Microsoft Ships Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16199 to the Fast Ring

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 17 Comments

Microsoft Ships Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16199 to the Fast Ring

Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16199 to the Fast ring, adding Android call notifications and My People and gaming improvements.

This build trails last week’s drop, build 16193, by a bit under a week. As you might recall, that build was the first to offer a peek at Story Remix, a new feature of the Photos app.

This build, however, offers several interesting additions and improvements. They are:

Android call notifications. Windows 10 users with Android handsets can now display cross-device call notifications. “The next time you receive a call, a notification will appear on your Fast ring PC telling you who it is and giving you the option to text back a reply or decline the call,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar explains. You enable this feature in Settings > Sync Notifications, Microsoft says (but I think they’re missing a step.) Obviously, this is huge.

Story Remix clarification. This wasn’t obvious last week, but it appears that only certain Insiders are getting the Photos app update that enables Story Remix functionality. This is by design. “Story Remix is being rolled out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring as part of A/B testing,” Sarkar says. “A/B testing is a scientific method to prove the causality of a change on the observed impact … We should have been more clear about this up front last week when we announced Story Remix so we apologize for the confusion.” That said, most Insiders should now have access to this functionality.

My People improvements. The My People feature has been updated to support the sending and receiving of emojis, notification badges on taskbar icons, and drag-and-drop sharing.

Game improvements. The Game settings interface (in the Settings app) has been updated to support audio-only game broadcasting (via Beam). And the Audio settings interface in Game Bar has been renamed to Game DVR settings.

Settings improvements. The Settings app now offers system health information in About (System > About), video tips, and an improved Storage Sense.

You can learn more about this build and its other minor changes and some known issues in the original Microsoft blog post.


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Comments (17)

17 responses to “Microsoft Ships Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16199 to the Fast Ring”

  1. zself

    So this makes me think more seriously about leaving go my iPhone and moving to Android as Paul suggested months ago. It was great for a while, but since I don't have a Mac, it's too isolated from my computing environment.

    • mebby

      In reply to zself: Kinda in the same situation. I had use a mid-level (at best) Android phone for 6 months and did not like it (both the hardware and OS). May have to look into a flagship Android phone with Android 7.0.

    • VancouverNinja

      In reply to zself:

      I would suggest saving your money and waiting for the iPhone version of this to come. MS said they are working with all devices. It will be interesting to see what MSs mobile solution is going to be next year.

  2. Leigh Cook

    im getting stuck at 32% while trying to update to 16199, any ideas/help would be much appreciated... first time ive ran into an update problem?

  3. daveevad

    Microsoft needs to get their SMS sync plans together. They were a CH away from releasing the messaging sync with the Anniversary update. Then, last minute, they switched to Skype as their SMS solution. That has been a complete train wreck! I'm still using it on my 950 and desktops but only because I like SMS'ing from the PC. My People app is a Fuster Cluck because of it.

    I wish they'd just stuck with Cortana and the Messaging app. It looks like that is the solution they're using for Android. I thought perhaps they were going to try and force people to use Skype as their daily messaging app...good luck.

  4. Thayios

    The sync with my computer on texts/phone calls would more than likely send me over the edge to Android since I don't see Apple allowing this anytime soon.

  5. Rob_Wade

    I read that someone discovered all the actual phone APIs have been removed with this build. Which tells me that they really are abandoning Windows on phones. They'll be supportin cell data, obviously, but actual telephony? It's done.

  6. warren

    I've been playing with the Contact stuff. The ability to read and send email from the taskbar without opening the full email app is REALLY nice. They're on to something here.

  7. EZAB

    From Dona's Blog: "We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15215 to Insiders in the Fast ring."

  8. SvenJ

    Sigh. Guess Android has moved from plan "B" to plan "A". This worked on Windows Phone/Mobile for a short period. Guess there was not enough usage shown to justify keeping it. Guess I'll have to go to a MS store and get my Android phone. (That's tongue in cheek. I already have an Android phone, but am still clinging to my Lumia 950XL as my preferred device.)

  9. ssg1492

    I am getting stuck at 32% while trying to update to 16199, any ideas/help would be much appreciated... This is the first time I have ever run into this problem since in joined the insider program from the beginning. Anyone else having this problem?