Microsoft has announced the availability of what its claims as the March cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile. The build 10586.164 is applicable to Insiders in the Slow, and Release Preview Rings as well as Windows phones that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile right out of the box.
Microsoft though has stated the .164 update does not introduce any new features to Windows 10. Instead, the latest update is only about bug fixes and overall enhancement for the mobile operating system.
Among the phones that qualify for receiving the update include Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Alcatel Fierce XL, and Acer Jade Primo. These will be on top of all the devices that are part of the Windows Insider Program.
Microsoft has tipped those in the Fast ring will need to change either to the Slow or Release Preview rings to receive the update before changing back to the Fast ring. Microsoft clarified changing rings are a temporary process and are necessary dues to a publishing limitation.
Microsoft also explained that Build 10586.164 didn’t require the usual round of approval from the Insider rings for the simple reason that the .164 update is almost the same as the .122 update released to Insiders a week ago. The build 10586.164 contains a few essential bug fixes along with other updates to allow for it to be ready for installation on the retail devices.
Microsoft is already slated for launching Redstone 1 around June which will mark the first of a two-phase update process for Windows 10. The forthcoming Redstone 1 will also be important in that other than making significant updates to the Windows 10 platform; the update will also introduce some key new features to the OS to add to its wider appeal.
Thereafter, Redstone 2 will be made available around spring 2017 which is also the time Microsoft is expected to storm markets with a clutch of new devices running the latest iteration of Windows 10.
Here is what’s new in build 10586.164:
- Improvements for the reliability of app notifications, including text messages and alarms not ringing as scheduled.
- Improvements for text message backup to reduce data and battery usage.
- Fixes for Microsoft Edge with address bar suggestions showing late or persisting during navigation, “Close all tabs” not closing all tabs, and Word Flow on the address bar not functioning as expected.
- Fix for a problem where the Microsoft account was not detected by the Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar and People app. Attempting to add a new contact in this state caused the People app to crash for some users.
- Fix for a problem that caused the Wi-Fi connection to temporarily switch off after prolonged use for some users.
- Fix for a problem that caused first-party app updates to fail to install successfully for some users, leaving the apps in state where they cannot be launched.
- Improvements for battery usage, Bluetooth connectivity, and OS reliability.
Microsoft though hasn’t committed to any fixed timeline for the latest updates to reach older Windows phones except that it will happen soon in the coming weeks.