This is the first public preview build of Microsoft Windows It introduces a hybrid start menu that combines the functionality of that of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Improvements are made to window management with the introduction of Task View that features virtual desktops.
Other improvements in this area include the expansion of the window snapping feature allowing apps to be snapped on up to four corners with "Snap Assist" feature that suggest other windows to snap when the users snaps a window. The Windows command line console is updated with this build with new functionalities including, allowing users to cut, copy, and paste texts with the standard keyboard shortcuts, the ability to display the console at full screen at any display resolution, and transparency options.
The second public preview build of Windows 10 introduces Action Center, which debuted in Windows Phone 8. This is the last public preview build to have the version number of 6. This build brought upon one of the most controversial changes to the operating system by removing the OneDrive 's "Smart Files" that allowed users to view and work with files on OneDrive through File Explorer even if they were not synced to the device.
OneDrive now uses selective synchronization of local contents with the cloud service. Other UI changes in this build include the ability to hide the "Task View" and "Search" buttons from the Taskbar, updated minimize and restore animations, updated menu icon for "Metro-Style" apps from 3 dots to hamburger-style icon. New 3 finger gestures have also been added to switch to Task View and switch between virtual desktops.
This build brings Native support for Matroska file types. It also brings Operating system compression through the Disk Cleanup utility. This build was released after Microsoft's January Windows 10 event where it showed off its upcoming roadmap for the operating system as well as introduced new hardware, including the Hololens and Surface Hub. A full screen button is added to the new Start menu, allowing the user to toggle the full-screen experience without having to go to the Settings app, logging out, and logging back in, as it was required in previous builds.
Maps app with Cortana integration  and ability to save maps for offline use  A new Photos app is introduced with aggregated content and automatic enhancements. Cortana is introduced on the PC for the first time, with support for U. English locale. There are other user interface changes with this build, including restyled window frames and support for new languages. The Settings app is updated with new layout  The Taskbar is restyled with new opaque appearance, smaller application icons, and underlines to denote active applications.
The Action Center is redesigned and includes with quick action buttons. Option to pick default folder when opening File Explorer is added with this build. Early version of DirectX 12 is also included. User Interface changes include the addition of network connections fly-out that can be invoked from the taskbar, handwriting input canvas optimizations for short text entries, lock screen changes with "did you know" backgrounds to help users with Windows The Start button is smaller and has a new hover animation.
Functional changes and the addition of transparency to the Start menu. Open applications no longer appear on the taskbar across all virtual desktops by default and can be moved across desktops. This build also adds the ability to unlock devices with Windows Hello, but requires manufacturers to implement a camera with said capabilities. Print to PDFs is also added. This build debuts the public preview of Microsoft Edge web browser.
Bio Enrollment is also added, although its purpose is still not known and the app is not accessible. This build features several new apps as well as improvements to existing UWP apps. Preview versions of the Music and Video apps are included along with their Windows 8 counterparts. Microsoft Solitaire Collection is now included with the operating system . This build also brings several UI changes. There is now a new black system theme across the Start menu, Taskbar and Action Center. There is now transparency in the Start menu, the Taskbar, the Action Center, and preview windows, with options to enable or disable it.
The Start menu is now resizable. Visuals have been refined for desktop icons, close buttons, and thumbnails. Tablet mode is improved such that entering Tablet mode now causes the Start button, Cortana, and the Task View buttons to all grow in size and space out to be more touch friendly. There is also a new setting to boot direct into Tablet Mode. For tablets under 10 inches, this is the default behavior. Microsoft Edge has received improvement such that double-clicking on its titlebar now maximizes the application.
Released alongside Microsoft's build conference, this build introduces new default Windows system sounds. Cortana's user interface is significantly improved;it is now more seamlessly integrated with the Start Menu. Enhancements are made to live tiles, including new animations and the addition the option to disable a live tile.
