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The latest news from the Windows Insider Program

Hello Windows Insider,
With our public release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17th, we’d like to thank you for your ongoing feedback as a Windows Insider. Our Insider community has an enormous impact on how we develop Windows — and this release was no exception.
Last month, we asked Windows Insiders to vote on their favorite three Windows 10 Fall Creators Update features. The feedback was amazing, with Insiders from around the world casting their votes. Here are the final results:
  1. Improved gaming features. You and up to 3 friends can combine streams into a single view using Mixer. Plus, you can easily switch on Game Mode right from the Game Bar for even better performance.
  2. PDFs in Edge. Fill in PDF-based forms within Microsoft Edge and make notes directly on PDFs.
  3. Better storage management. With Windows 10 Creators Update, we added the ability to automatically remove files you don’t need using Storage Sense. Now, you can also choose to have files in your Downloads folder automatically deleted as well.

It’s great to see that we have a lot of enthusiastic gamers out there! We’re also happy to see a lot of interest in our new security and productivity features. Here are a few runner-up features that made the Top Ten list:
  • Ransomware protections. Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards against malicious apps and threats like WannaCry.
  • Currency converter in Calculator. This top feature request even works offline when you’re travelling internationally.
  • Get web results in Cortana without opening your browser. It works with movies, celebrities, stock prices, weather, flight status — and a myriad of other topics.1
  • One Drive Files on Demand. Access your files from in the cloud in File Explorer without downloading and using storage space on your device.

Thanks to all who participated. As usual, the results were of great interest to our team and will help us prioritize feature development in the next release after Fall Creators Update (RS4).
Late last week, we started releasing early RS4 builds of Windows10 Insider Preview to all Insiders in the Fast Ring. This means that, if you are in the Fast Ring, you’ll now get the same RS4 builds as those who chose to join Skip Ahead and have already started receiving RS4 builds. If you want to be one of the first to preview these early RS4 builds, make sure that you have selected the Fast Ring in your Windows Insider Program settings. (Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program).2
If you haven't yet installed an Insider Preview build, go here for quick and easy installation tips for Windows 10 Insider Preview and go here for quick and easy installation tips for Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview.3
General news
  • Try Microsoft Edge Preview for iOS and Android. Available exclusively to Windows Insiders, these new mobile apps deliver the great features you love in Microsoft Edge — now on your iOS or Android device.4 From your mobile device to your Windows 10 PC, Microsoft Edge gives you one continuous browsing experience: go anywhere and pick up where you left off by seamlessly moving content between Microsoft Edge on your mobile device and your Windows 10 PC (using Insider Preview 16251 or later). Sync your passwords and favorites across your devices so your browser is always personalized to you. Make it easier to find, manage and read content with Microsoft Edge features like Hub View and Reading View. Get the Microsoft Edge Preview for iOS and Android apps now. (Note that availability of the iOS Preview is limited.) Then go to the Settings menu in the app to give us your feedback.
  • Introducing a portal for the Windows Insider community. Insider Corner is a new addition to the Windows Insider website where we feature stories, contests, and news — all designed for, and driven by, Windows Insiders. This month, meet Gabe, and find out how he takes the term ‘Windows Fan’ to a whole new level.
  • Tune into the latest Windows Insider Podcast. In this month’s episode, we look at how IT Pros can gain a competitive advantage by leveraging the program in their business. Listen to the latest podcast.
  • Join the next Mixer broadcast. Join Jason Howard and other Windows engineers for a live Mixer broadcast direct from Microsoft campus. We’ll be focusing on the feedback process — how to submit feedback and how we use it to build a better Windows. Tune into our broadcast on October 24th at 10am PDT.

New Windows 10 Insider Preview features
Here are some recent highlights, including the build number where they first appeared. Note that, in the latest builds, you’ll actually see more bug fixes than new features as we focus on polishing Fall Creators Update for the general public. Go to the Windows Insider blog for more details on all the latest Insider Preview builds for both PC and Mobile.
  • Introducing Cortana Collections. Cortana can gather things you’re interested in such as items you shop for, books you’d like to check out and movies and TV shows you want to watch – and puts them all into neatly organized lists. Cortana is always learning, so the more you let Cortana help you, the more Cortana does for you. Check out the quest we’ve set up for more info on how to try this out and let us know what you think! (Build 17017)4
  • Fluent Design. As we progress into the next feature update, you’ll begin to see more and more elements of Fluent Design light up. We love the enthusiasm we’ve seen for Fluent Design, and you’ll now notice that Reveal is visible on Start in All apps. (Build 17004)
  • View Mixed Reality. For Insiders in Skip Ahead, our highly anticipated View Mixed Reality feature is now available within the View 3D app. Through the world-facing camera on your PC, you can see 3D objects mixed into your actual surroundings. Create your own 3D models in Paint 3D or grab from Give it a try! (Build 16273)
  • Use sign-in info to apply settings after a restart or update. Building on our work seen in Build 16251 , if you stay on the lock screen for a few seconds before signing in, you will now see your lock screen personalization (such as Windows Spotlight, and/or status information from Cortana, Calendar, Mail, and more). (Build 16362)

