Windows Insiders: Introducing the Release Preview Ring

Today a new ring was added to the Insider Rings, the Windows Insider Release Preview ring for both PC and mobile. The Release Preview ring will focus on Insiders that want to stay on the Current Branch (currently builds based off of 10586), but continue to receive early access to updates, application updates, and driver updates.

The 3 Windows Insider rings are:

  • Fast – Best for Insiders who enjoy being the first to get access to builds and feature updates, with some risk to their devices in order to identify issues, and provide suggestions and ideas to make Windows software and devices great.
  • Slow – Best for Insiders who enjoy getting early access to builds and feature updates, with less risk to their devices, and still want to provide feedback to make Windows software and devices great.
  • Release Preview – Best for Insiders who enjoy getting early access to updates for the Current Branch, Microsoft applications, and drivers, with minimal risk to their devices, and still want to provide feedback to make Windows devices great.

For more details on branches and our rings, check out one the first post in our new series called ‘Inside WDG’ here in Insider Hub.

 

Announcing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10586.107

Today Gabe Aul announced the release of mobile build 10586.107 to the Fast Ring

This update includes some additional fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where in some cases a device could be missing tiles on the Start screen after going through the device out of box experience.
  • Improved support in Narrator to speak in multiple languages.
  • Improvements to the device reset experience when BitLockerDevice Encryption is enabled by enterprise policy or by the user.

Happy Upgrading!

Source: Windows Blog

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14251

Released to the Fast Ring Insider on the 27th of Januari:

This build does contain some really good bug fixes that Insiders will appreciate:

  • We fixed the issue where some PC games would crash switching from windowed mode to full screen, upon game resolution change, or upon launch due to a bug in Windows graphics stack. So play your games! If you run into any issues – please let us know by reporting in the Feedback app and include the game title.
  • We fixed the issue where applications such as Narrator, Magnifier, and third-party assistive technologies may experience intermittent issues or crashes.
  • We fixed an issue where File Explorer would crash frequently when DPI settings were at 175%.

Known issues:

  • You might see a WSClient.dll error dialog after logging in. We’re working on a fix for this but as a workaround, you can run the following in Command Prompt with administrative rights: schtasks /delete /TN “MicrosoftWindowsWSWSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F
  • The Connect button does not show up in Action Center. The workaround is to press Windows key + P and then click “Connect to a wireless display”.
  • Due to a recent memory management change, you may see periodic app crashes or other memory related app errors. Rebooting your PC may correct the issue. Due to this issue, the Github client will not launch. If you need to use the Github client – the workaround is to rollback to the previous build.
  • F12 Developer Tools will not load in Microsoft Edge. Should be fixed in the next build.
Source: Windows Blog

Announcing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10586.71

Newly released to the Fast Ring Insiders

Fixes include:

  • Windows Update performance and reliability improvements
  • Improvements in migration of data profiles and messaging settings when upgraded from Windows Phone 8.1.
  • SensorCore API’s are now upgraded correctly from Windows Phone 8.1; allowing applications, including many fitness applications, to correctly access movement data.
  • SD card detection has been improved on boot and after insertion; File Explorer now handles the removal of an SD card when the default for apps or photos are set to SD.
  • Improvements in the Edge browser, including PDF rendering.
  • Bluetooth improvements when re-connecting to already paired devices and cars; turn by turn directions, and when using Cortana with the Microsoft Band.
  • Improvements in Settings when downloading Maps or changing Quick Settings.
  • Reinstalling Groove Music from the Windows Store no longer causes DRM music playback issues. Groove Music local song collections are now more quickly imported within the application
  • Device power improvements after listening to music, after missed phone calls when iris detection is disabled, and when downloading updates.
  • In app purchases now work correctly when cellular data is disabled.
  • Improvements to the reliability of Kids Corner.
Source: Windows Blog

Windows 10 Preview Build 11102 Released to the Fast Ring

Here’s what’s new:

New history menu in Microsoft Edge: A highly requested feature by Insiders, you can now right-click on the back and forward buttons in Microsoft Edge for quick access to your recently visited websites in the current tab. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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We made lots of little fixes for crashes, hangs, and slowness issues
•Favorites and reading list now roam/sync
•The setting to change the search provider is more discoverable.
•There is now a “save target as” option to the context menu for hyperlinks
•We allow import of IE favorites from a favorites location that uses folder redirection
•Drag and drop support is enabled (the ability to drag files to sites like OneDrive)
•There is a toolbar in PDF viewer with options to save, print, zoom, and see page numbers
•There is now an option to prevent rogue sites from spamming dialog boxes in infinite loop causing denial of service
•We restored the ability to open a new browser window when Microsoft Edge is already running, by choosing Microsoft Edge from Start Menu or by middle-clicking on Microsoft Edge in the taskbar
•We provided an “Open Folder” option to the download completion notification
•A menu is shown when you right click on the back button, allowing you to see history and skip back several pages

Known issues:

When we went live with last week’s PC build, Insiders discovered a bug where the cache for Insider Hub wasn’t properly refreshing – preventing new content from showing up in a timely manner. We’ll include known issues with our blog posts as well as in Insider Hub until the bug is resolved.

