Microsoft released the first major update to the Windows 10 technical preview today, which adds a bunch of new features and tweaks that enhance the company’s pre-release operating system. It’s the first big update since the company unveiled Windows 10 last month, and announced the launch of this beta program.
The biggest change is the addition of a new Action Center that collects all of the notifications fired off by the system and applications. It’s similar to the notification systems used in mobile operating systems like iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as the Notification Center feature in Mac OS X. Users will be able to see every alert they received from all the programs they have installed.
Users with multiple monitors will like a new keyboard shortcut that allows them to move an application from one monitor to another. Just hit Win + Shift + an arrow key corresponding to the relative position of the monitor, and Windows will move the active application over. In a similar vein, today’s update also includes a new animation for switching virtual desktops so that users have a sense of where they are after each switch.
One of the last key tweaks in today’s update is a setting that allows people to opt in to faster or slower updates. Faster updates are more likely to sport obvious bugs that may cause problems for users, but they’ll give adventurous folks fast access to new features. Slower updates, on the other hand, will hold features back in favor of maximizing stability. By default, users will be put on the slow track unless they opt in to faster updates.
This should probably go without saying, but people who need their computers to run as consistently as possible should probably stay a step back from the cutting edge. Sometimes, bugs in pre-release software are just annoying, but getting the latest and greatest features isn’t worth potential data loss or repeated crashes that render a machine unusable.
Fair warning: The update released today includes a handful of bugs, including one that makes some machines wake up and not go back to sleep properly.
Users who are already running Windows 10 can manually install the update by going into PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds > Check now. People interested in signing up for the preview program can do so here.