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Microsoft Drops Fresh Windows 10 Build With Cortana, Bash And Command Prompt Improvements

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Microsoft is back folks, with a new build. The build, which follows up from build 14328 from last week, features major improvements, including some developer-special ones like improvements to Bash and Command Prompt.

First up — and perhaps the most important of all — are improvements to Cortana. The voice assistant is now getting the ability to search within Office 365 as well, including your emails, contacts, calendar as well as files in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint. To get started, just add your Office 365 work or school account in the Connected Accounts section of Cortana’s Notebook.

Do note though, that in an update to the bog post, Microsoft has confirmed that this feature may not work properly for a few due to certain server side issues.

Bash And Command Prompt

In previous builds, you may have experienced networking issues that prevented tools running in Bash on Ubuntu on Windows from being able to access the Internet. For example, you may have seen apt-get fail to find its servers and download apps. This release fixes these issues and users should no longer need to modify their resolv.conf file by hand.

Microsoft has also fixed an issue when calling mv between the /mnt and non-/mnt drives – files and directories will now move correctly between the two points. For more information about the Bash updates in this build, check out our release notes.

For Command Prompt, there are several improvements including improved windows scaling on PCs with High-DPI displays, better font selection and rendering for international characters, several cursor rendering and hiding improvements among others.

Improved Battery Life For Standby PCs

This build is also bringing an improved battery life for connected standby PCs. Microsoft says, that it integrated the same underlying technology that Battery Saver uses to quiet down some of the less-valuable activity that occurs during Connected Standby while still keeping your PC connected to the Internet and allowing key connectivity scenarios to work.

Apart from those, devs are in for a treat as Microsoft is finally initiating its Bug Bash program. Announced last week, Microsoft will be publishing multiple Quests inside Feedback Hub over the course of the next 4 days, that will highlight different areas of the product each day. It will then be looking for feedback on each Quest, but you can also just use the parts of Windows and our apps you are most passionate about.

The Quests that you will see for the Bug Bash are not traditional Quests that list steps of trying a feature or scenario out. Many of them are open ended intentionally so that you can perform the steps that come naturally to you in order to finish the Quest and give us feedback on it. Many of them also list more than one scenario that can be tried out to finish the Quest.

You can know more about Bug Bash and the quests coming up in the same, by reading the complete blog post here.

As for other bug fixes and troubles, here is a list, taken straight up from the blog post :

What’s fixed for PC

  • We fixed the issue causing some PCs to bluescreen (bug check) when entering Connected Standby after updating to the latest build from the Development Branch.
  • We fixed the issue where some large downloads may appear to get stuck at 99% completion in Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue which made it look like you couldn’t drag and drop to reorder your favorites on the Favorites Bar.
  • We fixed the issue causing Groove Music to crash on launch at the splash screen.
  • We fixed an issue where adding a song to Groove Music’s Now Playing list might cause the current song to stop playing and start over.
  • We fixed the issue where PCs are unable to go back to a previous Insider Preview build via “Go back to an earlier build” under Settings > Update & security > Recovery if they have BitLocker/Device Encryption enabled.
  • We’ve made improvements to the share UI for Cortana Reminders. The experience is much more polished now.
  • We improved reliability of the Chinese IME.
  • Going forward (from this build), apps for which you’ve selected “Show windows from this app on all desktops” will be remembered after you update to a new build.
  • We fixed an issue where the taskbar’s overflow tray for notification area (systray) icons was not being padded correctly for certain multi-monitor setups.
  • We fixed an issue where the Game Bar would not appear if the DPI had been changed from 150% to 100%.
  • We fixed an issue where notifications with more content sometimes could not be expanded in the Action Center.
  • We fixed an issue where tiles on the Start menu might flash at the wrong size after exiting tablet mode.
  • We fixed an issue where the battery icon in the notification area might display incorrectly after a DPI change.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking on the “X” button on a window in Task View removed the thumbnail, but the title and X button would still be shown.
  • When an app is displayed in the Start menu with the name “@{<app package name>}”), there will now be an option to uninstall it.
  • We fixed an issue where re-directed folder Libraries would appear as duplicate folder entries in the File Explorer navigation pane.
  • We fixed an issue for multi-monitor users, where launching a desktop (Win32) app from Start would result in the full screen video being played on the other monitor getting minimized.
  • We fixed an issue where the Settings app would crash if you tried to pin a settings page to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where opening Windows Defender from the Settings app would fail.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in blurry and/or overlapped text in Start’s All apps list.
  • We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard might not come up in the password field after you switched users on the Lock screen.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows Spotlight wouldn’t remember if you had already said you liked that image the last time you locked your PC.

