Windows 10 Build 15025 Insider Preview for PC/Mobile And Xbox One Insider Preview Build 15023 Released

Released today, Windows 10 Insider Preview build 15025 for 64-bit PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring with Braille support for Narrator and Xbox One Insider Preview build 15023 for Alpha ring.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview build 15025 in the Fast ring for PCs and Mobile, a second Creator's Update released in the past days comes with braille support and more. Notably, this build is for machines running 64-bit version of Windows 10, "due to a bug preventing the release to 32-bit (x86) devices."

Here's what's new in build 15025:

Braille support for Narrator currently in beta can be activate by going to Settings -> Ease of Access (WIN + U) and under Narrator settings, activate "Download Braille" button to install. Then, under Settings -> Ease of Access, activate "Enable braille" and add a braille display. Finally, choose the language and braille table you want to use under Settings -> Ease of Access.

Microsoft notes, that due to coexistence issues with braille support and third party screen readers, it's recommend that braille be enabled for Narrator only on PCs that donot also have a third-party screen reader configured to use a braille display—until the documentation is available.

The detailed documentation about braille display key mappings will be made available in the Narrator User Guide closer to when the Windows 10 Creators Update is released, says Dona Sarkar.

Windows 10 Build 15025: Enable Braille for Narrator

Windows 10 Build 15025: Enable Braille for Narrator

You can now switch your audio to mono straight from the new Audio section under Settings -> Ease of Access -> Other options.

Collections are now live in Feedback Hub starting with app version 1.1612.10251.0. "A Collection groups together feedback for similar problems and suggestions into single items that bring together all the voices who expressed that sentiment in one place."

Night light color temperature range extended to go down to very red (1200 K) and the entire range of the slider now works correctly.

Creators Update Build 15025: Night Light Improvement

Creators Update Build 15025: Night Light Improvement

With Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Windows 10, applications can take advantage of several exciting new features to increase their user engagement. With the Desktop Bridge platform and tooling enhancements, existing PC software can now be part of the UWP ecosystem and take advantage of the same set of new platform features and operating system capabilities.

In a post, Windows team share four examples of adding such features, with full source code available on GitHub.

Along side, Xbox One Insider Preview Build 15023.1002 for Alpha ring members up from 15009.1017, listed as rs_xbox_dev_flight.170128-2057.

'rs2' stands for Redstone 2, is also known as the Creators Update, is mainly a bug fix:

  • Cortana
  • Resolved an issue which caused some See-It-Say-It content to fail to display on Home, Community, OneGuide, and Store.
  • Store
  • You should now be able to purchase in-game content for Battlefield 1 and Happy Wars.
  • When attempting to launch a pre-ordered title from the Game Hub, the title now displays the correct "too early" error message.
  • Audio
  • In-game and headset audio should work normally when switching between apps or resuming app from connected standby.
  • Trove
  • Trove now launches correctly when the console is set to a locale other than en-US\USA.
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition
  • Fixed an issue which caused Dishonored: Definitive Edition to crash after launch with the console set to pt-BR\Brazil
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Fixed an issue which caused in-game text to fail to display in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.
Known issues:
  • Ubisoft Club
  • When launching the Ubisoft Club app, the screen automatically starts scrolling down, and prevents the user from scrolling back up.
  • Sign-in
  • With profile sign-in settings set to "Lock it down", you may be unable to sign-in again after playing a game, then signing out.
  • Workaround: Hard reset the console (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
  • EA Access
  • The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.
  • Jump
  • Microsoft Edge webpages which have been pinned on the Jump tab fail to launch the webpage.
  • Screen Dimming
  • The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).
  • Settings - Ease of Access
  • When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access - Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts.
  • Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
  • Settings - Display & sound
  • The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.
  • IGN
  • The IGN app launches and immediately crashes to Home.
  • Wireless Display
  • The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

Update 02/07: A new Xbox Insider Preview for the Preview Alpha ring build 15026.1001, and string rs_xbox_dev_flight.170201-2341 brings the following:

Microsoft has four separate rings: Alpha, Beta, Preview Ring 3, and Preview Ring 4. The former three rings are invitation-only, which you can earn by completing Surveys and Quests in the Insider Hub. If you become inactive, you can also be removed from those rings.

  • Automatic Updates
    You can now enable automatic updates independently from your console’s power mode (Instant-On or Energy-saving). To enable automatic updates, navigate to the new updates interface in Settings > System > Updates. Consoles in Energy-saving Mode will download any available updates at shut down. For consoles in Instant-On mode, the experience remains the same.

  • Achievement Tracker
    You can now control the transparency level and number of achievements in the achievement tracker.

What got fixed:

  • Cortana
    Resolved an issue which caused Cortana to fail to select a profile for sign-in.

Known issues

  • Cortana

    • Cortana may be too responsive to phrases which sound like “Hey Cortana”. The development team is continuing to tune and improve this.

    • Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games.

    • Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.

  • Ubisoft Club
    When launching the Ubisoft Club app, the screen automatically starts scrolling down, and prevents the user from scrolling back up.

