Microsoft Releases New Windows Insider Builds for Both PC and Mobile

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10, Windows Phones with 0 Comments

Microsoft Releases New Windows Insider Builds for Both PC and Mobile

Microsoft announced today the simultaneous release of new Windows Insider builds for PCs and Mobile. Fast ring testers can now install build 14271 for PCs and build 14267.1004 for Mobile.

And yes, this is a first.

“This will be the first time we release builds for PC and mobile on the same day,” Microsoft’s Gabe Aul explains. “For PC, Build 14271 brings a lot of improvements and bug fixes that are based on feedback we have received from Windows Insiders … [The Mobile build] is the same build we released on Friday but with two very important fixes and one new feature: Visual Voicemail for dual-SIM devices such as dual-SIM Lumia 950 XL.”

Here’s what’s new.

Build 14271 for Windows 10 PCs

Feedback frequency locking. Starting with this build the frequency with which Windows will ask for your feedback will be locked to “Automatically (Recommended)” in the Settings app and will be automatically managed by the Windows Insider Program. If you don’t like this, you can roll back to the Windows 10 1511. and disable Insider Preview builds, Microsoft says.

Lots of bug fixes. Microsoft has fixed a number of issues in this build:

  • Fixed an issue where the window borders on apps would change from accent color to black after every upgrade to a new build.
  • Updated the music control icons that are shown in taskbar previews for music apps like Groove to look better at high resolutions.
  • Fixed an issue where the taskbar would sometimes not auto-hide and show unexpectedly on top of full screen windows.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Hide notifications while presenting” setting preference is lost after upgrading to a new build.
  • The entire app header in Action Center is now right-clickable instead of just the app name or Close button (“x”).
  • Made it easier to dismiss all notifications from a specific app in Action Center by increasing the target area to encompass the entire app header.
  • Fixed an issue where interaction notifications would not show a button to input text in some cases.
  • Fast user switching should work now with Picture Password.
  • Fixed an issue where some desktop applications couldn’t be found in Start.
  • Fixed an issue where the accent color did not automatically change when the slideshow option was chosen for your desktop background.

Known issues. A few known issues include freezes and blue screens when returning from hibernation, bugs that prevent Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Internet Security, or the Kaspersky Total Security Suite from working properly, and a few other more minor issues.

Build 14267.1004 for Windows 10 Mobile

This is the same as build from last week but with a few changes:

Visual Voicemail for dual-SIM devices such as dual-SIM Lumia 950 XL. This now works on even unlocked phones.

Lumia 550 charging over USB now works again. Microsoft fixed an issue where the Lumia 550 would no longer charge or connects via USB. If you do own a 550, check out this post for more info on getting up and running.

ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL is now supported. As you may know, Redstone-era builds only work with select hardware. Before this build, that was the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, 550, and Xiaomi Mi4 only. Today, the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL is added too.

History returns to the People app. I wrote about this already in today’s Thurrott Daily.

There are also some known issues, of course: Connecting to wireless displays is broken for some, and the the trackpad experience is not working correctly when using Continuum on the Lumia 950 XL. (I had this issue with the 950 on the previous build, actually.)


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