Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 21 Comments

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019

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Microsoft delivered a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build to testers on the Fast ring. And as expected, it comes with a ton of new gaming features. Plus a whole lot of other stuff.

This update follows three massive builds that appeared earlier this month—builds 15002, 15007, and 15014—each of which brought numerous new features. This one isn’t quite so big, but it was no less eagerly anticipated because the Xbox team—curiously—tipped its coming arrival earlier this week.

Here’s what’s new.

Game mode. As previously discussed, you can now enable Game mode on a game-by-game basis.

Windows Game Bar improvements. You can now trigger full-screen mode for 17 different games from the Game Bar: Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Zombies, FIFA 14, FIFA 17, FIFA Manager 14, Grim Dawn, Guild Wars 2, Left 4 Dead 2, MapleStory, Paragon, Payday 2, Rocket League, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Sims 4, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and Warface.

Beam streaming. Now, you can live stream video game sessions via the Beam service.

New settings interfaces. The Holographic settings interface has been renamed to Mixed reality settings. And there is a new Gaming settings UI too. Also, the Troubleshooting interface from Control Panel has been moved into Settings (under Update & Security).

Microsoft Edge improvements. The e-book reader feature in Edge can now read to you aloud in many different languages. It will also display emoji on websites.

OOBE improvements. The OOBE is further improved with more accessibility updates and privacy controls.

Night Light. The Blue Light feature has been renamed to Night Light.

Hyper-V improvements. You can now resize Hyper-V virtual machines by grabbing the window corner.

Action Center improvements. Action Center will display real-time Store app and game download progress.

More. Microsoft lists a number of other changes, and of course there are some known issues as well.


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Comments (21)

21 responses to “Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019”

  1. 10088

    Changing Blue Light for Night Light was a good call, I believe. We usually complain about bad naming, but this one was good.

    • 5534

      In reply to Salvador Romero: This is a feature that I'm completely in the dark about. If your computer is in the same room that you sleep in,  and the light bothers you, turn the monitor off. If it's a laptop, close the lid. If you leave processes running on your laptop during the night when you're asleep, and you're afraid that closing the lid will end those processes, go into Control Panel, Power Options, and change the "Choose what closing the lid does" setting to "Nothing". What I'm in the dark about is why this is even an issue that had to be resolved by Microsoft.


  2. 5539

    People should take a look at the known issues. One likely significant one is:

    Extensions in Microsoft Edge do not work in this build. Extensions may appear to load but will not function as expected. This issue should be fixed in the next Insider release build we release. If you depend on extensions in Microsoft Edge, we recommend skipping this build. You can pause Insider Preview builds by going to Settings > Updates & security > Windows Insider Program, clicking on “Stop Insider Preview builds”, and choosing “Pause updates for a bit”.

  3. 124

    Does it sit on the update screen saying "Initializing updates" with the dots scrolling to the right for ever?

  4. 5234

    Do they still include the OOBE screen that asks if you want to use Cortana, but doesn't actually disable it if you don't?

  5. 5234

    "A new cluttered Settings gives end user no f. visual cues, it runs slow like it is some web page (compared to Control Panel), not to mention its generic pathetic boring flat look and feel."


    ...but, but, but...they added search to find stuff easier.

  6. 5057

    Strange, my updates that I started last night were done in less than 40 minutes.  The update screen did not have any dots by the way - it went to 100% instantly and sat there.  Than it flipped to installing an rebooted a couple of times with the percentages showing correctly.  I was done updating before I headed out for a party and this morning all is well.  I do notice other quirks with this build but that has been reported in the feedback hub.


  7. 5593

    Unfortunately, this build broke bi-directional audio via a USB device for me.  My Behringer X1222USB mixer can either send to my computer or receive from my computer, but not both simultaneously...making netcasting impossible.  Very...unexpected.