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Microsoft pushes out Windows 10 preview with new mail and calendar apps, tablet optimization

Microsoft pushes out Windows 10 preview with new mail and calendar apps, tablet optimization

Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 Start Menu

Above: The Windows 10 Start Menu now called the Start Screen and no longer featuring a Start button).

Image Credit: Microsoft

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Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 Technical Preview for PCs, Build 1061. The preview includes some new mail and calendar apps, and improvements to Start, Taskbar, and Action Center.

It also adds optimization of the Task Bar for tablets, Task View improvements, and the ability to create as many virtual desktops as needed.

New apps

The new email and calendar apps use a familiar three-pane email user interface, with the ability to toggle quickly between the two. The Mail app includes customizable swipe gesture support, allowing users to swipe right or left to do things like delete, flag, move, or mark as email as read or unread.

The apps also offer users some tricks that are more like Microsoft Word than email. It’s easy to insert tables, add pictures, and use bullets and color in text, Microsoft says. Both the new Mail and Calendar apps support Office 365, Exchange,, Gmail, IMAP, POP and other popular accounts.

Start and Taskbar

The Start menu and Taskbar now have a transparent look. In the Settings app under Personalization, users can adjust the color of Start, Taskbar, and Action Center as well as transparency. The Start menu can be resized. Start and Taskbar also now employ AutoColor, which pulls the primary colors from the desktop background.

Build 1061 contains fixes for the following issues:

  • Issue where Indexing of new email in Outlook was not working
  • Issue with Hyper-V preventing not enabling
  • Visual Studio crashes during creation of a new Universal app project
  • Project Spartan: Users can now double-click on the titlebar to maximize, Favorites Bar gets a new alignment so that the text and icons no longer appear partially below the bottom of the Favorites Bar

Build 1061 comes just a few weeks after Microsoft launched its last Windows 10 preview for PCs on March 30. That release included Project Spartan, the company’s new browser shipping on all Windows 10 devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs, and so on).

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