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Microsoft is morphing Windows 10 right in front of our eyes.

Last week, Microsoft released Build 9860, the first new version of Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview You can try Windows 10 Technical Preview for free and help Microsoft polish its new flagship operating system. Before you install it, make sure you choose the best method for your needs. Read More (TP). This new build is said to contain over 7,000 improvements and fixes, most of them under the hood. Alas, Microsoft only highlighted three. We’ll show you a few more, including at least two that you can look forward to being activated in a future build.

What’s New In Build 9860?

See Notifications Listed In Action Center

The Action Center, à la Windows Phone How Windows Phone 8.1 Is Enhanced With The Action Center How Windows Phone 8.1 Is Enhanced With The Action Center Microsoft kills the toast! Now you can finally manage your notifications on Windows Phone. Read More , addresses a Windows 8 annoyance: Toast notifications would briefly pop up, then disappear into Nirvana, causing the user to miss what happened or having to track down the respective app. What we’re seeing in Build 9860 is a basic Action Center version, which will hopefully be updated with more useful features.

As in Windows 8, new notifications briefly pop up in the top right of the desktop.

Windows 10 New Notification

They are subsequently listed in the Action Center. For now, you’ll spot a new Notifications icon in the respective area of the Taskbar.

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Windows 10 Action Center

Left-clicking the note icon launches a simplistic window with a list of notifications. Clicking a notification will clear it. You can Clear All notifications via the respective X icon in the top right. With a right-click on the icon you can hide notifications for up to 8 hours. And that’s all there is to it right now.

Windows 10 Notifications Windows

To change how you receive notifications, open PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings] and navigate to > Search and apps > Notifications. Here you can turn off notification sounds, define Quiet hours, and select for which apps you’d like to see notifications.

Windows 10 Notifications Settings

Move Apps Between Multiple Monitors

You can now move apps between multiple monitors using a newly activated keyboard shortcut. This isn’t a novel shortcut; it’s been around for a while, it just wasn’t available in Windows 10 TP up until  now. To move the active app window to your second screen, press Windows key + SHIFT and use the left / right arrow keys. This shortcut won’t do anything on a single monitor setup.

By the way, Microsoft accidentally posted this shortcut as Windows key + CTRL + left / right arrow keys, which will let you move between multiple virtual desktops. To add to the confusion, they also linked to virtual desktop shortcuts. Interestingly, the Windows key + left / right / top / down arrow keys shortcut, which used to snap the active window to the respective position in Build 9841, is non-functional in the new Build.

Enjoy Or Disable New Window Animations

Build 9860 comes with new animations for opening and closing windows. That’s a change I would have missed, had I not seen it mentioned elsewhere. Turning off fancy animations can improve performance How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance Whatever you think of Windows 8 (at MakeUseOf, our opinions are mixed), it’s certainly speedy. Windows 8 boots faster than previous versions of Windows, has lower memory usage, and has a desktop that feels nice... Read More .

To turn off the new animations, press the Windows key, type System, select the respective Control Panel item, and click Advanced system settings. Under Performance click Settings… In the Visual Effects tab uncheck the second item from the top, Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing, and click OK to save your changes.

Windows 10 Performance Options

Create Desktop Shortcuts For Modern Apps

You could previously create desktop shortcuts for modern apps that came pre-installed with Windows. Now this functionality is extended to all Store apps. To create a desktop shortcut, find the respective app in Start or under All Apps and drag it to the desktop.

Discover New Apps & Features

Do some nosing around under All Apps and you’ll discover Docking Controller, which is an app that does absolutely nothing right now. Further down in the list is a curious app called zPC Settings (right). The menu entries are very different from the main PC Settings app (left). It looks like several Control Panel items are moving into this modern app.

Windows 10 zPC Settings Vs. PC Settings

Many of the zPC Settings sub-menus are empty; items marked with a * are pending. For example under Personalization, we see Themes, Background, Colors, and Sounds listed but dead, while Lock screen and Sync settings are fully functional.

Windows 10 zPC Settings Personalization

DataSense

DataSense, a feature taken from Windows Phone 5 Cool Things You Can Now Do With Windows Phone 8.1 5 Cool Things You Can Now Do With Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 offers new tools to help manage your digital and offline life. Get the most out of Windows Phone with our tips. Read More , will manage your data usage on different networks. Right now it appears to be restricted to devices that directly connect to a mobile network. Once it is active, you will be able to restrict background data and show total data usage for your device.

To get an impression, open PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings] and navigate to DataSense. Note how the date shows 09 for September, when it should show 10 for October.

Windows 10 DataSense

Battery Saver

As Windows gears up to become a truly mobile operating system, better battery management tools are mandatory. Battery Saver is another feature adopted from Windows Phone 5 Power Saving Tips To Keep Your Windows Phone 8.1 Battery Fresh 5 Power Saving Tips To Keep Your Windows Phone 8.1 Battery Fresh Does your battery drain faster since you upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1? A few simple settings can increase battery life and get through the day and beyond on a single charge. Read More , designed to conserve battery “by limiting background activity and adjusting hardware settings”. Much like the Action Center and DataSense, it’s very basic at this point; worse, it can’t be used, yet.

To have a look at Battery Saver, go to PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings] and navigate to Battery Saver.

Windows 10 Battery Saver

You may think that Battery Saver is set to turn on automatically when the battery gets below a certain percentage, but that percentage appears to be zero and cannot be changed. You can turn Battery Saver on manually, but the button will default back to the Off position when you leave the settings page. At this point, the Battery Saver feature is nonfunctional.

How To Install The New Windows 10 Build?

Meanwhile, the new build should have been rolled out to all users of the Technical Preview. If you have not automatically received Build 9860 yet, you might be on a metered network. Or maybe your system still needs to complete the installation of important or critical updates; check Windows Update Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Read More and reboot if necessary. Note that while a faulty Windows Update can be removed When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It Did a Windows Update crash your system? Here's a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Read More , you cannot downgrade from a new build version.

To manually initiate the update, go to PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings], navigate to > Update and recovery > Preview builds, and click Check now. Once you installed Build 9860, you can also change how quickly you will receive future builds; the default is Slow.

Windows 10 Preview Builds

The Preview can be up to 2.74GB in size and will take longer than normal to install, with a couple of maintenance processes running in the back after the installation completed.

Note that the new build comes with several known issues, which Microsoft promised to fix until the final release. These include changes to joining a WiFi network, removal of items from the Start menu, issues with sleep and wake up, broken system games, and blue screens when undocking from a dual external monitor setup. If you identify additional bugs, please report them via Windows Feedback or the Technical Preview forum.

What Is On Your Wish List For The Next Build?

What we see with this update, is that Microsoft is slowly integrating Windows Phone features into Windows 10. The aim is to turn Windows into a desktop to mobile chameleon of an operating system. We also found hints that Control Panel items are moved into modern apps. In a way, Microsoft is allowing us to watch as they are morphing Windows 10 from a close Windows 8 clone Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More into something novel.

If you’ve been using Windows 10 TP Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS If you think Windows 10 is a keylogger, you know nothing about the purpose of a Technical Preview. That's OK because we're here to explain. Read More , you’ve certainly come across a few things that could be improved. Did Microsoft address any of them with this upgrade? What else remains on your wish list? And have you come across any bugs in Build 9860?

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