Redstone 2 Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14955 Adds Outlook Mail & Calendar Update

Windows 10 Insider build 14955 brings Narrator improvements, new Outlook Mail functionality to Fast ring. ASP.NET Core 1.1, Entity Framework Core 1.1 Preview 1, and ODBC Driver 13 for Linux.

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Another latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14955 for Mobile and PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, launched today introducing new features and functionality.

This latest build bring update to the Outlook Mail and Calendar apps on (PC & Mobile) raising the version to 17.7466.4062x.0, as well as introducing a few new features letting you now "open email messages in a new window, use Quick Actions directly from new email notifications, use @mentions."

With Context Awareness now available in Narrator on PC, you can now be notified as you navigate around, such as groups in the Office ribbon.

By cycle through options with ALT + Caps Lock + /, you can configure the amount of context you want to hear. And, by using CTRL + Caps Lock + /, you can change whether the context is read before the item with focus or after. To check the context at any point, press Caps Lock + D twice.

As a reminder, Microsoft notes that starting on November 8th, next Bugbash will kick off, and ends on November 13th. You can register yourself here.

Below is a changelog of build 14955 (verbatim):

Other improvements and fixes for Mobile

  • We fixed the issue causing you to be unable to sign 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.
  • We fixed the issue that was causing some devices to appear "stuck" on the blue Windows logo screen during the boot cycle when rebooting a phone on earlier builds.
  • We fixed a bug resulting in notifications banners not appearing from Outlook Mail accounts that had been pinned as tiles to Start.
  • We fixed an issue resulting certain apps being unexpectedly missing from the Share dialog.
  • We fixed an issue where Insiders who had configured a data limit on their phone may have ended up in a state where they would receive frequent notifications about having exceeded that limit.
  • We fixed an issue where the horizontal progress dots (as displayed when using the indeterminate ProgressBar control, for those who are familiar with XAML) were incorrectly fading out at the right side.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to enter input into the Time or Place fields when creating a Reminder in Cortana.

Other improvements and fixes for PC

  • Now you can draw along the protractor and have the degree visual remain visible until you start drawing again. We've also updated the degree visual to be more clear – black text on a white background, as opposed to the previous black text on a red background.
  • We fixed the issue causing you to be unable to sign 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.
  • This build includes several fixes for precision touchpad:
    • We fixed an issue where precision touchpad was mis-classifying presses when mousing with one finger and pressing with another.
    • We fixed the issue in which "Reset touchpad" was appearing on PCs that don't support precision touchpad (legacy touchpad).
    • We fixed the issue where the 4-Finger gesture graphic would be viewable in Settings on PCs that support only 3-contact.
    • We fixed an issue with popular graphics app Paint.NET where horizontal scrolling was broken.
  • This build includes several fixes for Narrator:
    • We have added a new key command to read the active window title of the current application. You can use Caps Lock + / for this.
    • We've improved Narrator's recognition of edit boxes on the web in Scan Mode so you get the message to use space to edit more consistently when focus has moved to an edit box.
    • We've done work to ensure that continuous reading is interrupted appropriately if focus changes or you issue a Narrator command that should stop continuous reading. We've also worked to ensure that continuous reading doesn't stop when it shouldn't.
  • We've updated the Trusted Platform Module Management control panel (TPM.msc) to provide additional detail when the TPM is "Not ready for use" or "Ready for use, with reduced functionality".
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Task Manager always opening with the default view, despite having configured it on the previous launch (for example, to "Show more details").
  • We fixed an issue where attempting to partition a USB drive via DiskPart would fail with the error "The system cannot find the file specified".
  • We fixed an issue where certain USB drives were failing to mount automatically or via Device Manager, despite being mountable using Disk Management.
  • We fixed an issue where Accessibility settings were failing to roam down-level to some PCs running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – triggering a sync loop and possibly causing some performance issues on those down-level PCs. If you have encountered this issue, to get out of this state – you will need to change a setting under Settings > Ease of Access so that fix will roam down-level. Whichever setting you changed to trigger roaming can be changed back if needed.
  • We fixed an issue where Settings would crash when copying hardware properties from the Wi-Fi settings page.
  • We fixed an issue where files were no longer automatically selected after being pasted into a folder in File Explorer.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to enter input into the Time or Place fields when creating a Reminder in Cortana.
  • We've updated the advanced tab of the device properties window in the Sounds control panel to now allow you to select the following sample dates as the default format for devices that support it: 24 and 32 bit at 176400Hz, and 16, 24 and 32 bit at 352800 Hz.
  • USB Audio 2.0 devices are now named based on the make/model of the device, rather than using a generic name, in places across the system, for example Device Manager.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge that prevented dragging content out of the browser to other windows
  • We fixed an issue that caused Microsoft Edge to crash when using the Share button to share web pages and PDFs to Mail.

Known issues for Mobile

  • If your device never successfully updated to Build 14951, If your device did receive Build 14951, you should be able to download and update to this build just fine. THANK YOU Insiders who helped us with getting the 0% download issue fixed last week!
  • Some Insiders are receiving an 0x80242006 error trying to update to the latest builds. We are investigating.
  • You will be unable to install additional languages, keyboards, and speech packs on your phone for the next few weeks. If you have existing languages, keyboards, and speech packs installed – they will carry over when you update to new builds. You just can't install any new ones. If you do a hard reset of your phone on these builds – you will also be unable to install additional languages, keyboards, and speech packs. You can use Windows Device Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile, install any languages, keyboards, and speech packs you need and then update to the latest build in the Fast ring as a workaround.
  • Excel Mobile will freeze after adding sheets and eventually crashes.

Known issues for PC

  • 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.
  • Insiders may experience the Windows Ink Workspace crashing when using the protractor – we're investigating, explains Windows team.

In other releases today, .NET Core 1.1 Preview 1 release now includes support for additional Linux distributions. It is not "Go Live" and is not yet recommended for production workloads.

ASP.NET Core 1.1 Preview 1 and Entity Framework Core 1.1 Preview 1 are also shipping today.

"Entity Framework Core (EF Core) is a lightweight, extensible, and cross-platform version of Entity Framework."

You can download the release now: Windows x64, Windows x86, macOS x64, Linux x64.

Microsoft ODBC Driver 13 for Linux (Ubuntu, RedHat and SUSE) released today, enables access to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL DW from any C/C++ application on Linux.

Here's what's new:

  • Native Linux Install Experience: The driver can now be installed with apt-get (Ubuntu), yum (RedHat/CentOS) and Zypper (SUSE). Instructions on how to do this is below.
  • AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AG): The driver now supports transparent connections to AlwaysOn Availability Groups. The driver quickly discovers the current AlwaysOn topology of your server infrastructure and connects to the current active server transparently.
  • TLS 1.2 support: The driver now supports TLS 1.2 connections to SQL Server.