25 March 2021
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21337 and there are so many new features, improvements, and fixes included. One of the most notable changes is the Auto HDR feature for the gaming PC experience.
Microsoft has brought a preview of the Auto HDR feature to tell you the importance of this impressive improvement. Microsoft explains that when you enable this auto HDR feature on your HDR-capable gaming PC, you will get a brighter visual experience. HDR or High Definition Range enables a more immersive and realistic experience by showing the lights and darks with more detail than before. For instance, if there is a bright sun in the scene, you will see it warm yellow rather than a flat saturated and scattered white.
Microsoft has specifically mentioned that the HDR on a gaming PC will take DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 SDR-only games. Microsoft stresses that the Auto HDR feature brings a vastly improved experience over regular SDR and how easy it is to enable the Auto HDR. There is just a toggle included which you can On or Off. The new Auto HDR feature will work similarly to the one found on Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, according to Microsoft.
Needless to say, the new Auto HDR for PC is currently a preview feature and if you want to try this out on your gaming PC then you have to join the Insider Preview and get access to build 21337 or above. Once part of the Insider Program (Dev Channel), if your PC monitor is already configured to use HDR, you will automatically receive the Auto HDR PC gaming experience. Otherwise, go to the Windows HD Color Settings page and scroll down to find the “Use HDR” toggle, and then enable it yourself.
Microsoft has also announced that it is bringing improved customization to Virtual Desktops. Users can now reorder or rearrange the backgrounds for each of their Virtual Desktops. Microsoft points out that instead of juggling between multiple windows, you can simply switch between Virtual Desktops and multitask. You can access your Virtual Desktops via Task View (Win + Tab).
The latest Windows Insider Preview also introduces a new layout to the File Explorer. The new layout is called “Compact mode” and it restores the classic layout of File Explorer that presents a more information-dense layout.
In addition to this, the latest Windows Preview also brings updates to Captions settings. To get started, go to Settings> Ease of Access> Hearing> Captions.
Furthermore, Notepad can now be updated via the Microsoft Store and it also has a new icon.
Windows Insider Preview 21337 includes a list of changes and improvements alongside the fixes which you can learn by following Microsoft’s official announcement. You can also take a look at the known issues.