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Here are some more news this Week on Windows that don't otherwise deserve a full dedicated post:
First up, you can get Steven Tyler's album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," from the Windows Store.
You can buy the album for only 99 cents until August 26, or listen free with a free 30-day trial of Groove Music Pass.
And, if you missed it, Summer Update for the Xbox One, Microsoft had enabled background music playback on the console. Until now, the feature through Groove app was only supported one Xbox One Preview program.
However, now, the company has begun rolling out the Groove update with background playback support to everyone.
Microsoft has been working on numerous improvements to its Groove music platform in recent weeks.
Additionally, a major update to iOS and Android Groove app alongwith a long list of new features and improvements to Groove on Windows 10 devices was released.
Here's what else is new in the Windows Store this week.
Facebook app for Windows 10 Mobile is now in the Windows Store. The app comes with up-to-date Facebook features, including Reactions, in-line comments, and Live Video.
The Windows 10 apps for Facebook and Messenger on desktop became available earlier this year, as well as Instagram on mobile.
Facebook, however, used "Osmeta", its own tool to port the app from iOS to Windows 10 Mobile, instead of using "Project Islandwood", which is Microsoft's very own set of tools created specifically in this regard.
Last month, an Anniversary Update for Xbox One, (Anniversary Update for console, or August Update and or Summer Update) as Microsoft called it using all these names was released.
The company again is rolling out today further system update to the console, that bump the OS version up to 10.0.14393.1040 (rs1_xbox_rel_1608.160816-1851) fre.
Below is a full list of new and updated features:
- You can now modify, turn on, or turn off the startup chime! You'll find three new options in Settings > Power & startup > Power mode & startup.
- On (startup chime plays anytime the console is powered on).
- Only with power button or voice (startup chime plays when console is powered on via the power button or voice; does not play when powered on with the controller).
- Off (startup chime never plays).
Performance and General Improvements
Xbox Universal Store
- This build contains multiple fixes to address crashes in the Store.
- Fixed an issue which required users to click twice on the buy button.
- Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause time based trials to display incorrect time remaining.
- Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause a "Try again later" error to appear when newly purchased content is downloading.
- Resolved an issue which could cause errors when attempting to purchase or play Movies and TV content.
- Resolved an issue that was preventing some users from being able to sign in.
- Speed and performance improvements.
- You should now receive a "storage is full" notification when attempting to upload a capture to Xbox Live if storage is full.
- Resolved an issue which could cause certain games to fail to recognize the controller upon launch.
My Games & Apps
- Resolved issues which could cause certain apps to fail to install.
- Resolved an issue which could sometimes cause a black screen to appear when attempting to use the Weather App.
- Resolved issues which could sometimes cause Groove Music to crash.
- Resolved an issue which could sometimes cause the titles of universal apps (Movies & TV) to not appear in the console's selected language.
- General stability improvements for games.
The Surface issue that's persisting since July involving the battery would die very quickly.
Microsoft had earlier rolled out a firmware update, but that didn't fixed the issue—today, via a tweet acknowledged the issue, "We heard your feedback on SP3 battery. Confirmed we can address with a software update and we're testing a fix now," the company stated.
The issue only seems to exist in Surface Pro 3 devices that use a Simplo battery. Other variants use LGE.
Additionally, the company has also issued a similiar statement in an Answers forum thread:
Thanks for your patience as we've worked though the details here. We can now confirm that this Surface Pro 3 battery capacity question is not a hardware issue, but one that can be addressed with a software update. Our team has been working on, and is now testing, an update that will address this. We'll publish the update as soon as it has passed our quality assurance process. For now, you should not consider replacing your device as an update is pending.
Thanks again for your input on this. We appreciate it and we'll share more when the update is ready.
Microsoft has just rolled out a new Cumulative Update (KB3176934) to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14393 on PCs which bring the build number to 14393.82.
What's odd here—those who are running another cumulative update released ealier this week would not get this new one because, "this Cumulative Update includes the same fixes as KB3176932 but with an additional fix: Improved download size optimization of updates," Microsoft explains.
Adding, "because you can't see it, you're not going be able to get this improvement - the chances are that it'll be part of another cumulative update planned for the next weeks, so you should receive it anyway at some point in the near future," the company said.
So, what additional is been included to KB3176934, it's just the following (rest all is as mentioned under):
- Improved download size optimization of updates.
