If you haven't yet downloaded the leaked build 10036, you might want to take a few minutes to scan this list and see if it's really worth the effort. My guess is you'll find it much better to wait for an official release of a later build.
Let's start with what build 10036 doesn't have:
- Project Spartan is nowhere to be seen
- Metro Mail, Calendar, and People apps don't work
- Cortana hasn't changed noticeably
- The Start menu, Start tiles, and All Apps list can't be customized much (though you can finally drag an app from the All Apps list to the Start tiles)
- Internet Explorer isn't in the All Apps list any more (although it's on the taskbar), and has instead been demoted one level to the Start/All Apps/Windows Accessories list
There are minor nips and tucks -- a semi-transparent Start menu; don't get me started on the icon design -- but by and large, build 10036 has a few teasers and not a lot of cool new stuff.
There are also a few teasers: Internet Explorer is up to version 11.0.10011.0, and it supports many new experimental features (type about:flags in the address bar). Poster SuperUser on MDL says that the new IE "uses Flash Player instead of HTML5 by default to play videos in YouTube." I still hold out hope that I'll never use IE again.
Poster Prince on MDL found a provocative description of a product called "Microsoft-Windows-Starter Edition." Go figure.
There's been much speculation but few hard facts about the appearance of a build 10036 Windows 10 option to "Get updates from more than one place" -- an apparent reference to a nascent ability to hook into updates from a P2P network. Brad Sams at Neowin goes over the ramifications. Peter Bright at Ars Technica includes a nod to Pando Networks, which Microsoft bought in 2013. Pando Networks was working on a BitTorrent-like product when it fell off the radar. Notes Sams, "Microsoft has not announced this feature and it could be killed before the OS hits RTM."
Continuum gets goosed: There's a new option to turn off tablet mode or to stifle Windows when it wants to ask if you want to switch from tablet mode to desktop mode and back. I was thinking that'd be a good way to recycle Clippy, but no such luck.
The multidesktop Task View has been beefed up a tiny bit, with a few more controls over what you see and when. You can also drag running apps, kicking and screaming, from one desktop to another. Sams at Neowin has the details.
You can install an app to an SD card, and move an app to an SD card. There's an Apps & Features Settings applet that lets you list apps by size, and uninstall from the master list.
Windows Defender, which now lives in the Metro Settings app, has a couple of new options. "Cloud protection" is described as "To best protect your PC we'd like to send information to Microsoft about any problems we find. We'll analyze that information in our cloud and learn more about problems affecting you and other customers. Then we'll respond with the best possible fix." There's also a setting to give permission to send malware samples to Microsoft.
When you click on the Network icon, down in the tray, a new pane appears that allows you to switch connections without going through the Metro Settings app. The Insider Hub now has statistics about when you posted. The installation sequence looks a little snazzier, but it's still hard to install with a local account. I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
If you want the full changelog, the folks at Studio384.be maintain an excellent, minutely detailed list.
I've hit several hard bugs. My All Apps list disappeared at one point. Then my Start icon stopped working entirely -- neither left-clicking nor right-clicking would bring it to life. Even after a reboot, Start still didn't, and I had to re-install build 10036.
Unless you're an indefatigable Windows reprobate, you can give this leak a miss. Most of the world is expecting a new, real build from Microsoft this week. Or maybe next week. Or maybe the next.
If you're expecting to see Spartan in the next build, I hate to rain on your parade. Windows 10 spokesman Gabe Aul tweeted yesterday, "We've announced that Spartan will be available in a future build for Insiders but don't have any more news to share yet."