The latest Insider Preview build for Windows 10 PCs has been announced by Gabe Aul on Window’s official Blog, which brings, along with the usual fixes, most notably some new Cortana functions.
Build 14316, released to the Fast Ring, gives Cortana the ability to notify you on your PC that the battery on your smartphone is low, Cortana can also help you find your device, and share map directions between devices, as demo’d in the videos below:
Cortana Tips & Tricks | Low Battery
Cortana Tips & Tricks | Find My Phone
Cortana Tips & Tricks | Share Directions
There are a few more improvements worth noting, such as updated Emoji’s, new extensions for the Edge browser and a preview of the Skype Universal Windows Project (UWP). They have also improved personalisation.
From their blog:
At Build 2016 last week, we shared new experiences and new opportunities we’re creating for developers with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which we will be releasing for free to all Windows 10 customers this summer. Windows 10 is the fastest growing Windows ever with over 270 million active devices currently, and Windows Insiders are the first to try out new innovations coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update by installing builds from our Development Branch. A few weeks ago, Insiders were the first to try out extensions for Microsoft Edge. With today’s build, we have even more new features for Insiders to try and we will continue to deliver new features such as Windows Ink in future builds. So give this build a try and let us know what you think.
Take a look at Gabe’s blog post HERE to read more about it.
As with all the Insider Preview Builds there are fixes and known issues, below are what is listed:
What’s been fixed:
We fixed the issue where on some PCs with TPM chips, such as the ASUS Zenbook UX31, you may have experienced glitchy audio and jumpy movement when using the trackpad due to the “tpm-maintenance” task running constantly in the background instead of once per boot-up like it should.
•We fixed the issue where if you use Hyper-V and have a Virtual Switch configured for your network adapter, you might see an error indicator (red-colored “X”) for your network adapter in the notification area of your taskbar.
•We polished the Wi-Fi flyout UI and fixed an issue where text entry into a Wi-Fi password field was noticeably top-aligned rather than centered.
•We fixed an issue for where when using multiple monitors and full-screen apps like PowerPoint or Remote Desktop would crash Windows Explorer.
•We fixed an issue where Cortana wasn’t showing Settings pages in the search results.
•We have updated the Windows Update notification after updates have been installed so now clicking on the notification will take you straight to your update history.
•We fixed an issue where desktop (Win32) apps pinned to the Start menu would sometimes move after updating to a new build.
•We fixed an issue where “Update and Restart” and “Update and Shut Down” wouldn’t start an update.
The Visual Studio emulator for Windows 10 Mobile and Hololens will fail with “An authentication error has occurred. The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted”. If you are a developer and require the emulator for building apps, we suggesting moving to the Slow ring and skipping this build until we can fix this issue.
•We continue to investigate issues with Narrator and other screen reader apps that make them unable to read selected text in the Feedback Hub, Cortana, and other apps.
•In Microsoft Edge, some large downloads may appear to get stuck at 99% completion. You can work around this issue by renaming the file in your downloads after closing Microsoft Edge. This workaround skips security checks on the file, so it should be used only with files from a trusted source.
•In some cases, attempting to turn on Developer Mode on may crash the Settings app. If this happens, the workaround is to use these steps here to enable Developer Mode.
•Some apps notifications may only show the icon – however the full text of the notification will be visible within Action Center.
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