Three weeks after the launch of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft is rolling out the first new build to members of the Windows Insider Program. Build 9860, as Microsoft has so eloquently named it, comes to Insiders automatically through Windows Update. As long as your computer is on or sleeping, the update will download and install on its own.
Of course, if you’re too impatient for that, you can always head to PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds and click the ‘Check now’ button.
The new Windows 10 build will take up between 2GB and 2.74GB “depending on CPU architecture and language,” and the rebooting process will take a little bit longer than usual. As expected, there are a few known issues as well, so be sure to read up before diving in.
Once the update has been installed, you’ll have a few new feature to mess with, most notably the Action Center from Windows Phone, making its way to the Windows 10 desktop.
“This build is focused ONLY on enabling basic notifications – quick actions and cleaner UI will come later. You’ll see notifications from the system and apps – from new emails and invites to IMs, Facebook posts and more – all in one place, so you don’t miss a thing. Click on the new Action Center icon in the notification area of your taskbar to check it out.”
Microsoft has also made it easier to move apps between monitors and has added an animation for switching desktops.
This is the first of many builds that Microsoft plans to roll out in the coming months, adding new features, squashing bugs and doing everything in its power to push past the stigma of Windows 8 once and for all.