21 August 2019
A weird instance just happened with Microsoft where it accidentally pushed an immature update to the Windows 10 testers. It was an internal-only version of Windows 10 but it got released by mistake to the insiders in all the rings (Fast, Slow, and Preview). Microsoft distributed Windows 10 build 18947 that is canary and hasn’t been tested internally yet. According to Zac Bowden, Senior Editor at Windows Central who spotted this new build stated that the build was compiled less than a day ago and got pushed accidentally.
Well, the build would have gone unnoticed if it didn’t show an interesting thing. The internal build appears to include a new Start menu design without Microsoft’s iconic Live Tiles. Instead, the Start Menu is shown in a grid view of apps. It’s reportedly something that Microsoft is testing internally for Windows Lite. However, it’s unknown if Microsoft is planning to drop the Live Tiles fully in the Windows 10 as well.
Coming back to the newly-spotted Start menu experience, as observed by Bowden, the design of the feature set in the Start menu is quite basic. These are just the app icons as you find on Android and iOS.
Well, this is quite an early look at the new start menu experience and the final design may be more furnished and better. As noted by Bowden, currently, the design of the icons is a sort of mix between the office affluent design icons and Windows 7 Vista era icons. So once Microsoft is done redesigning all the icons it should look like a bit more coherent.
The new build also includes a GIF search tool within the emoji picker for Windows 10.
According to The Verge, a spokesperson has told them that this was an error and it’s already been pulled. Fortunately, it was only issued to 32-bit systems, which aren’t widely used. But the mistake of Microsoft has already been noted down.