This page is dedicated to the coverage of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Builds. All the major changes and new features revealed from previews or leaked Windows 10 Mobile Redstone (Anniversary Update) Builds, Hands-on demo videos, exclusive, leaked and rumored upcoming features of Windows 10 Mobile on one page for your convenience. Redstone version is the name for latest Windows 10 Mobile Build versions that Microsoft is planning to push later this year to devices running current Windows 10 Mobile version called Threshold.
In case you want to read the detailed massive changelog of Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update as compared to Threshold check our dedicated article.
Read our Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update definitive review along with hands-on demo of all new changes and features vs Threshold.
Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update upcoming Changes:
- Soon open links in associated apps rather than in Microsoft Edge browser
- A Continuum-compatible phone can connect to monitors/screens that are connected to Windows 10 PCs. Connection above the lock screen, as well as behind the lock screen, are supported.
- Touch input will be supported when connecting a Continuum-compatible phone to a touch monitor.
- We told you that soon you may be able to place or receive a call on your Windows 10 Mobile running Smartphone using a Windows PC connected to it via same Microsoft account or Continuum. And it seems we may soon see this capability arriving with future Redstone Builds or may be with the Anniversary update that has been teased coming to Insiders soon. The Sizzle video that Microsoft has shown during yesterdays’ Keynote Address at Build 2016 shows this ability very briefly. Check the screenshot above and also watch the sizzle video.
- Microsoft has announced during a Build 2016 session “Notifications in cloud” that Action Center will now support deeper sync via cloud allowing one-shot dismissal of notifications on all connected devices. The devices has to be connected via MSA of already feels to be so much helpful and saves lots of annoyance on the part of users.
- “Notification mirroring” and Universal Dismiss feature for notifications will also be supported in case of Android devices syncing notifications to a Windows 10 PC apart from syncing between Windows 10 PC and Mobile. This becomes possible because Notifications get stored in cloud and synced to connected devices via Cortana or MSA. Watch these features in action in video below
- Microsoft has revealed Notification Mirroring as the way to sync notifications on connected Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices. Now it seem users would be even able to opt out of notification mirroring for particular apps. The settings to opt out of the notifications mirroring will be listed in Cortana’s Notebook. Check the official slide image above that shows how these settings will look like.
- Chaseable Tiles is another new concept that Microsoft is bringing in Anniversary update. The earlier feedback was that Tiles tease but don’t deliver on what they tease meaning if you tap on a tile it doesn’t open the page or info directly that was shown on Tile but it launches the related app homepage. Now with chaseable tiles it is going to change and you will be able to access the info shown on Tiles directly.
- While we have heard about HP’s plan to bring virtualised Win32 apps on its HP Elite X3, it is clear now that Microsoft is bringing this feature as Windows 10 Mobile feature soon. As you can see in the screenshot above, Microsoft demoed Visual studio stored in cloud available on the phone and usable via Continuum for Phone on a big screen.
Windows 10 Mobile Redstone Builds Changelog & Hands-on
Build 14371 Official Changelog:
- We fixed an issue where the icon for Settings was missing from the Background apps and Data usage settings pages. We also fixed an issue where the Add (+) button was be clipped on certain pages, such as the Speech settings page, and also fixed an issue where Battery settings page would crash if the “Usage by apps” time interval was changed while the apps list was still loading.
- We fixed an issue resulting in a possible pitch change after an automatic track change when listening to certain media files streamed from OneDrive in Groove Music.
- We fixed an issue where tapping a notification in the Action Center wouldn’t do anything if Action Center had been opened above the Lock screen while “Enter Pin” was already showing. We also fixed an issue resulting in some notifications having an unexpectedly large amount of blank space.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the Start screen becoming green or kaleidoscope-like in appearance for a few seconds after quickly opening Action Center, closing it, then panning the screen.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the first word of spoken directions over Bluetooth getting clipped. We also fixed an issue that could result in no sound being heard over certain Bluetooth speakers despite seemingly functioning media controls, and improved general reliability of Bluetooth connection with cars.
