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Windows 10: Insider Build 17035 gives the first peeks at the next major Redstone 4 update

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Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Insider build for the “Redstone 4” update cycle tries to do away with the “sneakernet” with an feature called “Near Share,” as well as a phone-like auto-suggest feature for text typing.

Microsoft launched Windows 10 Insider build 17035 for the Fast Ring on Wednesday, one of the first code releases for what’s been referred to as “Redstone 4,” or the update cycle following the Fall Creators Update. If Microsoft holds to its current schedule, Redstone 4 should be due in the spring, perhaps in February or March.

Until then, however, Windows Insiders are part of the testing team trying out new features: Near Share, better tab muting in Edge, a new Audio settings menu, the ability to configure update bandwidth, and a few more.

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Windows 10 Near Share makes it easy to share files or URLs locally, but make sure you have the right person in mind.

Why this matters: Microsoft’s free updates to Windows 10 continue. Now, however, we’re beginning a new, blank slate. Will there be a theme to Redstone 4? What will be the key apps? These are early days, and we’re still getting a few scattered, though useful, utilities.

How to use Near Share

It’s pretty easy to just haul out a USB key and copy a file over—if you have one handy. Near Share replaces that with Bluetooth, however. Within Windows 10, you can share just about any file to email, Facebook, and more. Now your PC can seek out nearby PCs and offer to share a file, too.

You’ll need to have the current  Insider build 17035 (or, as new builds are launched, something more recent). You’ll need to turn Bluetooth on, then make sure that the “Near Share” button in the Action Center is toggled on. After that, every time you see the “Share” icon, you’ll have the option to share the file or URL with a nearby device. The recipient will get a note in the Action Center to either accept it or decline. (

Note: most people don’t “name” their PCs, and instead use the generic PC name Windows assigns. You’ll need to check with the recipient to confirm the name of their PC.)

Edge improvements: Better tab muting, EPUB saving

While the Fall Creators Update added nifty features like ebook annotations and PDF improvements, this new update cycle allows you to save free EPUB books that you’re reading online to your local hard drive. Because, well, they’re free. Likewise, if you click a book in the Book pane, you can pin it to the Start menu or just remove it from the device.

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