Windows 10 preview gives Edge browser a facelift and debuts Eye Control

Eye Control is demoed by a woman looking at a Surface tablet

A demo of Eye Control at the 2017 Microsoft One Week hackathon event

The new builds bring us closer to the final release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, by introducing a couple of new features to Windows Insiders.

Windows Defender Application Guard: WDAG too has received major updates which include improvements in performance, fast container launch times and the new status string is accompanied to offer a more detail information along with some minor bug fixes. The main highlight on PC is the new Eye Control feature.

Eye Control now only works with select Tobii AB eye-tracking hardware.

The biggest addition by far is Tobii's eye tracking technology, which was announced as coming to Windows 10 just yesterday.

Native eye tracking makes navigating around Microsoft's operating system and controlling some various functions possible for people who suffer from diseases the likes of ALS, MS, and others. The company put in almost 4 years of labour to produce this feature wherein the user can direct the power of her or his gaze to control a mouse or a virtual keyboard.

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Borrowing an idea from many smartphone keyboards, shape-writing acts very similarly to Swype. Users need to look at letters that they want to type.

For a feature still in beta, it seems to work reasonably well. The Command Prompt is finally receiving a newish look after years of developers asking for a change. Microsoft has fixed an issue where Windows Search Service might get stuck on initialization. Other minor software problems related to freezing and crashing exist with Tobii UI. Spurred on by the enthusiasm for the Eye Gaze Wheelchair, Microsoft then created a new research team dedicated to understating the potential of eye-tracking technology. Demonstrating the new feature could prove hard as there are not now applications that use the new colors. As for launching this on stable Windows version has not been decided yet.

New tabs opened from links in existing tabs will now appear on the right rather than on the left. For a full list of bugs and detailed setup instructions, check Microsoft's blog post.

If your machine supports Eye Control, all you need to do is download this latest Windows 10 preview build, this update from Tobii and run Windows Update to download the Tobii Eye Tracker HIDClass Driver.

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