Creators Update Build 15007 for PC and Mobile Brings Another Round of Edge and Cortana Improvements

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15007 for PC and Mobile to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

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Another Creators Update Build 15007 of Windows 10 pushed on January 12 to PCs and Mobiles in the Fast ring is the second release of Windows Insiders in the last three days, brings a range of new features including improvements to the Edge browser.

Also, trashing the release of the Windows 10 Build 14998 for Mobile users on the Fast Ring named "Localization for English" in Windows Update—head of the Windows Insider Program Dona Sarkar confirmed that this build wasn't meant to be released to Windows Insiders. Thus, "you don't need to install this one," he said. Adding, the company is still investing the release of this build.

Microsoft Edge in this build 15007 brings the following improvements:

An ability to share a set of tabs, with just clicking "Tabs you've set aside" button, and under the "…" menu select the option to "Share tabs" with apps installed on your PC.

The new "Import from another browser" button in Settings allows you to easily bring your data over from another browser into the Edge.

Creators Update Build 15007: Import Data in Microsoft Edge

Run Dialog in Build 15007 of Windows 10

A new "Save As" option to the existing "Save" link lets you choose to "Run" a download link without first saving it.

Web Notes now leverage Windows Ink experience with ust a tap on the pen or highlighter, and you will now see full set of Ink colors, as well as new slider released for Windows Ink with Build 14986.

Now regardless of zoom settings, Microsoft Edge let you zoom into a webpage to at least 500%. With this feature, texts in Edge is no more automatically scaled, even if you've enabled 'Ease of Access" option to increase text size.

Also, now when you click links to websites that support web-to-app linking, "will now open that page in the respective app."

[Coming Soon] Download themes for your PC from the Windows Store (PC): In Build 15002, we introduced the new themes settings page in the Settings app.

Soon, users will be able to go to Windows Store to download themes for PCs directly from the themes setting page introduced in the build 15002.

Cortana adds an ability to help you pick up work after switching between PCs, "will display quick links in Action Center to help you easily get back into Microsoft Edge websites and SharePoint (or other cloud-based) documents you used most recently." In addition, Cortana is updated to take advantage of notification grouping, so you can more easily differentiate between the types of messages.

App developers can now send toast notifications with an inline progress indicator to show progress to user. Aside, developers can also now update an existing notification through "data-binding".

windows 10 build 15007 scrollbar improvements for uwp apps

Improvements are also made to the XAML scrollbar and will be visible in any UWP app that uses the Windows 10 Creators Update SDK. With this update, "the panning indicator now appears when a mouse moves over a scrolling region and the full scrollbar appears when you want to directly interact with it."

Improvements around how you discover and enroll into Windows Hello's facial recognition for supported devices and peripherals such as now shows "a visual guidance that tracks your face in real-time, an improved progress indicator and real-time feedback to quickly and smoothly set your face up for signing in."

To try out the Windows Hello facial recognition, set it up under Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in options -> Windows Hello -> Face recognition.

Starting today, Windows Hello can also be used natively on nearly every Windows 10 device, with a PIN or integrated biometric sensor or accessory, Sarkar said. There are also nearly a hundred unique, biometric-enabled Windows devices and accessories in all form factors, including laptops, all-in-ones, 2-in-1s, tablets, phones and peripherals.

Windows Hello, if you're not aware, "removes the hassle of remembering passwords and minimizes security risks for millions of Windows customers, who can use their face, fingerprints or PIN to quickly and securely sign into their device."

Microsoft also brings the rainbow flag to the emoji font and keyboard!

This build also let you try new APIs that enable GATT Server, Bluetooth LE Peripheral role and unpaired Bluetooth LE device connectivity.

Now pressing Alt + N on your keyboard, you can use the Snipping Tool to screen capture:

  • select the desired snip type and press enter – this will start the capture.
  • use arrow keys to move cursor to one of the intended corners of your snip, and press either space or enter to start selecting your snip area.
  • Once you have the area you want, press enter or space again to finish the capture.
  • This keyboard navigation also works with the new Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcut.

Here's a rundown of build 15007 for Mobile improvement:

You can now sync settings using Azure Active Directory (AAD) Identity joined phones using Enterprise State Roaming such as passwords, Wi-Fi profiles, Edge Favorites, Edge Reading List, and app data across desktop and mobile devices. "Just trun on sync for the same account on both mobile and desktop under Settings -> Accounts -> Sync Your Settings."