- We fixed an issue where active keyboard after rebooting would be the last keyboard listed in Language settings page, as opposed to the preferred keyboard (first in the list).
- We fixed an issue where switching cellular data off while there’s no internet connectivity could result in the device freezing.
- We fixed where the ninja cat emoji was not displaying correctly when received in a notification.
- We fixed an issue where when using commands with Cortana above Lock screen, instead of saying “Please unlock your device”, Cortana would just say “Please” followed by a pin prompt, and upon entering pin, would not complete the command. We also fixed an issue where Cortana might prompt for a pin after sending a message using only voice above the Lock screen, despite it not being necessary.
- We fixed an issue where manual time and date overrides might not be preserved after a reboot and connecting to Wi-Fi.
- We fixed an issue where apps weren’t removed from the taskbar displayed over Continuum if they crashed, leading to possible duplicate app icons being shown.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps not being able to set the Lock screen or Start screen background.
- We fixed an issue resulting in a slight stutter or a few out of order frames after rotating the phone while watching a video in Movies and TV app.
- We fixed an issue where the camera button was active in the navigation bar instead of the back button in certain cases on the Lock screen where the back button is necessary, such as when the emergency call page, the shutdown curtain, an expanded interactive notification, or when Action Center is visible.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain UWP apps not scrolling up quite far enough after setting focus to a text box at the bottom of the screen, thus leading to the text box being covered by the app bar.
- We fixed an issue where Narrator spoke at an unexpectedly accelerated rate.
- We fixed an issue where icons displayed on an app’s splash screen could be unexpectedly large when opened on a second monitor over Continuum.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the un-pairing of certain Bluetooth devices never finishing if attempting to un-pair after rebooting the phone while the device is connected.
- We fixed an issue where an underlying crash could result in playback of an entire playlist in Groove Music to fail, rather than just the current track.
Build 14371 unreported Changes:
- A very important feature is about to arrive and its settings are already seen on Mobile Build 14371 now. We are talking about the Apps roaming or Handsoff feature that We told you to expect coming with Windows 10 Redstone. You can read our Redstone features & release date article by clicking here. Though it is still not clear how it will work but we may come to know soon. Go to Setting—>Privacy to check it.
- Cortana Home has some UI changes to show off.
- The what’s new arrow is gone (Check Build 14367 Hands-on) and now you are directly taken to Cortana Home on launching Cortana.
- The help is gone from Hamburger menu
- If you go to Cortana settings you can notice change in options
- Brightness has a “suggested” in place of Automatic on new devices like Lumia 550. It is not available on older devices.
Build 14371 Hands-on Impressions:
Build 14367 Official Changelog:
Microsoft has now made new Wallet app with Tap to Pay support available for Windows Insiders running a Windows 10 Mobile Redstone Build 14360 and higher. For your information Tap to Pay has been a long-awaited feature that Microsoft announced as coming to Windows 10 Mobile long-time ago. You can get information about supported Banks and more by going to new Microsoft Wallet site.
- For all of my fellow devs: you should now be able to deploy an app via Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 to a phone running this build. Thanks for being patient!
- We fixed the issue where Quick Actions in the Settings app were flipped from the order you saw it in the Action Center.
- We fixed an issue resulting in existing reminders failing to display in Cortana’s reminder section, and an error when attempting to save a new reminder.
- We fixed an issue where the text selection grippers would appear very tiny in certain places on high DPI phones, such as when selecting text in the reply textbox of an interactive notification.
- We reduced battery usage when Microsoft Edge is running in the background.
- We polished Action Center so that font size of dropdowns in interactive notifications is now consistent with surrounding text.
- We fixed an issue where Battery Saver wouldn’t be turned on after tapping the notification prompting you to turn on Battery Saver when battery is at 20%.
- We fixed an issue that could result in dropped keystrokes when typing in Outlook Mail or Word Mobile.
- We fixed an issue where, for phones that support it, the “3G Only” and “Only 3G or 4G” cellular options were not working correctly for some Insiders, resulting in 2G networks being selected.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Japanese Input Method Editor not working correctly in the All apps list search box.
- We updated the Phone Update and Update & Security icons in the Settings app to be more reflective of the action.
