Microsoft is on a roll before the announcement of the Anniversary update and after the quick push of Build 14364 and Build 14367, here we have Build 14371 released to Insiders in Fast ring. You can read the official changelog and known issues by clicking here and here. We also explored and could find some unreported change that you can read here. Time for our evaluation and hands-on demo of the unreported changes of the build 14371. We have also shared our Impressions of the build including performance, multitasking, gaming, navigation demo, bugs & Installation experience of the Build 14371.
Build 14371 Installation Experience:
The Installation experience remains smooth in case of the Build 14371 on all our devices. It took around 40-45 minutes for the build to get downloaded, installed, data migrated and the devices getting up and running. While we didn’t face any issue during the update, you may face it and best is to wait and let it do its thing and finish data migration. In case it takes too much time try a soft reset and it may work finally. You can refer to our common issues and errors fixing guide for more.
Build 14371 Hands-on Impressions (Performance, Multitasking, Gaming, Battery Life & more):
Here is what we could notice while evaluating the build
- The Build 14371 packs many fixes and improvements. It feels to be fast and responsive during normal daily smartphone tasks like start-screen navigation, apps list scrolling, opening and closing of settings, handling calls, texts, Mails and more.
- Mobile Data and WiFi connectivity issues have been mostly sorted out in this build
- Native apps like Microsoft Edge, Maps, Camera, Outlook Mail & Calendar etc work fine. Sharing works flawlessly.
- The Store app behaves in a much better way on Build 14371, launches and works faster too
- Microsoft Edge has kept improving with every build. It loads pages faster and zooming, panning etc work appreciably well.
- Video streaming and playing also works fine without any issue like flickering faced on very early builds and we have demoed it too.
- Gaming also works fine and we have demoed it as well though game resume from background remains laggy
- Multitasking for apps works impressively and apps resume really fast from background. Apps don’t crash in background while multitasking, but games still take time in resuming from background.
- Battery Life seems much improved so far during our hands-on usage of the Build and we will report if we come to other conclusion after using it for more number of days.
Major Bug & Issues:
- Microsoft needs to improve resuming of games from background. May be both developers and Microsoft need to work together about fixing it
- Bluetooth functionality needs a UI and connectivity overhaul.
So, Build 14371 now feels one notch closer to be the release versions of Redstone aka Anniversary update build. In terms of performance, multitasking and overall polish it seems very close to earning a daily driver status for itself. We also want to make it clear that it is our hands-on experience with the build and your experience may vary and may be better or worse than ours.