Microsoft pushed the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build 16273 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and Skip Ahead.
As it closes to 'release to the world' (RTW), the company shifts focus on stabilization at this point of development cycle to squashing bugs and refinements for Fall Creators Update. More specifically, it intend to release updated builds "more quickly" to the Fast and Slow rings, as these builds will include mostly bug fixes.
Skip Ahead, which is now full will go away with Fall Creators Updates' release, and all Insiders in the Fast ring will get moved back to RS_PRERELEASE branch for RS4, said Sarkar.
As explained when we introduced Skip Ahead, we have "forked" the release into its own branch we call "RS3_RELEASE". Many Windows Insiders will recall we did the same thing for the Windows 10 Creators Update when we started flighting builds from the "RS2_RELEASE" branch. Insiders in the Fast ring have been getting new builds from this branch over the last few weeks now.
For Insiders who joined Skip Ahead, we will continue to release builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch but they won't be released at the same pace as builds from RS3_RELEASE. Since we are just now beginning development for RS4, Insiders will soon notice a jump in build numbers just like we did early in RS3. Also because we are just beginning development for RS4, Insiders shouldn't expect to see a lot of big changes or new features just yet. Our engineering teams remain focused on getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready for release. This remains our priority.
Here's whats' new in build 16273?
Try adding new Windows Insider Emoji Bot to taskbar in My People and ask it to send some emoji notifications.
And, a new OpenType Variable Font Bahnschrift included in this build introduces an infinite range of font styles, with smooth interpolation from Light to Bold and beyond. Bahnschrift supports a smooth spectrum of weights from Light to Bold, as you can see in the image below—"each letter in the image is a slightly different weight than its neighbors, and are "duplexed" – meaning you can change from Light to Bold without changing width of the font," explains the team.
View Mixed Reality feature within the View 3D app is now available for Insiders in Skip Ahead, so you can now bring in 3D content right in to real world. To view 3D Models in mixed reality, you can though use any camera, but for "best experience" use either a laptop or Surface device with a world facing camera.
"Anyone flighting View 3D with View Mixed Reality enabled will now have the ability to take any creation from Paint 3D and see it come to life. Quick loops between the apps allow you to refine and tweak your model helping you capture the ultimate moment."
Additionally, Windows Insiders can now try out Windows 10 S on their PCs by using this setup tool that will install a new edition of Windows with "no data migration" on PCs running either Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise editions.
Those interested, can join Windows Insider Program via Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Insider Program to receive Insider Preview builds for Windows 10 S. Some important links for you to read before going with installation of Windows 10 S:
Update 08/25: Today, Microsoft published a new series "Sneak Peak" talking about the upcoming Windows Server version 1709.
The new version, which builds on innovation in Windows Server 2016, will be launched at Microsoft Ignite, Sept. 25-29, in Orlando, Florida.
The first installment explores application innovation, security, software-defined networking and other features. There will be quite a few new features in the new version of Windows Server, including the Windows Subsystem for Linux, Delivery Optimization for updates, Persistent Memory in Hyper-V, and various other improvements.
Windows Server, which is currently delivered through Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) and Semi-Annual Channel, will evolve further as both are fully supported in production, so that you can mix and match—for example:
If you have a legacy application that you rarely touch running in a VM, then maybe the LTSC release makes sense.
If you have a new, cloud application that your dev team is building using containers and they want the latest and greatest container features in Nano Server/Server Core, then likely the Semi-Annual Channel is the right choice, explained Microsoft.
No matter which one you choose though, Microsoft says, that "you are in full control of patching your servers."
If you are interested to try out version 1709 now, you can go to Windows Server Insider Program.
Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16267 now available through the Windows Server Insider Preview download page along with matching symbols and Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) packages.
When installed on a Windows 10 client, "RSAT allows a user to remotely manage and administer Insider Preview builds of Windows Server via GUI tools." "Valid on Windows 10 client builds greater than 16250."
And, as usual, the company has also made following keys available for unlimited activations of Windows Server to be use throughout the pre-release cycle:
Windows Server Datacenter Core: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W
Windows Server Standard Core: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV
A new guide that offers pointers on how to utilize new security features in Windows Server 2016 walks you through deploying and using Windows Server 2016 as well as how to safeguard your server workloads.
Learn more by downloading the Windows Server 2016 Security Guide here.
Finally, an updated Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16267 and Mobile Emulator Build 15240 to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16267 or greater can be downloaded as well from developer section on Windows Insider.
For a full changelog of Build 16273, read through:
Windows Shell Improvements
- We fixed an issue resulting in Start, Action Center and notification toasts at times having a background that was 100% transparent.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights where the Action Center icon might show it had some number of notifications but when you opened Action Center no notifications were displayed.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights where suggested apps were visible in Start despite the related setting being off. For now, if you encounter this please try toggling Settings > Personalization > Start > "Occasionally show suggestions in Start".
