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Windows 10 Redstone 4 PC Test Build 16353 (Skip Ahead) Released

Microsoft starts testing the next iteration of Windows 10, codenamed ‘Redstone 4’ with a new Insider Preview Build 16353 for PC released to the Windows Insiders in Fast ring “who have opted in to Skip Ahead only.”

For those not aware of Skip Ahead, these build are part of the next feature update for Windows 10. And, up until last week, Microsoft were releasing identical builds to Insiders, those “who didn’t opt in to Skip Ahead,” as well as to those who opted. But, going forward, the build are not more identical. And, also, the limit to opt-in to Skip Ahead was also reached several weeks ago.

More specifically, Windows Insiders, “who didn’t opt in to Skip Ahead, will continue receiving latest builds of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Redstone 3 (RS3).”

While, those “who opt in to Skip Ahead, will be receiving early builds for the next feature update of Windows 10 Redstore 4 (RS4).”

However, when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update releases officially, all Windows Insiders will eventually start receiving Windows 10 RS4 builds.

See the graphic above, which breaks down the essentials of Skip Ahead. Below you can see full changelog of Skip Ahead build 16353 for PC.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • When the Action Center is black (the default option) the “clear all”, “expand”/”collapse”, and “see more” link text will now all use your accent color – making them pop more and improving discoverability.
  • We’ve updated the Action Center to now support a two finger touch gesture to dismiss all notifications. Place two fingers vertically within the Action Center near the edge opposite to the side of your screen. Then slide these fingers towards the side of the screen. You will notice all notification groups following your fingers and then dismissing as you slide your fingers off the side of the screen.
  • We fixed an issue in XAML resulting in text animations appearing slightly blurry in the last flight until the animation had stopped (for example, when loading the main page of Settings).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar being unexpectedly thick if you booted up the PC while plugged in to an external monitor with a different DPI.
  • We fixed an issue that caused minimized per-monitor DPI aware windows to miss DPI changes and end up with a mix of DPI scaling upon restoring.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where when Slideshow was enabled resuming from sleep a second time might place the Lock screen in a state where it couldn’t be dismissed without pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected change in mouse sensitivity in the last flight for PCs using non-default display scaling.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Asphalt 8 not accepting input in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in progress wheels on certain websites in Microsoft Edge unexpectedly moving out of place during their rotation.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Hello strings would appear on top of the page when performing a pin reset from the login screen.
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