The Start menu's UI has been further refined. The settings app has been improved, including the addition of desktop personalization within the app. Changes to the desktop user interface is included with this build. The File Explorer and Settings icons in the Start menu are moved to the bottom, near the Power option. The ability to toggle between Start menu and Start screen was moved to the new Start settings page under Personalization settings.
This build also brings changes to how Windows 10 handles default apps. Now, apps cannot modify default apps;only the end user can do so from the Settings app. If an app attempts to change the defaults, the user will simply receive a message describing how to manually change the default apps. This build brings various visual improvements.
There are new icon throughout the operating system. This build also adds the ability to print to PDF natively. This build brings further UX improvements and refinements, updates to Cortana and its integration with apps and services. This build also includes app updates, including updates to the photos app and the Snipping Tool app that allows the capture of screenshot after a user defined timer.
Starting with this build, the Insider Hub app is no longer installed by default but can be reinstalled from the Settings app. The legacy Windows Photo viewer app no longer has various picture format associations in the registry in favor of the Photos app. Microsoft Edge has also received significant improvements in this build. The browser no longer refers to itself as "Project Spartan";instead, it bears the "Edge" name. Updates to the browser include an optional home toolbar button, the ability to import bookmarks from other browsers, dark theme, the ability to drag and drop tabs to another Microsoft Edge window, and auto-fill of forms and password fields.
Microsoft Edge can now also continue playing audio and video even when the app is minimized. This build includes a new default desktop wallpaper, referred to as "hero image" by Microsoft, that would be included in the public release of Windows The lockscreen is also updated to display a modified version of the default wallpaper on the page where the user enters their login credentials.
The final pre-release build of this branch adds the ability to purchase wi-fi connections via the Windows Store. At the time, this feature was only available at Seattle , WA. This is the first released to manufacturing RTM build of Windows It was released to device manufacturers to be preloaded on their devices. This is also the build that was sold to retail stores in a USB installation media for customers who would like to purchase the operating system as a standalone retail product. Commonly referred to as "Day One Patch", this is the first general availability build.
It is the update users received when they upgraded to Windows 10 through the free upgrade offer or after checking for updates on PCs preloaded with Windows This cumulative update to Windows 10 adds new functionality to Microsoft Edge. For websites that display dialogue boxes multiple times, Microsoft Edge now provides a checkbox on the dialogue box to prevent further dialog boxes to pop up. Windows 10 November Update, or version , codenamed "Threshold 2", is the first major update to Windows 10 and the second version of the operating system.
The first preview was released on August 18, The final release was made available to Windows Insiders on November 3, , followed by a public release on November 12, to existing Windows 10 users, and as a free upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8. Unlike the initial release of Windows, this branch was also made available to existing Windows Phone 8. The last public update was released on April 10, , for Enterprise and Education versions only. This update enables UWP games and apps to unlock framerate. Windows 10 Anniversary Update, or version , codenamed "Redstone 1",     is the second major update to Windows 10 and the first in a series of updates under the Redstone codenames.
The first preview was released on December 16, The final release was made available to Windows Insiders on July 18, , followed by a public release on August 2. Windows 10 Creators Update  or version , codenamed "Redstone 2", is the third major update to Windows 10 and the second in a series of updates under the Redstone codenames.
The first preview was released to Insiders on August 11, The final release was made available to Windows Insiders on March 20, , followed by a public release on April 5 via Update Assistant, and began to roll out on April Public release: April 5, Manual download April 11, General availability. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,  or version , codenamed "Redstone 3", is the fourth major update to Windows 10 and the third in a series of updates under the Redstone codenames.
The first preview was released to Insiders on April 7, The final release was made available to Windows Insiders on September 26, , followed by a public release on October Windows 10 April Update   or version ,  codenamed "Redstone 4", is the fifth major update to Windows 10 and the fourth in a series of updates under the Redstone codenames.
