It’s that time of the week again! Microsoft is back with another Windows 10 preview build for those in the Dev Channel that features a couple of notable UI improvements. Today’s build is 21327 and features an improved UI to the Taskbar’s ‘News and Interests’ features, as well as new Fluent Design system icons in apps like Settings and Start.
This is the first build in a while that’s added any notable UI improvements, which is good to see. MIcrosoft is trying to make the Windows UI more consistent with the big Sun Valley release coming in the fall, and updating the system icons is one thing Microsoft is doing to make that happen. So it’s nice to see that these slightly rounded, cleaner looking icons are now showing up in the system.
I will note that these new icons aren’t everywhere yet, but that’s because this is a preview build and it takes time to make everything consistent with the new design. I’m sure it’ll happen before these icons ship.
Here’s the rest of today’s changelog:
- Thanks for your ongoing feedback about news and interests on the Windows taskbar! Today, we’re excited to start rolling out a new design that makes it even more delightful to scan and interact with the headlines and stories in your feed. Imagery from articles now shines through with a vibrant and colorful design, making your feed more glanceable, engaging, and beautiful.
- Sharped-eyed Windows Insiders will notice many of the system icons in this build have been updated and now align to the Microsoft Fluent Design style. This build includes a new font Segoe Fluent Icons. Areas of the OS that use the Segoe MDL2 assets such as the Start menu and Settings app will include the new icon designs which have a more rounded and simplified look and feel.
- On ARM64 devices, the default architecture for PowerShell is now x64 rather than x86.
And here’s the fixes:
- We fixed an issue impacting the reliability of Start and other modern apps in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where a toggled key on the touch keyboard had the wrong background color when you hovered the mouse cursor or pen over it. This change is currently being rolled out to a subset of Insiders at first to help us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability.
- We fixed an issue where the KANA input mode in the touch keyboard was not persisted on next launch when using the Japanese 106/109 traditional keyboard layout.
- We fixed an issue with the new “Paste as plain text” option in clipboard history where the text was cramped in some languages.
- We fixed an issue for specific clipboard content where if you click the first entry in clipboard history would paste something different than what was selected.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the emoji panel and IME candidate window drawing partially offscreen sometimes in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue that could result in a bug check with IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL when installing certain apps.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights that could result in login screen and DWM hangs.
- We fixed an issue where if your primary monitor uses HDR and your secondary monitors were using SDR, thumbnails for apps in the taskbar on the primary monitor would be black.
- We fixed a bug where display changes might unexpectedly cause a window to grow or shrink. This was mostly isolated to systems with monitors set to different scaling factors (DPI).
- We fixed an issue in recent flights where your PC might freeze if you rotated it while in tablet mode.
- We fixed an issue that could result in lag when using the Xbox Game Bar to record your gameplay on a monitor that was 144Hz or higher.
- We fixed an issue in recent builds that could result in stutter when playing games while using multiple monitors.
- We fixed an issue leading to erroneous notifications after each upgrade indicating new apps had been added to the Startup Apps section in Settings.
- We fixed an issue that could result in upgrades getting stuck at 88%.
- We fixed an issue resulting in errors when launching MSIX packaged desktop apps in recent Dev Channel builds.
As always, you can check out the Windows Blog for the complete changelog, including a list of known issues. Will you be installing today’s dev build? Let us know in the comments.