Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Gets More Privacy Enhancements

More privacy features coming to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, New Skip Ahead Build 16362, and Insider Preview Build 16288 for PC & Build 15250 for Mobile announced.

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Microsoft is making more privacy enhancements to Windows 10 with the upcoming Fall Creators Update that further increases access to information and provides more control over information collected.

The tweaks coming to both consumers and commercial customers will bring some new experiences like, easier access to privacy information during setup, that will give users direct access to Privacy Statement, and second, you can now choose privacy settings from the "Learn More" page as you can jump to specific settings for location, speech recognition, diagnostics, tailored experiences, and ads," as you set up a new device.

The image showing Privacy Statement in new privacy settings:

privacy statement in windows 10 fall creators update
New Privacy Statement

Another, ability let you set up application controls beyond location data, now during Windows Store apps intallation, a screen will prompt to provide permission for the app to be able to access key device capabilities or information, such as "camera, microphone, contacts, and calendar," among others.

The app permission prompts will only apply to apps installed after the Fall Creators Update. To review and manage existing app permissions, you need to go to Start, select Settings, then select Privacy.

In the image below, Office Lens pops up for permission to access camera:

office lens asking to access camera in windows 10 fall creators update
Office Lens asking to access camera

In addition, enterprise customers will be additionally getting more control through a new setting in Windows Analytics, that limits diagnostic data to minimum required, says Microsoft.

"Windows Analytics allows Enterprise admins to reduce IT costs by gaining insights, using Windows Diagnostics, into the computers running Windows 10 in their organizations."

Windows Insiders will get an early look of these privacy changes in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, a new Insider Preview Build 16362 for PC released in the Fast ring to Skip Ahead.

The RS_PRERELEASE branch which has transitioned to Redstone 4 (RS4) which is the release that will come after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) improves "Boot Experience," as you can now use sign-in info to apply settings after a restart or update.

Now, if you stay on the lock screen for a few seconds before signing in, the lock screen personalization, such as Windows Spotlight, and or status information from Cortana, Calendar, Mail, and more will be dispalyed.

And, as always, to customize the lock screen, head over to settings listed under Settings -> Personalization -> Lock screen. To opt-out of this feature, "under the Privacy section of Sign-in options page, you can disable and re-enable this optiom," as show in the picture below:

opt-in setting for sing-in info in skip ahead build 17=
Opt-in setting for Sing-in info

This build also bring improvements to Narrator, and let you now select the desired audio channel for Narrator speech output. Simply go to Settings -> Ease of Access -> Narrator, and a new option at the top of the "Sounds you hear" section.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288 for PC, along with Mobile Build 15250 are released to Insiders in the Fast ring.

The build 16288 now reports as "Version 1709," which is the official version number for Fall Creators Update, however, this is not the final build.

The release also removes the watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop has disappeared now.

Build 15250 for Mobile comes included with following improvements:

A new two factor authentication unlock mechanism let enterprise enforce it via an MDM policy — will force user to enter a numeric pin followed by an enterprise-defined factor to unlock their phone.

AppLocker improvements include improved UX, along with updates to MDM SyncML scripts associated with policies. Application restrictions can now be configured by either ApplicationManagement CSP or AppLocker CSP.

VPN improvements include a range of features that enhance VPN's reliability of VPN on Windows 10 Mobile, with key updates, such as:

  • Lots of reliability improvements for VPN connectivity in Windows 10 Mobile.
  • IKEv2 Sleep and Power Enhancements.
    • VPN completes all pending actions before sleep and disconnects.
    • Automatic reconnection on resume.
  • Force tunneled improvements for UWP platform.
  • Proxy improvements for UWP VPN profile.
  • Enabling MMS usage when VPN is connected.

Last, a new Windows Template Studio 1.3, which adds app scheme launch, as well as template and process improvements, such as accessibility support.

Future builds will include:

  • Fluent Design in the templates
  • Ink templates
  • Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
  • Localization in the wizard
  • Visual Basic support
  • Caliburn.Micro support
  • Prism support
windows template studio 1.3

See the full changelog of Skip Ahead and Insiders Build 16288 for PC and Build 15250 for Mobile below.

