On Thursday, the 14th of April, last week Microsoft has announced a new build for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. After Microsoft had announced build 14322 for PC’s just a couple of days before this date, the made the same build available for mobile device. On the PC as well as on mobile devices this build is the kick off for the Windows Redstone aka Anniversary update practically spoken. There have been a couple of builds before which were preparing Windows 10 for new features, however, there was not much to see in these builds. Now Microsoft is starting to roll out new features with new builds again as preparation for the Anniversary update which is set to be released this summer.
As mentioned already, this is the first build of the Anniversary update which is bringing visible changes. First of all Microsoft has overhauled the Action Center. It is now able to show images or maps or, basically anything a developer wants to implement. Microsoft is calling that hero images and it is possible to set reminders in Cortana with such hero images embed and it is possible for developers to give notifications with images. This is a great new feature, the maps app can for example give you a notifications and show you the route to work, though I hope not every little app will have this new features since it can take a bit until you have looked through all your notifications in the future.
Coming to long lists of notifications, you can now prioritize notifications so that for example text messages and phone calls are always missed on top yo all notifications, further more you can set how much notifications you want an app to display. Notifications are now also displayed in groups, so icon of the app will be displayed once and underneath you are able to see all the notifications of the app. This uses less space and looks pretty nice.
Cortana has also got a few new features, like mentioned already you can add images to reminders, the personal assistant is then showing you these images in notifications and in the action center. Furthermore there is now a camera button displayed on the lockscreen instead of the back button, and you can play and pause playback and skip songs directly on the lockscreen.
Those are all features users were asking for and it shows once again that Microsoft is clearly listening to the Feedback Windows Insiders are providing. Microsoft just has not hired any magicians yet so it takes some time until requested features are finding their ways into the operating system. Though Windows 10 Mobile has been rolled out to consumers some time ago and most important is still the reliability of an OS. At the beginning when Microsoft started selling first devices with Windows 10 Mobile pre-installed the OS was, well there were a few users complaining about stability. However, now the OS is pretty smooth, the question is now: ‘How well is a phone performing which was shipped back in times of Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft did have a vision but didn’t have a single line of code for Windows 10 Mobile?
To answer this question I have done a quick speed comparison between the classic NOKIA Lumia 930 and the Microsoft’s new flagship, the Microsoft Lumia 950. Both are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build which is available to Windows Insiders, build 14322. I have to apologize for the video quality, but the only phone left I had at home was the Funker W5.5 Pro. So enjoy the video and feel free to give me some feedback, either here underneath the website or on YouTube. Consider subscribing to our channel if you want to see more videos like this in the future.
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