Here is a full changelog for Windows 10 build 14393.82 for PC and Mobile:
- Improved reliability of Network Controller, DNS server, gateways, Storage Spaces Direct, Group Managed Service Accounts, remote procedure calls (RPC), PowerShell, Internet Explorer, printer pairing and interoperability, the Windows kernel, Media Core, the Store, Connected Standby, Cluster Health service, the Hypervisor debugger and platform, and Active Directory.
- Improved performance for Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) with many nodes or disks, scrolling lists on Xbox, DHCP address acquisition, Active Directory queries, and the Cluster Health service.
- Addressed issue that prevents external media from playing on Xbox One using the Cast to Device menu.
- Addressed issue that causes the Mouse events to be not recognized sometimes in Internet Explorer.
- Addressed issue that slows the rendering and resizing of nested tables in Internet Explorer.
- Addressed issue that was not causing the UI layout to be updated correctly in Internet Explorer 11 quirks mode.
- Addressed issue that was causing nodes to be disconnected from a Cluster service intermittently.
- Addressed issue with the 3G and 4G options not shown correctly in Windows 10 Mobile settings.
- Addressed additional issues with MDM enrollment for an Azure Active Directory tenant, software compatibility, poor rendering of Yu Gothic font family, Cortana, slow connections to cluster shares, Xbox One cannot launch the Netflix app using the DIAL protocol, Xbox sound volume and music playback, all video stops while audio plays in a Movies & TV app, incorrect scaling of Internet Explorer's first-run dialog, driver setup, Windows Update for Business, apps failing to install after resetting device, boot failure with Hyper-V and BitLocker enabled, Cache Manager, Cluster Health service, cannot alter roles and features on a locked down machine, disk-to-enclosure mappings not working, PowerShell, missing lock screen image, fitness tracker not recognized as a mass storage device, synchronization not working between Intune and Azure Active Directory (AAD), failed Wi-Fi Skype calls, poor streaming playback using progressive download, failed cancellation of Store download, extensions for Microsoft Edge, incorrect Lock screen UI after resuming from hibernate and sleep and blocked installation of Store game bundles.
Also, a set of Microsoft Family features rolling out to Anniversary Update offer a more refined set of browser permissions, usage notifications, time limits and more.
One Microsoft family
Go to account.microsoft.com/family to manage your family in one place. You can see all your family accounts for Windows and Xbox, see the settings for each child in your family, and make changes to their settings.
Multiple time limits per day
Set multiple time limits per day for your child's Windows PCs. When your child runs out of time on a Windows PC, you can also give more time on that device even when it's not connected to the internet.
Keeping your kids safe while browsing the web
Choose which websites your kids are allowed to visit. As long as they're using Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, they'll be blocked from any other websites you haven't allowed. Since other commonly used browsers don't have this feature, we will block them on your child's devices. You can always choose to allow your child to use other browsers.
Microsoft Store is more family friendly
When your child is browsing content in the store, they will only see content that is appropriate for their age. You can choose what content your child can download, receive notifications when they download content from the store, and easily add money to your child's Microsoft Accounts (MSA).
Instant notifications of your kid's requests
If your kid sends you a request, we'll notify you immediately so you can act on it.
Read more about Microsoft family features at account.microsoft.com/family/faq.
While Microsoft has already acknowledged the several issues with the Anniversary Update of Windows 10, including random freezing that occurs when logging to the desktop, and the company working on a tool to deal with the issues.
However, an early version the tool called "Windows Self-Healing Tool" is already available for download which is causing further issues as the report suggests.
Microsoft hasn't released this app to everyone just yet.
The tool is an early version can help repair system components and detect corrupt files, repair system corruption, and update system, including freezing issue, according to the official description.
As a users is reporting on the Community forums, that this solution helped fix the freezing issues, but on the other, "there is a new issue that I believe is a result of this Selfhealing patch. There is now random FLASHING of the screen - the same kind of flash you see when you reload the entire OS either via Recover from the cloud or using a USB stick recovery image. The flash I describe shows the rectangle box that you see in an instant when you reload the OS. MS is aware of this.".
"This had never happened before (random flashing like it is reloading the OS) until I applied the Selfhealing patch," the user added.
We would suggest everyone to wait till the final release of the tool. However, if you still need it now, you can download it over here.
Are you getting stop error 0x80073CF9 when you try to update apps using the Windows Store on Windows 10 Mobile.
Here is possible fix that is working, as a Reddit user Adinnieken reported:
- Go to Settings > Storage, change from SD Card to Internal.
- Now go to the Store, pause and remove all updates (tap pause, then tap the x).
- Close the Store.
- Switch between WiFi and Mobile Data. Then go back to WiFi.
- Hold the lock button for 15 seconds until the phone restarts itself, (via).