This build also enable "reset an UWP app back to its original state" feature, just open Settings -> System -> Storage, and navigate to the app. Under advanced settings of the app, you'll now see a "Reset" option, "tapping it will clear the app's cache, and reset the app."

Cortana on mobile can now control music playback, enabled natural language compatibility for iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio (EN-US only), as well as voice can be use to control playback and volume. And, added support for "What's Playing", work across all music apps.

Also music recognition support for Chinese Simplified is added, "simply tap the music notes icon in the top corner of Cortana's home page, and using Netease, Cortana will tell you what song it is."

Cortana sign-in using Azure Active Directory (AAD) identity instead of MSA. To sign in to Cortana using work or school account, "go to Cortana's Notebook and "About Me" and sign in."

Also added in this buuild a new option to set recurring time-based Cortana Reminders for "Every Month" or "Every Year".

Edge now has preview support for new Web Payment Request API, for faster checkout using payment and shipping preferences stored in Microsoft Wallet.

Improved legibility for UWP apps in high contrast and also refined settings that was made availble in the build 15002, is getting a way into built 15007 for Mobile.

  • settings pages now contain additional information on the right or bottom, providing links to support, feedback, and any other related settings if available.
  • app related settings are moved out of System into a new category called Apps.
  • Updated device settings experience now combines Bluetooth and Connected devices pages to offer a single place to manage devices/peripherals.
  • added ability to disconnect and reconnect Bluetooth audio devices directly from Settings page, as well as updated the flow for adding a new device connection.

Another feature added to mobile from the 15002 build is the "option to pause updates on your phone for up to 35 days." Enable it by going to Settings -> Update & security -> Phone Update and tap Advanced. "This capability will be available on enterprise managed devices on Windows 10 Mobile."

Here's the full changelog of build 15007:

Other changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue where tearing off a tab in Microsoft Edge (using your mouse to drag a tab into its own window) might cause your PC to bugcheck (GSOD).
  • We fixed an issue where going to Battery settings page via Settings > System > Battery crashes the Settings app.
  • We fixed an issue where the Virtual Touchpad was is missing from the taskbar context menu.
  • We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard button might be missing from the taskbar on touch machines.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows Hello was giving a "Couldn't turn on the camera" error on the Lock screen.
  • We fixed an issue where Remote Desktop connections might unexpectedly fail due to an error saying invalid credentials (when in fact the credentials had been valid).
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the quick action section being missing from Action Center.
  • We fixed an issue where Surface pen clicks might not work after cycling Bluetooth off/on.
  • We fixed an issue where the Data Usage page in Settings might not load.
  • We've updated the Virtual Touchpad to be a little bigger.
  • We've fixed an issue resulting in the Netflix app potentially displaying a black screen rather than the expected video content.

Other changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile

  • In response to your feedback, alarm sounds will start at a slightly higher volume level. (They will then ramp up to full volume, as before).
  • We fixed an issue Insiders with certain devices, such as the Lumia 950, may have experienced where their phone sometimes took an unexpectedly long time to show up after connecting to their PC.
  • We fixed an issue where System related notification toasts (e.g. Bluetooth, USB/Autoplay, etc.) didn't work.
  • We've updated the experience when using Cortana to receive incoming SMS messages over Bluetooth to make it more reliable. To enable this feature if it is not already, open Cortana settings and make sure one of the following Bluetooth options is on: "Bluetooth and wired headsets" or "Bluetooth only".
  • We fixed an issue where video recorded in portrait mode might not playback with the correct aspect ratio.
  • We fixed an issue on recent Insider builds resulting in the Skype Preview tile not updating with an alert badge when a new message had been received.
  • We fixed an issue where certain websites pinned to Start from Microsoft Edge when tapped would perform a web search rather than opening to that page.
  • We fixed an issue where the SIM Pin dialog would display truncated text in certain languages.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the phone getting stuck at the Goodbye screen when rebooting if Bluetooth was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Outlook Calendar sometimes displaying the wrong date on its live tile after a new day has begun.
  • We fixed a bug that was preventing Notification Listener apps (like wearable apps) from accessing notifications on recent builds.

