Windows 10 Redstone

It has just been about a week that we have heard some exciting new features to accompany the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition at Build 2016, and it’s good to see things already started to move in the right direction. That includes the release of the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316 to those in the Fast Ring containing several of the announced updates.

For instance, Build 14316 comes with the ability to run native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. The way to do that is hit Settings > Update & Security > For developers. After that, users will have to enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux beta option. Thereafter, to install Bash, all that the user needs to do is to go to Command Prompt and type ‘bash’.

Bash on Windows 10

The latest Build 14316 also comes with a host of improvements for Cortana, which includes better cross-platform abilities. This works for Windows or Android mobiles running Cortana version 1.5 or higher. With the new build, Cortana is better equipped to pull off a host of tasks such as locating user’s mobiles using the Find my phone/Ring my phone feature or notifying the user if the battery runs low. In that case, a notification will pop up on the user’s PC.

The new update also allows users to carry on with a map search from a PC to Mobile. For instance, any location search on the PC can be sent to the mobile which will save users from starting the search all over again using the mobile.

Lastly, the entire process of enabling Cortana on a device has also been automated, which includes downloading the relevant speech-language on its own. This should come as a boon to those users who might be having trouble setting up Cortana in the first place.

Microsoft also announced two new extensions – Pin It Button and OneNote Clipper – for its Edge browser. Plus, existing extensions Reddit Enhancement Suite, Mouse Gestures, and Microsoft Translator have also been updated.

Fast Ring Insiders will also be able to test the new Skype UWP preview app which was announced a couple of weeks back. With the new update, users will also be able to select the notification setting of the app and select from one of three modes – Normal, High, and Top Priority.

Among the other new features to look forward to in the latest Build include enhanced PC connectivity options such as allowing a Miracast-enabled PC to project to another PC without requiring a dock or Miracast adapter. Plus there is a new Connect app as well that lets users connect a Continuum-enabled Windows PC to allow for Continuum experience.

Other new features to look forward to in the latest build include the ability to pin a window for making it available on every desktop along with an updated battery setting. Users will also be treated with a more detailed update progress as well.

Further, a few personalization options too have been added, such as the ability to toggle between light and dark modes, which in turn gets reflected to several apps as well.

Meanwhile, here is the list of fixes that the latest build comes with.

  • We fixed the issue where on some PCs with TPM chips, such as the ASUS Zenbook UX31, you may have experienced glitchy audio and jumpy movement when using the trackpad due to the “tpm-maintenance” task running constantly in the background instead of once per boot-up like it should.
  • We fixed the issue where if you use Hyper-V and have a Virtual Switch configured for your network adapter, you might see an error indicator (red-colored “X”) for your network adapter in the notification area of your taskbar.
  • We polished the Wi-Fi flyout UI and fixed an issue where text entry into a Wi-Fi password field was noticeably top-aligned rather than centered.
  • We fixed an issue for where when using multiple monitors and full-screen apps like PowerPoint or Remote Desktop would crash Windows Explorer.
  • We fixed an issue where Cortana wasn’t showing Settings pages in the search results.
  • We have updated the Windows Update notification after updates have been installed so now clicking on the notification will take you straight to your update history.
  • We fixed an issue where desktop (Win32) apps pinned to the Start menu would sometimes move after updating to a new build.
  • We fixed an issue where “Update and Restart” and “Update and Shut Down” wouldn’t start an update.

Also, as is the case with all fast Ring releases, there are a few bugs to be wary of as well. Those include:

  • The Visual Studio emulator for Windows 10 Mobile and Hololens will fail with “An authentication error has occurred. The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted”. If you are a developer and require the emulator for building apps, we suggesting moving to the Slow ring and skipping this build until we can fix this issue.
  • We continue to investigate issues with Narrator and other screen reader apps that make them unable to read selected text in the Feedback Hub, Cortana, and other apps.
  • In Microsoft Edge, some large downloads may appear to get stuck at 99% completion. You can work around this issue by renaming the file in your downloads after closing Microsoft Edge. This workaround skips security checks on the file, so it should be used only with files from a trusted source.
  • In some cases, attempting to turn on Developer Mode on may crash the Settings app. If this happens, the workaround is to use these steps here to enable Developer Mode.
  • Some apps notifications may only show the icon – however the full text of the notification will be visible within Action Center.


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