The Windows 10 April 2018 Update has rolled out to most users. The next big update will be Redstone 5, which will probably roll out around September or October. Microsoft has now released Windows 10 Build 17704 for Windows Insiders that provides a preview for what the next update has in store. The latest build preview also fixes numerous Windows 10 bugs.
Microsoft Edge gets a new Media autoplay option
Firstly, build 17704 highlights that Microsoft will add a little more to Edge with the next update. The April 2018 Update added a few new options to Edge, and Microsoft’s flagship browser includes a new Media autoplay option in the 17704 build preview. That setting enables users to configure video playback on webpages.
Microsoft has also modified Edge’s UI design for 17704. In build 17704, Edge now includes a revamped settings menu. The browser’s revamped menu includes a Show in toolbar submenu from which users can select to add or remove icons from the toolbar.
Windows 10 Redstone 5 brings a new Skype version
Build 17704 includes a new Skype app version with numerous enhancements. In the latest Skype version, users can take snapshots within calls. The app includes customizable themes for Skype clients. A more flexible Skype call canvas also enables users to drag contacts from the app’s call canvas to the overflow ribbon.
New install options in File Explorer
The latest build preview enables non-admin users to install fonts. File Explorer’s context menu includes new Install and Install for all users font options. Selecting Install will install the font for the current user (without admin rights required). Administrators can install a font for all users by selecting the Install for all users setting.
Sets removed in Redstone 5
Microsoft has also confirmed that the new build preview provides fixes for numerous Windows 10 bugs. Build 17704 fixes Cortana, Task View, Timeline, File Explorer and Edge issues among others. A Microsoft build 17704 blog post includes a full list of fixes, and that page also states:
Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great.
As such, Microsoft has removed Sets from the 17704 build preview. Sets adds new software tabs to windows’ title bars. With Microsoft pulling Sets from 17704, the Redstone 5 update will probably not include the tabs. However, the Microsoft blog post also stated that Sets will return in a “future WIP flight.”
Despite the absence of Sets, the 17704 preview build still includes some notable new features. The Redstone 5 update will also include Cloud Clipboard and a new Screen Sketch app. Check out this article for further Redstone 5 update details.