ie_send-a-frown-450x350We brought to you screenshots of some changes new Windows 10 new Build 9879 brings with itself. The Build now has gone live via “Windows Update” for those who are in “Fast ring” of the Windows insider program. There are many changes that this Windows 10 “Full Build” brings with itself.

Full Changelog:

Hide the Search or Task View buttons:

One of your top suggestions really made an impact on our designs for the taskbar. With 9879 you can now hide the Search or Task View buttons on the taskbar. Just right-click on the taskbar and uncheck the check boxes for whichever button you want to hide.

Updated animations:

We heard that the new minimize and restore animations for apps we introduced in the last build were a bit jarring so we’ve updated them. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Hamburger icon replaces “Charms” three dot button:

We also heard that it was too hard to find the charms and full screen button in modern apps. We have replaced the 3 dots in the Window chrome for modern apps with a “hamburger-style” icon (three lines) that we believe will make it easier to discover.

Snap Assist & 3 finger gestures:

You can now use Snap Assist when snapping apps across multiple monitors. We’ve also introduced new 3 finger gestures for precision touchpads. Here is the list of the new 3 finger gestures for you to try:

3 finger up -> Task View

3 finger down -> Show Desktop

3 finger flick to left or right -> switches to previous app (go back 1)

3 finger move left or right -> Alt-Tab (Task View) pops up and you can select the app you want (remove fingers to select)

3 finger tap -> Search

UI tweaks:

We’ve also made a few UI refinements. In File Explorer, we’ve made some tweaks and you can now pin your favorite folders to Home.

Modern dialogs are now correctly windowed.

OneDrive improvements:

For Windows 10, having OneDrive provide fast and reliable sync of your files is important. Starting with this build, OneDrive will use selective sync. This means you choose what you want synced to your PC and it will be. What you see is really there and you don’t need to worry about downloading it. You can choose to have all of your OneDrive files synced to your PC, or just the ones you select.

In Windows 10, we are providing people with one easy way to get to their OneDrive files – through File Explorer. To manage OneDrive, just right-click on the OneDrive icon in the notification area and click “Settings” to manage how OneDrive behaves. You’ll be able to adjust things like auto save, choose which folders are synced offline, and more.

IE improvements:

The Internet Explorer Team is working hard to make significant browser improvements in Windows 10 and in this build, we are enabling our new interoperability focused Edge rendering engine for 10% of Windows Insiders. You can help us improve quality by surfing the web with Internet Explorer as you normally would and watching for broken web sites. If you see a problem, just click the smiley face feedback button in the upper right corner of IE and select “Send a Frown”.

Native MVK support:

Some of you have noticed that Build 9860 brought native support for the MKV file format. In Build 9879, we’re making the experience “more complete”. You can now play MKV files directly from Windows Media Player (as well as other desktop and modern apps), MKV files will show thumbnails and metadata in File Explorer, support for DLNA and Play To scenarios has been added, and more. We also added platform support for H.265 HEVC for Windows 10 as well, and we’re not done here yet.

Bug & crash Fixes:

Less visible but still super important are all of the crash and hang issues that you’ve reported as you’ve been using the builds. We’ve fixed a lot of issues that you’ve hit, and you are directly contributing to our ability to make Windows 10 more stable for everyone. (These also work kind of like “votes” so think of it this way – as you use the product and send in your votes it will work better for you than for your friends who aren’t in WIP!)

Known Issues with the Build:

Microsoft will be publishing WU updates shortly to fix the first two, but the remainder will not be fixed for 9879.

  • In some cases you may get a black screen when trying to log-in or unlock. The only option is to hold the power button to hard reboot.
  • You will be unable to connect to Distributed File System network locations.
  • Some systems may see disk growth of 20GB+ due to driver install duplication. On systems with low disk space this can block setup and cause a rollback to the previous build.
  • Skype calls will disconnect and Music will stop playing if those apps are minimized.
  • There are several known issues with screen sharing with Lync.