- Quick Actions in Action Center that turn on and off different functionality in your device, like Bluetooth on your phone or Tablet Mode on your PC, now have a transient On/Off text indicator so you can clearly see the state change for these. We fixed an issue where if you swiped up on a full screen VOIP notification, the dimmed screen behind it would flash. We also fixed an issue where you may not receive notification toasts until the next time the Action Center had been opened if you had tapped on a notification on the Lock screen but then aborted the prompt to enter your pin.
- We fixed an issue where Lock screen page in Settings may show incorrect data while page is loading.
- We fixed an issue where Quiet Hours might unexpectedly turn off after having been manually turned on using the Quick Action.
- We fixed an issue where certain sample images were displaying in portrait rather than landscape when used as a Lock screen background and phone was connected to an external monitor. In fixing this, these sample images have now become available to select as a background for your second monitor using Continuum.
- We fixed an issue that could result in key presses sometimes being entered multiple times over Miracast.
- We fixed an issue where the “The accessory you’re connecting to isn’t working” error was truncated on the Connect settings page.
- We fixed an issue where the Windows Hello icon might get stuck on the screen after logging in.
- We fixed an issue where selecting a letter from the All apps list would sometimes scroll that letter to the bottom of the screen, rather than the top.
Build 14367 unreported new changes:
- Now Cortana has the Mobile-PC notification mirroring settings listed for individual apps as can be seen in the screenshot above. So, now you can control for which app you want to sync notifications from Mobile to PC. Go to Cortana Home–>Settings—>Edit Sync Settings.
- This one looks interesting. Now if you long-press on quick-action buttons like “Location” and Battery in action center and it will take you to settings you will see the related quick action surrounded by a box. Check the second screenshot above.
- Set images as LockScreen / Background directly from Photos app is back. This feature was removed in Build 14361 but seems better sense prevailed and it is back with Build 14367.
- Microsoft mentioned in the official changelog, “Quick Actions in Action Center that turn on and off different functionality in your device, like Bluetooth on your phone or Tablet Mode on your PC, now have a transient On/Off text indicator so you can clearly see the state change for these.” Now you can see what it means in the screenshot above.
Build 14367 Hands-on Videos:
Build 14364 Official Changelog:
- We made some fit-and-finish updates to the Settings app such as tightening the spacing between checkboxes (like on the Sounds settings page). We also fixed an issue where settings pages wouldn’t show a progress indicator if they needed a while to load.
- We fixed an issue where a number of app logos were missing from notifications, despite them being visible in the Action Center.
- We fixed an issue where the Alarms and Clock Live tile would still show that an alarm was active after a one-time alarm had gone off and been dismissed.
- We fixed an issue where Cortana would prompt you to unlock your device before reading a text over Bluetooth.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge crashing when trying to scroll certain webpage.
- We fixed an issue where disconnecting from Bluetooth speakers would result in the phone being set to vibrate if it hadn’t already.
Build 14364 Hands-on Videos:
Build 14361 Official Changelog:
- We fixed the issue that was causing your phone to freeze after touching the screen immediately after enabling Narrator.
- We fixed an issue resulting in a strange grey bar frequently being seen on the left side of the Microsoft Edge browser window (for example, after invoking a context menu).
- Going forward from Build 14361, your preferred DPI setting will be backed up and reapplied when restoring your phone.
- We fixed an issue where “Find on Page” in Microsoft Edge wouldn’t always scroll the word into view. We also fixed an issue resulting in videos played on Facebook flickering if you started playing them after rotating the phone with the video in full screen mode.
- We fixed an issue where text was being truncated instead of wrapped in the Windows Insider Program page in the Settings app.
- We polished the notification dismissal model. Now if you receive and dismiss multiple interactive notifications in a row, the black transparent background will not start fading away between them. We fixed an issue that was making it more difficult to dismiss a notification with a hero image, an issue where peeking at a notification while watching Netflix would result in the video pausing, an issue where the keyboard could end up covering the quick reply text box, and an issue where certain notifications might just say “new notification” after a reboot. We also fixed an issue where Action Center would close unexpectedly quickly if a notification had been expanded when you start moving the Action Center’s border up. And we also fixed an issue where an incoming notification would stop Action Center from opening if you were in the process of swiping it down when a notification arrived.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the “now charging” sound frequently playing twice when the charging cable has been plugged in.
