Microsoft recently released a new beta build for the future Windows 10 update. With build 18305, in addition to a huge list of other improvements and bug fixes, changes have been made to the Start menu and Windows Sandbox has been introduced.

The now released beta version includes many new features and improvements for the operating system, mainly based on feedback from end users. However, Microsoft warns that this build is still early in the development process and may still contain bugs so that everything could not work the way it should.

Adjustments to the Start menu

The most important change in this testbill is the one in the Start menu. This is now greatly simplified and consists of a single column in which a smaller number of top-level app tiles can be seen. In addition, the Start menu now offers possibilities to remove added inbox apps and to unpin certain folders or groups of tiles.

The developers of Microsoft do indicate that this new Start menu is not immediately visible at the start of the build. This is because they want to make sure that users will find their environment as they left it before, in a previous version of Windows 10.

Introduction of the sandbox functionality

The build also introduces Windows 10 Sandbox for the first time. This is a light desktop environment that can run applications specifically and securely in an isolated environment. Our Belgian colleagues recently wrote more about this specific functionality.

Elimination of passwords

In addition, the developers of Microsoft Windows 10 continue to ban passwords with the latest build. In this build, the software specialist introduces logging in to Windows via telephone numbers. End-users who have a Windows account with their phone number can now log in using an SMS code to set up their Windows 10 account. They can then use Windows Hello to log into their device using a fingerprint, face recognition or PIN code. This of course depends on the capabilities of their device.

Other functionality

Other functionality now added includes improvements to the Windows Security App, faster access to emojis and a new look and feel of the clipboard functionality, improved troubleshooting, automatic startup and login for enterprise enterprises, and an improved homepage for access to the settings.

Update 2019

All functionality must be made available to every Windows 10 end user in the next release of the operating system in 2019. This update is expected in the first half year of the coming year.

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