Win­dows 10 In­side build 16199 fills some holes

My Peo­ple is here and Set­tings is more help­ful, finds MARK HACHMAN

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Mi­crosoft may be us­ing Win­dows 10 In­sider Build 16199 to flesh out its My Peo­ple experience for Win­dows 10, but chances are you’ll find a few of the new Set­tings to be the more use­ful fea­tures.

Like other Set­tings, the new ad­di­tions – the up­dated Sys­tem Health listings, new tips videos, and a more com­pre­hen­sive Stor­age Sense – won’t be called out, and you’ll have to know where to look for them. Another im­prove­ment, a no­ti­fi­ca­tion that will pop up on your screen when your An­droid phone re­ceives a call, is

part of the new cross-de­vice con­nec­tiv­ity built into the up­com­ing Fall Cre­ators Up­date.

Some use­ful new Win­dows 10 Set­tings

One of the is­sues with any prod­uct, re­ally, is a lack of good doc­u­men­ta­tion. (There’s a rea­son that we spend so much time writ­ing tips!) Well, Mi­crosoft has de­cided to con­trib­ute, too. Scat­tered about the Set­tings menu

(try Set­tings > Up­date & se­cu­rity) will be a num­ber of tips and videos pro­vid­ing de­tailed guid­ance on com­plet­ing a given task.

Win­dows 10 had been crit­i­cized for fail­ing to in­form users reg­u­larly about what’s new. That’s now been solved, and Mi­crosoft is adding other re­sources as well. What isn’t clear quite yet are whether those videos are be­ing stored lo­cally – adding to the size of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem – or streamed, which would re­quire an ac­tive In­ter­net con­nec­tion.

Mi­crosoft also main­tained its theme of in­form­ing the user in a new About page, which usu­ally is the grave­yard for bury­ing ob­scure copy­right and li­cens­ing language. Not so in the re­freshed Win­dows About page, tucked into the Set­tings > Sys­tem > About sec­tion. Here, you’ll find a sys­tem syn­op­sis, in­clud­ing the ba­sic specs of your PC, the ver­sion of your op­er­at­ing sys­tem, and more. (It’s a bit more de­tailed than the Sys­tem page ac­cessed via the WIN +X key.)

Now, Mi­crosoft has added a “Sys­tem health” sec­tion, demon­strat­ing that your PC is safe and se­cure, thanks to Win­dows De­fender—and if it’s not, what to do about it.

Fi­nally, there’s Stor­age Sense, which was orig­i­nally de­signed to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion about which apps

gob­ble up your disk space, but has evolved into a tool to man­age your disk stor­age, too. With the most re­cent up­date to Set­tings > Sys­tem > Stor­age, Stor­age Sense can now au­to­mat­i­cally clean up files in your Down­loads sec­tion that have been un­mod­i­fied in the last 30 days, giv­ing you more stor­age space. If you think that sounds pretty risky, how­ever, there’s good news: The fea­ture is off by de­fault.

Your Peo­ple are now your go-to con­tacts.

When Mi­crosoft first launched the My Peo­ple experience, the com­pany talked about giv­ing you quick ac­cess to a num­ber of friends right from your taskbar, com­plete with the abil­ity to send and re­ceive emo­jis, short com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and more.

With the most re­cent up­date, that vi­sion is a bit more com­plete. Friends can now send (spam?) emoji from your taskbar, and they’ll an­i­mate and dis­play on your desk­top.

If you have ad­di­tional no­ti­fi­ca­tions, they’ll show up as a nu­meric badge on top of the icon. In ad­di­tion, your My Peo­ple will now be the de­fault op­tion if you want to share some­thing with friends.

Other im­prove­ments

Build 16199 in­cludes two other im­prove­ments, the An­droid call no­ti­fi­ca­tions, and a cou­ple of tweaks to the Win­dows 10 Beam ca­pa­bil­i­ties. As long as you have the Cor­tana app in­stalled on your An­droid phone, you’ll see some­thing like this when you re­ceive a call:

Fi­nally, Mi­crosoft pro­vided a nice tweak to Win­dows 10’s Beam ca­pa­bil­i­ties, which al­lows users to stream games to the In­ter­net at large. Though you don’t have to en­able this op­tion, Beam now al­lows you to stream just the game’s au­dio, and not the bleeps and pings from no­ti­fi­ca­tions or other sounds from your PC.

The About page pro­vides a wealth of con­tent that you should know about

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