Windows 10 Anniversary Edition's Developer Mode Streamlines Settings
Power users, rejoice. Next month's Anniversary Edition update will gather advanced Windows settings in one place.Microsoft has added yet another developer-friendly feature to the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. On Aug. 2, the operating system update will bring the Bash Unix shell and support for Docker-compatible Hyper-V containers. Developers and power users may also notice an enhanced Developer Mode with new options available in Windows settings. The new Developer Mode exposes functionality that often takes digging through configuration menus or a Google search to unearth. "Under Developer Mode in the Insiders' Builds, there is a nice collection of developer and power-user related settings brought together under one roof," Scott Hanselman, principal program manager of outreach and community for Microsoft .NET and Visual Studio, wrote in a July 20 blog posting. "What's great about this is that you already know these settings. As a developer, you likely install Windows and then immediately go around to Windows Explorer, the Registry, and a bunch of other places to tweak Windows to how you work as a developer." Insiders' builds are early, pre-release versions of Windows 10 that Microsoft makes available to members of the Windows Insider program. These users get early access to new features before they are made generally available to the public in exchange for their feedback.
For example, in April, Microsoft released a Windows Insider preview build (14316) that included the highly anticipated Bash Unix shell. Build 14383, released earlier this month, contains a near-final version of the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, denoted by the noticeable lack of a desktop watermark.