Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14376 for PC and Mobile to Fast Ring Testers

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Skype, Windows 10, Windows Phones with 0 Comments

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14376 for PC and Mobile to Fast Ring Testers

Microsoft on Tuesday delivered Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14376 for both PC and Mobile to testers on the Fast ring. And, go figure, build 14372 for both PC and Mobile for Slow ring testers too. So everyone gets a new build.

“Since you all seemed to like the breakneck build pace last week, we’re starting the week off right and releasing not one, not two, not three … but four builds today,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar revealed. “The late nights continue in Redmond and this build has nearly 1,800 fixes over the last build.”

What it doesn’t have, of course, is new features: As with the past few builds, this new Fast ring offering is all about fit and finish, fixing any remaining issues, and prepping Windows 10 1607—e.g. Windows 10 with the Anniversary update—for its public debut on or about July 29.

There is, however, one major change worth nothing: Microsoft is discontinuing its plans to include a “Messaging anywhere” feature that would allows you to receive and send text messages from your Windows 10 phone directly to and from your Windows 10 PC.

“We decided not to release this feature as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer,” Sarkar explained. “Starting with Build 14376 and going forward, Insiders will no longer have the ability to reply to text messages from their phone via the Messaging app on their PCs. The ability to reply to text messages on your PC using Cortana is unaffected. Going forward, we will be working with the Skype Team on delivering a great ‘messaging everywhere’ experience on your Windows 10 devices through the Skype app. We will share more details about this experience in the months ahead.”

Beyond that, the Microsoft blog post has a complete list of what’s fixed. But here’s a curated peek at the bigger fixes and changes for the PC version:

  • A Store update (11606.1001.25) that improves performance and reliability and includes fixes for accessibility as well.
  • Windows Hello on the Lock screen has been updated to not repeat the name of the person logging in, when it is already displayed on the screen.
  • No known issues on PC.

Nothing huge, in other words.

Ditto for Mobile, which includes that same Store update, a Camera freezing fix plus fixes for general Camera and Camera Roll reliability issues. There are a few known issues, but nothing major: PDFs won’t open in Edge, and those battery life and Wi-Fi issues on the Lumia 950/950 XL is still being investigated.


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