Windows 10 Build 17686 improves privacy and Windows Mixed Reality

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read
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Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc bring the usual exciting news for Windows Insiders. The latest is that the company released the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17686 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring in addition to Insiders who opted to Skip Ahead.

Here’s what’s new in Build 17686

Improved Local Experience

A new Region page has been introduced that allows overrides to default regional format settings such as Dates, Times, Calendar, First day of the week, and Currency. To give it a try, you have to head to Settings App – Time & Language – Region. You can now access the Local Experience Packs from the Settings App.

Privacy Improvements

Microsoft announces users that if the access to the microphone has been disabled in the privacy settings, a notification will pop up from now on the first time that they try to use the mic.

Windows Mixed Reality Improvements

This build will no longer require a physical monitor to be connected while you are running Mixed Reality in cases such as the backpack PCs. To use Windows Mixed Reality while standing will need a room boundary.

The apps running on Windows Mixed Reality can use the Camera Capture UI API to get images of the mixed reality world via the system capture experience. Microsoft also announced a few adjustments to the mixed reality video capture experience that will make it easier to stop videos from the Start menu.

The build comes with a bunch of general changes, improvements, and fixes targeting PCs and also a few known issues. The known problems involve some unexpectedly light colors when in dark mode in File Explorer and the Common File Dialog and this is because Microsoft is working on adding a dark theme here. You can read more details on other known issues by heading over to Microsoft’s official announcement.

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