Gallery: Windows 10 build 10056

Earlier today, a new build of Windows 10 found its way to the web and this time around it is version 10056. In this build are updates to themes, a few new icons and other tidbits tucked away under the many layers of the OS.

Seeing as this is a leaked build and there is no support from Microsoft, we don't blame you if you don't want to install the OS. More so, if you do install the build, it's best to keep this version away from any production machines and if possible, install it in a VM.

It is worth pointing out that some of the new theme settings crash when selected. For example, if you try to change the color in the personalization option for what I assume is the window borders (it does not explicitly say), the Settings app will crash.

Also, the 'Microsoft Family' app does not appear to be working either and this may be some sort for parental control application to be announced in the near future.

So, for those of you who want a closer look at the OS, check out the gallery below and as we get more time to play with this release, we will focus in on what's new in upcoming spotlights.

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+Ely

Very nice, Windows 10 it's shaping up to be a great OS, can't wait to try this out.

+Ryster

Indeed, this build alone seems to have added quite a bit. The additional options within Tablet Mode settings for instance. In 10049 you can't make it go to the start screen on bootup, with this version you can. You can also make it auto hide app icons on the taskbar when in tablet mode. Ref: http://www.neowin.net/images/galleries/2244/screen_shot_2015-04-10_at_5.11.55_pm.jpg

Ian W

Any improvements to "All Apps" or Tablet Mode?

bdsams

No major updates yet, but haven't played around with it for a significant amount of time yet.

+Ryster

Actually there have been one or two changes to the tablet mode settings panel. See above post by me. Thanks Brad for posting all of this. I'm hoping for a build next week, or early the week after.

Ian W

Ryster said,
Actually there have been one or two changes to the tablet mode settings panel. See above post by me. Thanks Brad for posting all of this. I'm hoping for a build next week, or early the week after.

It would seem that there are still no options for application sorting or a full-screen "All Apps."

+Zlip792

Thanks Brad for this Gallery.. Was really anxious to see new build progress.

bdsams

For sure, happy you enjoyed it.

AsherGZ

bdsams said,
For sure, happy you enjoyed it.

No File Explorer screenshot though?

AtomR

It's the same - with only new bold max, min & close buttons

agtsmith

The black/white borders around windows (see Spartan) and Notification Center look weird, but I guess that's temporary. I'm glad that the UI is indeed moving towards the mockups from January, esp. the taskbar and start menu, although the start menu "places" list should get its icons back and I'm hoping the neat accent color underlines are coming soon as well.

As for the weather app I very much prefer the current offerings (both on the phone and on the PC)

PsYcHoKiLLa

Won't let me pin apps to the Start Menu. Pins to taskbar OK though. Hopefully MS will release a newer version than this for next week.

agtsmith

By the way - is the recycle bin icon slightly translucent? Looks so.

Chay Meredith

you forgot the interesting things like the microsoft game collection
http://i.imgur.com/tqZDWR1.png
also music preview, and they added that calendar to be default [that you could have get from a registry change previously]

bdsams

Good tip, thanks.

Welshknight

im one of the few that loves the look of windows 10...

raazman

I love the look too, well over Windows 7/8.1 and OS X.

Otto Gunter

Welshknight said,
im one of the few that loves the look of windows 10...
Not really, you and I and many others are the silent majority. It's the vocal minority that like to meet here and constantly whine. At least the "I hate the Recycle Bin icon, I'm switching to Mac." haters have slowed down a bit!

DraganChe

I love it too - I love Metro as well, win phone, but this looks like the right next step to me - and the Spartan looking great, I think @Otto is right

Welshknight

can the start menu be resized yet?

Chay Meredith

Welshknight said,
can the start menu be resized yet?

No, retarded right?
At least they finally fixed the placement of the search bar making it part of the taskbar instead of off angle

nosense

Welshknight said,
can the start menu be resized yet?
Yes it can be re sized horizontal and vertically now.

Chay Meredith

nosense said,
Yes it can be re sized horizontal and vertically now.

The re-size cursor appears but it doesn't re-size, unless you mean to full screen...
That's for me anyways.

nosense

Chay Meredith said,

The re-size cursor appears but it doesn't re-size, unless you mean to full screen...
That's for me anyways.
No it resizes in desktop mode....

agtsmith

Welshknight said,
can the start menu be resized yet?

Yes, it can. Check out winbeta.org, they have a video.

Chay Meredith

agtsmith said,

Yes, it can. Check out winbeta.org, they have a video.


it stretches two "wide"tiles at a time, so it still looks bad unless all your tiles are wide

jrolson85

All I see are pics of Win 95.... oh wait...

raazman

You should go back and see Win 95.

