Microsoft has started to push a new Windows 10 preview Build 19592 to insiders in Fast Ring. The build brings a new “Tablet experience” which is different from the existing Tablet mode.
The idea behind this new “Tablet experience” is that users will be able to enter the tablet posture while staying in the desktop experience with a few key UI improvements. User won’t need to enter Tablet mode to enjoy better Tablet usbaility on a 2-in-1 PC.
There are also many fixes and improvements. Check the detailed official changelog below.
Tablet posture improvements for 2-in-1 convertible PCs
We are beginning to roll out (again*) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:
- Taskbar icons are spaced out
- Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
- Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
- File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch
You’ll also notice we’ve updated some of the related Tablet settings under Settings > System, so as to give you control over the experience.
In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.
We’d love to hear your feedback about the experience:
- Use your convertible PC with apps as you normally would.
- When you’re ready to pick it up and go or simply lean back on the couch, you can fold back the keyboard or remove it altogether.
- Use your device as a tablet with touch, without going into Tablet Mode.
*Note: This feature was previously rolled out as an experiment to Windows Insiders in 20H1 Build 18970 and ended in Build 19013. After some refinement, we’re reintroducing it to Windows Insiders in this build and plan to deliver this experience to customers in a future Windows 10 update.
General changes & improvements
- The Windows Search Platform (Indexer) has been updated with improved logic to help find better times to perform indexing of your files and avoiding heavily indexing while you are using your machine. An improvement was also made to significantly limit the amount of times the service indexes your files for content that doesn’t have an impact on search experiences, and gives you a better experience on Windows.
- We’ve fixed the issue causing ARM devices to receive a bugcheck and have removed the block with this build.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the Optional Features page in Settings appearing blank.
- We’ve fixed an issue where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process stopped at 84.9%.
- We fixed an issue where, after successfully completing installation of an update and rebooting the device, the Start menu Shutdown button still showed Update and Shutdown and Update and Restart.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Windows updates failing with error 0x80070003.
- We fixed an issue that could sometimes result in Settings crashing when pausing updates or the Windows Update settings page not loading.
- We fixed an issue from the previous flight that was resulting in extra lines appearing in the taskbar jumplist.
- We fixed in an issue resulting in a black window, with only a mouse being visible to others, when sharing a single app over Microsoft Teams.