Microsoft is finally rolling out an update to Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10586 to Insiders in the Fast Ring. This makes the update just a step away from reaching the masses at large and bumps Windows 10 phoenes to Build 10586.71.
The revelation, which was made by Gabe Aul in the Windows blog stated the .71 update comes with several bug fixes and enhancements for the OS.
Among the fixes that have been introduced as part of Build 10586.71 includes:
- Windows Update performance and reliability improvements
- Improvements in migration of data profiles and messaging settings when upgraded from Windows Phone 8.1.
- SensorCore API’s are now upgraded correctly from Windows Phone 8.1; allowing applications, including many fitness applications, to correctly access movement data.
- SD card detection has been improved on boot and after insertion; File Explorer now handles the removal of an SD card when the default for apps or photos are set to SD.
- Improvements in the Edge browser, including PDF rendering.
- Bluetooth improvements when re-connecting to already paired devices and cars; turn by turn directions, and when using Cortana with the Microsoft Band.
- Improvements in Settings when downloading Maps or changing Quick Settings.
- Reinstalling Groove Music from the Windows Store no longer causes DRM music playback issues. Groove Music local song collections are now more quickly imported within the application
- Device power improvements after listening to music, after missed phone calls when iris detection is disabled, and when downloading updates.
- In-app purchases now work correctly when cellular data is disabled.
- Improvements to the reliability of Kids Corner.
Gabe further stated the above improvements have been introduced after taking into account the feedback they have received from current Windows Insiders running Windows 10 Mobile or Windows 8/8.1.
The latest update also includes what Gabe described as an Insider Fast Configuration Update. This is aimed at extending the life of a certificate which otherwise would have prevented the device from receiving updates in future.
There are also reports of Microsoft currently engaged in internal tests of several Windows 10 Mobile Redstone builds, with build 14255 being one of it. Internal sources though revealed there are no differences as such from the current build 10586.71 and the internal Redstone build.
The above update comes at a time when Windows as a mobile operating system is fast losing ground to its competitors – read Android and iOS. Interest in the mobile version of Windows is perhaps at an all-time low even though Windows Phone 7 had started off on a positive note about five years ago. It was then viewed as a viable alternative to the iOS and Android with the latter far from being as refined and polished then as it is now.
Not surprisingly, Windows Phone sales too have plummeted to just 4.5 million units of the Lumia-branded smartphones in the most recent quarter. That makes for a steep 57 percent drop in sales considering 10.5 million Lumia devices were sold during the same period last year. Compare that to the over 400 million smartphones sold, which makes for a meagre 1.1 percent market share for Windows Phone.
Sure all of these make for a rather bleak setting for the upcoming Surface Phone to break cover. However, while Microsoft might be able to deliver an excellent device so far as the hardware is concerned, it is on the Windows experience that the company has to get its act together.
And the soon it does, it’s better.