Latest Win10 preview build adds touchpad gestures, MKV playback


— 6:00 AM on November 14, 2014

Microsoft is still improving upon the Windows 10 Technical Preview with incremental releases. The latest build, numbered 9879, includes a wealth of tweaks and additions, from those touchpad gestures we heard about recently to support for the MKV video format. A full run-down of the changes can be perused on the official Windows blog. The Cliff's Notes version is below:

  • Those Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar can now be hidden.
  • The minimize and restore animations for windows have been tweaked.
  • Modern UI windows have a new, less ambiguous icon for the charms menu.
  • Snap Assist (formerly known as Aero Snap) can now be used to "snap" windows across multi-display setups.
  • Five three-finger touchpad gestures have been added. They include:
    • 3 finger up -> Task View
    • 3 finger down -> Show Desktop
    • 3 finger flick to left or right -> switches to previous app (go back 1)
    • 3 finger move left or right -> Alt-Tab (Task View) pops up and you can select the app you want (remove fingers to select)
    • 3 finger tap -> Search
  • OneDrive now supports selective sync.
  • Windows Media Player and "other desktop and modern apps" have native support for the MKV container format.
  • Users can pin their favorite folders to the File Explorer's Home page.
  • Dialogs for Modern UI apps now show up inside windows of their own.
  • Internet Explorer's new Edge rendering engine should now be enabled for 10% of users.
  • Some new icons have been added here and there.
  • And last, but not least, some stability fixes have been implemented.

Phew. To grab the new preview build, head to PC Settings via the Start menu, then click "Update and recovery," and finally "Preview builds." Make sure you have "Fast" selected in the drop-down menu, or the updater won't grab build 9879.

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