In preparation for this week’s bug bash Microsoft have released a new PC and mobile build. For the PC there s 16241 and for mobile there is 15230, the mobile build doesn’t have any major changes (when did it last?) but the PC build does have some nice changes.
Microsoft have tweaked the acrylic transparency look by reducing the noise layer, as you can see from the picture above it’s a subtle but effect change,
Refining Acrylic Material: We’ve heard your feedback, and in response in today’s build you’ll notice we’ve softened the noise layer of Acrylic Material. Below you’ll find a side by side comparison of how it was and how it is now. This will take effect in any XAML based UI and apps where Acrylic Material can be seen which targets Build 16241+.
In this build is a PIN / Password reset from the lock screen feature which I am pretty sure this was in the previous build but Microsoft are announcing as a new with this release. If you have a Microsoft account or Azure AD Premium account you can reset your password from the lock screen.
Other changes are:
Improved Task Manager GPU monitor and improved process monitor
You now have more control downloads and updates:
Delivery Optimization continuously measures your available bandwidth during a download and dynamically adjusts the amount of bandwidth used in background downloads to ensure these downloads won’t interrupt your use of your device. However, Delivery Optimization may not be aware of download activity that takes place on other devices in your household. If you have limited connectivity and would like to minimize the impact you can now use the Download settings to throttle your download speed for background downloads
Here are the known issues and other fixes, lookout for my hands on video soon:
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
The Pin to Taskbar option is now grayed out for InPrivate sessions in Microsoft Edge. Websites pinned to the taskbar from an InPrivate session on a previous build will now open in a regular (non-InPrivate) Microsoft Edge session.
We fixed an issue where Windows Defender Security Center showing an ‘Unexpected’ state depending on the implementation of the 3rd party firewall product.
We fixed an issue where the battery status on certain laptops wasn’t updating while the device is unplugged. Thanks everyone who shared logs to help narrow this down.
We fixed an issue from the last flight where apps that called into the firewall, such as Microsoft Edge and other apps using networking, might become unresponsive until you rebooted.
We fixed an issue from the last flight resulting in the Surface Dial UI not appearing.
We fixed an issue when in Recovery Settings if you chose “Reset This PC” > “Keep My files” the operation would fail at 1% and will revert with no changes to the system.
We fixed an issue resulting in an increase in UWP app reliability issues, for example in Microsoft Edge and Photos, in recent flights.
If you were still seeing Storage Spaces issues in 16237, please try again in 16241 and let us know if the issues have been resolved. We’ve made an adjustment to our previous fix.
We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Media Player displaying a class registered error when attempting to play music files in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard wasn’t automatically displaying upper case keys at the beginning of sentences.
We fixed an issue where Storage Settings might show the size of C: as double the actual size.
Known issues for PC
IMAP email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Aol may not sync in the Mail app in this build.
Trying to use the dictation hotkey (WIN + H) in UWP apps won’t work – you’ll see the UI come up and immediately dismiss. If you’d still like to use dictation, the microphone in the touch keyboard will work. You can right-click the Taskbar for an option to show the touch keyboard button if it’s not already visible.
We’re investigating your reports that the Copy Link option displayed in Microsoft Edge when you right-click a hyperlink isn’t working in recent builds.
There is an issue with PC Games using the Origin overlay. Use of overlay may cause game movement to lock up.
We’re investigating your reports that after upgrading to the latest Insider Preview builds, some network settings are lost and revert to default settings. Static IP address configuration is reverted to DHCP. Networks which were marked as private are reverted to public. After the upgrade you will need to manually readjust your network settings back to your preferred settings.
If you have display scaling higher than 100%, you may encounter a bug where the hit targeting is offset when interacting with various parts of the shell. This is particularly noticeable in Action Center, where it might appear that nothing in Action Center can be cleared, but can also happen with the taskbar Jump lists and My People. If this happens, go to Settings > System > Display and change the size of text, apps, and other items to something else. Once you’ve done that, put it back to how you like it and issue should be resolved.
Some apps like Tweetium may not render the UI correctly and be difficult to use.
Windows Defender Security Center cannot be used to configure and list items for Controlled folder access, Threat History and Exclusions due to a crash in the UI. This is not affecting the real-time protection capabilities and will be fixed in the next build.
For mobile there are just the following changes:
General changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile
We fixed an issue where VPN profile appeared to be always ON.
We fixed a notification issue between the Bluetooth Support Service and device background services for fitness bands.
We fixed issues with Caller ID matching in Japan & Denmark.
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.