What’s fixed for Mobile

  • We’ve made improvements to the share UI for Cortana Reminders. The experience is much more polished now.
  • We fixed an issue where a press and hold on the Camera Quick Action in Action Center wouldn’t do anything. Now it will launch the Camera app.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Lumia 435, 532, 535 and 540 being unable to take photos with the Camera app.
  • We fixed an issue where typed text would be invisible in Cortana when the OS was set to light mode under Settings > Personalization > Colors.
  • We fixed an issue with the Italian keyboard where certain words would get auto-capitalized after a comma (acting as it would if it was a period instead).
  • Improved the performance of opening Settings > Update & security > For developers.
  • We fixed an issue where Cyrillic characters would be lowercase in list headers (for example, in the All apps list).
  • We fixed an issue where pulling your headphones out to answer a call would result in the music playing out loud once the call had ended.
  • For phones that support adjusting the brightness automatically, this setting will now be enabled by default after a restore or hard reset.
  • You can now set the time for how long it should be for Windows to require you to sign in again via Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options with Windows Hello set up.
  • We fixed an issue that blocked you from renaming your device.
  • We fixed an issue where the Lock screen quick status numbers might appear drawn under the navigation bar.

Known Issues For PCs

  • We’re adding a built-in network speed test under Settings > Network & Internet > Status however it doesn’t work just yet. The UI is there but we still have some backend work to get it turned on and working.
  • Feedback Hub is not localized and the UI will be in English (U.S.) only, even with language packs installed.
  • Feedback Hub takes about 20-30 minutes after updating to this build to download and hydrate itself. If Feedback Hub is not fully hydrated, if you receive a mini-survey notification it will take you nowhere in the app, search in Feedback Hub won’t show results, and if you click to go to Feedback Hub from another app or setting, Feedback will not open.
  • The Desktop App Converter Preview (Project Centennial) will fail to run on the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332. If you are a developer utilizing the converter tool to convert your desktop app to UWP, we suggest skipping this build until we can fix this issue.
  • All Tencent online games no longer work in current builds from the Development Branch.
  • The updated UAC UI breaks the ALT + Y keyboard shortcut to choose “yes”.
  • You may receive 0x8004C029 errors when attempting to play Groove Music Pass (DRM) content in Groove Music.
  • UPDATED: If you have previously played DRM-protected content from services like Groove Music, Movies & TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu, after updating to this build you might no longer be able to playback content from those services – you will instead receive error DRM_E_INVALID_SECURESTORE_PASSWORD(0x8004C029) or DRM_E_DOMAIN_STORE_GET_DATA(0x8004C503). We are working to have this fixed in the near future.
  • Playing music in the Groove Music within 2 minutes after logging into your PC will result in 0xc10100ae playback errors. If you wait more than 2 minutes after logging in to play music in Groove Music you will avoid this issue.
  • You may see square boxes in certain apps when using some of the new emoji – we’re still getting things set up, this will be resolved in a future build.
  • We are continuing to make changes to our extension datastore schema in Microsoft Edge. As a result, after updating to this build any extensions installed will be removed. You can reinstall these extensions to get them back.
  • If you are using a non-English keyboard, you can’t accept Bash prompts.
  • We are investigating an issue where if you’re running Insider Preview builds in certain languages, the All apps list on Start appears empty. A workaround for this is to use search to launch apps.

Known Issues For Mobile

  • Speech Packs are unable to be downloaded. However, Language Packs for keyboards should download without any issues. We have identified the issue and working to get a fix out as soon as possible.
  • Feedback Hub is not localized and the UI will be in English (U.S.) only even with language packs installed.
  • When you navigate to your camera roll directly from the Camera app, it may crash. To view the photos taken with the Camera app, go directly to the Photos app instead to avoid the crash.
  • You may receive 0x8004C029 errors when attempting to play Groove Music Pass (DRM) content in Groove Music.
  • You may encounter “Can’t Play – Another app is controlling your sound right now. 0xc00d4e85” errors when attempting to play Groove Music Pass (DRM) content in Groove Music.
  • UPDATED: If you have previously played DRM-protected content from services like Groove Music, Movies & TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu, after updating to this build you might no longer be able to playback content from those services – you will instead receive error DRM_E_INVALID_SECURESTORE_PASSWORD(0x8004C029) or DRM_E_DOMAIN_STORE_GET_DATA(0x8004C503). We are working to have this fixed in the near future.
  • You may see square boxes in certain apps when using some of the new emoji – we’re still getting support for the new emoji added throughout the systems, this will be resolved in a future build.
  • There is a bug we’re investigating that prevents some apps such as Tweetium from launching.
  • Your phone will lock up and reboot when it receives a notification from an app that has “Keep notifications private on the lock screen” turned on under Settings > System > Notifications & actions. This is particularly painful if you have this turned on for the Messaging app and could result in the loss of text messages. If you have this turned on for specific apps – it is recommended you turn it off until we fix this issue.
  • The Settings app may crash when you are re-arranging Quick Actions under Settings > System > Notification & actions. If it does, it could result in one of the Quick Action spots disappearing. If you see this happen, please refrain from changing your Quick Action settings on this build. If you have been impacted by this issue, only a hard reset will revert your Quick Action settings back to default.

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