Info for Developers
  • Try the latest Windows Preview SDK. We released a new Windows 10 Preview Build of the SDK and the Mobile Emulator to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288 or greater.
  • Azure Red Shirt Developer Tour. Join us for five hours of live coding and demos with Cloud Chief Scott Guthrie and learn how to build, deploy, and manage cloud apps. The Red Shirt Tour is a code-focused event for developers of all skill levels. If you want to learn how to use the cloud, this is the event for you. There is still time to register for the tour in New York on October 20th. Register now.
  • IoT Virtual Bootcamp: A Brief Journey from Device to Action. Join this free, 3-day intensive virtual workshop (November 14 – 16) to learn how to create enterprise-grade IoT solutions, starting from a basic device and make it smarter with the power of the cloud. Hear live from IoT experts from Microsoft,, Rasberry Pi, and Adafruit, and then roll up your sleeves and create your own IoT solution(s) with hundreds of other commercial makers in the (virtual) room. Register for the IoT Virtual Bootcamp.
  • IoT in Action with Microsoft — Boston. If you’re in the Boston area on October 30, you may also want to attend this exciting, one-day IoT event. Meet and hear from Microsoft visionary IoT leaders, gain industry insights, collaborate with key IoT solution providers from around the world — and watch an IoT solution emerge from concept to reality in real time! Register for IoT in Action.

Info for IT Pros
  • NEW Windows 10 Insider Preview management features. IT Administrators can now control how and when users in the organization get Insider Preview Builds. By registering your organization domain, you can activate group policies that let you enable, disable, delay and pause installation to specific PCs. You can even select specific Rings (Slow, Fast, Release Preview) for each installation. Find out more about domain management.6
  • Windows Pro for Workstations. Windows Insiders often send us important insights about the unique needs of power users. Many Insiders of have suggested a new version of Windows to address these needs. Great idea! To deliver on that feedback, we recently introduced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. This high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro comes with support for server-grade PC hardware and is designed to meet the demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads.
  • Microsoft Ignite 2017. We had a great time at Ignite! Thanks to all Insiders who stopped by our booth to chat. If you any of missed our presentations, here’s a link to our on-demand Windows Insider Level 100 sessions and Windows Insider Level 300 sessions.
  • What’s new for IT pros in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. On Thursday, November 2nd, join the webinar to hear how the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will modernize the way you provision and secure your organization's devices. Learn how to make the most of the new features and improvements. Register today to secure your spot. Webinar is at 1 pm, ET.
  • Proactive insights: the evolution of Windows Analytics. Windows Analytics is a free set of solutions built on OMS that can help you accelerate your upgrade to Windows 10, easily keep track of which devices are up-to-date (and which aren’t), and proactively detect and remediate issues impacting end users (like device crashes). Register to attend a special one-hour webcast on Tuesday, November 7th at 1 pm ET and get an in-depth look at the latest features available with Upgrade Readiness, Update Compliance, and Device Health.

You can follow the lead for the Windows Insiders Program, Dona Sarkar, on Twitter @donasarkar. For other updates on the program, including special events and activities, follow us on Twitter @windowsinsider.
Thanks for being a Windows Insider.
The Windows Insider Team
1. Cortana not available in all markets. See the list of markets in which Cortana is available.
2. Features may be available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device. Windows 10 Insider Preview may be substantially modified before it's commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.
3. Go here for instructions on how to find out which Windows 10 Insider Preview Build or Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build you have installed.
4. Available for English – United States (en-US) only.
5. Remix 3D catalog available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device. Online access required to use Remix 3D from within the application.
6. To register a company domain, you’ll need to be registered in the Windows Insider Prograam using your organization account in Azure Active Directory and your organization account has to be assigned a Global Administrator role.
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