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Kardo Kristal

From Crystal Security
Last week, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14955 for PCs and phones in the Fast ring. Some users reported issues with installing the Mobile build, but Microsoft later published a workaround for those problems.

Recent builds from the Development Branch, like 14955, have been referred to by the codename 'Redstone 2' - but last week, Microsoft announced that RS2 builds will eventually roll out to all users as the Windows 10 Creators Update. In addition to revealing a range of features - including improvements to the communications experience, and new additions for gamers - Microsoft also said that it would release a new Creators Update build by the end of the week... but it never materialized.

But today, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14959 to the Fast ring, although it's a bit light on new features.

The new Mobile build is the first to be published through Microsoft's new 'Unified Update Platform' (UUP), which promises significant improvements to the update process. Microsoft says that it will eventually "enable differential downloads for all devices built on the Mobile and PC OS", delivering "only the changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device, rather than a full build". You can find out more about the UUP here.

For PCs, just one new feature is listed:

Controlling the Display Scaling of your Virtual Machines (PC): We’ve heard your feedback that Hyper-V Virtual Machines sometimes aren’t scaled as you’d expect, so we’ve added a new Zoom option in the View menu, where you can override the default scaling and set it to 100, 125, 150 or 200 – whichever matches your preference. Along the way, we also fixed an issue where certain VMs wouldn’t display the remote desktop connection bar after entering full screen mode. We are still refining the experience so there might be some rough edges. For example, although we added zoom levels to handle high DPI more gracefully, when zooming you won’t be able to see the VM’s whole screen without scrolling.
Read more at Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14959 for Mobile and PC

Let's take a look at the fixes Microsoft is bringing to PCs today with the new build:
  • We fixed an issue for Insiders resulting in the automatic brightness setting unexpectedly being turned off after upgrading. In doing so, we’ve re-enabled automatic brightness adjust for users that have never changed their auto-brightness setting. If you have already manually configured your auto-brightness setting, then this fix will not affect you. If you would like to enable or disable automatic brightness adjustment, please go to Settings > System > Display, where you can adjust your preferences.
  • We fixed an issue Insiders on domain connected PCs may have experienced where login might fail when the computer was disconnected from its domain network.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps, such as Outlook Mail and Calendar, failing to update for some Insiders with the error code 0x800700B7.
  • We fixed an issue for Insiders with certain device models where ejecting an SD card might result in a system crash.
  • We fixed an issue where disliking one of the Spotlight lock screen images would show the new image immediately, followed by a transition animation from the previous image to the new image.
  • We fixed an issue where launching an app from another app while in Tablet mode no longer launched it side by side, and instead launched it fullscreen (for example, when launching a web link from the MSN News app).
The list of known issues is pretty short for this build:
  • If you have a 3rd party antivirus product installed on your PC – your PC might not be able to complete the update to this build and roll-back to the previous build.
  • We’re aware of an issue where Internet Explorer may crash a few seconds after launch and working.
Microsoft has said that the Windows 10 Creators Update will be released in "early 2017". The company has made references to the update as "Version 1703", indicating that it's aiming to begin its general rollout in March.
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