Microsoft released a Windows 10 update Wednesday, featuring some of the features announced last week at the company’s Build conference, for Windows Insiders.
Perhaps the biggest enhancement, at least philosophically, is the ability to run native Bash on Ubuntu in Windows 10, by enabling a developer mode.
The update brings some new cross-device features to the Cortana voice assistant in companion with Windows 10 Mobile devices and Android phones to receive low phone battery notifications on a PC, find my phone functionality, and the ability to share map directions from PCs directly to phones. Microsoft Edge is also receiving support for new browser extensions, like OneNote Clipper and Pin It Button for Pinterest. The latest version of the Skype universal Windows app is also included with this update.
The build also brings some new UI tweaks. Emoji has been aligned to Microsoft’s design language and the Unicode standard, along with picking up skin tones. There’s also a new dark mode for apps like Calculator, Store, Alarms, and Settings. Lastly, there’s a new update experience for after the update installs, and the ability to pin windows so they appear on every virtual desktop.
For Windows Insiders, the build is available now in Windows Update. General users can expect to see these features and more in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update when it rolls out this summer.