Known issues for PC

  • After updating to this build, nonstop exceptions in the Spectrum.exe service may occur causing PCs to lose audio, disk I/O usage to become very high, and apps like Microsoft Edge to become unresponsive when doing certain actions. As a workaround to get out of this state, you can delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Spectrum\PersistedSpatialAnchors and reboot. For more details, see this forum post.
  • We are investigating certain situations in which PCs might bugcheck (GSOD) during the installation of new builds (15002+) causing the PC to rollback to the previous build.
  • When clicking on certain elements in desktop (Win32) games, the game minimizes and cannot be restored.
  • Desktop shortcuts containing the "%" character (usually URI shortcuts with escaped characters) will result in a cyclical explorer.exe crash. To resolve this, use Task Manager to open PowerShell, and edit the shortcut to not include a % in the path.
  • When projecting to a secondary monitor, if you set the connection to "Extended", Explorer.exe may start crashing in a loop. If this happens, turn off your PC, disconnect the secondary monitor, then restart your PC.
  • Windows Insiders will unexpected see a "Holographic" entry on the main page of Settings.
  • Brightness changes made via Settings > System > Display will unexpectedly revert after closing the Settings app. For now, please use either Action Center, power flyout or brightness keys to change the brightness.
  • The list of apps in the Surface Dial "Add an app" page via Settings > Devices > Wheel may unexpectedly be empty. If that happens, tap the "Browse for an app" button at the bottom of the screen to pick the desired app instead.
  • Taskbar preview icons are unexpectedly small on high-DPI devices.
  • Quicken will fail to run with an error stating .NET 4.6.1 is not installed. For Insiders familiar with Registry Editor, there is an optional workaround. Take ownership of the following registry keys and edit the "version" value to be 4.6.XXXXX instead of 4.7.XXXXX:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Client
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full
    • Using CTRL + C to copy in Command Prompt won't work.
    • Some websites in Microsoft Edge may unexpectedly show "We can't reach this page". If you encounter this, please try accessing the site from an InPrivate tab.
    • Dragging apps from the all apps list to pin on Start's tile grid won't work. For now, please right-click on the desired app in order to pin it.
    • Miracast sessions will fail to connect.
    • On certain hardware types (e.g.: Acer Aspire), the Netflix app crashes when starting a movie.
    • 3rd party UWP apps would crash on devices if the DPI settings on the machine are >=150% (Generally people do this on high resolution devices – Surface book etc.).
    • If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 directly to Build 15002, all your store apps are lost during upgrade process but you can go and re-download all the lost apps from the Store.
    • When using Microsoft Edge with Narrator, you may hear "no item in view" or silence while tabbing or using other navigation commands. You can use Alt + Tab when this happens to move focus away from and back to the Edge browser. Narrator will then read as expected.
    • Saying "Hey Cortana, play <item> on <AppName>" doesn't work immediately after installing the app. Wait 5 minutes for indexing to begin and try again.
    • ADDED: Under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update you might see the text "Some Settings are managed by your organization" even though your PC isn't being managed by an organization. This is a bug caused by an updated flight configuration setting for Insider Preview builds and does not mean your PC is being managed by anyone.

    Known issues for Mobile

    • The Windows Hello greeting is missing from the lock screen. Showing the animation and user name is important for letting you know we have securely identified you. Of course, we also recognize the essential purpose of the Windows Hello feature is getting you to your Start screen without delay. We're working hard to make sign-in as quick as possible across all Windows Hello scenarios.
    • AAD Identity Settings Sync: You may not see your Favorites or Reading List roam down in Microsoft Edge if you try to immediately open these tabs after opening Microsoft Edge. You can open Microsoft Edge, wait 30 seconds, and then open favorites and Reading List to see content.
    • AAD Identity Settings Sync: Microsoft Edge does not sync Reading List from PC to phone unless there is a restart.
    • AAD Identity Settings Sync: Microsoft Edge is syncing passwords on phone but not showing them in "saved passwords" in Microsoft Edge settings.
    • When you receive a new email notification and tap on it to open the message, it doesn't open the Mail app or message.
    • New option to pause updates contains text referencing PC-only Windows Defender.
    • Insiders with certain devices, such as the Lumia 635 and 636, may not be able to manually change the brightness. The brightness will still automatically adjust if it is set to do so, so please use that for the time being while we investigate.
    • The ninja cat emoji display in two characters on the keyboard instead of the expected one.
    • Adding a new card / paying with an existing card will not work in Microsoft Wallet.