It’s been quite a wait between builds, but the new Windows 10 Insider Preview build is finally here. Build 15042 is now available on PC for Fast ring testers.
The last build was over two weeks ago: Microsoft shipped build 15031 to Fast ring testers on February 8.
This one comes with a major caveat—it’s available only for 64-bit installs, which is OK since most are 64-bit these days—and it has a few new features, go figure. UPDATE: Microsoft now says that “PCs running 32-bit (x86) versions of Windows 10 Insider Preview builds should be able to receive this build just fine! We fixed the bug.” –Paul
New features include:
Cortana improvements in OOBE. Because so many “love animations,” the Cortana persona that appears in the Setup OOBE has been updated in this build.
Edge click-to-run Flash improvements. Microsoft added click-to-run Flash to its Edge web browser back in build 15002. In this build, this feature comes with a new address bar icon that triggers a dialog that makes it much more obvious that Flash is being blocked.
Edge reading experience improvements. As you probably know, Edge now offers a neat reading experience for both web pages and e-books. And in this build, that reading experience is being updated. When you are reading a local e-book (EPUB format), a book icon will appear in the browser tab, instead of a generic icon. The experience moves along with you to new pages when you’re using Edge to read it aloud. And your read aloud settings will now be preserved for future readings.
Many more improvements. As part of its community-driven Bug Bash efforts, Microsoft has also provided a humongous list of other minor improvements and fixes based on feedback. You can see the full list on the Windows Blogs.
There are also a few minor known issues. Again, the original blog post can help there.