Windows 10 build 17040 now available in the Fast ring - here's what's new

Microsoft released this week's Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast ring build today, the first since last Wednesday when 17035 was released. Build 17040, as with the last couple of builds in the Fast ring, includes a bunch of new features, none of which are really major.

In the blog post, Dona Sarkar also requested that Insiders complete a survey regarding the early versions of apps that they've used. These include Mail and Calendar, Skype, Photos, and People.

Here's the full changelog:

Settings Improvements

Adjust the brightness of SDR content on your HDR display: Starting with Build 17040, Windows now lets you adjust how bright SDR content appears when running in HDR mode on the desktop. On an HDR capable system, you will see a slider in the “HDR and advanced color settings” page under Settings > System > Display. This is one of the improvements to HDR image quality that we have planned based on feedback from Insiders.

New Cursor, pointer, and touch feedback section in Ease of Access Settings: Continuing our recent efforts to reorganize this section in Settings, you’ll notice that “change cursor thickness”, “Change pointer size and color”, and “Change touch feedback” have been moved to this new place.

Touch keyboard Improvements

Shape-writing with wide touch keyboard: With the Fall Creators Update we introduced shape-writing input for one-handed keyboard. We’ve heard your feedback, and with today’s build we’re happy to announce that it’s now also available when using the wide keyboard!

As a reminder, shape-writing is currently available for the following languages: Catalan (Catalan), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), English (India), English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), French (Switzerland), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italy), Norwegian, Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), and Vietnamese (Vietnam).

Handwriting panel Improvements

Improved Insertion Gesture: Based on your feedback about gesture recognition, we’ve updated the insertion gesture (to add space between words or letters) to now be a small caret (see below gif for a demo of what it looks like, along with a cameo of our joining gesture).

A New Commit Gesture: We’ve added a new gesture so you can automatically commit your text and clear out the text in the handwriting panel. This gesture looks like a 90 degree angle bracketing the end of your text – see gif below for an example of how it works.

Improved button layout for Chinese (Simplified) Handwriting: If you use Chinese (Simplified), you’ll now see a layout similar to the one announced for other languages with Build 17035. The buttons in the handwriting panel are collapsed by default – tap the button with the ellipsis to expand them.

The build is from the Redstone 4 development branch, meaning that it's a preview for the next feature update to Windows 10. Microsoft still hasn't held an event or issued a press release regarding what we can expect from RS4, so we should start seeing major features after that.

Of course, there are a few features, like Timeline that were announced at the company's Build 2017 developer conference this year that didn't make it into the Fall Creators Update, or Redstone 3. We should be seeing those soon.

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