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Hands on: New build of Windows 10 Anniversary Update preview tweaks Edge, Wi-Fi Sense

Preston Gralla | May 16, 2016
Build 1432 of Microsoft's upcoming OS update makes Edge easier to install and eliminates a controversial feature in Sense.

Still, the charge of privacy-invading has stuck. So Microsoft is taking away the portion of Wi-Fi Sense that does the password-sharing -- in fact, it's killed in this preview. According to a blog entry, few people used the feature and it wasn't worth the cost of maintaining it.

What Microsoft didn't say is that the password-sharing had proved to be a PR headache -- a headache that will go away once the Windows 10 Anniversary Update hits.

Still, a portion of Wi-Fi Sense remains. In its blog, Microsoft noted that "Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing." So if you're near a publicly open Wi-Fi hotspot, you'll be automatically logged in.

(While the Wi-Fi feature is enabled by default, you can turn it off by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi, then scrolling to the Wi-Fi Sense section. Underneath "Connect to suggested open hotspots," turn the setting to Off.)

Bottom line

This preview wasn't a particularly significant one, but it's nice to see Edge extensions get a reasonable installation routine. And Microsoft got rid of a PR problem by ditching the most controversial aspects of Wi-Fi Sense.

Microsoft will be updating the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition regularly until launch, and we'll keep you informed about the preview releases along the way. 


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