Skip Ahead Build 16362 – Windows Shell Improvements

  • We fixed an issue where minimized app windows on mixed-DPI monitor setups might end up drawing offscreen after your PC resumed from sleep.
  • We fixed an issue where if you changed your display language preference to something other than the machine's default then any app which did not take an update while also getting the updated language resource package from the Store would end up continuing to display its tile in Start in that default language rather than the new language displayed within the app and other system UI.
  • We've updated the Action Center to now use "AM" / "PM" when indicating timestamp with the 12hr clock format, rather than "a" / "p".
  • We fixed an issue where using the letters in Start to jump to different locations in the alphabet wasn't consistently working in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue where when the People button was present in taskbar, and toast-only banners (for example from Outlook 2016) were sent, the Action Center badge counter would become inaccurate.

Microsoft Edge Improvements

  • We fixed an issue resulting in multiple apps crashing in the previous flight if you tried to log into the app using Facebook.
  • We fixed an issue where pasting an image to Imgur.com from your clipboard wouldn't work.
  • We fixed an issue which could result in uploads failing on some sites, such as Behance.net.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in drag and drop onto websites intermittently not working.
  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash after choosing to pin certain websites to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where a tab could get in a state where it displayed a tab preview thumbnail even though your mouse wasn't hovering over the tab.
  • We fixed an issue where website tooltips could end up displaying behind the Microsoft Edge window after opening a link in new tab in the background.
  • We fixed an issue for certain websites where after watching an embedded video full screen then using Esc to return to the page would result in the video controller no longer being visible.
  • We've updated editable fields in PDFs to now have a subtle color to help indicate that they're editable.

Gaming Improvements

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Ghost Recon: Wildlands not starting in recent flights since the Easy anti-cheat component wouldn't load.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Train Simulator 2017 failing to launch on recent flights.

Input Improvements

  • We fixed an issue where the Pinyin IME's emoji picker wouldn't load in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel's tooltips could become mixed up.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in precision touchpads potentially dropping gestures after coming out of sleep.
  • We've made some adjustments to address an issue resulting in sudden and brief CPU spikes where you couldn't move your mouse. If you've encountered this, please try it in this new build and let us know if your experience has improved.
  • We fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) handwriting panel InputPersonalization.exe could get into a state where it would unexpectedly have a continually high CPU usage.

General changes, improvements, and fixes in Build 16288 for PC

  • We've updated the Run dialog so when hold Ctrl + Shift then click OK or press enter, it will run that task or program elevated, just like how it works in Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Defender Security Center app icon was missing in taskbar when the app was open, as well in Start's all apps list. You will also notice that the icon is now un-plated in the taskbar.
  • We fixed the issue where USBhub.sys was causing spontaneous reboots due to bugchecks (GSOD).
  • We fixed an issue where the battery flyout might incorrectly show "PC not charging" while the device was changing in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue where fonts using shortcuts would become unusable and disappear from the Fonts folder.
  • We fixed an issue where upgrading to recent flights would fail if you had a speech for a secondary language installed.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in some Insiders experiencing an issue where Store apps would begin to fail to activate after being launched a few times.
  • We fixed an issue where your PC might not go to sleep automatically after remoting into it and signing out of the remote session.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

Windows Shell Improvements

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Facebook Messenger app failing to accept the enter key when sending messaging in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where the "New" text displayed under the names of newly installed apps in Start wouldn't go away after launching the app.
  • We fixed an issue where using the letters in Start to jump to different locations in the alphabet wasn't consistently working in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue where local app search in Cortana failed to return the expected app if the user profile directory contained non-ASCII characters.
  • We fixed an issue where pressing WIN + X would sometimes not show the accelerator key underlines.
  • We fixed an issue where when the People button was present in taskbar, and toast-only banners (for example from Outlook 2016) were sent, the Action Center badge counter would become inaccurate.
  • We fixed a bug from recent flights where upon unlock you'd be bombarded with any notifications that occurred while your PC was locked. If you'd like to review notifications received while your PC was locked, they can be found in the Action Center

