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Windows 10 Insider Preview: This Is a Big One

Microsoft on Monday unveiled a massive number of Windows 10 updates as part of its latest preview build for Insiders. Among the changes developers can test drive ahead of a later release for the general public are new tab and windows controls for the Edge browser, a sneak preview of new Web payment options for Microsoft Wallet and a variety of security updates for consumers and enterprise users.

One change for Insiders is the appearance of a “green screen of death” instead of the standard “blue screen of death” that accompanies major system problems. The green screen will appear only on Insider builds to make it easier to distinguish preview problems from those affecting versions of Windows 10 already in general circulation.

On ‘High Alert’ for Insider Feedback

“This is a [big] update,” Windows and Devices Group software engineer Dona Sarkar said in a blog post on Monday. She added that the Microsoft support team will be on “high alert” in the company’s Feedback Hub regarding Insider comments about the many changes that were rolled out.

Among the updates coming to Microsoft’s Edge browser, for example, are additional tools to make it easier to keep track of and manage multiple tabs, including a new visual preview panel that lets users scroll through all their open tabs without having to leave the one that’s currently on the screen (see picture, above). Users can also set aside all of their currently open tabs to start fresh while keeping open the option to return to those later.

The latest Insider release also provides preview support for Microsoft’s new Payment Request API that will allow users to save payment and shipping preferences for quicker Web purchases. For now, however, the preview won’t let Insiders actually process payments via that method.

Insiders testing Preview Build 15002…

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