Max Norris

For future reference, this is Win 95. May want to get your eyes checked.

Chay Meredith

Max Norris said,
For future reference, this is Win 95. May want to get your eyes checked.

lots of people use a win95 theme pack, it has great nostalgia and looks fine.

TsarNikky

Very suitable and usable for the workstation setting.

WndSks

Max Norris said,
For future reference, this is Win 95. May want to get your eyes checked.

That is not Win95 RTM, I'm guessing it has IE4 and probably the shell update. IIRC the Task Scheduler tray icon did not exist in RTM either...

Romero

Very suitable and usable for the workstation setting.

Then Win95 is what you should use till the end of time. Buh-bye.

nosense

What i found so far in this build

New weather,sports money app in build 10056. Looks like small task bar is still being worked on, Spacing is off on it.

Also notice the recycle bin pin in explorer and task bar is different from the desktop icon.

Looks like tablet mode is being worked on.
-A lot of win32 apps wont open in tablet mode.
-Apps don't show up on the task bar.
-When in tablet mode the spacing of notification area is more widely spaced out.
-pin apps on task bar disappear when in tablet mode.

Metro\windows apps can now be re sized all the way down to a tiny window\title bar and it scales to windows size. ( I GUESS PEOPLE CAN STOP MOANING ABOUT CALC TAKING UP SCREEN SPACE)

Chay Meredith

nosense said,
What i found so far in this build

New weather,sports money app in build 10056. Looks like small task bar is still being worked on, Spacing is off on it.

Also notice the recycle bin pin in explorer and task bar is different from the desktop icon.

Looks like tablet mode is being worked on.
-A lot of win32 apps wont open in tablet mode.
-Apps don't show up on the task bar.
-When in tablet mode the spacing of notification area is more widely spaced out.
-pin apps on task bar disappear when in tablet mode.

Metro\windows apps can now be re sized all the way down to a tiny window\title bar and it scales to windows size. ( I GUESS PEOPLE CAN STOP MOANING ABOUT CALC TAKING UP SCREEN SPACE)


The new money, [etc] has no server connection though, silent crashes when you click refresh

nosense

Chay Meredith said,

The new money, [etc] has no server connection though, silent crashes when you click refresh
The new money starts up and works fine for me...

agtsmith

nosense said,
Metro\windows apps can now be re sized all the way down to a tiny window\title bar and it scales to windows size. ( I GUESS PEOPLE CAN STOP MOANING ABOUT CALC TAKING UP SCREEN SPACE)

That sounds very interesting. Can you provide a screenshot? Thanks.

nosense

agtsmith said,

That sounds very interesting. Can you provide a screenshot? Thanks.

http://s18.postimg.org/yyukhk5kp/asdas.jpg

ParadiseLost

agtsmith said,

That sounds very interesting. Can you provide a screenshot? Thanks.

So, yeah, it can be resized. But it's not really meant for that (guess MS only made it possible so that we could stop making jokes about it) so it looks like crap. Even more crap than normal, I mean.

agtsmith

ParadiseLost said,

So, yeah, it can be resized. But it's not really meant for that (guess MS only made it possible so that we could stop making jokes about it) so it looks like crap. Even more crap than normal, I mean.

Thanks. I couldn't resist and installed 10056 myself to check this resizing out. It's still unbelieveably sluggish. And while I might find myself using this "universal" calculator, the mail/calendar is an utter mistake. Those large controls and large fonts (look at the Mail/Calendar ribbon) don't play along nicely with 8pt fonts in the start menu. Sorry, MS, I think you blew it. ADAPTIVE design that works both for phone/tablet and desktop should be more sophisticated than just repositioning/hiding UI elements. Also, you don't have ANY UI guidelines for your own software. That's sad.

nosense

agtsmith said,

Thanks. I couldn't resist and installed 10056 myself to check this resizing out. It's still unbelieveably sluggish. And while I might find myself using this "universal" calculator, the mail/calendar is an utter mistake. Those large controls and large fonts (look at the Mail/Calendar ribbon) don't play along nicely with 8pt fonts in the start menu. Sorry, MS, I think you blew it. ADAPTIVE design that works both for phone/tablet and desktop should be more sophisticated than just repositioning/hiding UI elements. Also, you don't have ANY UI guidelines for your own software. That's sad.

large control? its only ribbon and its not even that of a big deal...

agtsmith

nosense said,
large control? its only ribbon and its not even that of a big deal...

Everything is larger compared to the "legacy" interface elements. Like the mentioned Start Menu text. Or File Explorer. Et cetera.