- We fixed an issue where the “Everytime” setting for how often to prompt for pin would be blank on the Sign-in Settings page after opening Settings from the Lock screen.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to infinitely cycle left or right through the Phone app’s tabs.
- We fixed an issue where the Lumia 535 and 540 were not displaying a flash toggle in the Camera app.
- We have updated the text prediction engine for multilingual users, so now the candidates you see when selecting a word will be based on the active keyboard language, rather than the language that was active at the time the word was written.
- You can now use the keyboard with one hand with additional 5-inch devices such as the Lumia 640 and 830. To use this feature, press the space bar and slide the keyboard to the left or the right – whatever feels most comfortable for you! To return the keyboard to the center, press the space bar again, and slide it back to the middle. You can also slide the keyboard up, using the same method, so it’s closer to the top of the screen if you prefer a higher grip on your phone.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to infinitely cycle left or right through the Phone app’s tabs.
Build 14361 unreported changes:
- Now, when you add a contact to speed dial, go for searching contacts or when you try to dial someone you will be shown contact suggestions based on your recent call history.
Build 14361 Hands-on Videos:
Build 14356 Official Changelog:
Get notifications from your phone to your PC: Cortana will now surface your phone notifications and critical alerts, including messages from messaging services, SMS or social media as well as missed calls from any Windows 10 phone or Android device to your PC, so you never miss a beat while staying focused on your PC.
NOTE: Android requires Cortana version 1.7.1 or higher. (download here for U.S. and download here for China) Some actions on Cortana forward notifications may not be fully functional yet, including reply from PC (for Windows 10 Mobile). Muting the forwarded Windows 10 Mobile notifications per app will come soon. In the meantime, if you want to stop receiving phone notifications, go to Cortana settings and toggle off “Send notifications between devices”.
Send a photo from your phone to PC: If you need to quickly transfer a photo from your phone to your PC wirelessly – just ask Cortana “send this photo to my PC” and see what happens. This feature is currently exclusive to Windows 10 phones.
New listening animation: When you tap the mic icon in Cortana, there is a new animation that shows Cortana is listening to you as you speak.
Build 14356 unreported changes:
- Check how Settings main page has changed in this before-after comparison. The font size for main “Settings” text has grown a lot. Text for all settings options have also grown a little over what was in last build.
- Cortana Menu has also seen changes in UI with Settings & feedback moving to bottom.
- App icons for Notifications in Action Center have regained colors after going transparent on Build 14342.
- The sub-settings page now don’t have the big “Settings” on top.
- You can see similar changes on “Notifications & Actions” settings page and all other sub-settings pages, where font size for “Title Headings” have grown a lot now. Check the before and after comparison below.
- There are other changes like Brightness Slider replaces the drop-down Brightness menu from last builds (on some devices)
- Microsoft Edge also has changes in text size and icons (grown from last build)
Build 14356 Hands-on Videos:
Build 14342 Official Changelog:
Swipe navigation in Microsoft Edge: Since the release of Windows 10 Mobile, our top feedback request for Microsoft Edge has been asking for the return of the swipe gesture to navigate back and forward. With this build, you can now swipe from anywhere on the page to get back to your previous page.
Apps for websites: As we discussed at Build 2016, you will soon be able to redirect certain websites to open with an app instead. This is a new capability so apps that support this are still in progress. In preparation for their availability we have added a new page at Settings > System > Apps for websites where you will be able to manage them. Stay tuned for more on this.
Feedback Hub improvements: We’ve heard from you that it can sometimes be hard to find which category your feedback belongs in. Now when you create new feedback, the Feedback Hub will suggest categories and subcategories based on the title and description you entered. If you see a suggestion that looks right, just click it to fill in the menus and get your feedback to the right engineers quickly.
