Redmond has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 – one of the biggest updates to its cloudy operating system – ahead of the release of the Creators Update later this year.
There’s a whole host of upgrades and additions in the new build, but one that will be immediately noticeable to developers is the axing of the traditional Blue Screen of Death whenever the operating system throws its toys out of the playpen. Now it will be green.
“In an effort to more easily distinguish Windows Insider reports vs the reports of those on production builds, we’ve updated the bugcheck page (blue screen) to be green,” Microsoft said in the build’s release notes.
“Released versions of Windows 10 will continue to have the classic blue color, including the final release of the Windows 10 Creators Update.” However, there’s a lot more to Build 15002 than that. The update includes major updates for Edge, Cortana, disabled users, and other improvements.
The browser now has a tab preview button to allow scrolling through tile images of the web pages on each tab, and a clear all button has been added. There’s a new UWP architecture for Microsoft Edge’s multi-process model; Flash is disabled by default on the browser; and support for web payments is included via the browser’s new payment request API.
Click on the start button and you get a list of start tiles on Windows 10, but the new build allows these to be stuffed into folders of similar items. There’s a new share screen to make passing files around other Windows users easier, and support for high-DPI apps is also included.