Windows 10 Build 14971 Released: PowerShell, EPUB Books, And Office Updates

Posted on November 17, 2016 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 23 Comments


Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 today but this release is only for the desktop; version 14971 is now rolling out for fast ring Insiders. In this release, there are a couple of new updates that impact Edge, PowerShell and Office.

Edge now has the ability to read EPUB books directly in the browser. If you have ever used Edge to view a PDF, the experience is nearly identical to that format but with the eBook format; this will only work for unprotected files.

The new Paint 3D app is now included in every build of Windows 10 and will replace the traditional Paint app in Windows. For some, this may not be good news because if you are like me, I prefer the older app for quick and dirty edits to photos and the new app has a completely different UI which takes a bit of time to learn and navigate, unlike the old ribbon interface.

Other small updates include PowerShell now being the default command shell from File Explorer; it replaces Command Prompt. Also new is the ‘Get Office’ has been updated and now acts more like an Office 365 hub; you can read more about this change here.

There is a long list of known issues and bug fixes, that you can read about here and as always, let us know if you run into any issues with this release or find any hidden features too.

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    jvpulver Alpha Member #578 - 2 months ago

    This is the second Fast Ring release with the same bug. The bug first appeared in the previous release (14965) and I was hoping it was fixed in this release (14971). It was not fixed. There are two bugs: R-click Start and 1) Control Panel is missing, and 2) Click Programs and Features and you get Settings > Systems > Apps and Features instead of Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Programs and Features where you can Uninstall, Change, or Repair a program.

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      Lopan Alpha Member #468 - 2 months ago
      In reply to jvpulver:

      Control panel link removal change was intentional. It's not a bug.

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      jvpulver Alpha Member #578 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Lopan:

      Are you Microsoft? ;-) That is the standard answer, "it is not a  bug, it is a Design Feature." The right-click pop-up menu has useful Techie commands. Why would Microsoft intentionally remove a high-level command such as Control Panel? I could understand them removing "Programs and Features" as that is a sub command in the Control Panel. But removing Control Panel, which has 52 commands does not make any sense, unless it was an "accidental removal."

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      ncn Alpha Member #1334 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jvpulver:

      Well, it was intentional. Fortunately, you can "pin" the control panel to the taskbar ... so it's even closer than it was before! (Display the control panel on the desktop via, say, "System" and navigating from there. Then right click on the taskbar icon and select "pin").

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    LordPhantom Alpha Member #2445 - 2 months ago

    Is it just me or is this build super slow?

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    LordPhantom Alpha Member #2445 - 2 months ago

     Lets see if SMS integration is any better in this build.

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    navarac Alpha Member #375 - 2 months ago

    FYI I have not exprienced the issue of Excel crashing if you open an Excel file directly from File Explorer.

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    Lewk Alpha Member #958 - 1 month ago

    The new get office hub beta is just a web wrapper within a .net application. On my machine it doesn't scale, all the text is fuzzy and unreadable and the window doesn't obey OS settings (for example the drop shadows are different, the window can't scale and there's no minimise or maximise buttons). Why would they do this and not make a UWP app? Seriously, wtf? This would be a sublime app otherwise.

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    mortarm - 2 months ago

    Another change to Edge is the Reader settings have been moved from Settings to a strip at the top of the reader.  Unfortunately, you can't hide it.

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    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 2 months ago

    The Office Hub idea seems pretty smart.  It kind of moves it into the useful category rather than just another sales pitch (which I'm sure it will still do that just as annoyingly.)