Published: Sat, July 27, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Live Tiles Menu Dropped in Leaked Windows 10 Build 18947

Live Tiles Menu Dropped in Leaked Windows 10 Build 18947

The new Start Menu appearance might be a sign of things to come in Windows 10 in general, or it might just be a new Windows Lite appearance style that has been turned on by default. According to The Verge, it was meant to be an internal-only build for Xbox development.

The tablet mode, which replaces the Start menu with a Start screen a la Windows 8.1, drops live tiles as well.

But, in case you have already installed the build then you only have 10 days to roll-back to your previous build if you are in Slow and Release Preview rings. And while it's fascinating on some level to see what's happening in the future with the Start menu, most will want to restore their previous build.

A huge Microsoft leak has revealed a big design change that could be on its way to Windows 10. By the time we get an official first look, it could have changed again, and once the Insiders start feeding back, it could change a third time.

This update is called Build 18947 and it was leaked onto Microsoft's Insider Program where selected users can try out upcoming updates before it's released to the public.

The internal Windows 10 20H1 Build 18947 is believed to be available on both 64-bit and 32-bit machines and had started receiving them on all Insider rings.

"An internal preview build was unintentionally released to a broader audience than expected", Microsoft's Jason Howard explains in a post to the Microsoft Answers support site. At any rate, it's hard to say if Microsoft will pursue this design for its final build. That's because Slow Ring and Release Preview branches are on Windows 10 19H2 and 19H1 respectively and can not update to Windows 10 20H1 builds.

ComputerWorld's Gregg Keizer argues convincingly that this isn't a one-off blip with the 19H2 build but is instead a sea change in how Windows 10 preview builds will be deployed from now on. If you have Storage Sense enabled, this time window may be reduced. - Let us know in the comments!

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