The Windows Insider program allows users to sign up for early builds of the Windows operating systems. Prior to the launch of the program in 2014, early builds were only accessible to developers. The program was designed for enterprise testers to enable able them to check out new developer features, as well as for allowing Microsoft to gather feedback about features built into Windows 10.
Microsoft engineers are “beginning to check the final code in preparation for releasing the Windows 10 Anniversary update to customers on August 2nd,” according to the blog. “But we’re not finished yet and we’ll have more builds to release to Windows Insiders between now and them.”
Zac Bowden, a blogger for the site Windows Central, said he has received inside information that the release could be as early as the end of next week.
“Internal sources have confirmed to me that build 14384 is the first ‘release to manufacturing’ or RTM candidate build to have been compiled and that we should have a final build ready for the public by the end of next week if everything goes well,” he wrote.
The software sign-off process involves Microsoft compiling all the software RTM (release to manufacturing ) candidates builds, and puts them through tests to determine which one will be the final build.
Bowden said he sign-off process can take around a week “with a best case scenario being a few days.”
So features are we going to see in the redesigned Windows 10?
Apparently, Microsoft has made quite a number of tweaks to both the PC and mobile versions of the OS.
Here’s a rundown:
Improvements and fixes for PC
- The link to “Get more extensions from the Store” under the Extensions pane in Microsoft Edge now takes you directly to the Store to download available extensions.
- Microsoft has changed the keyboard shortcut to invoke Cortana in listening mode to Win + Shift + C based on feedback from Insiders experiencing a large number of unintended activations of Cortana while in listening mode. Speaking “Hey Cortana”, when enabled in Cortana Settings, continues to invoke Cortana in listening mode as it always has.
- Going forward from this build, updates to the Quick Action area of Action Center will be preserved across upgrades.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where disconnecting the Surface Book from an external monitor set as primary might result in the Surface Book screen showing in portrait rather than landscape until having detached and reattached the screen.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where the Settings app was showing media controls in the taskbar preview window.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where dragging the file comparison or manage library dialogs between two monitors with different DPIs would result in the dialog content no longer displaying correctly
- Microsoft fixed an issue where the checkmark used to indicate a selected state in app bar toggle buttons wasn’t visible in high contrast, for example in the Photos menu under “…”.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where connecting to a PC using Remote Desktop when a maximized window is immediately behind the Remote Desktop dialog would result in the subsequent the Credential UI window being displayed behind the maximized window.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where, with certain monitor configurations, Explorer.exe would hang after a tooltip is displaying.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in certain Bluetooth mice, such as the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse, sometimes accelerating erratically when moving the cursor across the screen.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where on certain Web pages in Microsoft Edge when Narrator was in Scan mode and going line by line through a list of hyperlinks, Narrator wouldn’t announce the fact that these were hyperlinks.
- Microsoft fixed an issue with certain websites potentially causing a memory leak and becoming unresponsive in Microsoft Edge when the LastPass extension had been enabled.
Improvements and fixes for Mobile
- Microsoft improved battery performance for those who tend to quickly turn the screen on and off in order to look at the Lock screen.
- Microsoft fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge where zooming in and out of embedded maps could sometimes result in the map jumping to an unexpected location.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in volume mute not working on certain devices, such as the Lumia 640 when playing YouTube videos that use the OPUS audio codec.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where if you are connected to a car via Bluetooth that supports it, tapping “End Call” on the car’s console wouldn’t work while an incoming text was being announced.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in not being about to make Store purchases using mobile operator billing when using an Orange SIM.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Groove sometimes unexpectedly pausing music after music has manually been paused and resumed.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the keyboard sometimes outputting @ and € instead of “a” and “e” for certain languages in Windows Phone 8.1 apps.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in many Windows Phone 8.1 games seeming to play in slow motion on certain devices, such as the Lumia 535.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where notifications received while the screen was off, didn’t take into consideration the proximity sensor, resulting in the screen turning on to display the notification while in pockets, potentially leading to accidental screen presses.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where Visual Voicemail setup wouldn’t appear after hard resetting the device.
- We fixed an issue resulting in tiles pinned from within apps sometimes being blank and not falling back to show the app name within the tile. Also fixed an issue where “SIM 2” title was missing from pinned Messaging and Phone tiles for the second SIM.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in incorrect Start screen scaling after switching from Continuum/Extended Desktop to Mirrored/Duplicated screen on devices with a non-default DPI.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in there sometimes being a delay when showing the missed call count on the Phone app Live tile.
Microsoft also said they found some issues for PCs and mobile devices.
For example, in mobile devices, Voice Recorder does not show up consistently as an option for Call Recording.
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