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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17639 with major improvements to Sets

Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17639 brings major improvements to Sets feature including expanded functionality

  • Published: April 5, 2018 11:27 AM IST
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Microsoft has started rolling Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17639 from the Redstone 5 branch to Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead program. The build arrives just days ahead of the public release of Windows 10 Build 1803 based on Redstone 4 branch, which could arrive as early as next week. The Redstone 4 builds bring a number of new features to Windows 10 but one of the key feature likely to arrive with the build was Sets. However, Microsoft has pushed the feature to Redstone 5 branch and is detailing the feature with the newly released Build 17639.

Microsoft explains Sets as a management tool that groups web pages, documents, files and apps belonging to a particular project at one place. It is widely seen among Windows users as a tool that can increase productivity. With the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17639, Microsoft has added a number of improvements to Sets. The changelog explains that Sets now supports option to drag and drop app tabs within and between Sets windows.

However, if you open a Microsoft Edge tab outside of a Set, you won’t be able to drag and drop it into a Sets window. “Drag and drop for Microsoft Edge web tabs within Sets isn’t supported yet and you may experience a crash if this is attempted,” Microsoft explains.

With the new build, Windows 10 users will have the ability switch between tabs in Sets with Alt + Tab option. So if you have Photos, Microsoft Edge and OneNote tabbed together then you can simply switch between them with Alt + Tab, which will show the primary window. Microsoft is also bringing improved settings for Sets which can now be tweaked via Settings > System > Multitasking. Sets now has its own section on this page and can be searched by typing “Sets” or “tabs” in the Settings menu. Further, Microsoft also allows users to control the Alt + Tab behavior.

With this build, Microsoft says it is working to make it easier to get two File Explorer windows grouped together. It is also getting rid of the need to hold CTRL on the new tab page to launch a File Explorer window in a tab. When a File Explorer window is in focus, Windows 10 users can open a new tab by pressing CTRL + T. This is in addition to CTRL + N to open a new window and CTRL + W to close the window or tab. The File Explorer also gets new UI elements for easily opening new tabs and windows in the File Menu and in the context menu when you right-click on a folder.

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For tabs in Sets, users can right-click to see new context menu options including “close other tabs”, “move to new window”, and “close tabs to the right”. The Previous Tabs option also gets new improvements including an option to pick and choose which Previous Tabs you want to restore as opposed to the current option which restores all tabs. Microsoft is also planning to enable Sets for more Win32 desktop apps include Office.

In addition to improvements to Sets, Microsoft is also adding an option to check battery percentage of connected Bluetooth devices. The battery percentage of devices supporting the feature can be checked in Bluetooth and other devices settings. The update brings improvements to Windows Calculator including a fix to correctly calculate the square roots for perfect squares.

As always, the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17639 bring general changes including fix to an issue resulting in duplicate entries in Disk Management. It also prevents certain Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from silently terminating when minimized. There are bug fixes to BitLocker, Start menu and touch keyboard. Microsoft has also released a new tool to help Windows users kickstarted Artificial Intelligence.

This is the first major update released to Windows 10 Insider program since the Redmond-based software major announced reorganization. As part of reorg, Microsoft is letting go Windows chief Terry Myerson as it branches beyond Windows and looks for a lead in areas like Cloud and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Published Date: April 5, 2018 11:27 AM IST