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New Windows 10 Preview Released With Action Center

by Todd Haselton | October 21, 2014October 21, 2014 10:00 pm PDT

Microsoft on Tuesday officially released its first update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview operating system, which it first launched on Sept. 31 and is already being used by 1 million people. The Windows 10 Technical Preview is a sample taste of the brand new Windows 10 operating system that will launch next year. So far, users have been able to get a taste of the new windowed-Modern apps, the return of the Start Menu with live tiles and more. Now, Microsoft has a new version that early testers can take advantage of.

The update is called Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 and you should be able to install it easily right through Windows Update which, if you don’t manually execute it, will install Build 9860 overnight. So what’s new?

The new iteration of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes Action Center support for Windows PCs, which is basically the brand new notification center that pops up from the lower-right side of your task bar. Microsoft also added new animations that make it more clear to the end user that he or she is switching between desktops, and also added a new shortcut ( WIN+SHIFT+<arrow>) to move apps from one monitor to another.

Microsoft also warns of a few known issues:

  • In some places the UI design has gone “backwards” temporarily while we’re working on the final experiences. For example in this build we know that it’s harder to join a Wi-Fi network. We’ll make changes to fix that later.
  • Another example of some UI “roughness” is sometimes Internet Explorer glyphs look garbled and items on the Start menu might disappear. Not everyone will see this, it depends on your display driver. We have a fix for this one coming soon.
  • Some machines may wake up and not go back to sleep properly.
  • Microsoft Solitaire and Mahjong games are broken in some cases and won’t launch.
  • When using 2 external monitors over Display Link, you may get a blue screen when you undock. This does not appear to be an issue when using just 1 external monitor. A fix for this one is in the works too.

If those don’t scare you off, be sure to hit Windows Update to get the new build.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...