New Windows 10 preview build shows what’s next for the OS

By: Matthew Adams
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Now the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is out, some users might wonder what the next big thing for Windows 10 is. Microsoft releases two new versions of Windows 10 each year, and the next big update for it will probably arrive in October. That update is currently known as Redstone 5, and May’s 17661 preview build has just given Windows Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead rings a glimpse of what’s in store for Win 10 come fall 2018.

The 17661 preview build for Redstone 5 includes a new Screen Sketch app for Win 10. That app integrates with a snipping toolbar that you can open with a Win + Shift + S hotkey. After snipping a snapshot, you can then select to open it within the Screen Sketch app. The Screen Sketch app includes additional annotation and sharing options for screenshots.

Redstone 5 is also widely expected to include Cloud Clipboard. Cloud Clipboard is the somewhat overdue addition to Windows 10 that Microsoft was initially going to include in the Redstone 4 update. With Cloud Clipboard, users can copy and paste items across devices via the cloud.

Sets is another cool new thing included in the Redstone 5 preview builds. That enables you to group app and website windows within one single window. Then you can switch between each app and website page by selecting their tabs within a single window much the same as browser tabs. So Sets is similar to the TidyTabs software with which you can group multiple programs within a single window.

Fluent Design changes will also be another aspect of the Redstone 5 update. The latest 17661 preview build already includes a Fluent Design makeover for the Windows Timeline. So we can expect more of the same when the full Redstone 5 update rolls out.

Microsoft has also resurrected phone APIs in Redstone 5 preview builds. Thus, phone APIs might also be making a comeback with the Redstone 5 update. The return of Windows 10 phone APIs has raised speculation that Microsoft is developing a new mobile device.

Aside from the Redstone 5 update, Microsoft is also developing a new type of modular Windows 10 OS. That is the Windows Core OS which will transform Win 10 into a modular platform. It be one Windows 10 OS that you can install on alternative form factor devices. All the devices with the new, unified Windows 10 OS installed will share the same platform kernal (or core). WCOS will ensure that current Win 10 variants (such as Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 S) are no longer required for alternative devices.

A lot of websites speculate that a Surface Phone might be among the first devices to incorporate the WCOS. Andromedia is a codename for a new type of mobile device Microsoft is reputedly developing. Andromedia is expected to be a foldable mobile device based on the unified Windows 10 WCOS platform. This post provides further details for the speculated Andromeda mobile device.

So Redstone 5 and WCOS are the next big things for Windows 10. There will certainly be at least a few more preview builds for Redstone 5 before the final build rolls out in 2018. Microsoft might also provide some firmer details for the rumored Andromedia mobile device later this year.

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