Second Windows 10 Mobile build finally arrives after 55 days

Second Windows 10 Mobile build finally arrives after 55 days

Update: Microsoft hit a technical snag on getting this build out to all the new phones. Here is their update as of 2:30PM EDT on Friday.

We discovered this morning that there was an error in the database for provisioning record data, which is required for new phones to join the Fast Ring through the Windows Insider app. The team has been working to correct it but the load on the provisioning data servers has made all operations extremely slow. To fix the issue, we are taking the service offline and updating the provisioning record data for all 5100 phone POPs. It will take approximately 2 hours for us to make the update, and validate that everything is working. This is a different service from Windows Update, so Insiders who are currently on 9941 should be able to update their phones if they are already in the Fast ring. If they are in the Slow ring they will encounter the same issue with provisioning data. We apologize for the delay on this and are working to ensure it never happens again.

Ouch - how things very quickly turn from enthusiasm to frustration for Windows Insiders.

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Windows Insiders around the world are eagerly installing a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, the second one in the program, after Microsoft publicly announced two days ago that it would be released today - a full 55 days since the first build was made available back on 12 Feb 2015.

Although it is not standard practice for the company to commit to a date and time for these Insider builds The Ring Master himself, Gabe Aul, did so this past Wednesday during an appearance on Twit's Windows Weekly.

So over the last two days Windows Insiders have been eagerly making sure their supported Windows Phones, see the entire list here, are ready to go.

Unfortunately those with Lumia ICON & 930 are going to be left out of this round due to scaling issues with their handsets.  Aul indicated they should be included in the next build.

The Windows team did release a blog post along side of this build to provide Windows Insiders information about it, any known issues and other info.

What's new:

Project Spartan: An early version of Project Spartan is available in this flight. It uses our new rendering engine to give greater interoperability with the modern mobile web, and includes early versions of Reading View and Reading List. For now, Project Spartan is not the default browser, and exists side-by-side with IE11. You can find it in the All Apps list and pin it to your Start Screen from there. Please send feedback on sites and design. For more details on Project Spartan on the phone – see this blog post. Be sure to also check out this blog post from Joe.

New mail and calendar apps: Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar are the new built-in mail and calendar universal apps for Windows 10. These new apps bring a fresh UI, with a toggle to freely move between your email and calendar without returning to the Start screen. Outlook Mail includes customizable Swipe Gestures, letting you swipe right or left to take actions like delete, flag, move or mark as read/unread. Also check out the new email authoring experience. Outlook Mail leverages the familiar capabilities of Word to create a richer email experience. You can do formatting tricks like inserting tables, adding pictures and using bullets and text. Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar connects to Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, Google Calendar, Yahoo!, IMAP, POP and other popular accounts.

New Phone and Messaging apps: You’ll see our new Phone and Messaging apps in this build. Give them a try and let us know what you think. The Messaging app has a new visual design. You can also easily upgrade from a messaging conversation to a voice call with one click of the phone icon in the new app bar.

New People app: The new universal People app has a new visual design but will continue to be the comprehensive list of all your contacts across the services you care about such as Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, Facebook, etc. You’ll be able to easily manage all your contacts and quickly connect with them.

New Maps app: The first preview of our new universal Maps app on phone is now available. Maps offers you the features and tools you need to explore and navigate the world. This includes the best maps, aerial imagery, rich local search data, and voice guided navigation experiences from both Bing Maps and HERE maps, integrated together for the first time into a single app for Windows.

Updated App Switcher: Check out the updated app switcher by pressing and holding the back button on your phone to see your recently used apps. We’ve added support for landscape when invoked from an app being viewed in landscape. For large phones like the Lumia 1520, we’ve introduced a new grid layout so you can be more efficient at switching between apps. And we’ve extended the length of recently used apps to 15.

What is fixed:

  • We’ve updated the keyboard layout based on your feedback. The keyboard layout now has period, comma and emoji keys on first page of keyboard. Language switching is enabled by press-and-hold on the &123 key. There is also an option to replace the emoji key with the language switching key.
  • We’ve fixed the Cortana icon resolution so it now scales with tile size.
  • We’ve fixed the issue where the Photos app would fail to launch periodically when attempting to add a photo attachment to an email, OneNote or Facebook item.
  • We’ve fixed the issue where the Microsoft Band wouldn’t sync with your phone after upgrading to Windows 10.
  • The Photos app’s tile will now pick up the phone’s theme color before it’s launched and then start showing pictures from your collection including OneDrive in the Live tile.

Finally - the known issues:

  • There might be situations in which auto-upload of your Camera Roll to OneDrive may not be working. Please be sure to back up your photos especially if you need to use the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1.
  • The Office Hub has been removed from this build. You won’t be able to open Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote files in this build. Preview versions of the universal Office apps will be available in the coming weeks.
  • We are redoing how text messages are handled and processed by Cortana so in this build text messages cannot be read out over Bluetooth.
  • After upgrade, some apps that have been installed onto a SD memory card will fail to launch. To fix this, uninstall and reinstall the apps.
  • About 1% of the time, incoming phone calls may not play a ringing sound.
  • Call + SMS filtering will not work after upgrade.
  • For people upgrading their phone from Build 9941, there is a bug in which your phone’s MMS settings will be lost after upgrade. The new Messaging app doesn’t yet have the ability to re-enter these settings. You will need to use the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1 and then upgrade to this build to get MMS working again.
  • Also for people upgrading their phone from Build 9941, the tiles on your Start screen for the Camera and Photos apps may be missing or corrupt. You will have to unpin any corrupt tiles and re-pin the apps to your Start screen.
  • On some phones, due to a scaling bug the dismiss button won’t be visible when an alarm is triggered. To stop your phone from “alarming “just touch the arrow and swipe up on the notification and off the screen to end the alarm.
  • On phones with 512MB of memory, apps can randomly crash due to an issue with memory management.
  • Flight mode cannot be enabled.
  • Data connections can’t be disabled.
  • You may need to re-pin the Phone app after upgrade.
  • The Insider Hub is now included on Phone but may fail to launch on some phones.

So if you jump in be ready for anything and always keep the Windows Phone Recovery Tool handy as this is beta testing.

Let us know what you think of this new build, 10051, in the comments.

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