Redstone 2 Build 14951 for PC and Mobile Adds Inking, Stencils, New Camera, Linux Subsystem Update

Windows 10 build 14951 for PC and Mobile Insiders in the Fast ring, introduces a number of new features and updates like Windows Iink, new camera app, WSL update and more.

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Redstone 2, which is scheduled for an early 2017 release, now has a new Insider build 14951 is out from the Development Branch for Windows 10 PC and Mobile.

In addition, Microsoft also released Windows 10 Mobile build 14393.351 to Insiders on the Slow and Release Preview rings.

This Fast ring build brings some features such as major Continuum improvements for Windows 10 Mobile and the introduction of "Stencils." As well as improvements to the touchpad, Windows Ink, and improved camera interface and more.

In the refined customization experience for precision touchpad (PC) now hooked up "keyboard shortcut picker" on the Advanced gestures page, so a recorder lets users capture their favorite key combo.

Secondly, a new change audio and volume option is added to the basic swipe gestures.

Finally, the reset button now display a progress circle and a check mark when it's finished.

On PC pen dropdown in Windows Ink Workspace enable to change both color and width without opening it twice.

This build also introduces Stencils, a Windows Ink protractor tool combines functions of both protractor and compass into one. Ruler also got a small update too and its degree readout now shows a numerical value of the angle.

Users can user two-finger pinch gesture resizes to resize the protractor to a desired size and a degree readout follows the pen, mouse, or finger as users draw along the side of the protractor displaying arc degrees, Windows team writes.

Inking in Photos, now save the ink and replays the draw, and enable users to share it as a still image or a video. This Photos app version also comes with an updated cropping experience, and a whole slew of new filters.

"To work with inking, first pick a photo, and then tap Draw option, now in the Ink toolbar, select a pen, pencil, or a calligraphy pen! After you finish inking, press save button and the ink will dry to become a part of the photo."

The Camera app on PC & Mobile received aredesigned interface with following new features:

  • capture photos, videos, and panoramas with higher-contrast capture buttons.
  • with new toggle control, photo timer can be set right from the camera dashboard
  • launch into Settings directly from camera UI
  • new camera spot on the screen enable accessing it with one hand
  • new zoom slider
  • new more noticeable capture animation
  • more prominent button control to change between front- and rear-facing cameras
  • use spacebar on PC as a shortcut to take pictures.

Living images are now enabled on Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3. Just navigate to Settings and turn on Capture living images, and the still captures will now extend to a snippet of video. These are created automatically whenever your shots feature motion—

While on Surface, Microsoft took to a blog post to respond to controversy surrounding the capability of Surface tablets on the NFL sidelines.

The post is basically riddled with compliments to the improved gameplay and ease of the devices on the sidelines from various coaches and players. It ultimately goes into saying, "It's an ever-changing, fast-paced technical environment – truly one of the toughest IT jobs on one of the world's biggest stages, with hundreds of millions of viewers watching. We applaud these hard-working technical experts and appreciate their great partnership."

Also added into this release is faster shot-to-shot support, improved feedback for saving large videos to SD cards, and improved camera startup time.

And, after the Developer Mode is turned on, "Device Portal and Device Discovery now can be used as soon as the Windows Developer Mode package finishes installing," rather than having to reboot first.

Narrator improvements include: multiple fixes to continuous reading when used in tables and on web pages, a fix for Caps Lock + W, and reading hint text now comes after the main information is read. And Narrator now properly indicates when it is exiting.

Windows Subsystem for Linux in this build now install Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) for all new Bash on Ubuntu on Windows instances. With this change, Windows Insider users can manually upgrade from 14.04 to 16.04 using the "do-release-upgrade command."

Also, users can now launch Windows binaries directly from a WSL command prompt.

As some Mobile users report about the issue when install this build, as the phone would show "updates are available", but would never begin downloading. A Microsoft official has posted a few options as a workaround. There are four different methods, which are ranked by how much work they'll require, along with how much time they'll take.

First most, use the Windows Device Recovery Tool. Another method is to do a factory reset your Windows Mobile phone, which is listed as requiring "medium work".

As a final option, just follow this guide:

  • Plug your device into a charger
  • Open Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program - Change your device to "Slow" and then back to "Fast"
  • Turn on airplane mode Settings > Network & wireless > Airplane Mode
  • Navigate to Settings > Time & Language > Date & Time - If On, turn "Set date and time automatically" to the Off position
    • Change the date on the device to 7 days in the future
  • Return to the home screen & Reboot the device
  • After the reboot, turn off airplane mode - Settings > Network & wireless > Airplane Mode
  • Check for updates - Settings > Update & Security > Phone update > Check for updates
  • This process will fail with an error code. This is expected!
  • Change the device date back to the current date - Settings > Time & Language > Date & Time
  • Check for updates - Settings > Update & Security > Phone update > Check for updates
  • This check may fail again, this is ok.
  • Reboot the device
  • After the reboot, check for updates - Settings > Update & Security > Phone update > Check for updates
  • The check for updates should succeed and begin downloading 14951
    *Note* We have seen several instances of users reporting getting error code 80242006 after this last check for updates. We will be doing some additional testing on our side for this, but in the mean time, Insiders are awesome and have noted these additional steps seem to bypass this final error message:
  • Switch Insider setting to Slow ring
  • Check for updates (will say you are up-to-date for the Slow ring)
  • Change back to Fast ring
  • Check for updates again and it should update, Jason explained.

