While the initial release included a new Start Menu, virtual desktops, new snap views, and an overall focus on the desktop, the latest test build refines a few features as Microsoft continues to develop Windows 10. Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview just three weeks ago and the software maker is now ready to issue a fresh update. We got an early look at Action Center thanks to a video leak in September, and it looks very similar in today’s latest Windows 10 Technical Preview. Microsoft is also adding an option to the Windows 10 Technical Preview to allow users to switch how often they receive new builds. Microsoft says it has made nearly 7,000 changes to this latest Windows 10 Technical Preview. If you’re already testing Windows 10 then a new preview build (9860) is available from the update and recovery section of PC settings. The Windows 10 Action Center collects toasts and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from Windows 8-style apps. “We addressed your feedback by adding an animation to make it clear that you are switching.” SOME UI CHANGES HAVE ‘GONE BACKWARDS’ While Microsoft is making lots of changes, the software maker notes some UI functionality has “gone backwards” temporarily.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview is available now to download today and will be around 2GB in size depending on your system. The Action Center in Windows 10 lacks any actionable notifications right now, meaning you can’t reply to messages within the feature itself. You can update to the latest build by searching for PC settings and navigating to update and recovery and then preview builds. That could change by the time Windows 10 ships next year, especially as Microsoft works to tweak the user interface more and more. The Action Center (Notification Center) is a new addition in build 9860, available in the system tray.