Exciting news to all those computer users who have been helping Microsoft to shape up the next major version of Windows by testing the preview build of Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft has just announced the availability of build 9879, meaning all existing 9860 users can upgrade their existing Windows 10 9860 build to 9879.
Apart from numerous fixes and improvements, there are a couple of new features in build 9879. First, there are options to show or hide Task view and Search button on the taskbar, something users have been asking since the release of first preview build 9841.
Other than that, there are new touchpad gestures that we talked about in our previous New touchpad gestures in Windows 10 article. On supported touchpads, you can use the following gestures to quickly access various features of Windows 10.
# Three finger up gesture to open Task View
# Three finger down to show desktop
# Three finger tap to access search
# Three finger move left or right to bring up Alt-Tab (Task View)
# Three finger flick to right or left switches to previous app
Apart from those new features, Microsoft has updated minimize and restore animations (see how to disable minimize and restore animations) to look smooth. Microsoft has also replaced three dots (…) on the left of modern apps title bar with more visible “hamburger-style” icon (three lines). For those who are curious, clicking on these lines will bring up a menu with options to access settings.
You can now pin your favorite folders to Home (see how to show hard drives in Home). Windows 10 now completely supports MKV files out of the box. This means, you will be able to play MKV formats in Windows Media Player without having to install codec packs. In addition to that thumbnails for MKV files now appear in Windows Explorer.
And before you upgrade to build 9879, there are some known issues that you might find annoying. Microsoft is working on these issues and will release updates to fix these issues soon.
To download and install 9879 build, please open PC settings, click Update and recovery, click Preview builds and then click Check button. Finally, click Download now button to download and install the build. Before downloading, make sure that you have plenty of free space on your Windows 10 drive.