tech2 News StaffApr 15, 2016 09:19:35 IST
Microsoft just released Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14322 which brings with it a host of improvements to notifications, Cortana, Edge and more. The entire list of supported device is available here.
Windows 10 Mobile's Action Centre is receiving a major update in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Notifications from the same app will be clubbed together under the app header now. The notifications also support larger images, Microsoft says they're "richer." The idea is to bring in about as much functionality in a notification as you would have in a Live Tile.
Microsoft has also added the ability to prioritise notifications via settings. The number of notifications that an app can throw up can also be controlled. Quick Actions in the notification centre, similar to Android's Quick Settings drawer, can now be fully customised and you can drag and drop items in the list.
Cortana gets even smarter
Cortana will be able to set smarter reminders. You can, for example, share a document with Cortana and tell her that you want to read it later. The same applies to any item that you can share with Cortana. Regular reminders can also be enhanced with photos . Cortana will now inform you of any conflicts in meetings or remind you of something important from within the notification centre itself.
The Settings page gets a new look with each Settings page getting a dedicated icon. These icons can also be pinned to the Start screen. The position of certain settings, such as the Glance Settings, have been moved around a bit. Search functionality within settings has been updated to show a settings "flyout" as you search for a setting you need.
The battery settings have been granted a separate page altogether and all battery related settings will be found there. Interestingly, you will now be able to configure the battery saver to trigger at a battery percentage of your choice.
You get the option to set Active Hours on the phone, which is the time you're most active on the device. When set, Windows Update won't trigger during that time period. This is something we'd love to see in Windows 10 on PC as well because we can't tell you how many times we've had to restart in the middle of something important and then spent minutes on end waiting for updates to install.
Edge gets more cutting edge
Microsoft's Edge browser gets an interesting new feature. In a bid to keep tabs lean, any browser tab that you open from an app will close when you press the back button to return to that app. It's a nifty little feature that we really wish was a part of Android and iOS.
You've all heard of Continuum, right? Well, it just got a little bit better by now allowing your device to work with USB ethernet adapters. The feature is currently limited to the Lumia 950 and 950XL and you'll still need the Microsoft Dock for it to work.
A camera button and dedicated media buttons have been added to the lockscreen. These are much needed improvements that should have been there from the beginning. But as always, better late than never.
Updates aside, there are a whole list of bug fixes and improvements in the new build. If you want to peruse through the entire list, you can check out the changelog on Microsoft's Windows blog here.
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