On the second of August Windows 10 users will be able to install the second big update for their operating system. While consumers might not realize that it will not take long anymore until they can install another feature rich update, Windows Insiders are involved in this process and can feel that there is a release ahead. In the last few weeks Microsoft published a lot of new builds for Windows Insiders on the Fast as well as on the Slow Ring.
If a lot of builds are released it usually means two things. On the one hand, that there are not coming any new features but a whole lot of bug fixes and stability improvements. On the other hand it means that there is a release ahead and Microsoft is finishing things up for consumers. Last night Microsoft published build 14385 for desktops, Tablets and mobile devices.
Dona Sarkar, now responsible for the Windows Insider Program, published an article on the official Windows Blog yesterday. There she listed all the fixes and changes which have been implemented in the latest build of Windows 10 for mobile and desktops devices. Especially for PC’s this build brings a lot of improvements which should make it way more reliable once again in day-to-day use.
Improvements and fixes for PC
- You should no longer see a notification pop-up once a day saying that your Windows evaluation copy expires on 7/15/2016. I know this has caused a lot of you some angst so thank you for being patient.
- We have improved battery life for Surface devices.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Spotify sometimes crashing while playing music.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Google Chrome window being clipped on the top when maximized.
- We fixed an issue with Mobile Hotspot that could result the host device bug-checking (bluescreen) and rebooting if it was sharing on a 5GHz band and the connected device browsed to certain websites.
- We fixed an issue where the pin prompt shown when connecting to certain VPNs would display behind the other open windows.
- We fixed an issue resulting in LastPass and AdBlock extensions for Microsoft Edge not showing the expected context menu items or status information in subsequently opened Edge windows. We also fixed an issue where the current tab in Edge might hang after exiting Web Notes.
- Projecting to a PC auto-discoverability is off by default. To have your PC beacon so it can be discovered and you can project to it through the Connect quick action from a Continuum enabled phone or another PC, go to Settings > System > Projecting to this PC and set “Windows PCs and phones can project to this PC when you say it’s OK” to “Available everywhere” or “Available everywhere on secure networks”. You can also set other settings on this page to your preference.
Improvements and fixes for Mobile devices
- You can open PDFs in Microsoft Edge and use touch to interact with the PDF (such as scrolling, pan or zoom) again without it constantly reloading the PDF.
- We have improved battery life for older devices, such as the Lumia 830, 930, and 1520.
- We fixed an issue where setting the SIM name on a dual SIM phone would sometimes fail.
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