The Latest Windows 10 build is now out of the Microsoft ring and goes public.
Windows 10 insiders on PC and Mobile can now get their hands on the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14926. The latest build comes with new features for the Microsoft Edge browser and various tweaks and improvements for both mobile and PC.
With the release of Build 14926, Microsoft reminds insiders of the Insider Preview builds' expiration. Users who are running on older Insider Preview builds will receive notifications for the builds' expiration at least once per day. The notifications will start on Sept. 15, Thursday. PCs that still haven't upgraded by Oct. 1, Saturday, will automatically reboot once every three hours. Moreover, the computers will stop booting by Oct. 15 if they stay on older builds.
To update to Build 14926, go to "Settings," choose "Update & security" and click on "Windows Update." To verify if the update was successful, simply check the Windows 10 version by typing in "winver" on the Windows Search and press enter to run the command. It should reflect "Version 1607 (OS Build 14926.1000)," as well as the May 1, 2017 expiration date.
Microsoft Edge Updates
Microsoft is experimenting with a "Snooze" function for the browser that lets users add web pages into Cortana reminders, which will show up as notifications and also in the Action Center. With this new addition to Edge, Microsoft hopes to save users from the need to keep multiple tabs open indefinitely for work that they're yet to finish.
Microsoft also added a new option that gives users the ability to export the contents of their "favorites" list on Edge to an HTML file. This option can be accessed by clicking on the "More" icon, choosing "Settings," then selecting "View favorites settings."
With the new build, Edge receives two new extensions. One is a userscript manager called TamperMonkey, which users can use to customize web pages. The other is Microsoft Personal Shopping Assistant, which the company defines as a smart shopping cart. The extension collects the user's browsed products and provides price alerts for them, as well as compare products between sellers.
Updates And Fixes For Mobile
Build 14926 comes with updates for the OS' Wi-Fi settings page on mobile to match how it works on PC. The changes come in light of Microsoft's vision for a unified Windows 10 experience on all the devices and platforms it supports. Microsoft says that it is currently a work in progress and is not complete. The Wi-Fi (legacy) option is available for those who want to revert back to the previous version of the page.
A number of problems that plagued Windows 10 on mobile was also addressed. The new build comes with fixes for scaling issues on Lumia devices, reliability issues in Edge, sound and volume issues, Cortana crashes and an issue with banner notification on "Quiet Hours" mode, as well the issue with portrait video thumbnails.
Improvements And Fixes For PC
Starting with Build 14926, Windows will check for uninstalled apps prior to updating and will no longer reinstall apps after the update even if they are part of Windows' preinstalled applications list. Moreover, users will now be able to use the keyboard's number pad during login, regardless of the Num Lock state.
Build 14926 also addresses issues that cause crashes for Adobe Acrobat Reader and the Settings app. It also provides fixes for Windows icons not getting rendered properly, certain links showing a default favicon and a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) that occurs when plugging or unplugging Kindles.
An issue that prevents the network adapters on Surface Pro 1 and 2 from working is also addressed by the new build. The main culprit for reliability issues on Microsoft Edge has also been rectified. Some performance enhancements were also made to the browser.