build 14986, Microsoft is adding the ability to turn off your PC and change volume with voice commands on Cortana. Cortana also picked up better music integration with the update, as the personal assistant can now play music from certain apps via voice commands — for example, you can simply say “Play Drake on iHeartRadio” to play Drake’s songs on iHeartRadio. The update also brings the music recognition feature to users using Chinese (Simplified).

Another neat little feature that’s been added with 14986 is the new idle mode for Cortana — this will essentially make Cortana go full-screen (similar to the lock screen Cortana) when your computer is unlocked and idle. The update also brings improvements to Windows Ink which now lets users resume their previous screen sketches, Windows Ink also includes updated ink flyout visuals and improved ruler rotation controller with the latest build.

Moving on from Cortana and Windows Ink, the build also introduces major improvements to other features in Windows 10 as well. For instance, Microsoft has added support for 19 new games to the Windows Game Bar, ranging from Overwatch to Battlefield 1.

And lastly, there is a range of other improvements throughout the operating system. For example, there is a new rendering engine for the UWP, improvements to Narrator, and a new Windows Defender. There are also some minor improvements to the Registry Editor, as well as Windows Update which now makes it easier to free up space for upgrading when there isn’t enough space on your PC.

To get a full list of new features in build 14986, please checkout the changelog here.

These new features and improvements are available to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring at the moment, but it will likely come to other users in the Slow Ring soon. As for everyone else, the new features will arrive with Windows 10 Creators Update, scheduled to arrive sometime in early 2017.

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