  • Sign-in
    With profile sign-in settings set to “Lock it down”, you may be unable to sign-in again after playing a game, then signing out.
    Workaround: Hard reset the console (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).

  • EA Access
    The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.

  • Guide
    Microsoft Edge webpages which have been pinned on the Guide Tab fail to launch the webpage.

  • Screen Dimming
    The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).

  • Settings - Ease of Access
    When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access - Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts.
    Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).

  • Settings - Display & sound
    The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.

  • IGN
    The IGN app launches and immediately crashes to Home.

  • Wireless Display
    The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

Changes, improvements, and fixes in Build 15025 for PC:

  • [GAMING] We fixed the issue where clicking on certain elements in desktop (Win32) games causes the game to minimize and cannot be restored.
  • Windows Insiders should no longer have trouble connecting to certain Google sites due to an implementation of a new security model being rolled out to further enhance user security.
  • Extensions in Microsoft Edge are back to working as expected.
  • App developers can now request to pin their primary tile, just like secondary tiles, allowing apps to highlight their awesome live tiles.
  • Quicken 2017 should launch and working normally again.
  • Windows Insiders will no longer see a "Mixed Reality" entry on the main page of Settings.
  • We fixed an issue Insiders may have experienced where the Network flyout would unexpectedly appear blank instead of listing available Wi-Fi networks.
  • We fixed an issue where the custom color picker in Color Settings might stop working when selecting new colors.
  • We fixed an issue where certain colors in the recent colors section of Colors Settings would unexpectedly not appear selected after being selected.
  • We fixed an issue where if you downloaded a theme from the Store, deleted it, then downloaded it again, it wouldn't appear in Themes Settings.
  • We've improved the performance when using point erase to ease ink in Sketchpad.
  • We've updated the Windows Ink Workspace so it will now remember your most recently selected stencil (ruler or protractor) and keep that choice the next time you open Sketchpad.
  • We fixed an issue where, after upgrading, some Insiders were left with certain tiles that couldn't be unpinned from Start. We also fixed an issue where pinning a tile might unexpectedly add it in the middle of an existing group of tiles.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders using PCs with certain older chipsets seeing colored boxes in the place of text and various other UI in UWPs apps.
  • We fixed an issue where desktop shortcuts pointing at URLs weren't working for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to tab over to Other Users section on the login screen using only the keyboard.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes freezing for a short after using CTRL+C to copy selected text in the address bar.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the shadows behind the set aside tabs in Microsoft Edge not being as dark as expected – the thumbnails should pop more now.
  • We fixed an issue with notification toast priority from recent flights where an alarm or skype call toast would not interrupt a reminder toast.
  • We fixed an issue where some captive portal Wi-Fi networks might fail to connect during OOBE, and if a captive portal network was using DNS hijacking to redirect to a secure site, the captive portal app would crash and you wouldn't be able to clear the portal.
  • We fixed an issue where Yes/No voice commands in the Wi-Fi portion of OOBE weren't working.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the screen flashing and explorer crashing in a loop for some Insiders if they entered Safe Mode on recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue for devices with TPM chips on 15019 where the TPM was unexpectedly not able to start.
  • We fixed an issue where a window might appear to get "stuck" on the mouse when releasing it after dragging to resize it – requiring an extra click to let go.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in poor quality scaling of taskbar and task view thumbnail previews. We also fixed an issue where periodically when you moved your mouse to hover over a taskbar thumbnail preview, it might unexpectedly immediately dismiss.

Known issues for PC

  • [UPDATED] IMPORTANT: You may see "Initializing…" when attempting to download this build and the download progress indicator shown when downloading this build may seem broken under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. It may look like you're getting stuck at 0% or at other percentages. Ignore the indicator and be patient. The build should download fine, and the installation should kick off.
  • While we fixed the primary bug causing this issue, some Windows Insiders may still hit nonstop exceptions in the Spectrum.exe service causing their PC to lose audio, disk I/O usage to become very high, and apps like Microsoft Edge to become unresponsive when doing certain actions such as opening Settings. As a workaround to get out of this state, STOP the Spectrum.exe service and delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Spectrum\PersistedSpatialAnchors and reboot.
  • [GAMING] Game Mode is enabled system wide by default, however, the ON/OFF toggle in Settings will incorrectly show it as being OFF until the user manually toggles the Setting to ON which will cause it to update and accurately display the status of Game Mode system wide.
  • [GAMING] 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.
  • Microsoft Edge F12 tools may intermittently crash, hang, and fail to accept inputs.
  • Microsoft Edge's "Inspect Element" and "View Source" options don't correctly launch to the DOM Explorer and Debugger, respectively.
  • 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.
  • Some Tencent apps and games may crash or work incorrectly on this build.
  • 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.
  • On some PCs, audio stops working sporadically with 'device in use' error. We are investigating. Restarting the audio service may fix things for a bit.
  • The Action Center may sometimes appear blank and transparent without color. If you encounter this, try moving the taskbar to a different location on screen.
  • ADDED: The Desktop App Converter Preview (Project Centennial) will fail to run on the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15025. If you are a developer utilizing the converter tool to convert your desktop app to UWP, we suggest skipping Build 15025 or switching to the Slow ring until we can fix this issue.
  • ADDED: [GAMING] We're aware of an issue due to a kernel change which may affect some games that use copy protection technologies.

