Latest Windows 10 Insider Build Brings Linux Files to File Explorer

Joanna Estrada
April 10, 2020

Microsoft has officially launched the News Bar app for Windows 10 for everyone, and users can download it from the Microsoft Store as long as they are running Windows 10 version 17134.0 or higher.

We should mention that Microsoft first gave users the ability to gain access to their Linux files dating back to Windows 10 1903. After clicking the Linux icon, it will expand to show you all of the now installed distros on your system.

In addition the new Linux integration, Microsoft has added a storage cleanup recommendation tool which could be useful if rolled out for general use.

The main new feature in the latest build is FIle Explorer integration for the Windows Subsystem for Linux aka WSL.

While people who've embraced the command line interface for file navigation might not feel much of a difference here, there's no denying this would simplify the user experience of people who prefer simple GUI, especially if there are multiple Linux distros in the system. This lists superfluous files which you could get rid of to free up drive space, so we're talking about the usual suspects: temporary files, unused apps, along with other bits and pieces.

The company explained that Windows can not predict whether users want to delete personal files, uninstall apps, or remove local copies of files synced to the cloud. To help you clean up your system it will gather everything it thinks you'll want to remove into the one place and you can make your choice there.

Supports dark and light themes in Windows 10.

The command has also leaked that the 20H2 branch now being developed is codenamed "Microsoft Windows 10 (Manganese)".

Fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing when navigating to Network & Internet for some Insiders.

You can find more details at the Windows Experience blog.

We fixed an issue where if the Cortana icon was turned off on the taskbar, it might still partially display on secondary monitors.

We fixed an issue where the IME context menu wouldn't appear when pressing Shift+F10 if the display language was something other than English.

With Preview Build 19603, which is now available to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, this UNC command is no longer necessary.

Fixed a crash some Insiders were encountering when switching window focus while an IME candidate pane was open.

For more, including a look at the known issues present in this release, you can check out Microsoft's full release notes.

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