Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview lets you try out Bash, dark mode, and Continuum beaming

One week back, Microsoft Build 2016 brought us an early look at where Windows 10 is headed next, and a lot of our attention went to the changes coming in the big Windows 10 Anniversary Update landing sometime this summer. For most users, that means they’ve got months and months to go before they’re going to have the chance to try out all the features we saw demoed at Build, but that needn’t be the case: Microsoft continues to give its Insider testers an advanced look at new Windows 10 features before they’re quite ready for prime time, and today the company’s releasing its latest preview build, delivering a bunch of those Anniversary Update changes.

The announcement that Windows 10 would include a Bash shell might have seemed like an early April Fools’ joke, but Microsoft wasn’t kidding around. With this week’s release Insider testers can start tapping into its power for themselves, after manually enabling the new Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Testers can also enable Windows 10’s new dark mode (even if it doesn’t perfectly work across all programs), try out some Edge browser extensions, and use Cortana to locate misplaced phones.

Remember how during Build we learned about a new Windows 10 mode that would allow Windows 10 Mobile users to wirelessly connect their smartphones to a nearby PC for some Continuum action? That goes live with this release (above), and while Microsoft is clear that this is an early preview and things are still a bit buggy, it’s available for you to try; you can even use one PC to stream a session from another.

There are a lot more changes present in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316, and you can get the full rundown via the source link below. If you’ve already installed and tried them out for yourself, let us know how your experience went in the comments.

Source: Microsoft

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