Microsoft has finally launched the Windows 10 March Technical Preview for all Windows Insiders who are running the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10036. The new build is only available via Windows Update to all the devices running Windows 10 build 9926.
The new build is more-recent than the leaked build 10036 of Windows 10 and it has got some bug fixed including the one which was causing the Start Menu to crash unexpectedly and was the reason for delay in launch of current build.
The new build is only available for PC’s who have opted for ‘Fast Ring’ and will be installed via Windows Update.
The Windows 10 March Technical Preview has the following new features/changes/bug fixes:
- Start Menu has been improved in this build where background transparency has been added as well as improvements for usage on touch screens
- Virtual Desktops aka Task View has been improved with better animations while switching between desktops. Taskbar will only show the windows which are opened in that desktop while viewing a specific desktop. You can also drag-and-drop windows between desktops.
- Cortana is available in more countries including its expansion to China, UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain
- New network fly-out menu replaces the Settings app open behavior when the Network icon is pressed in the notifications center. The fly-out menu includes the option to switch between Wi-Fi networks and it also holds the toggle switch for Airplane mode. You can also select and enable VPN from the network fly-out menu.
- Photos app of Windows 10 has been improved with ability to view .RAW file format. You can also see live tile of photos stored in OneDrive. Microsoft has also added keyboard shortcut support in the Photos app.
- The quick text-input panel of Windows 10 while using touch screen have also got an update which improved its overall functionality.
- Microsoft is adding quick-tip to the Lock Screen of Windows 10 build 10041 which will let the user get familiar with different tips about Windows 10. This behavior will be removed in the future builds of Windows 10.
- Improvements to the Windows Feedback app lets you see your feedback by category as well as see your overall progress
This build also have some bugs which might not make it useful for daily use. The bugs like crashing of Mail, Calendar and People app as well as not being able to sign in after booting up are present.
The following bugs are present in the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10041:
- In certain cases the sign-in boxes including username and password fields might disappear while trying to sign-in
- Your PC might require a hard-reboot if your PC goes to sleep during the Out-of-box-experience (OOBE)
- 3rd party Narrator apps might not be usable
- Apps can’t be installed from Store beta in certain cases
- Mail Calendar and People apps are crashing
- Bug in Windows 10 might prevent the text on Start Menu, Task View and Snap Assist to be readable
- Virtual Desktop thumbnails might not be visible after creating a new desktop
- Cheess knight icon on the Lock Screen is present to help the Windows Team identify whether the new lock screen is being used or the old one
- Font sizes of Lock Screen elements might be huge on devices with higher screen resolutions
- Tablet mode is disabled by default but, it can be enabled manually from Settings
- The touch screen keyboard might not appear on the lock screen while the narrator is being used
- Frequent messages to restart your PC to complete the update installation might appear whereas, the updates don’t require reboot to install
- Photos app will crash when you try to access the Camera Roll from the Camera app
The update is now available for download for all users running the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926 but, you will need to be engaged in the Fast Ring to download it.