We may not have a new Redstone Windows 10 build for PC but we do have a new build for mobile which like last week’s PC build has plenty of changes (not bad for a dead OS). The first change is the way notifications show up, rather than having an app icon per notification they are grouped together by apps so you will for example only have one email icon with the emails listed below it and then your Twitter notifications etc. Notifications also have been changed, Action Center now has large notification images including what Microsoft call a “hero image”

Visual changes to Action Center: Individual app notifications in Action Center no longer show the app icon repeated for each notification and will only be seen in the header that groups together all the notifications specific for that app. This change allows for more space in Action Center to show more content.

Visual changes to Notifications: We’re making Action Center richer with support for notifications with more flexible layouts similar to the richness of Live Tiles. Notifications with images will now display larger than they did previously. Notifications can have “hero image” for content that is an even bigger image size to make content in notifications pop even more.

Cortana has been improved with new insights in Action Center for important notifications so you should see notifications like reminders and meeting conflicts show up in Action Center . You can also create photo reminders and reminders from the share feature in Windows so you can share items from apps eg a link and remind yourself to read it later or share a photo to look at later.

Just as you can in the latest Redstone PC build you can now set up priorities for notifications, there are three levels Normal, High or Top which control where the notification show up in Action Center. Also coming from the PC build are the updated battery and battery saver settings plus the active hours setting for rebooting the after an update.

One really nice new feature is you can remove and re-arrange the Quick Action buttons in Action Center, you can drag them around and place them exactly where you want. You can find this in Settings/System/Notifications.

Over in Settings the individual settings now have icons and as you type in the settings search box it will suggest settings making it easier to jump to a setting. There also extra option for the navigation vibration settings. Another sensible change to the settings screen is the Glance screen has been moved from Extras to the Personalization setting making it easier to find and the settings no longer have to be downloaded from the store.

Microsoft Edge has better copy and paste and tab management:

Better copy/paste: We’ve made a couple of improvements to copy and paste on the phone. When you are typing into an edit box on a web page, you will now be able to use the paste button above the keyboard. Also, if you select text on a web page the copy button will appear immediately near the selection.

Better tab behavior: Microsoft Edge keeps your tabs under control when you use it with apps on your phone. If you tap on a link in an app that opens a new tab in Microsoft Edge, pressing the back button when you’re done will close that tab, then take you back to the app. Your tabs list stays lean and relevant, by smartly closing tabs you’re done with.

My favorite change is the addition of media controls to the lock screen so you can pause, play and skip media playback directly from the lock screen something I have wanted since the Windows Phone 7 days, so no need to press the volume buttons to bring up the media controls. There is now a camera button the lock screen replacing the back button.

The Lumia 950 and 950 XL now support USB Ethernet adapters connected to the Continuum Hub.

There are a lot of fixes in this release and not that many know issues. I am installing the update now and will have a hands on video soon.

Here are the know issues and fixes.

Here’s what’s fixed for Mobile

While we were researching issues impacting typing accuracy on end user phones, we discovered that many user dictionaries contain incorrect words or have been corrupted over time. As a one time-measure, we are resetting user dictionaries on phones to address this issue. Note that if you suspect that your user dictionary is interfering with efficient typing, you can always manually clean it by going to Settings > Privacy > Speech, Inking and Typing and select “Stop getting to know me”, “Turn off”, “Start getting to know me”, “Turn on”. In addition to this, we have added a new context to the Feedback Hub, so you can now directly log feedback for the typing suggestions or corrections. It can be found under the Input and Interaction Methods category. If you’re reporting an issue, specific examples of what you’re seeing are always helpful.

We fixed an issue resulting in the screen flickering while watching a full screen video or when you first launched the Camera app.

We’ve tuned the alarm volume ramp up for alarms using your music – the initial volume will be the same softer level we started using in earlier builds as a result of your feedback, but now it will get louder faster.

We updated the reminder and alert notification logic, so if you answer a call while at least one notification is visible, you no longer need to dismiss that notifications before being able to end the call. You will now see the call in-progress banner above the notification while in this state, and tapping it will bypass any existing notifications without having to first dismiss them.

We fixed an issue where pressing the hardware volume controls would quit Netflix playback.

We fixed an issue where Chinese Input Method Editor users would lose their typing history after reboot, as well as an issue resulting in the Chinese 12-key keyboard crashing if you typed “erbo” ().

We fixed an issue where swiping from Start to the All apps list would get stuck after exiting Continuum.

We fixed an issue where music would sometimes stop playing a few minutes after the device had been locked or the screen had been turned off.

We fixed an issue resulting in the keyboard dismissing when you tapped the first key after having interacted with the app bar.

We fixed an issue where trying to delete and re-type an auto-correction would result in it getting auto-corrected again.

We fixed an issue where locking and unlocking the phone quickly with Action Center open could result in Start being stuck on resuming.

We fixed an issue where the keyboard would sometimes show all black when responding to a text in the Action Center above the Lock screen.

We fixed an issue where users with their Lock screen set to Bing would just see the default Windows 10 background.

We fixed an issue resulting a missing Windows logo above the Start screen in the Task Switcher.

We fixed an issue where phone call could stop ringing if interrupted by an SMS notification.

We fixed an issue where the app name on the Start tile could be truncated even though there’s space available to display it.

We fixed an issue where volume control would continue to show headphones volume after headphones had been disconnected.

Notification text in banners and Action center will now grow larger when the Ease of Access “Text Scaling” option is enabled.

Known issues for Mobile

Language and speech packs are unable to be downloaded and will show errors due to a backend issue.

We’re investigating a crash with the Camera app when going into your camera roll.

There is an issue in which you may see duplicate apps under All apps showing as pending despite being installed and usable on your phone. You may also see some apps stuck in the Store.

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.

In some cases, users might get in a state where neither space or enter are working on the keyboard. If that happens, pressing and holding one of the apps in the All apps list until a context menu appears may resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, you will need to reboot.


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