Two new Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits are now available from Microsoft partners: "The Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 3 by Adafruit", and the brand new "Seeed Grove Starter Kit for IoT based on Raspberry Pi by Seeed Studio."

Adafruit's updated kit keeps its focus on helping makers get started quickly and easily in the world of IoT, but includes an upgrade to the new Raspberry Pi 3.

Seeed Studio's new kit utilizes a common connector from the large array of available sensors to simplify the task of connecting to the device platform. This helps makers focus on being creative, rather than worrying about soldering electrical connections.

Other improvements and fixes for Mobile

(verbatim from Windows team post)
  • Following feedback discussing French punctuation rules, we've updated our French keyboards (with the exception of French (Canada), for which these rules don't apply) to now add a space both before and after when using two-part punctuation marks, such as the semi-colon, the colon, the question mark and the exclamation mark.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Camera shutter sounds entry missing from the Sounds Settings page via Settings > Personalization > Sounds.

Other improvements and fixes for PC

  • We fixed the issue causing PCs that are capable of Connected Standby such as the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 to sometimes bugcheck (bluescreen) while in Connected Standby.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War (and some 3rd party games) failing to install from the Store with the error code 0x80073cf9 when the system's app install location was set to drive with native 4k Sectors (or 4k sector sized drive).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in larger Store games such as ReCore, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct and Rise of the Tomb Raider possibly failing to launch.
  • We fixed an issue where the console window (which hosts Command Prompt, PowerShell, and other command-line utilities) might not snap correctly to the inside edges between two monitors with different DPI scaling.
  • We fixed an issue where all agenda items in the taskbar's Clock and Calendar flyout were using the primary calendar's color, rather than matching their respective calendar's colors as selected in the Outlook Calendar app.
  • We fixed issue where the Add PIN button in Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options was sometimes unexpectedly greyed out for domain-joined devices.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Groove crashing if you tried to reorder the songs in a very large playlist.
  • We've updated our migration logic to now include custom scan code mappings. That means that going forward from this build, if you've used Registry Editor to remap certain keys (for example, Caps Lock key to null), that change will persist across upgrades.
  • We fixed an issue Insiders may have experienced resulting in Adobe Photoshop Express crashing after clicking on the 'correct' button when trying to edit a cropped image.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in .csv or .xlsx files downloaded from Microsoft Edge sometimes unexpectedly appearing to be locked for editing by "another user" when SmartScreen was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where enabling the RemoteFX adaptor for a Virtual Machine would result in it failing to power on with the error 'Unspecified error' (0x80004005).

Known issues for Mobile

  • Signing into apps such as Feedback Hub, Groove, MSN News, etc. with your Microsoft Account if you sign out or get signed out of these apps will not work. If this happens to you and you cannot sign in to Feedback Hub, you can send feedback.
  • When rebooting a phone on this build and Build 14946 from last week, the device appears to get "stuck" on the blue Windows logo screen during the boot cycle. We have identified 2 bugs causing this issue and working to check in fixes soon. However, being "stuck" is only temporary. Depending on which device you have, your phone may be in this stuck state for 20-30 minutes, but it will eventually progress to the Lock screen. There is no permanent impact from these 2 bugs, just an unexpectedly long boot time. Please don't reset your device! It'll take longer to reset the device than it will to wait for the boot cycle to complete.
  • Excel Mobile will freeze after adding sheets and eventually crashes.
  • Insiders who have configured a data limit on their phone may get into a state where they receive frequent notifications about having exceeded this limit. To resolve the issue, please go into Settings > Device & Network > Data Usage and remove and recreate your data limit settings.
  • UPDATE: We are investigating reports of devices getting stuck at 0% while downloading this build.

Known issues for PC

  • Signing into apps such as Feedback Hub, Groove, MSN News, etc. with your Microsoft Account if you sign out or get signed out of these apps will not work. If this happens to you and you cannot sign in to Feedback Hub, you can send feedback.
  • You may experience a crash while using the protractor in Sketchpad – we're working on a fix.
  • If you have a 3rd party antivirus product installed on your PC – your PC might not be able to complete the update to this build and roll-back to the previous build, explained Windows team.