Windows 10 Fast ring insiders to test new tablet experiences

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  • Microsoft is releasing the improved tablet mode interface gradually, starting with testers that have never detached their keyboard
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Now that Windows 10 Preview Build 19592 is out, Fast ring insiders have an opportunity to test the new tablet experiences it introduces.

The build comes with numerous enhancements and fixes. There are multiple issues it does not resolve, however.

New tablet experiences

Select Windows insiders in the Fast ring can now test tablet/laptop postures for PCs that offer the best of the two form factors.

Microsoft has tried to explore the idea of tablet experiences for 2-in-1 convertible computers before. The first time, it released that feature for insider testing in 20H1 Build 18970.

The concept is back to beta now, the Windows Insider team announced earlier today. However, the feature has a couple of improvements that insiders have not tested before.

This feature was previously rolled out as an experiment to Windows Insiders in 20H1 Build 18970 and ended in Build 19013. After some refinement, we’re reintroducing it to Windows Insiders in this build and plan to deliver this experience to customers in a future Windows 10 update.

Just in case you have got used to the existing Windows 10 Tablet Mode, do not worry. Microsoft is not taking away your experience with this update.

Instead, it is introducing a new way to seamlessly transition to the tablet posture within the regular desktop experience.

New tablet UI tweaks

You will notice a couple of minor changes to the user interface while exploring the new tablet mode. For starters, the update increases the spacing between Taskbar icons.

It also collapses the search feature on the left bottom corner of the screen into icon-only mode. This modification creates more space on the Taskbar, letting you add more app shortcuts.

Tapping the collapsed Search box should open it up for use, though. Additionally, you can now quickly access the touch keyboard by tapping a text field.

There is also some extra padding coming to File Explorer elements to enhance your touch experience with the UI.

Microsoft wants you to explore much more than the new tablet experiences that are available by default. That is why it is giving you the ability to customize the redesigned Tablet UI. You can do that by going to Settings>System.

Not all insiders in the Fast ring get to test the improved tablet posture in the meantime. The updates first go to beta testers that have never removed their keyboard before.

You can also participate in the experiment if you have applied the Don’t ask me and don’t switch tablet mode setting.

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