Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21364 was released to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. 

The Windows Subsystem for Linux now includes the first preview of support for GUI applications. This means you can now run your favourite GUI editors, tools, and applications, to develop, test, build and run your Linux apps. Check the demo below.

Task Manager supports Microsoft Edge process classification

Partnered with the Microsoft Edge team, Build 21364 will now support process classification in Task Manager. The classification is broken down into several different components like Tabs, Browser processes, Utility plugins, Dedicated & Service workers etc. It also includes separate icons for each process to help you identify them including a favicon for the website.

Photo Credits: Blogs Windows

NOTE: This feature is available to users that are running the latest Microsoft Edge Canary or Dev builds. Insiders can download the latest version here.

Eco mode in Task Manager

Photo Credits: Blogs Windows

“Eco Mode” is the new experimental feature of Task Manager that provides users with an option to throttle process resources. It also helps identify apps that are already running in Eco mode. This feature is helpful when you notice an app consuming high resources and would like to limit its consumption so that the system gives priority to other apps which will lead to faster foreground responsiveness. Here are the steps how to enable Eco mode for any process:

  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Processes tab.
  3. Right-click on a child process or an individual process.
  4. Click on “Eco mode” in the context menu to apply throttling.
  5. The status column in the Processes tab should show Eco mode for the process.

NOTE: This feature is rolling out to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first, to help us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability.

Japanese 50-on touch keyboard

Here is the new touch keyboard layout for the Japanese, 50-on touch keyboard. A 50-on touch keyboard is a popular layout widely used for Kiosk devices in Japan. It allows you to input Japanese texts intuitively without knowing how to compose Hiragana characters.

Photo Credits: Blogs Windows

Photo Credits: Blogs Windows

You can switch to 50-on layout from [⚙] > [50-on]. This feature also provides alphabet and symbol views designed specifically for the layout. You may notice some known issues with the full-width space using the Shift key. The Microsoft team is actively working on addressing them.

Changes and Improvements

  • Microsoft is updating the notification that used to say “We need to fix your account (most likely your password changed)”, to be more representative of what it’s for, and now say “Select here to sign in to your account to continue using apps between this device and your other devices.”
  • When you turn on or off the night light manually, for example via the Action Center, the night light will now turn on immediately rather than slowly transition.
  • You can now turn off Aero Shake via Settings > System > Multitasking and choosing the “off” toggle under “Title bar window shake”. This setting is now off by default so those who want it back will need to turn this setting on. [ADDED 4/22]

You can go and check out the whole Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far.

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Nikoleta Yanakieva Editor at DevStyleR International