The fourth of July was just a few days ago here in the United States, but Windows Insiders are in for some fireworks and treats of their own. Indeed, Microsoft has just pushed out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17711, and it comes complete with changes in Edge, Fluent Design updates and more.
Generally speaking, this build introduces themes/ improvements to Learning tools in Microsoft Edge and also a new consent box for Autofill data in the browser. Windows Insiders should now also see Fluent Design's shadow effect on more menus in Build 17711. In addition, Microsoft also is adding a new Windows HD Color page under Display Settings, and autocomplete for the Registry Editor. You can read below for more details on each of these features.
Learning Tools in Edge
- Under learning tools available on Reading View, you can now see additional themes. These let you choose the theme color which is best for your eyes.
- Along with highlighting Parts of speech you can now also change the color in which the Past of speech should be highlighted as well as turn on an indicator right over it. Making it much easier to identify the part of speech.
- Line focus: Helps improve focus while reading an article by highlighting sets of one, three, or five lines.
Autofill and other improvements to Edge
- New consent box for saving Autofill data: Microsoft Edge seeks your permission each time to save your passwords and card details for Autofill purposes. We have come up with improved design and string changes to the consent notification pop-up to improve discoverability and provide clarity on the value of saving this information. The changes include introducing password and payment icons, improved messaging, and highlighting of options. One interesting update would be the cool micro-animations for the new password and payment icons.
- PDF toolbar improvements: PDF toolbar can now be invoked by just hovering at the top to make the tools easily accessible to the users.
- At Build 2018 we shared our vision of the evolution of Fluent Design. We introduced acrylic to many of our default menus recently, and today to help improve user focus we’re bringing added depth in the form of shadows.
- Shadows provide visual hierarchy, and with Build 17711 many of our default modern popup type controls will now have them. This is enabled on a smaller set of controls than what the general public will eventually see, and Insiders can expect to see the support grow in subsequent builds.
- A new Windows HD Color page is now available under Display Settings! Windows HD Color-capable devices can show high dynamic range (HDR) content, including photos, videos, games, and apps. This depends on your display and your PC. The “Windows HD Color Settings” page linked in Display Settings now reports your system’s HD Color capabilities and allows HD Color features to be configured on capable systems. The HD Color settings page is your one-stop shop to understand and configure your device’s settings – if you have an HDR-capable display connected to a recent PC, please give it a try and send us feedback!
Registry Editor Improvements
- Have you ever been typing into the regedit address bar, and the next part of the path is just on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t remember? Starting with today’s build, you’ll now see a dropdown as you type to help complete the next part of the path! Oh, and you can also press Ctrl + Backspace to delete the last “word”, which makes backing up work that much faster (Ctrl + Delete will delete the next word).
This build might not be packing many new features, but it is still nice to see that Microsoft was hard at work after the holiday here in the US. So fire up those Insider machines and VMs now and download away! Once you've downloaded let us know how the build is working for you by dropping us a comment below.