New Windows 10 preview makes Windows Mixed Reality even better

Windows Mixed Reality Skyloft

Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 10 which contains a number of improvements for Windows Mixed Reality, among other tweaks.

Build 17686, which has been pushed out to ‘skip ahead’ and fast ring testers, makes changes that include allowing Windows Mixed Reality apps to use the Camera Capture UI API to effectively take grabs of the virtual world.

So, for example, if you’re in the Skyloft running the Mail app, you can snap an image of your virtual view and directly insert that into an email you’re composing.

For those using a Mixed Reality headset with something like a backpack PC, another useful tweak is that it’s no longer necessary to plug in a monitor, so you can simply run with the backpack machine and headset.

You’ll still need to hook up a monitor in order to set things up for the first time, but after that you can have auto-login configured and dispense with the display for a much freer Mixed Reality experience

Microsoft further notes that it has tweaked Mixed Reality video capture, making it easier to stop a video via the Start menu.

Region revamp

The other major change to Windows 10 is the addition of a new Region page in the Settings app, which presents options to individually tweak various ‘regional format data'.

So you can, for example, individually change the format of the calendar, dates, first day of the week, currency and so on, regardless of your main overall setting for region you're in. You’ll find all these new options under Settings > Time & Language > Region.

And finally, Microsoft has made a small change on the privacy front. With this new build, if you’ve disabled access to the microphone in privacy settings, the first time you try to use the microphone, Windows 10 will actually pop-up a notification to let you know that the mic is blocked, and offer the possibility to change that option.

As ever, there are a whole host of other minor adjustments and potential issues to be aware of, which you’ll find the full details of in Microsoft’s blog post introducing the new build.

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