Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 10 Comments

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16273 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead rings. Also of note: The firm is supplying some guidance on how new builds will arrive over the next few months.

Quick version: They will happen more quickly … in the Fast ring.

“As explained when we introduced Skip Ahead, we have ‘forked’ the release into its own branch we call ‘RS3_RELEASE’,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar explained today. “We are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to the world. This means that we intend to release these builds to Insiders more quickly to both the Fast and Slow rings as these builds we include mostly bug fixes.”

So that’s Fast ring. But as you may recall, Microsoft opened up that new Skip Ahead ring back in late July when it forked Windows 10 development, allowing a limited number of users to start testing Redstone 4 (version 1803) rather than the Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3, or version 1709). How does this change impact Skip Ahead?

“For Insiders who joined Skip Ahead, we will continue to release builds from the RSPRERELEASE branch but they won’t be released at the same pace as builds from RS3RELEASE,” Ms. Sarkar says. “Since we are just now beginning development for RS4, Insiders will soon notice a jump in build numbers just like we did early in RS3. Also because we are just beginning development for RS4, Insiders shouldn’t expect to see a lot of big changes or new features just yet.”

The gotcha? The Skip Ahead ring is “full,” meaning you can’t join this ring anymore anyway. So this applies only to those who already joined Skip Ahead.

OK, moving on. There is a new build afoot. So what’s new?

Not much, which makes sense given how late we are in the cycle. But Microsoft did introduce a few minor new features in build 16273. And they are:

Emoji notifications in My People. You can now send emojis to your contacts using the new My People feature in the Fall Creators Update. Because this is new functionality, Microsoft is providing a Windows Insider Emoji Bot that you can add to your contacts to test emoji notifications.

New Bahnschrift font. Microsoft has released its first OpenType Variable Font, called Bahnschrift, in build 16273. “This new font industry standard enables us to pack an entire typeface family into a single file with infinite variability,” Sarkar says. “No longer are you constrained to simple weights like Light, Regular, and Bold. Now you can have an infinite range of font styles, with smooth interpolation from Light to Bold and beyond.” They save on disk space too.

Other improvements. Microsoft has fixed a number of issues in the Windows shell, Microsoft Edge, Windows Input, and more in this release. Curiously, the firm did not provide a “known issues” list, which I find irresponsible. And it hints, I think, at the fact that this version of Windows 10 will ship with more issues than most would be comfortable with. I assume they’re relying on Windows as a service to get those issues fixed over time.

 

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10 responses to “Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC”

  1. jbinaz

    What is your reasoning regarding no known issues list meaning that it may ship with more known issues than usual?


    Is this where we read between the lines and assume you have some inside info? Or if there is a known issues list for the next release that one was just omitted this time for some reason?

    • ncn

      There are hundreds of "known issues", i.e. "bugs". It's just that none of them rise to the level of crashing the system or preventing important apps from running. Therefore they aren't mentioned.


  2. WayneRobinson

    As a "font junky" I'm curious to try out these new OTV fonts. I need to know how you set a particular weight in a font specification. Guess I'll find out tonight when I install the new build!

    • wright_is

      In reply to WayneRobinson:

      Probably similar to how Gabriola works in Word? Different Style Sets for different weights?

      (In Word write something in Gabriola, highlight and then in the Font dialog, click on Advanced and change the Style Set number - try using Style Set 6 or 7 to see how much it can be changed with additional ligatures.)

      There are a couple of other fonts that work the same way, but Gabriola is probably one the best ways to see this effect.

      Otherwise, I guess that the next version of Office and other applications will have a Weight option in the font dialog.

  3. Tony Barrett

    This bi-annual release thing MS has going just means ultimately, all the excitement of a new Windows release has gone. Totally. It's just another big patch that will add a few new things nobody asked for, and probably break a few things that worked in the previous release. Windows is now just a boring behemoth that lumbers in from the cold a couple of times a year, parks itself in your lounge and hangs around like a bad smell until you get used to it. You don't have a say in whether you want it there or not, and it just farts occasionally so you don't forget it's there.

    • Win74ever

      In reply to ghostrider:


      True. I give them 2 years of useless "updates" for them drop Windows 10 over a new UWP free Windows.

    • John Scott

      In reply to ghostrider: I cannot argue with that. I have used Windows since 3.11 and this whole process of six month updates doesn't give me any inspiration. I sort of wonder why I even bother to be a Insider? In some ways it has created a feeling of dread that every six months I cringe about what will work and what won't. I even get the feeling sometimes that even people at Microsoft have a hard time trying to inspire. It's like we have a couple new things that many won't use and a whole bunch of bug fixes, and that's it folks!


    • hrlngrv

      In reply to ghostrider:

      One year after Windows 7's EOS (assuming MSFT doesn't extend it past January 2020) MSFT's telemetry is likely to show the bulk of enterprise customers using LTSB on nearly all their machines, and as long as volume purchasing and software assurance agreements allow them to do so enterprises will tell MSFT to pound sand every time MSFT sales people try to encourage them to try shorter upgrade cycles.

      Then again, we have 2+ years for MSFT to admit that short upgrade cycles for enterprise and smaller business customers are completely impractical. Those enterprises/businesses already using Windows 10 would be the pro-MSFT zealots, and if they can't handle rapid upgrades, no one can (or should).

      We'll see how many canaries die in this coal mine.

  4. edboyhan

    One thing you missed is that the new build includes (for those on the skip ahead ring) some "Mixed Reality" capabilities, and a new beta app "View3D". So the divergence has already begun.

  5. hrlngrv

    FWLIW, the latest few Insider builds are annoying again. The last few RS2 Insider builds respected the fact I had uninstalled Candy Crush, MSFT Solitaire, etc, and didn't reinstall them with every new build. However, the new RS3 Insider builds do reainstall all the @#$%&*! games I'm NEVER going to play, so I have to run a batch to remove them. Thank goodness batch files can run Powershell commands without an Administrator account needing to futz with Powershell's Set-ExecutionPolicy property.

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