Obry

Haven't installed recent builds in VM but it just looks boring to me. Today I was testing something on a Mac Mini and update for 10.10.3 came out I guess that got my mind thinking about OS'es. OS X and iOS both are more pleasant to look at for me. I personally am not so sure how much I like where Windows has headed with its UI. And after years I barely see anyone developing many serious Metro apps.

Chay Meredith

Obry said,
Haven't installed recent builds in VM but it just looks boring to me. Today I was testing something on a Mac Mini and update for 10.10.3 came out I guess that got my mind thinking about OS'es. OS X and iOS both are more pleasant to look at for me. I personally am not so sure how much I like where Windows has headed with its UI. And after years I barely see anyone developing many serious Metro apps.

If you don't like the UI you can still install theme packs to replace icons etc, and the windows registry is pretty open to ui customization.

nosense

Stick to apple if you want just Ui updates and nothing else. Lmao emojis!!!!!

Rigby

nosense said,
Stick to apple if you want just Ui updates and nothing else. Lmao emojis!!!!!

Yes, the only thing changed in iOS 8.3 were emojis. There were no other additions, updates or fixes...

nosense

Rigby said,

Yes, the only thing changed in iOS 8.3 were emojis. There were no other additions, updates or fixes...

What about Yosemite..... Even one of the key features of that update is gimped(continuity). Other than a few updated apps and UI. Nothing really great came out of that release.

cipnrkorvo

App development on there was dying it's true, but now with all this it's picking up rapidly again. just look at all the apps that hadn't been updated for over a year and are now being updated. it's going to be big, especially in gaming

Obry

I actually hope Windows 10 does turn things around. For me Windows still is the absolute best development platform. But I don't like the visual direction they are going with. And I personally hate messing about with theme packs or OS customization apps but at the same time here I am using something like Start 8 because that's how much I hate the start screen on my workstation PC...

Chay Meredith

Another issue with this build, when closing the start menu by clicking another application the taskbar hides and re-appears.

carOS

At this stage, the file explorer haven't change much which really need an major overhaul before it's ready for RTM.

Edited by , Apr 10 2015, 6:09pm :
Ian W

Master of Earth said,
At this stage, the file explorer haven't change much which really need an major overhaul before it's ready for RTM.

I thought it already received an overhaul in Windows 8?

cipnrkorvo

Agreed. Also, Windows Media Player. That thing feels like a dinosaur. And the Music/Video apps have far from enough functionality to convince music and video enthusiasts.

A new well-made universal Windows Media Player would allow Windows to rival OSX as a media center.

Romero

OOTB neither is a great media center anyway, and the third-party media app options for Windows are much better IMO.

daniel_rh

Keep tuning it! Getting better

wingliston

Two of my complaints have been fixed. Dark mode and resizable start menu. Great build, no issues so far.

phil_x

Baby steps slowly but surely. Still waiting for those thick borders around the search and text boxes to go. Big improvement though

Silversee

You guys keep reporting there are new icons, yet no new icons are shown, other than the Recycle Bin. Did they update the core iconography in the shell, or didn't they?

Chay Meredith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soDdu4RRhGY

runningnak3d

So I downloaded 10056 and instead of concentrating on the irritating nasty Metro interface, I figured I would give the OS a chance. MS has done some really nice things. It is a damn shame they can't get it through their thick skulls that people like myself that have high resolution, multi-monitor setups DO NOT WANT big UI elements. We DO NOT WANT to waste a crapload of screen real-estate on something that could be done in 1/16th the space (network properties). *sigh*. METRO METRO METRO!!!! Let's quadruple down on METRO!!! People WILL want it. No. Back port all the great changes to Win 7 and they will have a winning OS.

TsarNikky

MS doesn't "get it," because most of the decision makers are totally focused on smartphones and tablets. How many of them are over 30 and/or have any years of experience in typical office settings? Laptops and desktop/workstations are considered "antiques" and not worthy of serious consideration.

ParadiseLost

runningnak3d said,
So I downloaded 10056 and instead of concentrating on the irritating nasty Metro interface, I figured I would give the OS a chance. MS has done some really nice things. It is a damn shame they can't get it through their thick skulls that people like myself that have high resolution, multi-monitor setups DO NOT WANT big UI elements. We DO NOT WANT to waste a crapload of screen real-estate on something that could be done in 1/16th the space (network properties). *sigh*. METRO METRO METRO!!!! Let's quadruple down on METRO!!! People WILL want it. No. Back port all the great changes to Win 7 and they will have a winning OS.

They're losing big time on mobile. Forcing metro on their desktop customers it's about the only option they've got left.

TsarNikky

On the "One Drive" setting windows, I don't see a "None" choice. Not all of us, by a long shot, are enraptured with the cloud or have multiple devices.