- We fixed a recent issue where removed placeholder tiles in Start might come back after explorer.exe restarted.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain live tiles not updating in the last flight, including the Weather and Money apps. If you were impacted by this you may need to unpin and repin the live tile for it to work again.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights where typing immediately after opening up the Start menu would sometimes not switch to Cortana, even though if you tapped the Cortana icon Cortana was up and running.
- We fixed an issue where notification groups in the Action Center couldn't be dismissed by swiping across the app name. We also fixed a recent issue where notifications in the Action Center couldn't be dismissed with pen.
- We've fixed some timing issues so that swiping to dismiss a notification toast should feel more reliable now.
- You can now middle click to dismiss a notification toast!
- We fixed an issue resulting in no "Safe to Remove Hardware" notification after following the device removal process from the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" tray icon
- We fixed an issue where it wasn't possible to tab to the quick action area of Action Center if there were no notifications visible.
- We fixed an issue where the network flyout might become unresponsive when Bluetooth was enabled.
- We fixed a deadlock resulting in Start, the network flyout, and other Shell UI elements becoming unresponsive after tethering certain Android phones.
- We fixed an issue that could potentially result in Start not launching after installing a 3rd party IME.
- We fixed an issue where if you started dragging a tile on Start just as the flip animation started in the tile, it could result in the tile becoming invisible under your finger until you released it.
- We fixed an issue where right clicking on an image file in File Explorer would show "Next desktop background" instead of "Set as desktop background" in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where desktop icons sometimes couldn't be drag-and-dropped to certain places on the desktop, even though the desired spot appeared to align to the same grid as the other icons already in place.
- We fixed an issue where desktop icons could become unexpectedly spaced out when logging in after the primary monitor's DPI had changed.
Microsoft Edge Improvements
- When using Find on Page, pressing F3 will now go to the next result. Shift+F3 will go to the previous result.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain websites not rendering correctly when used in inPrivate mode.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes getting into a state where after right-clicking a website the context menu would immediately dismiss.
- We fixed an issue which resulted in the video element defaulting to a black background if the size didn't match the aspect ratio of the video.
- We fixed an issue where right-clicking and selecting "copy link" would sometimes not work as expected.
- We fixed an issue where copying bitmap images from Microsoft Edge wouldn't work.
- We fixed an issue where pasting Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text into Microsoft Edge in recent builds would result in question marks instead of the expected characters.
- We fixed an issue where misspelled words in input fields were sometimes not updated when a correction is selected from the spell checker.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights where a session cookie might unexpectedly get overwritten, potentially resulting in login issues on certain websites after a page refresh.
- We fixed an issue resulting in status updates to Facebook.com sometimes being erased during input.
- We fixed an issue causing certain controls such as calendar widgets to break on some sites.
- We fixed an issue for websites with images added using source-set where the height would sometimes unexpectedly be computed to 30px.
- We fixed an issue where clicking Run on a download in Microsoft Edge that required elevation would result in input no longer being received in that window until switching focus away and back to it.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the tab bar sometimes drawing incorrectly after dragging the window between two monitors with different DPIs.
- We fixed an issue from recent builds where you couldn't use the letter 'x' when renaming a favorite.
- We fixed an issue resulting in a crash when using drag and drop to rearrange favorites.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to type @ using the Hungarian or Czech keyboard in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where PDFs containing xref streams might have rendered as blank pages in the last few flights in Microsoft Edge.
- Scrollbars in Microsoft Edge will now be the correct size on secondary monitors where the DPI differs from the primary monitor.
- We fixed an issue that resulted in words sometimes being input twice when using the handwriting panel in certain websites using Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue where you could end up with multiple underlined words when using shapewriting in a text field then switching focus away from and back to that text field and shapewriting some more.
- We fixed an issue in Win32 apps where a space wasn't automatically inserted if you used shapewriting to write a word then tapped a letter to start a new word on the touch keyboard.
- We fixed an issue with the Hebrew touch keyboard where tapping certain keys didn't produce the expected character. Please take a moment with this build to try out the touch keyboard in your language and let us know how it feels for you.
- We fixed an issue where the Full touch keyboard layout was unexpectedly not available at certain screen resolutions.
- We fixed an issue when using the Emoji Panel with Narrator where using tab to switch sections would resulting in Narrator repeating the old section name for each emoji instead of the current one.
- Changes to pen behavior in recent Insider builds have been met with positive feedback, however also caused drawing in certain apps to work incorrectly. In this Insider build we've made a change to address this feedback pertaining to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Clip Studio Paint.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We fixed the issue causing the Virus and Threat Protection pillar in Windows Defender Security Center to show as "unknown" after upgrading to the last build.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in the idle timer continually being reset – thus preventing the display from going to sleep.
- We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected 0x800706BE error sometimes when trying to initiate a remote desktop connection in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue some Insiders were experiencing where Windows Update's Delivery Optimization settings would reset back to default upon leaving the page.
