Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328 for PC and mobile, here's what to expect

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Apr 22, 2016
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  1. Microsoft on Friday released Windows 10 build 14328 for PC and mobile to Windows Insiders participating in the Fast ring.

    As Gabe Aul, Corporate Vice President of the Engineering Systems Team at Microsoft writes, this is a major build that’s packed with new features and improvements including an updated Start experience, Windows Ink, Windows Hello authentication and more.

    Sound familiar? It should, considering it’s more or less what Microsoft plans to deliver to the masses with its Anniversary Update this summer.

    Windows Ink is without a doubt the flagship feature in the new build, allowing users to write on their device just as they would paper. Through the Windows Ink Workshop, you’ll be able to make annotations, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and more. With Windows Ink, Microsoft is essentially designating the stylus at a true, integral part of the Windows experience.

    The updated Start menu is said to improve efficiency and discoverability of finding apps and is more consistent across PC, tablet and mobile platforms. Microsoft has merged the most used apps list and the All apps list into a single view and elevated it to the top level of the UI which ultimately reduces clicking and scrolling.

    Important functions like Power, Settings and File Explorer have also been moved so they’re always visible in the left rail of the Start menu. The Recently added section, meanwhile, now shows three entries instead of one and any additional folders you’ve added to Start will automatically appear without having to open the hamburger button.

    Microsoft has also made changes to tablet mode, added Cortana to the Lock screen, made it easier to use and improved its capabilities, bolstered the Action Center, updated the taskbar and more.

    Aul concedes that there are going to be some rough edges given the amount of code change in the build. Insiders looking for a bit more stability might consider switching to the Slow ring, he added.

    Those interested in joining Microsoft’s Windows Insider program can do so by clicking here. Participation is free and it grants you early access to upcoming versions of Windows 10, allowing you to get a jump on new features before they go mainstream.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,289

    Nice to see them admitting their mistakes in a roundabout way. Hopefully they'll keep right on rolling back the GUI to a time it was truly efficient and functional. Live tiles on the desktop (or a sidebar - or both) should be the next priority.
    alabama man likes this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    This sounds like a long winded way of saying "There's really nothing of much interest to see in the next build" to me.
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    If you like drawing on a computer this might interest you I guess.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,329   +1,978

    Yeah, nothing there that really strikes my fancy. Wish they would build some more meaningful tools in, but that's just a pipe dream ....
  6. That first picture of the Start Menu, honestly, does anyone actually believe that is the most useful way to do it?
    I certainly don't, wish they would add many of the features back to the programs that were there before but are in more stripped down versions now, unify the look of the OS for starters
  7. trparky

    trparky TS Addict Posts: 246   +115

    Does anyone know how to get this thing to download the new build? My test machine is still stuck on Build 14295. I keep checking for an update and nothing happen; no update found, no new build found. How do I get it to find a new build?
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    Expect more telemetry.......:p (Hey don't shoot me, that was just a guess).
  9. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,067   +427

    Fixing the settings vs. control panel would be the biggest improvement imo.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    "As Gabe Aul, Corporate Vice President of the Engineering Systems Team at Microsoft writes, this is a major build that’s packed with new features and improvements including an updated Start experience,"

    This guy runs his mouth as though he's got double PHD's in "bullsh*t jargon", and "advertising dogma". I'm surprised he didn't manage to find an opportunity to insert "solution" into his patter. Oh well, you'll get 'em next time champ! :oops:

    Wow, I did learn something though! Hitting the power button on your computer has gradually evolved into a "start experience".
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  11. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 683   +253

    Live tiles on the desktop? A priority? You want me to have daily seizures then? *face palm*.

    Ink is the flagship feature of this build? No wonder I don't really care. I have to say 1 thing. This new agile strategy is a brilliant way to keep Windows in the news even if it is much ado about nothing.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    You're not even impressed with the , "enhanced startup experience"? That's cold.

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