First Windows 10 Redstone 3 PC Test Build 16170 for PCs Released

Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16170 released in the Fast Ring for PC Insiders. As of April 5th, Windows 10 is now part of new Microsoft Tech Community.

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Microsoft has not yet released the Creators Update generally, however on Friday, the company has pushed the first Redstone 3 build of Windows 10 Insider Preview.

This new build 16170 comes from the Development Branch, and has been released to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. If you're unfamiliar, Redstone 3 is the next feature update to Windows 10, and it's slated to arrive later this year.

It's also expected to bring a slew of significant update including currently referred Project NEON. "NEON will bring more transparency to the design of the OS, including transparent Live Tiles on PC Start Menus, something that phones have had for some time."

Another big feature shot of Redstone 3, is a full x86 app emulation on Qualcomm's ARM processors, that will allow to run apps like Photoshop on power-efficient Snapdragon 835 machines, which will also include cellular connectivity.

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Windows 10 Redstone 3 Tile touch interactions

Unfortunately, today's build itself doesn't contain any of the above features, and mainly contains under the hood optimization to OneCore.

We can also expect a number of Continuum improvements, which should make the experience more PC-like. This was originally slated for Redstone 2, but got pushed back. This might also have something to do with Cshell, which is an adaptive UI that would scale across phones, PCs, and other form factors.

In addition, Windows Insider Program for Business is here as on today! —which is basically designed to have IT Pros participating in the Windows Insider Program for evaluating Windows 10 and its features as part of their deployment process. The program will allow IT pros "to join the Windows Insider Program using corporate credentials"— instead of "existing registration process which requires a personal Microsoft Account."

Now that the program is here, "Insiders can register for Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds on their PC using their corporate credentials in Azure Active Directory," writes Dona Sarkar.

It's not all over yet, Sarkar said, that more tools aimed at better supporting IT Professionals and business users in Insider community are coming soon.

Additionally, a new Microsoft Tech Community is rolled out today, and is designed specifically for sharing information and best practices, and for engaging in discussions about Microsoft technologies.

Windows Insider Program for Business can be access from Windows Insider Program site by clicking on "For Business" tab. To access new features, you must first register your corporate account in Azure Active Directory (AAD), "that you use for Office 365 and other Microsoft services."

After completing the registration, a set of resources to get you started with Windows Insider Program for Business in organization will be available. Also, you can now enroll your Windows 10 PC to get latest Insider Preview builds:

  • Go to Settings \ Updates & Security \ Windows Insider Program. (Make sure that you have administrator rights to your machine and that it has latest Windows updates.)
  • Click Get Started, enter your corporate credentials that you used to register, then follow the on-screen directions.

To sign up with Windows 10 Tech Community, follow these stesp:

  • Visit http://aka.ms/community/Windows10 and click Sign In in the top right corner.
  • Sign in with the account you want to use to participate in the community. You can use an organization account (Azure AD or Office 365) or a Microsoft account.
  • Join the Windows 10 community, as well as any other communities that spark your interest.
  • If you are using your Azure or Office 365 account to sign in, enter the organization ID (i.e. abby@companyname.com) associated with your Azure or Office 365 account.
  • Accept the Terms of Service and hit Submit.
  • (Optional) Complete your profile. Click the avatar symbol in the top right corner and select My Settings – Complete Profile.
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Here is the full changelog of build 16170 for PCs:

Changes, improvements, and fixes:

  • We fixed the issue causing your PC to fail to install new builds on reboot with the error 8024a112.
  • We have updated the share icon in File Explorer (in the Share tab) to match our new share iconography.
  • We fixed an issue where Cortana Reminders was displayed as a possible share target when Cortana wasn't enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where Miracast sessions would disconnect a minute or so after the Connect UI was closed if the connection was a first time pairing.
  • We fixed a high-DPI issue when "System (Enhanced)" scaling is enabled so as to now correctly display certain applications that use display graphics accelerated contents.
  • Turning the night light schedule off in Settings now turns night light off immediately.