Build 14342 unreported changes:
- Latest Microsoft Edge 14 on Build 14343 scores a high of 463 as compared to Edge 13’s score of 442 on Build 10586.318.
- Notifications wear a revamped new look and more in line with Dark Theme of Windows 10 Mobile.
- Icons of the apps like WhatsApp and Twitter have changed and now look even better
- The notifications time has moved from right to below the notifications
- Notifications can be expanded to reveal even more information
- There are many changed icons for Settings and Sub-settings. As you can see in the image above even Windows Insider Ring Selector has got a new icon in Build 14342.
- Audio Routing options, which became available with the Build 14306 but works flawlessly now on Build 14342.1003 and we can confirm it, but we are not sure whether it didn’t work before.
- Coming to second change, if you check now you will hear new Screenshot capture and Camera sounds. Watch the video below to hear both the sounds on Build 10586.318 and on Build 14342.1003.
- Device Encryption has moved under “Update & Security” in one more unreported change. You can similarly notice many more settings and sub-settings icon changes.
- Messaging Settings page has been revamped
- Phone settings have been revamped too
Build 14342 Hands-on Videos:
Build 14332 unreported changes:
- The Favorites, Reading List, History and Downloads have moved to top in the settings, providing easier accessibility
- Insider Preview Ring Selector has drop-down selection of ring instead of slider.
- Removed Messaging-Skype Integration
- You can change the Cortana language right in Cortana Home all thanks to a new option provided in its Settings. Cortana keeps working on your device even if you change its language to available options English UK, US, Australia or Canada.
- King-Size notifications from native apps like Store, Messaging etc
Build 14332 Hands-on Videos:
Build 14328 unreported changes:
- Project My Screen over Wi-Fi works now on supported devices
Build 14328 Hands-on Videos:
Build 14327 Official Changelog:
- “Messaging everywhere” feature in Windows 10 that allows you to send and receive text messages from your phone directly from your Windows 10 PC’s.
- With this build, we are enabling Cortana for the Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil) and French (Canada) languages for Mobile (available previously in PC builds).
Build 14327 unreported changes:
- Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 feature is here now as can be seen in the first screenshot. You need to go to Settings–>Network & Wireless—>Wi-Fi—>Manage.
- Insider Preview Ring selector has also landed and it presents similar slider to change rings, as seen in Windows 10 PC builds. You need to go to Settings–>Update & Security—>Windows Insider Program to check this.
- App update notifications are back in Action Center now
- Microsoft Edge has “Account Settings” and “Device Sync settings”shortcuts. The purpose seem to be easy accessibility of these settings from Microsoft Edge itself.
- Here is one of the unreported features which allows one to delete test messages by simply swiping left. Once you have deleted the messages you are also presented with the option of “undo” you action.
- Not only swipe to delete has been added to messaging with Build 14327, there is one more feature that has made a comeback. You an again tap left to any of the messages and multi-select or select all of them. This was again a much used feature that went missing on Windows 10 Mobile.
Build 14327 Hands-on Videos:
- Visual changes to Action Center: Individual app notifications in Action Center no longer show the app icon repeated for each notification and will only be seen in the header that groups together all the notifications specific for that app. This change allows for more space in Action Center to show more content.
- Visual changes to Notifications: We’re making Action Center richer with support for notifications with more flexible layouts similar to the richness of Live Tiles. Notifications with images will now display larger than they did previously. Notifications can have “hero image” for content that is an even bigger image size to make content in notifications pop even more.
- Cortana notifications in Action Center: We have also added new insights from Cortana to ensure you are not missing anything important, such as a meeting conflict or anything she needs to remind you about.
- Notification prioritization in Action Center: You can manage the notification settings for individual apps by going to Settings > System > Notifications & actions and prioritize which app notifications are more important to you. You can prioritize its notifications to be in one of 3 levels: Normal, High, or Top. You can also adjust how many notifications are visible per app. The default is now 3 per app. If an app has more than 3 notifications, just click or tap to expand and see all notifications for that app. This feature is also available on PC starting with Build 14316.
