Microsoft talks more about its Shell experience in Windows 10 preview 16226 for PCs

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There has been mounting curiosity by developers and observers as to what Microsoft’s play is with its Windows 10 Shell and its future on mobile devices.

While Microsoft has been relatively tight-lipped about Windows 10 Shell approach for mobile, but if its efforts on the desktop are anything to go by, things are arguably looking rather impressive.

In today’s Windows 10 preview 16226 release for PCs, Insiders are getting another look at improvements to the Shell experience.

Shell Improvements

Reveal: The new Reveal Highlight  behavior is an interaction visualization that helps guide users. Reveal is now enabled by default on ListView and other XAML collection controls in experiences that target the Fall Creators Update.

The new Reveal Highlight behavior is an interaction visualization that helps guide users.

Note: This gif is from our UWP Style Guide, and showcases both the use of Acrylic material, and the use of Reveal. With this update, we are only enabling Reveal by default.

Update: There appears to be even more Shell tid bits found in the preview that include improvements to the File Explorer menus and the My People functionality. 

Updated File Explorer context menu: You can now Share a file in File Explorer via the right-click context menu! Right-click on a file in File Explorer or on the Desktop to bring up the context menu, then share away. NOTE: “Share with” in the context menu has been changed to “Give access to”.

Updated File Explorer context menu.

My People Improvements:

We’ve added text to the overflow area in the People flyout to make it more clear the people listed there are pinned.

  • We’ve updated the “Switch apps” button in the People flyout to now use the a hamburger icon, to make it more visually distinct from the back button.
  • If you right-click the taskbar, you’ll now find an option to easily turn on or off People.
  • We fixed an issue from the last flight where the People flyout would crash if you tapped “Find and pin contacts”.

Slowly but surely Microsoft is building a set of solid experiences that should translate across a multitude of mediums that will include but are not limited to Windows.