Known issues:

  • Narrator will not work on this build. If you require Narrator to work, you should move to the Slow ring until we get this bug fixed.
  • Some Insiders have reported seeing this error "Some updates were cancelled. We'll keep trying in case new updates become available" in Windows Update.
  • Some apps and games may crash due to a misconfiguration of advertising ID that happened in a prior build. Specifically, this issue affects new user accounts that were created on Build 15031. The misconfiguration can continue to persist after upgrading to later builds. The ACL on the registry key incorrectly denies access to the user and you can delete the following registry key to get out of this state: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo.
  • There is a bug where if you need to restart your PC due to a pending update like with the latest Surface firmware updates, the restart reminder dialog doesn't pop up. You should check Settings > Update & security > Windows Update to see if a restart is required.
  • Certain hardware configurations may cause the broadcast live review window in the Game bar to flash Green while you are Broadcasting. This does not affect the quality of your broadcast and is only visible to the Broadcaster. Make sure you have the latest graphics drivers.
  • Double-clicking on the Windows Defender icon in the notification area does not open Windows Defender. Right-clicking on the icon and choosing open will open Windows Defender.
  • Surface 3 devices fail to update to new builds if a SD memory card is inserted. The updated drivers for the Surface 3 that fix this issue have not yet been published to Windows Update.
  • Pressing F12 to open the Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge while F12 is open and focused may not return focus to the tab F12 is opened against, and vice-versa.
  • The Action Center may get into a state where dismissing one notification unexpectedly dismisses multiple. If this happens, please try rebooting your device.

The Windows 10 Creators Update has refreshed the entire Share experience to make it easier to use, adding new features and capabilities for developers.

The Share icon in Windows has been redesigned to be more familiar and user-friendly. As a developer, if you use the standard icon for Share, you'll get this change for free. You should see the new Share dialog launch in the center of the invoking app. For developers, nothing has changed so far — the same code you used to launch Share in the past will now automatically launch the new Share dialog.

Also, some of the top Share target apps in the Windows Store are now being promoted directly in the Share experience.

Windows 10 includes Internet Explorer 11 alongside Microsoft Edge to provide a consistent and predictable level of compatibility with legacy applications. To help larger organizations manage the dual-browser experience, Microsoft introduces new "Enterprise Mode Site List Portal."

Enterprise Mode Site List Portal, a web tool available as open-source on GitHub, is designed for IIS with a SQL Server backend, leveraging Active Directory for employee management. In addition to all the functionality of the client tool, the Enterprise Mode Site List Portal helps enterprises:

  • Manage site lists from any device supporting Windows 7 or greater;
  • Submit change requests;
  • Operate offline via an on-premise solution;
  • Provide role-based governance;
  • Test configuration settings before releasing to a live environment.

This new tool allows you to manage your Enterprise Mode Site List, hosted by the app, with multiple users.

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Enterprise Mode Site List Portal

Other tools available include:

  • F12 developer tools in IE11 lets you emulate any site with different Document modes and Enterprise Modes.
  • Enterprise Site Discovery automatically collects inventory data on any set of computers you designate, effectively crowdsourcing the information you would learn from the F12 developer tools.
  • Windows Upgrade Analytics, a free service that helps IT departments easily analyze their environment and upgrade to Windows 10 through the Operations Management Suite.
  • Dual-browser experience, you can choose from several options to configure your enterprise browsing environment:
  • Use Microsoft Edge as your primary browser
  • Use Microsoft Edge as your primary browser and use Enterprise Mode to open sites in IE11 that use IE proprietary technologies
  • Use Microsoft Edge as your primary browser and open all intranet sites in IE11
  • Use IE11 as your primary browser and use Enterprise Mode to open sites in Microsoft Edge that use modern web technologies
  • Use IE11 as your primary browser
  • Enterprise Mode Site List, is an XML document where you can specify a list of sites, their compat mode, and their intended browser. With this schema, you can automatically launch a page in a particular browser.
  • Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool helps you create error-free XML documents, with simple n+1 versioning and URL verification. If your site list is of a relatively small size, this is the easiest way to manage your Enterprise Mode Site List.
  • The Windows Blog explains the new web tool and how the browsers support legacy web apps while defaulting to the secure, modern experiences of Microsoft Edge.

    Lastly, Microsoft has also released an open source Windows IoT Azure DM Client Library, that allows developers to easily add device management capabilities to their Azure connected Windows IoT Core device.

    Enterprise device management for Windows has been available for many years. "The Windows IoT Azure DM Client Library makes these capabilities, such as device restart, certificate and application management, as well as many others, available via Azure IoT Hub device management," writes the team.

    For more on the client aspects of the device management, refer to general Azure IoT Hub device management documentation for a broader look at what the service provides.

    And, on how the Azure IoT Hub device twin and direct methods can be used to manage Windows IoT Core devices, visit here.