New Preview Build of Windows 10 Version 1803 Brings Feature Enhancements and Tons of Bug Fixes


Microsoft appears to have finally found a good rhythm with the development of Windows 10 Redstone 4, slated for a release in Spring, 2018. While we rarely saw any new builds in the past several weeks, today's build that follows Redstone 4 Preview Build 17035 might finally start the routine one-build-a-week process.

The company has today released Windows 10 Redstone 4 Insider Preview Build 17040 to Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead rings. Today's build brings more bug fixes than exciting new features. It does, however, bring small feature enhancements like adjusting brightness of SDR content on a HDR display, touch keyboard improvements, and others. Notably, the block for AMD PCs is no longer in effect, the company has said. Previous build wasn't available to machines with AMD processors due to a bug that caused PCs to bugcheck during upgrading to current builds.

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Here's everything that's new in today's build:

Settings Improvements in Windows 10 17040

Adjust the brightness of SDR content on your HDR display: Starting with Build 17040, Windows now lets you adjust how bright SDR content appears when running in HDR mode on the desktop. On an HDR capable system, you will see a slider in the “HDR and advanced color settings” page under Settings > System > Display. This is one of the improvements to HDR image quality that we have planned based on feedback from Insiders. windows 10 redstone 4

New Cursor, pointer, and touch feedback section in Ease of Access Settings:Continuing our recent efforts to reorganize this section in Settings, you’ll notice that “change cursor thickness”, “Change pointer size and color”, and “Change touch feedback” have been moved to this new place.

Touch keyboard Improvements

Shape-writing with wide touch keyboard: With the Fall Creators Update we introduced shape-writing input for one-handed keyboard. We’ve heard your feedback, and with today’s build we’re happy to announce that it’s now also available when using the wide keyboard! 

As a reminder, shape-writing is currently available for the following languages: Catalan (Catalan), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), English (India), English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), French (Switzerland), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italy), Norwegian, Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), and Vietnamese (Vietnam).

Handwriting panel Improvements

Improved Insertion Gesture: Based on your feedback about gesture recognition, we’ve updated the insertion gesture (to add space between words or letters) to now be a small caret (see below gif for a demo of what it looks like, along with a cameo of our joining gesture). windows 10 17040

A New Commit Gesture: We’ve added a new gesture so you can automatically commit your text and clear out the text in the handwriting panel. This gesture looks like a 90 degree angle bracketing the end of your text – see gif below for an example of how it works. windows 10 redstone 4

Improved button layout for Chinese (Simplified) Handwriting: If you use Chinese (Simplified), you’ll now see a layout similar to the one announced for other languages with Build 17035. The buttons in the handwriting panel are collapsed by default – tap the button with the ellipsis to expand them.

To check out the complete list of general fixes coming with Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17040 and known issues (including Green Screen Of Death), head over to Microsoft.