The first preview was released to Insiders on August 31, The final release was made available to Windows Insiders on April 16, , followed by a public release on April 30, and began to roll out on May 8. Windows 10 October Update,  or version ,  codenamed "Redstone 5", is the sixth major update to Windows 10 and the fifth in a series of updates under the Redstone codenames. The first preview was released to Insiders on February 14, The update was made available to public consumers on October 2, Windows 10 version ,  codenamed "19H1",  is the seventh major update to Windows 10 and the first to use a more descriptive codename including the year and the order released instead of the "Redstone" codename.
The next feature release of Windows 10, codenamed "19H2", is the eighth major update to Windows 10 and the second to use a more descriptive codename. No new builds from this version have been released to Insiders as Microsoft needs a longer lead time for the development of a further feature release, which is codenamed "20H1". Microsoft stated that builds from 19H2 will be released later in spring when Version is ready. The next feature release of Windows 10, codenamed "20H1", is the ninth major update to Windows 10 and the third to use a more descriptive codename.
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Second wave of updates coming in ". Location Windows 10 introduces a new method to prompt the user for permission to access their location, RequestAccessAsync. The user sets the privacy of their location data with the location privacy settings in the Settings app. Your app can access the user's location only when: At that time, your app must be in the foreground and RequestAccessAsync must be called from the UI thread.
Until the user grants your app permission to their location, your app can't access location data. AllJoyn The Windows. AllJoyn Windows Runtime namespace introduces Microsoft's implementation of the AllJoyn open source software framework and services. Use the AllJoynCodeGen tool included in this release to generate a Windows component that you can use to enable AllJoyn scenarios in your device app.
You can now add printing to your mobile app by using familiar printing-related APIs from the Windows. Printing and Windows. Printing namespaces. Create a Battery object to represent an individual battery controller or an aggregate of all battery controllers when created by FromIdAsync or AggregateBattery , respectively.
Use the GetReport method to return a BatteryReport object that indicates the charge, capacity, and status of the corresponding batteries. Custom sensor support The Windows. Custom namespace allows hardware developers to define new custom sensor types, like a CO2 sensor.
Direct3D 12 is faster and more efficient than ever before. It enables richer scenes, more objects, more complex effects, and better use of modern graphics hardware. You can achieve much faster image rendering, such as rendering low-lag photos directly from the camera, using custom image decoders, capturing frames from DirectX surfaces, or even creating in-memory images from scratch and rendering them all directly in XAML with low latency and low memory overhead.
You could do this previously using MatrixTransform and complex math, but Transform3D greatly simplifies this effect, and also enables the effect to be animated. For more info, see the UIElement. The object is initialized by pointing it to a streaming manifest file. Once the object is bound to a XAML media element, adaptive playback begins.
Properties of the stream, such as the available, minimum, and maximum bitrates, can be queried and set where appropriate. The new IMFVideoProcessorControl2 interface lets your app enable hardware effects, query for supported hardware effects, and override the rotation operation performed by the video processor. Transcoding The new MediaProcessingTrigger API lets your app perform media transcoding in a background task, so your transcoding operations can continue even when your foreground app has been terminated.
For example, if the video stream in a content containing an audio and a video stream fails, the MediaElement will still play the audio stream. The PartialMediaFailureDetected notifies you that one of the streams within a stream could not be decoded. It also lets you know what type of stream failed so that you can reflect that info in your UI.
If all of the streams within a media stream fail, the MediaFailed event is raised. Support for adaptive video streaming with MediaElement MediaElement has the new SetPlaybackSource method to support adaptive video streaming. Use this method to set your media source to an AdaptiveMediaSource. You can use this method to programmatically send content from any media or image element to a broader range of remote devices, like Miracast, Bluetooth, and DLNA. Media transport controls for desktop apps The ISystemMediaTransportControls interface and related APIs allow desktop apps to interact with the built-in system media transport controls.
This includes responding to user interactions with the transport control buttons, and updating the transport controls display to show metadata about currently playing media content. You can also now enable indexing of the image data, which provides efficient random access to large images at the expense of a larger memory footprint.