Input Improvements

  • We fixed an issue where pressing delete when using the full touch keyboard layout in UWP apps would input a period rather than deleting a character.
  • We fixed an issue where the Pinyin IME's emoji picker wouldn't load in recent flights.
  • We fixed a tablet mode issue where launching the touch keyboard in UWP apps might sometimes take multiple taps on the edit field before the keyboard would come up.
  • We fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) handwriting panel InputPersonalization.exe could get into a state where it would unexpectedly have a continually high CPU usage.
  • We fixed an issue with the handwriting panel where the "&123" and Emoji button didn't work when the device was in portrait orientation.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to turn on the Japanese IME after the focus was moved from a UWP (like Sticky Notes) to another app and back.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in a stutter when selecting long strings in certain single line editable text boxes (for example when naming favorites in Microsoft Edge).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to type text via the touch keyboard into Internet Explorer when using the Japanese, Chinese, or Korean keyboards.
  • We fixed an issue where the Dayi and Array IMEs couldn't input Chinese characters in certain apps in recent flights when using the touch keyboard.

Microsoft Edge Improvements

  • We fixed an issue where the tab preview for PDFs was just black with two white stripes.
  • We fixed an issue where the first time you used Ctrl + F in a tab the search box wouldn't get focus. We also fixed an issue where after clicking the Find on Page text box you might not be able to type in the address bar.
  • We fixed an issue where sometimes the Hub would appear to open twice when you clicked the icon.
  • We fixed an issue where typing a web address into the address bar from the New Tab and Start Page and would sometimes clear the text and not result in any page navigation.
  • We fixed an issue where Ctrl + Click on a link in a PDF wouldn't open the link in a new tab.
  • We fixed an issue where "Open with previous pages" wouldn't recover tabs if the tabs had been dragged between frames prior to closing Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue which could result in uploads failing on some sites, such as Behance.net.
  • We fixed an issue where website tooltips could end up displaying behind the Microsoft Edge window after opening a link in new tab in the background.
  • We fixed an issue resulting copy/paste and the print dialog not working for those using the updated Youtube.com website design.
  • We've updated editable fields in PDFs to now have a subtle color to help indicate that they're editable.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in PDFs potentially rendering blank after panning down a few pages and back up.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where Alt + D wouldn't bring input focus to the address bar when certain keyboards were active.

Gaming

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Ghost Recon: Wildlands not starting in recent flights since the Easy anti-cheat component wouldn't load.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Mod Organizer no longer load mods into Skyrim in recent flights.

Devices

  • We fixed the issue where USBhub.sys was causing spontaneous reboots due to bugchecks (GSOD).
  • We fixed an issue where your PC might not go to sleep automatically after remoting into it and signing out of the remote session.

Other fixes and improvements

  • We fixed an issue where Settings could crash if a Bluetooth device was turned off while the Bluetooth settings page was open.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in some Insiders experiencing an issue where Store apps would begin to fail to activate after being launched a few times.
  • We fixed an issue where if the lock screen slideshow was set to a OneDrive folder containing offline-only images, these pictures would all be downloaded to the PC while the PC was locked (going through each picture). These pictures will now be skipped.
  • If you've encountered an issue where Spotlight appears stuck on a particular image, we've added logic such that it should now reset after at most 7 days.

General changes, improvements, and fixes in Build 15250 for Mobile

  • We fixed a regression that was introduced in build 15245 where the fingerprint reader on the HP Elite X3 did not turn on the screen. You needed to turn on the screen before you could use Windows Hello.
  • We fixed some issues where the Maps app navigation would start navigating a route and after performing a reroute, would present a list of possible routes instead of adjusting to the current route.
  • We also improved map-matching particularly for routes using ferries.
  • We fixed an issue where an app using the routing engine (e.g. Maps) would timeout on providing the route if suspended for more than 30 seconds.
  • We fixed an issue where tiles on the Start screen would occasionally be blank.
  • We fixed an issue where a VPN profile that was created via the VPN Management API would always be a dial-up profile.
  • We fixed an issue with the MDM policy used to control Build Flighting by Mobile Enterprise.
  • We fixed a couple of navigation issues when changing from highway to highway (occasionally, signposts were copied from the original highway to the destination highway) and highway to non-highway (erroneous instruction to "enter highway").
  • We fixed a rare issue where the user's call history was shown as corrupt after an upgrade.