Update: My hands on video of the PC version and phone version are now available
Microsoft have released new builds of Windows 10 for Windows Insiders on the fast ring. For the PC there is Redstone 3 / Fall Creators Update build 16199 and for mobile there is 15215. There are plenty of new features for the PC and none for mobile.
On the PC there are animated emoji when you receive one from a pinned contact
When you receive emoji from your pinned contacts you can now watch them appear and animate right from the taskbar! Have one of your pinned contacts send you an emoji via Skype (for example “(hero)”) and see what happens!
There is an unread message count on your pinned contacts
A new feature is sharing to people via the share picker:
Other changes include system health indicator in settings:
There is an enhancement to the Storage sense feature. You can now choose to automatically clean up files that have been unchanged in your Downloads folder for 30 days.
A nice new feature if you have an Android phone is incoming call notifications. If you receive a call on your phone you get the option of texting back or rejecting the call from the PC.
Here are the other changes and known issues. Lookout for my hands on video soon.
Changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) will now work as expected on touch-enabled PCs.
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We fixed an issue resulting in many Win32 apps not launching if certain 3rd party antivirus programs were active prior to upgrading.
We’ve updated Windows Defender Security Center so as to no longer flag disabled drivers as issues. We have also adjusted the health scan logic so that using maximum brightness when connected to AC power will not flag a warning. Appreciate all who shared feedback on the subject.
As a result of low usage, we’ve made the decision to remove the Note quick action.
We’re updated our migration logic so that going forward from this build the state of rotation lock will be preserved across upgrades.
We fixed an issue resulting in color profiles being ignored after launching certain fullscreen games.
Known issues for PC
Some Insiders have reported seeing this error “Some updates were cancelled. We’ll keep trying in case new updates become available” in Windows Update. See this forum post for more details.
Surface 3 devices fail to update to new builds if a SD memory card is inserted. The updated drivers for the Surface 3 that fix this issue have not yet been published to Windows Update.
Outlook 2016 may hang on launch due to an issue where the spam filter gets stuck reading the Outlook Data File and the UI waits indefinitely for it to return. We’re investigating.
We are investigating reports that Microsoft Edge fails to open PDFs with “Couldn’t open PDF. Something is keeping this PDF from opening” error.
[UPDATED] You will be unable to type in your password to log in to any UWP apps such as Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Messenger apps.
Games such as Civilization VI may fail to launch on this build.
Windows Mixed Reality won’t work on this build. If you are a developing testing and developing for Windows Mixed Reality, you will want to avoid this build. If you update this build and need Windows Mixed Reality, you will need to roll-back to Build 16193.
VIM is broken for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) users – we’re investigating.
The choice command fails when run in a Command Prompt script.
Mobile once again gets only a couple of fixes:
Changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile
We fixed an issue where the Call audio did not move to speaker after removing the headset on some phones.
We have improved power and performance for apps, such as Fitbit, for pair, connect, sync and notifications.
We fixed an issue where notifications would not be mirrored to the user’s PC and Cortana’s cross-device settings would not persist.
Known issues for Mobile
The copyright date is incorrect under Settings > System > About. It shows as 2016 when it should be 2017. Thanks to the Windows Insiders that reported this!
In some cases, the WeChat app may crash on launch.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.