Here’s what’s new in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17035 for PC

Laurent Giret

Windows 10

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Microsoft is rolling out today the Windows 10 Insider build 17035 to Fast Ring and Skip Ahead Insiders, and this time the new Redstone 4 bits bring plenty of new features. First of all, Microsoft Edge can now mute tabs playing audio, which a very useful addition. Moreover, the web browser now lets you save free EPUB books from the web, and there is also a new context menu when you right-click books in the Book pane.

Another great addition is “Near Share,” which is pretty much Microsoft’s take on Apple’s AirDrop feature. Near Share uses Bluetooth to let you wirelessly share files and URLs to nearby PCs, and it’s integrated with the Windows 10 Share menu as well as the Action Center. Of course, you can only use it with PCs running Windows 10 Build 17035 for now.

The build 17035 also brings several settings improvements, including a new section for sound settings, updated Ease of Access settings and Windows Update improvements. Other noteworthy additions include a new acrylic background for the Windows 10 touch keyboard, which also supports the standard keyboard layout for nearly all languages. The handwriting panel has also been improved with streamlined text insertion and improved recognition of words.

Overall, this is a pretty big release and we’re finally starting to get excited about Redstone 4. Keep it locked to OnMSFT as we’re going to dive deep in all new features introduced with this build.