The recently released Windows build 21277 comes with a lot of hidden gems. Microsoft has added plenty of new options to the Settings app, including new taskbar options, a new Battery usage history page, webcam options, and even a few options related to Sets. Here's a quick look at them.
Note: All the below features are a work-in-progress. None of the pages are finished or fully functional. All of them are hidden and not visible by default.
Battery usage page
One of the interesting changes is the Battery usage page. It resembles the appearance of the battery page on Android. In addition to already available options, it shows a usage graph by hours, and also shows screen on and off times.
Another change is more taskbar options in the Settings app under Personalization > Taskbar. The page now includes options that were exclusive to the taskbar context menu. It looks like Microsoft is moving them to the Settings app.
The newly added options to the Settings are
- Show Windows Ink Workspace button
- Show touch keyboard button
- Show touchpad button
- Show Task View button
Storage User cleanup recommendations
One more change has been done to the System > Storage. It can now display recommendations to the user, e.g. to remove some old files from the Downloads folder. This expands what the Storage Sense feature does.
Camera settings in Settings
Microsoft is working on adding the Camera options directly to the Settings app. There is a new page under Devices > Cameras. It lists available webcams and allow changing the available options for each of the devices.
The return of the Archive apps feature
This build again includes the Archive apps option. When the option is enabled, then the OS will automatically "archive" (i.e. remove) the apps you don’t use frequently to free up space and Internet bandwidth. It will not remove any of your files and other data that was saved locally or in the cloud. The next time you launch an archived app, it will be downloaded and installed on-demand. This works only if the app remains available at that moment, notes Microsoft.
You may remember the now-removed Sets feature of Windows 10 which implements tabs in File Explorer and other apps. Microsoft might have started reviving it. Windows 10 build 21277 includes a couple of options related to Sets. The are under System > Multitasking.
Finally, the latest find in this build shows that you could have Windows bind your location to tasks, as well as share your phone's location with your PC.
All credits for screenshots and findings go to @thebookisclosed.
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