Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14356 Delivers PC Notification Integration

Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14356 Delivers PC Notification Integration

Microsoft delivered a new build of Windows 10 Mobile to Insiders on the Fast ring last night, providing a first peek at key new Anniversary Update functionality: You can now sync phone notifications with your Windows 10 PC.

Here’s what’s new in build 14356.

Get phone notifications on your PC. Available previously on Android, you can now surface your Windows phone notifications on your Windows 10 PC. This includes “phone notifications and critical alerts, including messages from messaging services, SMS or social media as well as missed calls,” Microsoft says. Some features are not yet implemented (on Windows 10 Mobile), including reply from PC and phone notification muting.

Send a photo from your phone to PC. This is neat one: Now you can send a photo from your phone to your PC using Cortana. Just say, “Hey Cortana, send this photo to my PC” while viewing the photo. (Microsoft notes that this is a Windows 10 Mobile-only feature, meaning that it will not work on Android or iOS.)

Cortana listening animation update. Nothing major here, but when you tap the Microphone button in Cortana, there is a new animation that shows you that Cortana is listening to you as you speak.

Beyond that, Microsoft fixed a ton of issues (yes, by weight) in build 14356. Some of the top fixes include:

  • Various battery life fixes (including one for Microsoft Health), though as noted below there is more work to be done.
  • Quick Actions settings has been updated to display a visual confirmation of readiness when you press and hold to move the location of a tile.
  • The Glance screen received a few small fixes.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where PCs could not connect to the phone’s mobile hot spot with the error “Can’t set up network.” (I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that one.)

There is much more. (But you can see the full list on Microsoft’s blog post directly, or from the usual click-bait cut-and-past blogs.)

Finally, there are of course some known issues. Microsoft says that it is continuing to investigate the battery life issues that some testers report, as well as some cases where the second SIM in dual-SIM handsets don’t work. And some will notice that the Quick Actions tiles in Action Center have moved location after the upgrade; remember that you can manually fix this anytime.

Oh, and if any of the new features in this build aren’t working for you, Microsoft recommends a reboot.

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