  • Some PC games will crash switching from windowed mode to full screen, upon game resolution change, or upon launch due to a bug in Windows graphics stack. We have observed this with The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, and Metal Gear Solid V but it may occur with other titles as well.
  • With this build (and with the last build), applications such as Narrator, Magnifier, and third-party assistive technologies may experience intermittent issues or crashes. If you rely on screen readers or other software, you should not use this build. This issue will be fixed with the next build.
  • You might see a WSClient.dll error dialog after logging in. We’re working on a fix for this but as a workaround, you can run the following in Command Prompt with administrative rights: schtasks /delete /TN “MicrosoftWindowsWSWSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F
  • While attempting to update to this build, your PC may show a message that your wireless card is not compatible with Windows 10. The workaround is to visit the support page for your PC or wireless card and install the newest driver that is available.
  • The Connect button does not show up in Action Center.

Enjoy upgrading!

 

 

 

Windows 10 Preview Build 11099 Released to the Fast Ring

1st new Insider Build of the year is here, release to the Fast Ring Insiders

As with the previous build, this build does not include big noticeable changes or new features yet. Our focus through the holidays was on structural improvements to OneCore, which is the shared core of Windows across devices. The code refactoring and other engineering work we’ve been doing to optimize OneCore is nearing the point where we will be ready for teams to begin checking in new features and improvements. It will still be a few builds before any really noticeable changes show up, depending on when teams begin lighting up new features in their areas. We’re excited for Insiders to use this build to validate the work we’ve been doing to OneCore, so give this build a try and let us know of any issues you run into via the Windows Feedback app.

source: Windows Blog Gabriel Aul

Enjoy upgrading! It was a quick and smooth upgrade for my devices

January 12th 2016 end of support for Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 & 10 and Windows 8.0

As of tomorrow only Internet Explorer 11 and Edge will be the only browser versions of Microsoft receiving further security updates. If you’re still running a previous version IE, an urgent upgrade is pending…

From the Microsoft Support Lifecycle page:

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. Please visit the Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ here http://support.microsoft.com/gp/Microsoft-Internet-Explorer for list of supported operating systems and browser combinations.

 

If your browser is still on an old version because of a compatibility issue, IE11 has Enterprise mode build into it to enable you and your organization to enable backward compatibility (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn640687.aspx)

Also Windows 8.0 runs out of updates, Microsoft asks 8.0 users to upgrade to 8.1

From the Microsoft Support Lifecycle page:

Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.

After today, those on Windows 8 will have to upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to continue getting security updates from Microsoft.

 

Windows 10 Mobile 10586.63 released to the insider fast ring

Another release to the fast ring and it brings nice new stuff:

 

  • Reliability, battery and performance improvements
  • Typing on Polish keyboard in Outlook Mail
  • Turn by turn directions over Bluetooth in car
  • Battery usage improvements with Iris Recognition
  • Reliability of quick actions settings page
  • MS Band use with Cortana
Have fun upgrading!

 

1st Insider Preview of RedStone available to the Fast Ring and it’s running smooth!

RedStone

What’s Redstone?

RedStone (ref to Minecraft) is the codename of the next upgrade to Windows 10 which is to be released somewhere around March 2016

If you’re on the fast Insider ring and you check for updates you should get this

Windows 10 Build 11082

event though the build number has jumped from 10586 to 11082, no big list of interface-changes for now, as explained here by Gabe Aul on December 16th

Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 11082 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

This includes the changes that have also been going out as cumulative updates through Windows Update on your PCs running the Windows 10 November Update as well as on phones running Windows 10 too. We’re also working on some structural improvements to OneCore, which is the shared core of Windows across devices. Essentially, OneCore is the heart of Windows, and these improvements to OneCore make building Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, Hololens and Xbox more efficient. We’re doing some code refactoring and other engineering work to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in new features and improvements in the new year.

Upgraded all my machines here, it’s running smooth only bug I found so far is the fingerprint feature in Hello that broke.

Windows 10 App

facebookWe have a Windows 10 App in the store for Phone & Desktop.

It will enable you to follow your blogs and updates more easily.

 

Check it out here:

https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh5cp77