Windows 10 Insider build 17127 brings some improvements for Cortana and Windows Mixed Reality

Laurent Giret

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Since today is the first day of Spring, it was probably appropriate for Microsoft to release a new preview build of the Spring Creators Update. Fast Ring Insiders can now download the Windows 10 RS4 build 17127, which brings some improvements for Cortana and Windows Mixed Reality.

First of all, the digital assistant is getting a new profile page where you can edit your favorite places, check traffic updates for your daily commute and more. Cortana’s redesigned Notebook, which is quite faster than the previous design also becomes available in all Cortana markets with this build.

In addition to these Cortana updates, Microsoft also mentioned some bug fixes and improvement for Windows Mixed Reality. You can learn more about everything that’s new below:

Cortana Improvements

A new profile page! We’re introducing a new server-powered profile page in Cortana for you to add and edit your favorite places. The places you add are used to give you traffic updates for your daily commute, and let you easily set reminders when you arrive or leave your places. To get to this page, head to the Notebook section of Cortana and click the button to the right of your name. This is available for all Cortana markets*.

Cortana notebook, next to Cortana About Me page.

This will soon extend beyond places to cover your Interests, Family, Accounts and more. Stay tuned for updates!

Cortana’s new Notebook goes international with improved performance: We’ve received some great feedback about our updated Notebook design announced with Build 17063, and are happy to share that this new design is now available for all markets* and languages where Cortana is supported. In addition several performance improvements have been deployed that should make Notebook load faster. Note, some experiences may vary depending on the market you are in.

Learn to use a Skill in Notebook: Default Skills in Cortana’s Notebook (like Weather, Sports, and News) now come with a set of tips for questions you can ask Cortana to get you started – either click the suggestion, type it out yourself, or just talk to Cortana and she’ll pull up the information you requested.

Starting today, these changes will be rolling out to all Insiders in supported markets who are on RS4 and RS5 builds. We’d love to here your feedback – click here to open Feedback Hub and send us feedback on your experience with Cortana. In case you missed it, here’s a summary of some of the recent changes we’ve made based on what you’ve told us, including email search and more!

*Cortana markets: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, India, Spain, China, Mexico, France, Italy, Japan, Brazil

Windows Mixed Reality

With this build, the Windows Mixed Reality Team would like to let you know about a few fixes to some bugs as you try out the new Windows Mixed Reality features:

  • We fixed the performance regression for Windows Mixed Reality on hybrid laptops.
  • We fixed the issue where the inbox apps would fail to load inside of Windows Mixed Reality and newly placed Holograms may be empty.

To give feedback on Windows Mixed Reality, click here to open Feedback Hub.

We’re a bit surprised to get some new features at this point in the Redstone 4 development cycle, but these Cortana improvements are very welcome. The Windows 10 Insider build 17127 also comes with other fixes and known issues, and you can check them right there.