Windows 10 preview build 10547 deploys to Insiders, with Start menu tweaks and …

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Enable the 4th column of Start menu tiles on Windows 10 build 10547.

The new code, dubbed build 10547, has quite a lot to it, including improvements to the Start Menu, better Cortana coverage, and a number of app updates. Microsoft on Friday rolled out Windows 10 Preview Build 10547 to Windows Insiders which is a preview of what’s to come in the next major update this fall.

Windows 10 is an operating system that’s supposed to address the needs of all users, so you can install it for a wide variety of tasks, including working, browsing, entertainment, and gaming.Insiders have gotten glimpses of leaked Windows 10 builds this week, but now that build 10547 is officially out, Insiders can try out all the new features for themselves.

Unlike the last build which was mostly just some cosmetic changes, build 10547 looks to fix a few of the complaints that I had with Windows 10 in our review. One of the most-requested options for the Windows 10 Start menu concerns the number of live tiles columns, as for some odd reason Microsoft is currently restricting users to just three.

And as far as the last part is concerned, Microsoft is now working to make gaming in Windows 10 truly addictive, so the company is launching a dedicated forum to receive feedback from those who install the operating system to play games. The latest build in the Insider Preview program feature a host of welcome improvements and additions, many of which were suggest by Insiders via the Windows Feedback app.

Since parts of Windows 10 is being pulled apart and put into app-style development instead, a lot of the newer features that would normally land in future updates is being farmed out to Store updates. In an announcement released today, Gabe Aul, chief of the Windows Insider program, explained that not only Microsoft would read the feedback gamers submit, but also partners, in order to further improve their products and software for Windows 10 for better performance. “In addition to our regular forum support staff, we’ll have engineers with gaming expertise on standby to assist in these forums, as well as some support staff from our partners, such as Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA, so feel free to stop by these new areas of the forum and let us know how you’re feeling about your gaming experience on Windows 10,” Aul explained today. It’s hard to imagine a Start menu with so many tiles, but it turns out that many users actually want this, so Microsoft made it possible in this build to use more tiles.

You have to enable it by heading to Settings > Personalization > Start and enabling ‘Show more tiles.’ Build 10547 also supports up to 2048 Start menu tiles now, up from the previous 512 tile limit—though you should seriously consider more efficient ways of navigating Windows if you’re rocking that many Start menu tiles. In the meantime, cumulative updates released to Windows 10 PCs also include enhancements in these regard, but without change logs, it’s really difficult to tell exactly what these enhancements are supposed to do. Task View in Tablet Mode now lets you snap apps to the left or right edges of the screen, replace a previously snapped app, or swipe down to dismiss an app completely. Speaking of apps, Microsoft’s updated a bunch of Windows 10’s preinstalled ones, including the Xbox app, which now has a preview program of its own. The new Start Menu goes from housing three medium sized tiles to now allowing up to four medium sized tiles next to each other or two large tiles side by side.

Lastly, you can now turn off the Windows background picture in the sign-in screen (Settings app => Personalization => Lock screen => turn off “Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen”). The core apps are also being updated constantly, and we’ve seen some good changes to things like Mail getting an option to disable conversation view, and the photos app keeps getting iterated to make it a better experience. The panel now expands as necessary while you write, and the suggestions bar has been tweaked to be more relevant and include more punctuation support. As newer builds continue to pour out from the Windows team, we’re getting a much clearer picture of how Window 10 and Window 10 Mobile share and benefit from a single development standpoint. We are updating our Skype media stack on all platforms (Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android) with Standard transport protocols support, including STUN (RFC 5389), TURN (RFC 5766), ICE (RFC 5245), DTLS-SRTP (RFC 5764).

If you’d like to participate, open the Settings app and head to Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options and click the Get Started button underneath the “Get Insider Builds” section. It’s not clear from the release notes if you can just log in to Cortana with a Microsoft Account now instead of switching the login, or if it is actually usable with just a local account. There are, as usual, a few known issues as well including Store Apps may not update automatically, so please check out the known issues before installing in case one of them will directly affect you.

To receive app updates, open the Store, click on your profile picture at the top right, choose “Download and updates” and check for updates manually. This will enable video interop between Skype and the Firefox browser, which currently supports H.264, and the Chrome browser when H.264 support is added to its WebRTC implementation.

This will be fixed in a future build, but this can be worked around by using a full or partial path, such as ‘.\file.txt’, or using File->Open options in the UI. For developers, the ORTC API means they can build web apps with real-time audio and video communications, which will work right inside Microsoft Edge. Clicking on the system icons in the notification area quickly can result in Windows Shell blocking the launch of fly-outs like Audio, Networking, etc. We’re adding some new functionality to help you diagnose what’s going on if a new build isn’t getting to you, but it’s not fully implemented yet.

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