Overlays for media compositions The new MediaOverlay and MediaOverlayLayer APIs make it easy to add multiple layers of static or dynamic media content to a media composition. Opacity, position, and timing can be adjusted for each layer, and you can even implement your own custom compositor for input layers. New effects framework The Windows. Effects namespace provides a simple and intuitive framework for adding effects to audio and video streams.
The framework includes basic interfaces that you can implement to create custom audio and video effects and insert them into the media pipeline. Networking Feature Description Sockets Socket updates include: Socket broker: The socket broker can establish and close socket connections on behalf of an app in any state of the app lifecycle. This makes apps and the services that they provide more discoverable. Throughput improvements: Socket throughput has been optimized for apps that use the Windows. Sockets namespace. BackgroundTransfer namespace let you register groups of post-processing tasks.
Bluetooth support for advertisements With the Windows. Advertisement namespace, your apps can send, receive, and filter Bluetooth LE advertisements. Additions to the Windows. WiFiDirect namespace also let a device make itself discoverable to other devices, and let it listen for incoming connection notifications. In this release, the Wi-Fi Direct feature improvements are not built into the UX, and they support only push-button pairing. Also, this release supports only one active connection. Json namespace now better supports existing standard definitions and the developer experience when converting JSON objects during debug sessions.
Cryptography namespace provide support for Elliptical Curve Cryptography ECC , a public-key cryptography implementation based on elliptical curves over finite fields. ECC is mathematically more complex than RSA, provides smaller key sizes, reduces memory consumption, and improves performance. Microsoft Passport Microsoft Passport is an alternative method of authentication that replaces passwords with asymmetric cryptography and a gesture.
Classes in the Credentials namespace, such as KeyCredentialManger , make it easy for developers to create application using Microsoft Passport without the complexity of cryptography or biometrics. You can choose whether to disable or enable this policy setting. Token Broker Token Broker is a new authentication framework that makes it easier for apps to connect to online identity providers like Facebook.
Features such as account username and password management and a streamlined UI provide a greatly improved authentication experience for users. System services Feature Description Power Your Windows desktop application can now be notified when battery saver is engaged or disengaged. By responding to changing power conditions, your application has the opportunity to help extend battery life. This structure has been updated to support battery saver.
The fourth member, SystemStatusFlag previously named Reserved1, now indicates if battery saver is engaged or not. Use the GetSystemPowerStatus function to retrieve a pointer to this structure. Version You can use the Version Helper functions to determine the version of the operating system.
You should use the helper functions rather than the deprecated GetVersionEx and GetVersion functions when you want to determine the system version. For more information about how to get the system version, see Getting the System Version.
For more information about version numbers for the operating system, see Operating System Version. You also need to specifically target Windows 8. For information about how to target your application for these versions of Windows, see Targeting your application for Windows. System namespace make it easy to access information about a user, like their username and account picture. It also provides the ability to respond to user events such as log-in and log-out.
System has been extended to all platforms, and their overall functionality has been enhanced with new classes and functions. Storage Feature Description File-search APIs available for Windows Phone As an app publisher, you can register your app to share a storage folder with other apps that you publish by adding extensions to the app manifest.
Then call the Windows. GetPublisherCacheFolder method to get the shared storage location. The strong security model of Windows Runtime apps typically prevents apps from sharing data among themselves. But it can be useful for apps from the same publisher to share files and settings on a per-user basis.
It also lets you change property values while your app is running, so you can tweak and experiment without having to re-launch. This API provides a simplified way to instrument code and include structured data with events without requiring a separate instrumentation manifest XML file. User Experience Feature Description Speech recognition Continuous speech recognition for long-form dictation scenarios is now supported by the Universal Windows Platform. See how to enable continuous dictation in the Speech interaction docs. Drag-and-drop capabilities between different application platforms The new Windows.
DragDrop namespaces bring drag-and-drop functionality to Universal Windows apps. Previously, common drag-and-drop scenarios for desktop programs—such as dragging a document from a folder into an Outlook email message to attach it—are not possible with Universal Windows apps. Using these new APIs, your app can let users easily move data between different Universal Windows apps and the desktop. TitleBar property and Window. Your XAML is treated as "system chrome", so Windows will handle the input events instead of your app.
