Microsoft Pumps Out Another Redstone 5 Build

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 10 Comments

Microsoft Pumps Out Another Redstone 5 Build

Microsoft can’t seem to get Windows 10 Redstone 4 (RS4) out the door, but it has no problem releasing new RS5 builds. Today, it released yet another RS5 build to those Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead.

There are only two big new features in this new build, 17650: A Fluent Design System refresh for Windows Defender Security Center and Windows Defender Firewall support for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) processes.

The first of those is just a visual refresh: Windows Defender Security Center now sports the Acrylic translucency effect and Reveal Highlights when you mouse over interactive on-screen elements.

“We’ve adjusted the spacing and padding around the app and will now dynamically size the categories on the main page if more room is needed for extra info,” Microsoft notes. “We’ve also updated the title bar of the app so that it will now use your accent color if you’ve enabled that option in Color Settings.”

The second update is a bit more technical: Now you can add specific rules for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) processes to the Windows Defender firewall, just as you can for normal Windows processes.

“Also, Windows Defender Firewall now supports notifications for WSL processes, Microsoft explains. “For example, when a Linux tool wants to allow access to a port from the outside (like SSH or a web server like nginx), the Windows Defender Firewall will prompt to allow access just like it would for a Windows process when the port starts accepting connections.”

There are a number of fixes in this build too, and Microsoft notes several known issues. Check out the original post for more info.


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Comments (12)

12 responses to “Microsoft Pumps Out Another Redstone 5 Build”

  1. SvenJ

    We just releasing to release now? They painted some stuff and the list of known issues is longer than the list of 'we fixed an issue where....' list.

  2. Martin Pelletier

    At this speed, we will get RS5 before RS4 :) And to be honest, I wouldn't mind waiting for RS5 instead of getting RS4 now.

  3. Bart

    Guess MS has to keep pumping out new RS5 builds, as they are seemingly on a tight schedule to ship a new update every six months. Which is now biting them in the *ss judging the farce with RS4

  4. Tony Barrett

    MS need to really, really think carefully about this bi-annual major update release cycle they've committed to. It's unsustainable in my opinion. Too many problems creep into releases, and it's now more about adding feature after feature to attract users. Windows will never, ever be as stable as it used to be - the new MS development ethos will see to that, but that doesn't seem to be what Windows is about these days. It's being dumbed down, losing power user features, still trying to act like a mobile OS on a desktop, and just so many things about it are unnecessary now as MS frantically try and make it all things to everyone, but slowly move it towards a revenue making, user lock-in, walled garden, app store milking, user-monetizing platform.

    • Thomas Parkison

      In reply to ghostrider:

      I'm going to agree with you on that one. Apple can't even push out a really stable new iOS version every year, they have even stated that they'll be concentrating on fixing bugs instead of new features for iOS 12 because there's so many issues. If Apple can't do it with a limited hardware ecosystem how the heck does Microsoft expect to do it even faster? I'm beginning to think that they are running into that issue.

      I'd rather have a yearly release similar to how Apple does both MacOSX and iOS than this twice a year bug filled mess that I wait a month to install because the first release is always buggy.

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