Microsoft is rolling out today the Windows 10 Insider PC build 17025 to Fast Ring and Skip Ahead Insiders, nearly two weeks after the release of the last Redstone 4 build (17017). This new build brings a couple of improvements to the Settings app, including revamped Ease of Access settings as well as better controls for Startup tasks. Additionally, the Microsoft Yahei Font, which is used to display Windows UI text in the Chinese simplified language has been updated after feedback from Insiders.
You can read the full list of new features below:
Revamped Ease of Access Settings: This build adds new Ease of Access settings to make your device easier to use and fit your needs. We also grouped related settings together which help you see, hear or interact with your computer to assist in discovering settings more quickly. Additionally, we heard your feedback and improved setting descriptions to help you more easily understand the available accessibility features. Go to the Ease of Access section in Settings to see what’s available to make your computer easier to use!
Controlling your Startup tasks: Continuing our work from the previous flight, with today’s flight we’ve updated the Advanced options under Settings > Apps & Features so that UWP apps that are configured to run at startup will now have a new option to see all available tasks specified by the app developer and their status will now have a new option to see all available tasks specified by the app developer and their status.
Evolving the Microsoft Yahei Font: As our Insiders from China likely know, Microsoft Yahei is the font we use to display Windows UI text in the Chinese (Simplified) language. We’ve heard your feedback, and with this build we’re updating this font to improve the legibility, symmetry and appearance.
Notable improvements include:
- We’ve added three additional weights for Microsoft Yahei: Semilight, Semibold and Heavy. The additional weights will be installed by default in ZH-CN builds, and available as an optional feature to download for non-ZH-CN builds.
- We’ve scaled the glyphs to improve inter-character spacing. This makes reading easier and increases character recognition.
- We’ve tuned the fonts with our new hinting algorithm so that the glyphs will be less jagged at small sizes.
- We’ve redesigned all punctuations and symbols in the new fonts per customer feedback.
Here’s a sample of the updated font – the blue is the new version, the grey is an outline of the previous font:
If you use this display language, we would really appreciate you keeping a close eye on how the display font looks with this build, and logging feedback to share your thoughts.
We’re still early in the Redstone 4 development cycle, and we’ll have to wait a little more to see exciting new features pop up in future builds. In the meantime though, these small improvements to the Settings app are very welcome. The build 17025 also comes with other fixes and known issues, and you can check them here.Further reading: build 17025, Redstone 4, Windows 10, Windows Insider