It’s Friday and Gabe Aul has unleashed another new build of Windows 10 to people in the Windows Insider Program’s fast ring. 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 thing that bothered me was that the Start Menu would not allow you to create groups more than three “medium” tiles wide, and with this update, users can select “Show more tiles” in the personalization settings which allows a fourth column of tiles. It’s nice for the desktop, but this should be very beneficial to tablet mode which I felt was wasting a lot of space with just the three column width. Having four columns also allows for two wide or large tiles to be on the same row, which is a much better solution than having to plug holes with smaller tiles even if you don’t really want them. Hopefully the wording changes on the setting, since Show more tiles is not really what the setting is doing, and it is of course a fall back to the Windows 8.1 setting with the same name which actually did allow you to put more tiles on the Start Screen.

Tablet mode also gets some tweaks. I felt that Windows 10 actually lost a step compared to Windows 8.1 in just touch usage. Microsoft appears to be trying to bring back some of the good tablet features that Windows 8 had. A small change which should actually be a nice change is that when you have two apps snapped in tablet mode, you can now snap another app over one of those, just like in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has a graphic that shows the app teeter from side to side to show you which side it is going to replace. It’s a small change, but welcome. Windows 8.1 was pretty solid as a tablet operating system so it’s great to see Windows 10 adding some of those features back.

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. It has been updated again to make it more obvious which photos are on your PC and which are in the cloud. Other core apps like Xbox app are getting updated, and the Xbox app is gaining a Beta program too much like the Xbox itself has.

The Start Menu has gotten some fixes, and with this build the 512 app limit in the Start Menu has been increased to 2048 apps. While there should not really be a limit here, 2048 should be enough for pretty much anyone as far as installed apps.

Cortana, which before required a Microsoft Account, is now usable with a local account. I’ll have to test to see exactly what this means. In the original version of Windows 10, enabling Cortana with a local account would force the system to switch the account login to a Microsoft Account. 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.

Source: Windows Blog

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  • B3an - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    Just fuck off you retarded twat. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    You first. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    I've already been bitten by forced driver updates that cause issues. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    I'd rather have updates than not have updates. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    I'd rather have sockeye than red herring. Reply
  • Despoiler - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    So sick of people parroting bad information. You can entirely disable automatic driver updates. System control panel, advanced system settings, hardware tab, device installation settings, select "no let me choose what to do", then select "never install driver software from windows update." Reply
  • Gigaplex - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    And yet when I did that, it still keeps pushing the Realtek audio control panel crap that breaks the contextual volume controls (ie the default Windows drivers remembers that I have low volume on speakers, but high volume when I plug the headphones in). Reply
  • lmcd - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    I think the bigger issue is the terrible nature of the Realtek audio drivers. Someone needs to tell them to get a clue. Reply
  • lamerz4391 - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    The 1997 called and said it wants it's insult back. You lame fanboys sound like such tools using "M$". That is just as stupid as Crapple or any other tired insults used by fanboys without any imagination. Reply
  • kmmatney - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    Windoze sucks! Reply

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