Microsoft releases Windows 10 Preview Build 17074 to the Fast ring, with lots of big new changes

Windows 10 Insiders on the Fast ring have got used to weekly new builds from Microsoft, but just lately we’ve been having to go a lot longer between releases. There have been just two new builds in the past seven weeks, although both have been jam packed with new features and improvements, so it's easy to understand the reason for the delay.

Build 17074, the latest release for the Fast ring (and Skip Ahead), has a lot to offer users and shows the direction the OS is taking these days. Here’s what’s new.

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First up there’s the usual raft of Microsoft Edge improvements. The browser’s Hub view shows more content and has been made easier to use, and Edge can now save and automatically fill in card information on payment web forms. The reading and Books experiences have been overhauled and made more consistent. There are new Grammar tools here too, and a new full-screen reading mode.

Other Edge tweaks include improvements to the Favorites bar, the option to never save passwords for domains, and the ability to autofill passwords and use extensions  when InPrivate mode.

Over in Windows Settings, Disk Cleanup has been added into Storage Settings, and the new Sound Settings page has been tweaked, and gains an 'App volume and device preferences' page.

This build now lets you use Quiet Hours to set times when you don’t want to be disturbed, and links to the Documents and Pictures folders now appear in the Start menu by default. You can specify other folders to include as well if you wish.

If you do a lot of handwriting in Windows, you’ll no doubt appreciate the new Embedded Handwriting Panel.

Localization in Windows has been redesigned in this build too.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC include this lot:

Known issues to be aware of are:

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