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Mammoth Windows 10 Insider preview adds new Anniversary Update features galore

Mark Hachman | April 25, 2016
This is your first chance to try out some of Microsoft's Anniversary Update features. The only drawback? "Rough edges." Run this on a test PC.

Improved battery life via Connected Standby

Although the vast majority of the updates in the new Build 14328 concern the user interface of Windows 10, there’s a big hardware update, too: improved battery life. Microsoft “quieted down” some of the background chatter apps use to update themselves on PCs with Connected Standby capabilities. (Not sure if your PC supports it? Run Command Prompt, then type powercfg /a to see if your PC supports the Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) Network Connected or Connected Standby state. Microsoft didn’t say how much battery life the tweak will add, but promised “improved and more consistent” battery life.

Revamped Settings and other tweaks

Within the PC, the Settings menu has also been overhauled, with small icons that mimic the mobile Settings menu. Microsoft also reworked the user interface for the Universal Access Control (UAC) dialog, and added a few improvements to how Windows 10 handles Japanese expressions. Microsoft also moved the Insider build page to its own Settings menu. And if an app goes bad, you can also “reboot it” with a specific Apps reset button.

There’s one more small improvement worth mentioning. If you use Windows 10’s virtual desktops, you can now swipe between them. Just use four fingers and swipe left and right on the touchpad.

Is this the largest Windows Insider update ever? We’d certainly say so. Microsoft should be rolling out the update today. Let us know of any issues in the comments, and good luck!

 

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