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Hello Windows Insider,
Another exciting Windows journey has begun.
While Windows 10 April 2018 Update was just released to the general public, Windows Insiders can preview the next version of Windows (RS5) right now.
In fact, we've already released several RS5 Windows 10 Insider Preview builds in the Fast Ring. These builds contain the much-anticipated "Sets" feature along with some very interesting updates to features like copy-paste, Windows Search, Notepad and more.
As usual, we'll be eagerly tracking the Feedback Hub for your comments, votes and suggestions.

Tips and Tricks

Not sure if you've received the latest Insider Preview build? Once you've registered your PC by going to Settings > Update & Security > Window Insider Program, and clicking "Get started",1 go to Settings > Update & Security > Window Update and click "Check for updates." If there are no Insider Preview builds listed, you should be all up to date. Get more update tips.

Windows 10 Insider Preview highlights

Here are some recent highlights, including the build where they first appeared.2 Go here for more details on all the latest Insider Preview builds.3
  • An easier way to organize your stuff — with Sets. Our earlier Sets experiment is now open to almost all Insiders.4 Sets keeps related webpages, documents, files and apps connected in one, tabbed Window so everything is just one click away. Sets of tabs can even be saved and restored later. To try Sets, open File Explorer, for example, then open a new tab (+), and click on the search box in the middle of the screen to browse the web or open an app or file. (Build 17661)

  • Sets for Office. If you are also an Office Insider you can now try Sets for Office to group, recall, and refresh data sources for all your projects.5 (Build 17643)

  • A better way to copy paste. Simply press WIN+V to access our brand-new clipboard experience. Now you can paste from a clipboard history and pin the items you find yourself using all the time. Access your clipboard across any PC running Build 17666 or higher.6 (Build 17666)

  • Dark theme comes to File Explorer. Along with this top Insider request, we also added dark theme support to the File Explorer context menu, as well as the Common File Dialog (aka the Open and Save dialogs). (Build 17666)

  • Notepad Search with Bing. To use, simply highlight any words or phrase in Notepad, right click and select "search with Bing". (Build 17666)

  • Start Tile folder naming. Simply drag tiles on top of one another to create a folder. When you expand the folder, you'll see a new option to name it. (Build 17666)

  • Save time with Search Previews. We have expanded previews to support apps, documents and more. Get quick answers from Bing, links to recent documents, file info and other preview info. (Build 17666)

  • Easier screenshot sharing. Just press the quick action button in Action Center called "Screen Snip" (or press WIN+shift+S), then add a message and share. (Build 17661)

  • Acrylic in Task View. We continue to add more Fluent Design to Windows, including a soft blur Acrylic effect to the entire Task View background. (Build 17661)

  • Roaming Usage. Does your device have a SIM? We've updated Data Usage Settings to let you know how much data you are using while roaming! (Build 17643)

  • Magnifier improvements. Based on your feedback, we made two improvements: 1) your mouse can now be centered on the screen in full screen mode for easier tracking, and 2) we added two more zoom level increments (5 and 10%). (Build 17643)

  • Bluetooth battery percentage in Settings. In Bluetooth & other devices Settings, you can now check the battery level of your Bluetooth devices. (Build 17643)

  • A smarter calculator. Windows Calculator now correctly calculates square roots for perfect squares (integers that are squares of other integers). (Build 17643)

  • Less interruptions when gaming. Focus assist will turn on automatically when you're playing any full screen game. (Build 17661)

  • Fluent Design for Windows Defender Security Center. We've heard your feedback and we've updated Windows Defender Security Center (WDSC) to include the Fluent Design elements you know and love. (Build 17650)

  • Cortana Show Me now supports voice queries. You can now launch the new preview app with your voice for help with Windows settings.7


  • More LinkedIn Learning Courses available free to Windows Insiders. Four more on-demand video courses are available free until June 22, 2018:

  • Podcast: What's Up with Machine Learning? Tune in to our latest podcast episode as our Microsoft engineers discuss the awesome potential of machine learning and how developers can leverage machine learning in their apps using Windows ML. Remember to subscribe, rate, and review wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Meet our Community Champs. Did you know we have hundreds of Community Champs who are reviewing your feedback? Want to know more about them and their work? Check our Community Champs page.

  • Tune in to our next Mixer broadcast. Join Jason Howard and other Windows engineers for another live Mixer broadcast. This time, we'll be hosting our monthly webcast at the Microsoft Store in Dallas, TX. We'll be talking with customers and retail store employees — and may even have a surprise or two for our viewers. Join us on May 26 at 11am PDT.

  • Insiders in Action Contest. Our next contest runs to June 6 and this time, we want to know: How do you use technology to help others? Whether you're using tech to bring your community together, inspire a love of learning, or solve an important problem, we want to hear from you. Enter our Insiders in Action contest today. And check out our latest contest winner featured in the story below.

  • Insider stories: From Waste to Energy- Powered by Solar, Built on Windows. Find out about a group of Insiders who built a breakthrough solution for the world's trash crisis — with the power of solar energy and Windows. Read the story.

Info for IT Pros

  • What's new in Windows 10, version 1803 for IT pros. Register now to attend a fast-paced webinar on May 22nd covering new and updated features for IT pros in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Have questions? Save the date for our 24-hour Windows 10 IT Pro "Ask Microsoft Anything" event May 22-23.

  • New! Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build. The new Windows Server vNext Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release contains both the Desktop Experience as well as Server Core in all 18 server languages, as well as a new build of the next Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release. Get release details for Build 17650 and for Build 17666.

Info for Developers

  • Register for our first ever Insider Dev Tour. This global tour brings the best of our Build Developer Conference 2018 to developers, locally. Get an up-close look at the latest Microsoft innovations in Artificial Intelligence, desktop development, Microsoft 365, Progressive Web Apps, Office for developers, Mixed Reality, Microsoft Graph, and much more. It's open to developers of all types, including professionals, hobbyists, and students. Register for an event near you.

  • Don't miss a moment from Microsoft Build 2018. Check out Microsoft Build Live for on-demand content from Microsoft's premier developer conference. Watch keynotes, hundreds of sessions, announcements, and much more. Watch now and learn what's new for Windows devs.

  • New Windows 10 SDK Preview 17661 available. This SDK preview can be used in conjunction with Insider Preview Build 17661 or greater.
You can follow the lead for the Windows Insiders Program, Dona Sarkar, on Twitter @donasarkar. For other updates on the program, including special events and activities, follow us on Twitter @windowsinsider.
Thanks for being a Windows Insider.
The Windows Insider Team

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