- If you previously accessed Device Encryption on the About Settings page, you'll find we've moved it to its own page under Settings > Update & Security > Device Encryption.
- We fixed an issue where the lock screen might unexpectedly just show your theme color instead of the selected custom or Spotlight image after upgrading in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in certain apps crashing when attempting to use the app to capture a picture using the webcam.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Node.js (v6.9.4) not being able to run scripts stored in OneDrive or access any paths in OneDrive.
- We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpectedly large number of OneDrive app-requested download notifications.
- We fixed an issue where using Alt-P to open the preview pane in File Explorer for PDFs associated with Acrobat would say "This file can't be previewed." in recent builds instead of displaying their first page.We fixed an issue where right-clicking on the volume icon in the systray might sometimes unexpectedly take 3-5 seconds for the context menu to appear.
- We fixed an issue where changing the selected option in the dropdown under Multiple Displays in Display Settings didn't do anything.
- We fixed an issue resulting in adding a phone or taking a new profile picture in Settings not working if Settings was run elevated.
- We fixed an issue resulting in DVD Player failing with error 0xC00D36B4 on machines with DX10 graphics cards.
- We fixed an issue for PowerShell in Japanese where the "??" character of the sentence "?? 23% ? ???????" would display repeatedly when running SFC /scannow.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain games like Cut the Rope, Buggy Racing and others from unexpectedly extending past the bottom of the screen when put in full screen mode in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue with the custom color picker, for example seem in Color Settings, where panning with touch across the colors would move the area rather than smoothly update the selected color.
- We fixed an issue resulting in acrylic material's noise layer blinking in a second after the rest of the UI if the UI was animating in on top of a video.
- We've improved the rendering performance when using touch to pan UWP app windows that have applied acrylic material.
- We fixed an issue resulting in XAML controls sometimes unexpectedly becoming pure white in recent builds when transparency was enabled.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the OneNote app sometimes having rendering issues in recent flights (for example, missing text blocks).
- We fixed an issue resulting in Forza Horizon 3 crashing when loading (after selecting "continue").
- As a result of low usage, Screen Saver functionality has been disabled in themes. Screen Saver functionality in Group Policies, Control Panel, and Sysprep is now deprecated but continues to be functional. Lock screen features and policies are preferred.
Server Insider Preview Build 16267:
General Scenario Highlights
Developers and Containers:
- New base container images (available on Windows Insider Docker Hub repo)
- Optimized Nano Server base image (over 70% smaller)
- The .NET team is providing a preview image based on Nano Server with .NET Core 2.0
- The PowerShell team is providing a preview image based on PowerShell 6.0
- Optimized Server Core base image (over 20% smaller)
- Optimized Nano Server base image (over 70% smaller)
- Support for SMB volume mounting
- Infrastructure for Orchestrators
- Networking enhancements for ongoing Kubernetes work
- Named pipe mapping support
- Bug fixes, performance enhancements
- TLS info: administrators can make specific recommendations to default to HTTPS
- Disaster Recovery
- Storage Replica Test Failover
- Guest + Host better together
- vPMEM in Guest: Tenants can use and manage PMEM/SCM
- Tenant-Aware VM Start Ordering: App Ready / OS Heartbeat for better load balancing
- Guest RDMA
- Improvement in time accuracy
- Azure enlightened clusters – optimized to run on Azure IaaS
- Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) host
- Shielded Linux VM
- SDN: Encrypted virtual networks
- Secure clusters
- SMB 1 disabled by default
- Resiliency and Availability
- SDN: Reduced downtime for tenant connections through gateways
- Spaces Direct: Scoped Spaces to mitigate impact of multi-node loss
- Spaces Direct: Marginal drive handling for predictive detection of drive failures
- Data Deduplication available for ReFS
- New Data Deduplication DataPort API for optimized ingress/egress
- Space efficiency with ReFS Compaction
- Performant Spaces Direct Multi Resilient Volumes (MRV)
- Hyper-converged Scale
- Cluster Sets: Significantly increases hyper-converged SDDC cloud scale by grouping multiple clusters into a larger fabric
- Hardware support
- Support for Storage Class Memory (SCM) in Spaces Direct
- Cluster Sets: A couple of key functionalities to enable end-to-end testing of Cluster Sets scenarios are not present in this build, so defer all evaluation of this scenario to a future build.
- When a computer runs the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) from a local drive, the EFI system partition, which contains the WinPE image (boot.wim), does not have a drive letter assigned. This issue can adversely affect some automation.
- Apps that call into the firewall, such apps that use networking, may become unresponsive until the user reboots because of an application hang end-task error (0xCFFFFFFF) in the Windows firewall API library (FirewallAPI.dll), which occurs when the library is blocked on an advanced local procedure call (ALPC) port while attempting to diagnose a connection failure and retrieve information.
- A stop error may occur during volume repair in a cluster. The recommended workaround is to restart the computer. No corruption or data loss is expected.