The Windows 10 Insider Program is back on track, and from our recent poll, we learned that at least 50% of our readership will not be leaving the program in favor of sticking with the stable RTM build. So now that build 10525 is out, let’s take a look at what’s new.
First and foremost, colors are back! Feedback from Windows Insiders wins again. Users can now choose a color for the Start menu, taskbar, action center and title bars. In addition to being able to toggle transparency, an option added in previous builds.
Microsoft also made improvements to the built-in Memory Manager, where a new compression store concept has been added. Hear it from Microsoft:
In Windows 10, we have added a new concept in the Memory Manager called a compression store, which is an in-memory collection of compressed pages. This means that when Memory Manager feels memory pressure, it will compress unused pages instead of writing them to disk. This reduces the amount of memory used per process, allowing Windows 10 to maintain more applications in physical memory at a time. This also helps provide better responsiveness across Windows 10. The compression store lives in the System process’s working set. Since the system process holds the store in memory, its working set grows larger exactly when memory is being made available for other processes. This is visible in Task Manager and the reason the System process appears to be consuming more memory than previous releases.
That’s pretty much it for the big new additions, but I think it’s safe to assume that there have been other under-the-hood improvements and fixes added in too. What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments section below if any of you who told us you wouldn’t be sticking with the program changed your mind yet.