Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14279 Released to Fast Ring

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14279 Released to Fast Ring

Micosoft has given us another unicorn release on a Friday of their latest build of Windows 10 from the Redstone development branch.

OK, in reality these Friday release have nearly become a norm and I am sure many testers are happy to have a new build to poke around in over the weekend.

According to the release announcement for Windows 10 Build 14279 on PCs there are a few countries worth of folks that are going to be very happy with this build's release today.

I say that because the steady stream of requests from those folks in Brazil for Cortana finally gets answered for them and others in Mexico (Spanish) and Canada (French).

There is also an updated logon experience that combines the background for the Lock Screen and Logon Screen so that it is just one image. The image customization option will be under the Lock Screen in Settings. There is also work going on to make that login experience much smoother in future builds and to also allow those who use Windows Spotlight on their Lock Screen to share just one image between those two screens as well.

Other fixes in this new build according to Microsoft include:

  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge and Cortana were crashing for users with roaming profiles.
  • We fixed an issue where Cortana would continue to show reminders that have been completed.
  • We fixed an issue where items copied/moved to the desktop would not display until the desktop is manually refreshed by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing “Refresh” or pressing F5.
  • We fixed an issue where downloading certain drivers from Windows Update was causing some PCs to bluescreen.

Fast Ring releases also mean known issues and this build has it share of them as well:

  • We’re investigating an issue in which some Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book devices experience a freeze or hang and all input such as keyboard/trackpad and touch do not work. The workaround is to hold down the power button to force the device to hard-reboot.
  • We are continuing to track several issues reported by Insiders where some PCs will freeze or bluescreen when resuming from hibernation. Disabling hibernation is a workaround in some cases until this is fixed.
  • If you have Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Internet Security, or the Kaspersky Total Security Suite installed on your PC there is a known driver bug that prevents these programs from working as expected in builds from the Development Branch. We are partnering with Kaspersky to fix this issue for a future release, but at this time there are no known workarounds. While this issue is present, we recommend using Windows Defender or another third party anti-virus product of your choice to remain protected.
  • Turning on the “always show all icons in the notification area” setting disrupts the layout of the notification area (“systray”). Your notification area will look out of alignment.
  • We are seeing reports of crashes with apps such as QQ crashing due to an OS reliability issue we are currently investigating. This bug is also impacting older apps such as Windows Live Mail and Expression Encoder 4.

Enjoy your weekend of testing!

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