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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14905 for PC and Mobile in the Fast Ring!

Acting on Windows Insiders feedback, who’ve downloaded the Cumulative Updates, Microsoft just pushed the Anniversary Update Build 14905 for Windows 10 Mobile and PC to Insiders in the Fast ring.

Apart from this release, the company had yesterday pushed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for Windows 10 phones. And, so this Build 14905 is the first new Mobile build from the Development Branch, and also it’s the first Redstone 2 Build for Windows 10 Mobile.

Redstone 2 is the codename for the next major update to Windows 10, slated to arrive in 2017.

The build 14905 released today is a bit ahead of Microsoft’s schedule, as they promised Mobile builds a few weeks after PC builds began. However, 14901 for PCs was only six days ago.

The release note list a number of fixes, improvements, and known issues in today’s build. Nevertheless, here’s what’s new in Build 14905 for Mobile:

  • Missed call notifications are now more actionable, with inline options to call back, text or remind yourself to do something about it later.
  • We fixed an issue where videos played in Windows Phone 8 apps might not pause when an incoming call was received.
  • We fixed an issue where, if “Show my caller ID” is set to “My contacts”, the contact being called might still see a blocked caller ID.
  • We fixed an issue where the Lock screen might fail to update to the new time after a time zone change.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in music not resuming after a call was finished, if Turn-by-Turn directions were being read out from the Maps app when the phone call came in.
    Known issues for PC

Known issues for Mobile include:

  • If you move apps between a SD card and internal storage (either direction), those apps will get stuck in a pending state. The workaround to get your apps working again is to uninstall the app through Settings > System > Storage (apps cannot be uninstalled from All apps list). Then you can re-install the app from the Store.
  • Cortana’s text to speech capabilities is not working in this build. For example, Cortana won’t be able to read text messages out loud for you, tell jokes, sing, or give verbal prompts.

In addition, the company has added a “newly refined sound set in this build” bringing the best of past and present. You can head to Settings -> Personalization -> Sounds to see the updated list of available sounds.

Additionally, the team notes they aspire to set a new bar for mobile sound set quality, as they are making the soundscape of technology more beautiful and harmonious.

“This also helps align with new sound design direction of the Windows platform as a whole, so that mobile sounds will family with desktop and tablet and be feel instantly familiar to all Windows users,” added the Windows team.

On PC improvements and fixes:

  • We have fixed an issue causing a large blank space to appear between the address bar and web content after the address bar moves back to the top when opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge.
  • We have updated Narrator Scan mode for table navigation to now support CTRL + ALT + HOME to go to the beginning of the table CTRL + ALT + END to go to the end of the table.
  • Microsoft Edge now supports the CTRL + O keyboard shortcut for setting focus to the address bar.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Sketchpad and Screen Sketch crashing after trying to change the ink color twice in a row when the ruler was visible.
    Improvements and fixes for Mobile

The company additionally notes, they’ve removed support for kernel debugging over 1394, but will add it later in an upcoming kit release.

A work-around will be posted to the Debugging Tools for Windows Blog shortly.

Other know issues for PC such as:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader crashes when you launch it.
  • Cortana’s text to speech capabilities is not working in this build.
  • Clicking on the power button in the Start menu, closes the Start menu without opening the flyout with restart/shutdown options appearing.
    As a workaround the company suggests– users can right-click on the Start button (or WIN + X) and choose to shutdown via this menu instead.
  • Due to a compatibility issue from a recent platform change —apps such as Yahoo Mail, Trivia Crack, Google and the Skype Translator Preview app will crash.
  • Settings app crashes on certain editions of Windows 10 when navigating to different settings pages due to a missing .dll file, explained Windows team blog.

The Sticky Notes app recently got a revamp as part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary update.

The app now at version 1.1.7 has received a more streamlined design alongwith its new front-and-centre location in the new Windows Ink workspace which premiered this month.

Another a third-party Cortana expansion app called “Cortanium”, has added a rather entertaining feature; “the ability to receive phonecalls from up to 40 different characters such as Batman, the Ninja Cat, Betty Rubble, and even Beyonce.”

As per the official app description:

Ready to take your device to the next level by leveraging the power of Cortana? You’ve come to the right place!

Cortanium adds over 25 new commands to Cortana, to use with voice or text, making your experience even simpler and more intuitive!

Easily do things via Cortana like get movie and TV recommendations, get today’s horoscope, check in a document in SharePoint, see how much OneDrive space you have available, or even get your Microsoft Band information, Xbox gamer information, and do a quick Foursquare check in!

However, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it looks as though the Windows team is looking more into improving the display scaling experience.

DPI Scaling has arguably been the bane of Windows users looking for more visual fidelity with each advancing version of the operating system.

Peter Felts, a senior program manager in the developer platform in a blog post overviewing the technical aspects, tweaks, and improvements to display scaling —covers issues that includes efforts to bring legacy software scaling up to par with UWA performance and the issues with design patterns that have hindered a full-scale overhaul of Windows DPI adjusting.

Head over to the post for detailed information on the topics.

Start by saying “Hey Cortana,” and ask her what the weather will be like this week, to remind you to do something or to play your favorite songs – without unlocking your computer!

Cortana on Windows 10

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