Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14971 on PC available for the Fast Ring

Microosft has rolled out Build 14971 of Windows 10 today, here is a list of features imporvements and Known Issues which are coming with this release.

Microsoft has pushed out a new build on Windows 10 today, this time it is only available for PC’s and can be downloaded if you are subscribed to the Fast Ring roll out. Don’t know which Ring you are currently on, you can easily check this by opening the settings app –> Update & security –> Windows Insider Program; There it is possible to switch between Slow and Fast Ring builds or you can stop receiving new builds at all.

Read unprotected EPUB e-books in Microsoft Edge

With the build published today, Windows Insiders are receiving a few new features again just like with the one before. As you might know Microsoft Edge, the new browser which is going to replace Internet Explorer on Windows sooner or later can open .pdf files, now with the latest build of Windows 10 it is even possible to open EPUB books. What are EPUB books? EPUB is a very popular file format for e-books just like .pdf files are for normal documents. Unfortunately it won’t be possible to open all EPUB files in general with Microsoft Edge but unprotected ones shouldn’t be a problem. This feature will be also a part pf the creator update which will come to consumers at the beginning of 2017.

Paint 3D App is now a part of Windows 10

Paint 3D appeared weeks ago in the Windows app store already, and it is even possible to install it manually since a while now. However since this is another modern app solution for a long existing Windows service does now come pre-installed with Windows starting with build 14971 of Windows 10 for Windows Insiders. It wouldn’t be a modern app solution if it wouldn’t be supporting 3D Objects and therefore Microsoft implemented this important feature in their simply graphic editing app. Beside 3D Builder this will be the second app to support 3D Objects natively and allow you to create and edit them.

For Power Users and Developers: PowerShell gets integrated into Shell

PowerShell is now simply Command Shell and replaces the well known Command Prompt aka cmd.exe in File Explorer. Also in the Win + X which is also accessible by right clicking on the start menu or if you shift-right-click the whitespace in File Explorer Command Prompt will be replace by Command Shell. Typing ‘cmd’ or PowerShell into the address bar of File Explorer will still work, however it will bring up Command Shell.

If you are not a huge fan of this change coming with the latest build of Windows 10, don’t worry there is still a way how you can change this back to what you are used to. Therefor you have to go to Settings –> Personalization –> Taskbar, and there you will be able to turn “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X” to ‘Off’.

New Get Office App as Beta, because it was popular in previous versions

Remember the annoying Get Skype app which is pre-installed on Windows 10 and get’s installed again every time you install a new build of Windows 10, even if you have Skype installed already. Well there is another nice app which is doing pretty much the same but for a different service, I am talking about Get Office. Instead of completely removing this app, Microsoft is now rolling out a new Beta of this app which comes with this Build.

So, no we can not get rid of these two annoying apps as it seems, but Microsoft is asking for your opinion on the new Get Office app so let them know what you think of it. Although the app is now a lot more helpful since it is connected to your Office 365 account if you own one, you can open recent documents, different Office applications and so on and yet it doesn’t even feature full screen. Hopefully this will be delivered with an update for the app.

Improved Typing experience with Japanese and Chinese Input Method.

  • Improved Chinese IME reliability. In particular, we fixed an issue where the IME might crash due to an incompletely downloaded or corrupted dictionary file
  • Improved Conversion Accuracy for the Japanese IME. We also fixed various issues, in particular, when conversion was used mixed with prediction, and an UX issue when trying to change phrase segmentation.
  • Improved resource usage when typing with the Japanese IME. In particular, we fixed an issue that could result in unexpected graphic glitches after using the IME for an extended period of time.

Other fixes, changes and improvements coming with this Build of Windows 10

AS always, new builds are bringing a few main features, however there are a few little things which Microsoft kept on working and here is a list from the Windows Blog about what Microsoft has taken away, implemented and fixed this time:

  • First introduced to Insiders in Build 14926, the experimental “Snooze” action on a tab in Microsoft Edge which provides you with a way to set a Cortana reminder on the website you are viewing is no longer available. Based on data we gathered and feedback we received, we decided to remove it from the product and re-evaluate the feature for a future release.
  • We’ve improved reliability when using the protractor and inking in Sketchpad.
  • We’ve updated some of our desktop wizards (including “map a network drive” and “extract from zip”) to now be proportionally sized when moved across monitors.
  • We fixed an issue where Magnifier’s keyboard shortcuts sometimes wouldn’t work on the Lock screen.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in sometimes not being able to completely remove files in the Windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup.
  • We have enabled OAuth support for Yahoo Mail accounts. This will improve sync reliability for those accounts, and provide a more secure experience in the Outlook Mail app.
  • We fixed an issue where trying to shut down the PC while certain Device Manager dialog boxes were open would result in the PC being stuck at the “Restarting…” screen.
  • We fixed an issue where, as closing multiple tabs with middle click in Microsoft Edge, the width of the tabs might change, resulting in potentially unexpectedly closing the wrong tab.
  • We fixed an issue where the copy link option when right-clicking a hyperlink in Microsoft Edge wasn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue where, if you changed the size of the Microsoft Edge window, and then closed the app by closing the final tab, the next time Microsoft Edge is launched it would once again be the default size, rather than retaining the preferred window size.
  • We fixed an issue where pinned tabs in Microsoft Edge were not being restored.
  • We’ve made a number of translation improvements, including for Chinese speakers fixing a translation error in the dialog that appears when installing multiple fonts at once, as well as one in Settings > System > Battery. If you see any other translations that aren’t as you’d expect, please log feedback – we’re listening!
  • We fixed an issue where, if you already hand a notification expanded in the Action Center, clicking the chevron to expand a second notification would result in it expanding then immediately closing.
  • We fixed an issue where preferred Start menu width might not be preserved after rebooting.

Known Issues of Windows 10 Build 14971

  • Navigating to Settings > System > Battery will crash the Settings app.
  • Using keyboard monitor hotkeys to adjust brightness won’t work as expected. Desired brightness change could be done via the Action Center or by going to Settings > System > Display.
  • Apps such as Store, Photos, and People may launch on their own after your PC has been inactive for a period of time. To stop these apps from launching on their own, un-maximize the app before closing it.
  • Double-clicking on an Excel document to open it from File Explorer will crash Microsoft Excel. The workaround is to open the document from within Excel.
  • Microsoft Studios games like Microsoft Sudoku, Jigsaw, Minesweeper, Taptiles, and Treasure Hunt may freeze at the splash screen on launch.
  • As we have previously announced we are working on the Windows Holographic Shell that is going to be included in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. In today’s flight you will see the Windows Holographic First Run app. While you will be able to launch the app and walk through the first few screens, it won’t detect any hardware. This app and the Windows Holographic Shell is still under active development here at Microsoft and with our partners.

  • Known Issues list id pleasantly short once again, however and that’s why I listed this in bold, it seems like they haven’t one very annoying bug yet. If you leave your PC on its own for a while various system apps will be started on its own. Well then you haven’t been hacked, it’s is simply a bug in current builds of Windows 10, you can prohibit launching apps on its own if your PC is idle by exiting full screen before you close them.

    Apart from that it is nice to have another build rolled out to Windows Insiders. Have a look at the new ‘Get Office (Beta)’ app and, drop us a comment below with your thoughts on the latest build of Windows 10 and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.

Lenny Bonsignore
Lenny Bonsignore
Lenny Bonsignore @LennyBons34 is Owner/Editor- in -Chief of OneTechStop, Sports fan, Tech guy, & Mailman by Day [email protected]

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