Microsoft had a busy day yesterday first releasing Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Phone 8.1 devices and then releasing a new Redstone PC build and Redstone phone build. Build 14291 for the PC is the first pubic build to support extensions for Microsoft Edge. With extensions in Edge you can add functionality to the browser including addons like Mouse Gestures and translations. I am going to be talking a look at some of the extensions in a hands on video coming soon.

Other changes include being able to pin tabs in Microsoft Edge so you can keep your most used sites pinned to the browser and they automatically return when you close Edge. Another nice enhancement is Paste and Go, so if you have a URL in the clipboard you can launch it with one click. You can also do Paste and search have words on the clipboard pasted into the browser and then searched.

The Maps app has been updated with what Microsoft describe as “more lightweight, scalable, and consistent UI” with the following features:

One-tap access to search and directions from anywhere, even on your phone. This is great especially for one-handed use.

You can view multiple searches and directions at the same time, on the same map as they are layered on top of each other and you can use tabs or the map to switch between them.

You can now minimize search results, directions, and location info to enjoy more of the map, while keeping them in easy reach.

You can see labels for your search results directly on the map. No more numbers to match between the map and the list.

Cortana will give you turn-by-turn directions (if Cortana is enabled).

We have improved the logic for nearby searches so you should see better (closer) results.

We have added the ability to search for your favorite city in the 3D cities list so no more scrolling forever to get to the city you want.

You can now access your favorites offline and add notes to them.

We have updated the turn-by-turn design to improve glanceability and landscape layout.

I have found that the map app on the phone certainly feels faster and easier to find the features but the turn by turn GPS navigation is totally off alignment when driving unless I put the phone in landscape mode and then back to portrait mode. More on that in my hands on video coming soon.

Another update in the Alarms app which has a new picker and there is a new Feedback Hub replacing the Insider Hun and Feedback app bringing the functionality of the two apps together.

The fixes for the PC are:

This issue causing the notification area (“systray”) to look out of alignment when turning on the “always show all icons in the notification area” should now be fixed.

We fixed the issue where connectivity to older Wi-Fi networks using the WEP encryption security method may be broken.

We fixed an issue where the “X” to close the “Find of Page” toolbar in Microsoft Edge is displayed off screen on 8-inch devices when in portrait mode.

We fixed an issue where the USB icon in the notification area was reverting to the old icon when ejecting drives.

We fixed an issue where clicking the suggested search in Microsoft Edge resulted in a URL to the search as the search string.

The fixes for mobile are:

We fixed the issue where connectivity to older Wi-Fi networks using the WEP encryption security method may be broken.

We fixed an issue resulting in slower text input speed the more words were typed.

We have improved Word Flow recognition of longer words.

The All apps list has been updated to now follow the “Make Text Larger” ease of access setting.

We fixed an issue where Settings would sometimes list unresolved app names under Extras.

We fixed an issue where touch targets could be out of alignment in the Photos picker.

There are still the issues with the Microsoft Band syncing issues and the following known issues:

Known issues for PC

We continue to investigate an issue in which some Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book devices experience a freeze or hang and all input such as keyboard/trackpad and touch do not work. The workaround is to hold down the power button to force the device to hard-reboot.

Your PC may freeze when plugging in an Xbox One or Xbox 360 controller and other gamepads in this build.

If you use Hyper-V and have a Virtual Switch configured for your network adapter, you may see an error indicator (red-colored “X”) for your network adapter in the notification area of your taskbar. The error indicator is incorrect and your network adapter should continue to work just fine.

We are seeing reports of some apps such as QQ crashing. We are currently investigating, and this bug may also impact older apps such as Windows Live Mail and Expression Encoder 4.

If you have Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Internet Security, or the Kaspersky Total Security Suite installed on your PC there is a known driver bug that prevents these programs from working as expected in builds from the Development Branch. We are partnering with Kaspersky to fix this issue for a future release, but at this time there are no known workarounds. While this issue is present, we recommend using Windows Defender or another third party anti-virus product of your choice to remain protected.

Known issues for Mobile

If you reset your phone on this build (Build 14291) and restore your phone from a backup, restore will fail to install apps from your backup’s apps list leaving blank grey titles on Start. If you delete the grey tiles and attempt to reinstall the same apps from the Store, you will not get app data restored. The next backup will over-write the app backup data as well. To avoid hitting this bug, avoid resetting your phone on this build. If for some reason you do need to reset your device on this build, don’t restore your phone from a backup and you should turn off backup for apps and OS data to avoid creating a corrupt backup via Settings > Update & Security > Backup.

If you have a Microsoft Band 1 or 2 paired to your phone, it will no longer sync after updating to this build due to a system API failure that occurs after the update. If you want to get your Band syncing with your phone again – you can temporarily change the language of your phone as a short term workaround until we release a fix. Additionally, you can also choose to reset your phone to get out of this state – however you may experience this update issue again with the next build until we fix this issue. This issue may also impact Skype video and audio calls.

The Gadgets app will not detect the Microsoft Display Dock on phones running Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds, and thus cannot update the firmware version. If you have a dock which has already been updated to version 4 then this will not affect you. If you have a dock that has not been updated, then you may experience some minor issues with USB-C stability. You will still be able to use your dock and Continuum.

There is a new option under Settings > Update & security for Windows Insider Program. This is a work-in-progress option to improve managing your Windows Insider Program settings on your device. Right now, if you go to this option it crashes the Settings app. Please continue to use the Windows Insider app to manage your settings for now.

Look out for my Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 PC hands on videos coming soon.


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