Inexess

I hope we can resize the Cortana thing so it's not eating up 10% of the taskbar, and that we can remove the Virtual Desktop button, using Windows key instead to display it. There is an obviously problem of alignement in the Title bar since few revisions, while it looks perfect on Modern UI, the desktop application still have problems. The Cortana UI seems pretty good, but there is probably improvements that can be done. The Settings homepage looks good, unfortunately it's still atrocious in the sub-menus. The Store can totally be improved, the margin at the top makes it pretty bad.

I don't like at all the Spartan UI, the menus are empty, if they really want to put minimal content, they created a great thing long years ago : "windows", there is no need to make sides menus if you're not going to fill it entirely. The Notification center, well, I already made my point on the other news.

I just would like to know why there is not a colorful UI, after all that's one of the base of the Flat UI, here is just gray white and black, some blue. Also why is everything on Vertical Layout, there is a lot of things they could make as grid, to make it look better.

I sincerely hope changes will be made before Win10 cames out, there has been some improvements already, so let's just continue

Sszecret

Inexess said,
I hope we can resize the Cortana thing so it's not eating up 10% of the taskbar, and that we can remove the Virtual Desktop button, using Windows key instead to display it. There is an obviously problem of alignement in the Title bar since few revisions, while it looks perfect on Modern UI, the desktop application still have problems. The Cortana UI seems pretty good, but there is probably improvements that can be done. The Settings homepage looks good, unfortunately it's still atrocious in the sub-menus. The Store can totally be improved, the margin at the top makes it pretty bad.

I don't like at all the Spartan UI, the menus are empty, if they really want to put minimal content, they created a great thing long years ago : "windows", there is no need to make sides menus if you're not going to fill it entirely. The Notification center, well, I already made my point on the other news.

I just would like to know why there is not a colorful UI, after all that's one of the base of the Flat UI, here is just gray white and black, some blue. Also why is everything on Vertical Layout, there is a lot of things they could make as grid, to make it look better.

I sincerely hope changes will be made before Win10 cames out, there has been some improvements already, so let's just continue

You can disable search by right clicking > Search > Disable. The Virtual Desktops button can be hidden since the 2nd build they've released (I think Nov. of last year or something).

The menus are empty in Spartan because it's early in development. We've only had the thing for 2 builds. They have plenty of other things to add before RTM.

I'm not sure what you mean by colourful UI. If you mean icons, they do have colour (except the monochrome ones in settings and on the taskbar). If you mean window borders / titlebars and such, it depends on what your accent colour is. The taskbar is a slightly darker shade of the accent colour, that's why it may appear too dark.

Auditor

When both IOS and Android are coming in cool colorful fancy UI and we have MS here digressing in black and white text screen. No wonder their Phone and Tablet strategy tanked and their leverage of Desktop environment tanked in Win 8 and the saga continues. May be in next update MS will bring green text and black background UI back and may be monochrome screen too.

Sszecret

Auditor said,
When both IOS and Android are coming in cool colorful fancy UI and we have MS here digressing in black and white text screen. No wonder their Phone and Tablet strategy tanked and their leverage of Desktop environment tanked in Win 8 and the saga continues. May be in next update MS will bring green text and black background UI back and may be monochrome screen too.

I guess it's a matter of personal preference. I get that colourful things attract consumers and such, but there is such a thing as too colourful (the folder icons in previous builds for example).

I personally much prefer the more muted colours, or darker shades, even the monochrome ones. If done properly, it looks quite elegant. It's not there yet in Win10, but here's hoping.

Romero

I got a nice mental image of the type of people who rush wide-eyed and slack-jawed towards cool colorful fancy glittering insubstantial trash. Glad the OS is being built keeping the rest of us in mind.

Gabe84

Personally I like what I am seeing. Very much.

agtsmith

If the "Release Candidate" for Build is true, then all hope for any consistency is lost. Just compare the size of the start menu tiny font and the size of calendar ribbon/toolbar huge font. There are no UI guidelines whatsoever. Every app does common stuff differently. They can't even get the hamburger menu look the same (compare Calendar/Mail with Calculator).

DraganChe

I absolutely love it - the look - call me easy : )) - simplicity...
...and also the idea that Spartan (browser) content, window now looks pretty much the same as anything else, store app, settings (hopefully file explorer or whatever it's gonna be)

cipnrkorvo

THE RECYCLE BIN! Hallelujah!!

.Neo

I can't get over the fact how freaking horrific Windows 10 looks. The whole interface has literally no sense of direction and Microsoft keeps changing looks with just about every release or so. The modern apps seem like wrapped websites.

thexfile

10056 is very buggy.

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