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Microsoft is rolling out a whole bunch of new features for Windows 10 with a new test version of the software — if you're a Windows Insider on the Fast Ring, that is.
The update, Preview Build 16215, is now available for members of Microsoft's early access community. The additions and changes to the OS are largely focused on making the Windows experience more streamlined, fleshing out some of the announcements made on the Build stage last month about the upcoming Fall Creators Update, which is slated for release later this year .
If you're not in on the new version of the software, you can still take a look at exactly what the new build will bring thanks to a lengthy blog post. Let's check out some of the highlights.
First up is the new build's embrace of the Fluent Design System, Microsoft's new design language meant to harmonize the Windows experience across device types that was unveiled at Build. A new UI using the system is integrated directly into the Start and Action Center. The Start menu comes with the new acrylic transparency mode and smoother resizing options, while the Action Center has been redesigned for a more streamlined interface.
You'll be able to pin your favorite websites directly to the taskbar, which cuts out the middle step of launching your browser when you're ready to get online. The pinned sites will launch through Microsoft's native Edge browser, though, so if you're a zealous Chrome user, you might be out of luck.
Microsoft's focus on AI isn't lost in the new update, starting with some new Cortona improvements to help manage your busy schedule. The assistant's vision intelligence capabilities will be used to give it the ability to recognize dates and times on images in your camera roll, so it can actively prompt you to add it to your calendar. You can also use your pen to "Lasso" information in images by circling the