Microsoft released a brand new “active development” structure on Insider Dev Channel today. The new build comes with some great features, but many are only available to Insiders for now. Therefore, not all Insiders can control new features immediately. However, all features will be rolled out gradually to everyone on Dev Channel soon.
Theme Responsive Tiles in the Start Menu
The most striking new change in Build 20161, a completely new Start Menu design As part of the change, the Start Menu no longer has solid backplates behind the logos in the apps list. “This design creates a beautiful scene for your apps, especially for Fluent Design icons for Office and Microsoft Edge, and redesigned icons for built-in apps like Calculator, Mail, and Calendar, which we launched earlier this year,” the company said. Both Light and Dark Themes are available in the new Start Menu.
ALT + TAB to Switch Between Applications and Sites
With Build 20161, all tabs opened in Microsoft Edge start appearing not only in the active tab in every browser window, but in Alt + TAB. Microsoft says it will help with productivity and quickly get multitasking back. However, users can keep the classic Alt + Tab behavior by turning off the feature from Settings> System> Multitasking. For now, this is one of the features available only to Insiders.
More Personalized Taskbar for New Users
Microsoft says the latest version brings “a cleaner, more personalized, ready-to-use experience” to new users. According to the company, it uses a flexible, cloud-based infrastructure to test customer acquisition of default Taskbar content and adapt these layouts to the user and device signal. The company said it will continue to set default layouts to minimize clutter. It’s important to note that the Personalized Taskbar feature is only available to new users.
Build 20161 comes with many other changes, including improved notifications and an advanced Settings page with more items from the Control Panel. Moreover, there are some minor changes that the company believes will improve the 2-in-1 experience. Finally, the Graphics Mode feature, initially introduced to Insiders in January, is now available to general users. The update also comes with some bug fixes, including at least one about the Xbox connection. You can find a detailed list of all the new features and fixes on the official Microsoft blog.