Build 14931 of Windows 10 Redstone 2 for PCs makes it way in to the Windows Insider Preview Fast Ring, brings along a series of tweaks and fixes, as well as a few interesting new features.
As announced llast week, the team Windows reminds us again – "starting October 1st – users running older Windows Insider builds will have their PC's reboot every 3 hours….and will completely stop booting althogether by 15th October."
Also, while the Redstone 2 build from the Development BraCch has out for PCs, however there wouldn't be a new build for mobile devices this week. Citing the reason Dona Sarkar said they're still investigating the issues in the previous build 14926 reported by the users involving SIM cards and PIN on their handsets. "We have decided not to release a new Mobile build this week until we get fixes for these two issues," Sarkar said.
Now, among other new features, there is a new dark theme for Feedback Hub as well as some other "nice new changes" to look out for. To get the dark theme, just go to the Windows Store and grab the latest Feedback Hub update version 1.1608.2441.0.
Additionally, the Feedback Hub also contains some highly requested features including "feedback details now shows original feedback author," and a "settings page for Feedback Hub." To enable dark mode, just go into settings in Feedback Hub.
Another new feature indluded is the "Native support for USB Audio 2.0" with an early version of the inbox class driver! The driver for now only enabled with "playback (render)" support. While Recording (capture) support will arrive in later iterations, stated team windows.
Also, this preview build comes with Skype Preview app with send SMS and MMS feature letting you send and receive messages directly from a Windows 10 PC when Skype on their Windows 10 Mobile phone.
Additonally, you also gets some apps update:
Maps app updated to version 5.1609.2580.0+ now let you check the traffic to your Home or Work locations and your recently viewed traffic cameras at any time. Just tap the Traffic icon in the app bar.
In addition, you can choose to change the map theme too from the theme preference for light or dark mode. The Maps app now follows your system setting.
Sticky Notes app version 1.1.40 doesn't bring anyhting beyond some performance fixation, and an added "fourth character for stock prices."
Microsoft also highlighted enhancements it made to MIDI in Windows 10, which was first made available in the 16–bit era. Since then, most MIDI interfaces have moved to USB and "our in-box support has kept pace, with a class driver and APIs that support those new interfaces," team windows writes.
Today, "the UWP MIDI API, the Win32 wrapper for the UWP MIDI API, and the helper libraries for Windows Store apps and for PowerShell scripting make it possible for apps and scripts to take advantage of the latest MIDI tech in Windows 10, including Bluetooth MIDI," team added.
Here's the full changelog of 14931 build:
Improvements and fixes for PC
- We fixed the issue causing people to experience a black screen when signing out and switching to another user account and unable to log in to that account.
- We fixed the issue causing the built-in Windows 10 apps such as Calculator, Alarms & Clock, and Voice Recorder to not work after updating to a new build.
Known issues for PC
- While using Narrator and Groove Music, if you navigate to the progress bar while a song is playing then Narrator will continually speak the progress of the song e.g. update with the current time of the progress bar every second. The result is you will be unable to listen to the song or hear any other control you navigate to.
- Oracle VM VirtualBox will crash on launch after upgrading to this build.
- Optional components may not work after upgrading to this build. To get it working again, go to "Turn Windows features on or off", scroll down and check the right optional component and click ok. After a reboot, the optional component will be enabled again.
- For keyboard users, using tab to navigate the Settings app will not work in this build. The arrow keys should work as a temporary workaround.
- Tencent apps and games will cause your PC to bugcheck (bluescreen), writes windows team.
In other Windows 10 news, the UK's largest independant consumer advocacy groups has criticized Windows 10 operating system, as well as the support that Microsoft provides.
One of many complaints that just recently, Microsoft addressed involves the contant nagging in Windows 7 and 8.1 systems asking users to get a free upgrade to its OS. Despite, free Windows 10 upgrade offer ended on July 29, Microsoft continued its 'Get Windows 10' app on these systems, now that has been resolved.
Other issues highlighted by the group include:
Once [Windows 10 was] installed, people reported various problems, including printers, wi-fi cards and speakers no longer working with their PC; instances of lost files and email accounts no longer syncing; and, most significantly, their computer encountering such problems that they had to pay someone to repair it.
Similar issues that involves of PCs freezing and millions of webcams were also incapacitated by the update.
"There have also been complaints about poor customer service from Microsoft when users contacted the company about the problems they are having," writes the group. Director of campaigns and policy Alex Neill said that, "We rely heavily on our computers to carry out daily activities, so, when they stop working, it is frustrating and stressful," adding he said, "Many people are having issues with Windows 10, and we believe Microsoft should be doing more to fix the problem."
However, Microsoft said it offers a range of solutions to customers needing assistance, "Customers have distinct options. Should a customer need help with the upgrade experience, we have numerous options including free customer support," as told to BBC news.