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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Preview build with updated Skype UWP app and ability to use iPods as a mass-storage device

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As expected, Microsoft has pushed out another Windows 10 Preview build to Fast Ring Insiders in preparation of the Anniversary Update that is due in the next 15 odd days — on 2nd August. Today’s build 14393 has been released for both PCs and Mobile and brings a handful of minimal changes to the OS.

Build 14393 arrives just three after the release of build 14390, which fixed the Developer Mode bug that was introduced in build 14388, that was released a couple days before that. This update brings about changes to the features accessible from the desktop, it makes the Start Menu, Action Center and Cortana more reliable. Also, with this build you can now mount and use your iPods as ‘USB mass-storage devices.’


Dona Sarkar, a software engineer in Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group mentions that there is no more than one known bug in the build released today.

We are aware of certain cases in which Surface Books and Surface Pro 4’s may bugcheck (bluescreen) due to a camera driver issue. An updated driver will roll-out via Windows Update soon that will fix this.

she adds.


And it now seems that the bug with secure booting of Windows Server Technical Preview 5 has been fixed in this update. If you previously wanted to use Hyper-V containers and run the servers on your PC, then you had to turn off Secure Boot for that instant.

For complete information on bug fixes and known issues with Windows 10 Mobile, please refer to the blogpost here.

Skype UWP Preview update

In addition to the release of an updated Insider build, Microsoft has also debuted a new version of their Skype Preview UWP app for participants of the Windows Insider Program.

The new version of the redesigned Skype comes with a slew of improvements to the core experience of the messaging and video/audio calling app. The app now has the ‘Dark Theme’ mode activated by default.

This release adds one of the most requested features — groups calling — using which you can talk with upto 25 people(including 1:1 conversation) at a time. You now also have the option to quick reply to text from the notification shade, without opening the application. This update also includes the ability to share your screen, send files, talk with Skype chatbots, and get real-time translation of voice and video calls.

Microsoft has also made the universal Skype Preview app available for Insiders on Windows 10 Mobile devices and is expected to release the new features to the same ‘later this summer‘. This update will also re-introduce the SMS relay feature that had been redacted from the Messaging application. Using SMS relay, you can send and receive texts, group texts and photos in a single view merged with your Skype conversations.


The updated is currently available to download from the Windows Store, but you’ll need to be running Windows 10 Preview build 10139 or later.

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