NewWindowRequested event lets you respond when a script in a WebView requests a new browser window. PermissionRequested event The new WebView. Feedback We'd love to hear your thoughts. Choose the type you'd like to provide: Product feedback Sign in to give documentation feedback. You may also leave feedback directly on GitHub. Content feedback. Submit feedback. There are no open issues. View on GitHub.
XAML provides new support for defining tailored views. Using the new VisualState. In Universal Windows apps, you can use the new compiler-based binding mechanism enabled by the x: In Universal Windows apps, the new x: The new SplitView control gives you a way to easily show and hide transient content. RelativePanel is a new layout panel that lets you position and align child objects in relation to each other or the parent panel. The CalendarView control makes it easy to view and select dates and date ranges using a customizable, month based view. The new MediaTransportControls class makes it easier to customize the transport controls of a MediaElement.
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The MapControl class been updated to provide aerial 3D imagery and street-level views. The Windows.
When you show grouped data in a ListView or GridView , the group headers now remain visible when the list is scrolled. When you show grouped data in an ItemsControl , you can call the GroupHeaderContainerFromItemContainer method to get a reference to the parent header for the group. In Universal Windows apps, ListView and GridView controls now let you select items in terms of ranges of item indexes instead of item object references. ListView and GridView use item presenters to provide the default visuals for selection and focus. The DatePicker and TimePicker controls now have one consistent implementation for Universal Windows apps across all device families.
ScrollViewer has new DirectManipulationStarted and DirectManipulationCompleted events to notify your app when touch panning starts and stops. Common container controls have new border properties that let you draw a border around them without adding an additional Border element to your XAML. ContentPresenter has new APIs that give you more control over text display: The ContentDialog control from Windows Phone 8.
The Pivot control from Windows Phone 8. The new Windows. Users sometimes enter text through an Input Method Editor that shows in a window just below a text input box typically for East Asian languages. XAML text controls have new API to improve handling of bi-directional text, resulting in better text alignment and paragraph directionality across a variety of input languages.
Extend the basic functionality of Cortana with voice commands that launch and execute a single action in an external application. Display built-in settings pages by using the ms-settings protocol with the LaunchUriAsync method. New app-to-app communication APIs in Windows 10 make it possible for Windows applications as well as Windows Web applications to launch each other and exchange data and files.
An app service is a way for an app to provide services to other apps in Windows Updates to the package manifest schema reference for Windows 10 include elements that have been added, removed, and changed. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a powerful team collaboration device and a large-screen platform for Universal Windows apps that run natively from Surface Hub or from your connected device. Windows 10 introduces a new method to prompt the user for permission to access their location, RequestAccessAsync. The battery APIs in the Windows. Host card emulation enables you to implement NFC card emulation services hosted in the OS and still be able to communicate with the external reader terminal via NFC radio.
You can use the new AdaptiveMediaSource class to add adaptive video streaming capabilities to your apps. The new MediaProcessingTrigger API lets your app perform media transcoding in a background task, so your transcoding operations can continue even when your foreground app has been terminated. MediaElement has the new SetPlaybackSource method to support adaptive video streaming.
Socket updates include: New APIs in the Windows. With the Windows. The device broker is updated to enable pairing with devices without leaving the app. Microsoft Passport is an alternative method of authentication that replaces passwords with asymmetric cryptography and a gesture. Microsoft Passport for Work is an alternative method for signing in Windows using your Azure Active Directory account that does not use passwords, smart card, and Virtual Smart Cards.
Token Broker is a new authentication framework that makes it easier for apps to connect to online identity providers like Facebook. Your Windows desktop application can now be notified when battery saver is engaged or disengaged. You can use the Version Helper functions to determine the version of the operating system. Support for memory profiling API in Windows. As an app publisher, you can register your app to share a storage folder with other apps that you publish by adding extensions to the app manifest.