Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17677 Heads to the Fast Ring

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 5 Comments

Windows 10 Insider Preview Moves Forward to "Redstone 2"

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17677 is available to those in the Fast ring, offering improvements to Microsoft Edge, mobile broadband connectivity, and more.

This build was unexpected: Dona Sarkar tweeted yesterday that a Microsoft had found some rollback issues in the build so the team decided to head out early for the long Memorial Day weekend. But it turns out the problem wasn’t rollback issues, it was a deployment issue that could be fixed on the server-side. And was. So here we are.

Anyway, here’s what’s new.

Microsoft Edge improvements. Microsoft Edge’s weird “Settings and more” menu has been organized into groups, with each menu item getting its own icon. Additionally, the Jump List that no one knows how to use will now display your Top Sites, and you can label and rename the groups of tabs you’ve set aside.

Narrator improvements. Narrator’s scan mode now supports selecting content in Microsoft Edge, Word, Outlook, Mail and most text surfaces.

Mobile broadband (LTE) connectivity improvements. Microsoft introduced a new and improved Mobile Broadband USB class driver based on the NetAdapter framework in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17655. In this build, that new driver will be enabled by default on systems with mobile broadband connectivity.

There’s more, including some changes, improvements, and fixes, and some known issues, especially for Sets when used with Office. Check out the Microsoft blog post for all the details.

 

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5 responses to “Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17677 Heads to the Fast Ring”

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    Tony Barrett

    Windows update fatigue is now a real thing. I think 99% of Windows users don't care now. They just want something that's stable and works without needing patching or updating every time they switch it on.

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      MikeGalos

      In reply to ghostrider:

      99% of Windows users aren't volunteering to be in the Windows Insider program and get an update every six months.

      The users who are volunteering to be Windows Insider beta testers in Slow Ring get about a dozen builds per year and seem to want more builds, not less.

      The really dedicated users who are running Windows Insider Fast Ring get a lot of updates and are thrilled.


      But, I guess it IS possible that somebody who only turns their computer on once every six months for a couple of hours might get an update every time they switch it on. Is that your use pattern?

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        Tony Barrett

        In reply to MikeGalos:

        There is almost always an update pending somewhere with Win10. A monthly patch, and fix for the monthly patch, a more significant update, a feature update, an application patch, a critical out-of-band update, I get Insiders are expected to do this as MS expel an almost continuous stream of pre-release versions, but I'm not an insider, and this laptop is switched on every other day or so, and there's almost always something that needs patching. It's tiresome, relentless and yes, I get really fed up with it. I've blocked updates for as long as possible, and I still expect something to need patching when I try to use it. I know there's a real need for security patches, but lets be honest, Win10, despite what MS say, seems to get as many security updates as older versions of Windows, which would indicate its no more secure in reality.

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    CompUser

    I wish Microsoft would fix the horrible Favorites Bar in Edge. Just make it customizable with the same options that are still available in Internet Explorer. I know a lot of people want this. I've read their comments.


    Added: My desktop monitors are all 22" Dells, with actual display widths of 18-1/2 inches. Although Microsoft allows pinning the Favorites Bar to the right edge of the display, doing so takes up a minimum of 6-1/4 of those inches, or 33.7% of the available space. And that's the narrowest Microsoft will allow it to be, which is absolutely insane. With Internet Explorer, the Favorites Bar could not only be moved to the left side of the screen if preferred, but its width could adjusted so it only takes up 14% of the display. I simply don't understand Microsoft's refusal to allow the same options with Edge as it does with Internet Explorer, and because of that, I will never use Edge as my browser.

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    webguynj

    let me know when I can search my browser history and i'll change back... Maybe


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