It's been a good day to be a Windows Insider as the much anticipated Your Phone app finally went live today. That's not the end of the action though, as Microsoft has just pushed out Windows 10 Insider build 17730 to the Fast Ring. There's not much new in this build, asides from some HTTP/2 and CUBIC stuff, as well as retail experiences, but here's what you need to know.
— Windows Insider (@windowsinsider) August 3, 2018
First off, Microsoft is officially announcing that the Your Phone app is now live on Windows 10. We already reported on this today, but Microsoft is adding that build 17723+ is "highly recommended for the best experience with Your Phone." The company explains:
Android 7.0+ are compatible with Your Phone app. For PCs tied to the China region, Your Phone app services will be enabled in the future. For iPhone users, Your Phone app helps you to link your phone to your PC. Surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to pick up where you left off to continue what you’re doing–read, watch, or browse with all the benefits of a bigger screen. With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is one share away.
Additionally, Microsoft is oddly using the build 17730 announcement post for this to discuss how the features in Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 make "your Internet experience faster and safer." The wording in the blog post is a bit strange, and we're not sure if these are indeed new features. However, Microsoft links to this post explaining the changes. Dona Sarkar also adds:
- Windows 10 Microsoft Edge clients will take advantage of connection coalescing for HTTP/2 as supported in Windows Server 2019
- Improved security on Microsoft Edge browsers by guaranteeing HTTP/2 preferred cipher suites
Improved performance on Windows 10 thanks to
- Cubic, the new default TCP congestion provider
Finally, coming in this build are new ways to align the Insider Featured Update experience with Retail. Again, this is a bit oddly phrased, but Dona Sarkar explains:
When you are asked to restart for new flights, you will now receive the same notifications and experience as what we plan to provide to our retail customers. Depending on your ring, you will be asked to schedule your restart for the first couple of days, then we will ask if we could automatically schedule restarts outside of your active hours. Your participation in this experience will help us understand rough edges to improve before we release to retail.
As a reminder, the second Redstone 5 Bug Bash is still ongoing and through August 5th, 2018. There's definitely a lot of stuff for Windows Insiders to look forward to this weekend, so get fire up those PCs now and get downloading.