Upate 02/03: Microsoft released build 15025 for Mobile to Insiders in the Fast ring, below you can see the full changelog:

Other changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Outlook Mail and Calendar tiles sometimes no longer updating for some Insiders until the tile had been resized.
  • We fixed an issue where insiders with certain devices, such as the Lumia 635 and 636, might not have been able to manually change the brightness.
  • Windows Insiders should no longer have trouble connecting to certain Google sites due to an implementation of a new security model being rolled out to further enhance user security.
  • To help save characters when typing in fields with a character limit, we’ve added a new ellipsis child key for Latin-based languages (such as English, German, and French) when you press and hold the period key on the touch keyboard.
  • We fixed an issue where the Quiet Hours quick action button in the Action Center wasn’t working in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue where notifications using stylized icons had an unexpected amount of padding underneath for high-DPI devices.
  • We fixed an issue where receiving a new email notification and tapping on it to open the message wouldn’t open the Mail app or message.
  • App developers can now request to pin their primary tile, just like secondary tiles, allowing apps to highlight their awesome live tiles.
  • We fixed an issue where on some Lumia phones, such as the Lumia 950, there was no dimming prior to the screen turning off.
  • We fixed an issue where pressing the Print Screen key on the keyboard in Continuum wouldn’t take a screenshot of the second display.
  • We fixed an issue where preview thumbnails weren’t appearing as expected in the task switcher when using Continuum.
  • We fixed an issue impacting apps written for Windows Phone 8.1, where they might crash if certain types of dialogs were open in the app and the touch keyboard came up.
  • We improved battery life when OneDrive or similar tasks are running in the background.
  • We fixed an issue where the Cortana live tile would appear blank and not showing the Cortana icon for some languages.
  • We fixed an issue where pressing the mic button in Cortana, and then immediately pressing the Go button on the keyboard, would result in an “I can’t hear anything” error, rather than speech input being cancelled and a search performed.
  • We fixed an issue where the description for the new Apps section of Settings referred to desktop settings rather than mobile ones.
  • We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard wouldn’t dismiss after pressing enter when doing a search on the Apps & features Settings page.
  • We fixed an issue where the media buttons on a keyboard connected to the phone over Bluetooth would stop working after Bluetooth had been turned off and back on.
  • We fixed an issue where Settings might sometimes appear blank except for the search box (until it had been closed and reopened).
  • We fixed an issue where the Settings gear would appear pixelated on high-DPI devices when Settings was pinned to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where Settings might hang and then crash after tapping on “Fix Me” or “Start\Stop Insider preview Builds” on the Windows Insider Program Settings page.
  • We fixed an issue where Settings would crash on the Sign-in options page if you tapped “I forgot my pin”, set it up again, then tapped “remove”.
  • We fixed an issue where a string saying SystemSettings.ViewModel.SettingEntry was unexpectedly displayed on the Narrator Settings page.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Messaging app icon on the lock screen sometimes appearing as a red X as opposed to the expected message bubble.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in videos captured with the Camera app unexpectedly appearing with a greyed-out thumbnail in Photos.
  • We fixed an issue on recent builds resulting in cellular connectivity sometimes unexpectedly not working after a reboot for Insiders on certain cellular networks.
  • We fixed an issue with certain connected Bluetooth peripherals resulting in Groove Music not resuming playing music after ending a Skype call.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Podcast app being muted after the app had been suspended.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Narrator not being able to read the list of possible tones that could be picked from ringtones when selecting an alarm tone in the Alarms & Clock app.

Known issues for Mobile

  • Speech packs will be unable to download on this build.
  • 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.
  • Microsoft Edge might sometimes unexpectedly not rotate into landscape mode. If this happens, try quickly locking and unlocking your phone.
  • ADDED: Some Insiders have reported hitting error 80080008 when trying to download/install the update. We’ve discovered the cause of this issue and a fix is in the works, but won’t be available until a newer build is delivered. If you’re hitting this error currently, the workaround is simple: reboot your device and then re-scan for updates.

Update 02/04: A new Windows 10 Creators Update SDK Preview to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 15021 or greater) is available today and includes updates and additions to the Windows namespace.

Also, Debugging Tools for Windows has been updated with a few new features, including JavaScript scripting and extensibility.

The Preview SDK can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.

Microsoft also made available ISOs for build 15025 as well as the 15002 images here.

In other Windows news, a couple of screenshots Windows 10 Cloud reminds is of Windows RT. References to Windows 10 Cloud first appeared in build 15019 of Insider Preview, with a report stating that this SKU, similiar to Windows RT will only run apps from the Store.

In the screenshots below, you can see Windows 10 Cloud is added into the Setup wizard, a resizable Store app, and Registry Entry:

Windows 10 Cloud in Setup

Windows 10 Cloud in Setup

Windows 10 Cloud Desktop

Windows 10 Cloud Desktop

Windows 10 Cloud shown in Registry

Windows 10 Cloud shown in Registry