- Customize your Quick Actions in Action Center: You can add, remove and re-arrange the Quick Actions that show up in Action Center. To customize your Quick Actions, just go to the Settings > System > Notifications & actions. In this settings page, you will see a replica of your Quick Actions as it appears in Action Center, and with a simple press and hold you can move the Quick Actions to the place where you want them to be. Then to add or remove a Quick Action, there is a link below the grid that will allow you to turn on or off the available Quick Actions.
- More ways to create Cortana Reminders: We are making it easier and quicker to set a reminder in Cortana with 2 new exciting ways to create reminders. You can now create a Photo Reminder by taking a picture of something you want to be reminded about, like that beer you just tried and want to pick up next time you’re at the store. You can also now set reminders on content from UWP apps that utilize the share contract in Windows, like Microsoft Edge and the News app, so you don’t forget to read that article your friend sent you. You can share an article from the News app to Cortana and have her remind you to read it at a later time. This even works with photos from your collection in the Photos app! Give it a try.
- Icons for individual settings pages: All pages in the Settings app now have individual icons associated with them. These individual icons will also be shown when you pin a settings page to Start. And we have also added a dropdown flyout with page suggestions that will appear as you type into the Settings search box. These changes are designed to make it easier to find the settings you are looking for.
- Glance screen settings have moved: As part of our work to make settings more discoverable and user friendly, we’ve simplified the Glance settings options and moved the page out of the Extras section in the Settings app. These settings can now be found via Settings > Personalization > Glance screen. With this change, Glance settings no longer need to be downloaded or updated from the Store.
- Updated Battery Settings and Battery Saving Experience: Just like what was seen in last week’s PC build, there is now a single entry point for all battery related settings in the Settings app – including Battery Saver. This also includes the updated the Detailed Battery Use page so you can now manage the per-app background settings inline without going to a second page. You can also adjust the percentage in which Battery Saver turns on (which is at 20% by default) – something we had with Windows Phone 8.1 that Insiders wanted to see us re-implement as we merged Battery Sense into the Settings app for both PC and mobile.
- Updated Windows Update Settings: You can now also set the time in which you are most active on your phone just like on your PC by adjusting active hours under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. Windows Update will avoid automatically installing updates during your active hours on your device.
- Updated emoji. This build brings our new emoji to your phone. As part of this work, the emoji section of the keyboard has been slightly reorganized to better align with the newly available emoji. It’s now arranged as follows: Favorites, Smileys and Animals, People, Celebrations and Objects, Food and Plants, Transportation and Places, Symbols, and ASCII emoticons.
- Better copy/paste: We’ve made a couple of improvements to copy and paste on the phone. When you are typing into an edit box on a web page, you will now be able to use the paste button above the keyboard. Also, if you select text on a web page the copy button will appear immediately near the selection.
- Better tab behavior: Microsoft Edge keeps your tabs under control when you use it with apps on your phone. If you tap on a link in an app that opens a new tab in Microsoft Edge, pressing the back button when you’re done will close that tab, then take you back to the app. Your tabs list stays lean and relevant, by smartly closing tabs you’re done with.
- USB Ethernet Support with Continuum (Mobile). Continuum-capable phones now include support for most USB Ethernet adapters. If you connect a USB Ethernet adapter your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL via the Microsoft Display Dock for example – you will have network connectivity through an attached Ethernet cable. A few notes on this feature:
- You may see an error message the first time you connect. There is nothing wrong with your adapter, and the message will be eliminated in a future update.
- Not all adapters are supported yet – more will be added in a future update.
- In this update, you will not see a visual indicator that you are connected, so if you want to double-check that it’s working you can turn off Wi-Fi and cellular data.
- Windows 10 Mobile supports proxy configuration for Wi-Fi and VPN connections. Proxy support for LAN connections will be available in a future update.
- Camera button on the Lock screen: When your phone is locked, the back button on the navigation bar is now replaced with a camera button. Press and hold this button to launch the Camera app from the Lock screen.
- Media controls show on top of the Lock screen: We’ve heard a lot of feedback on this so we’re really excited to get this out to Insiders. While you are listening to music, you will now be able to control the music you are listening to right from the Lock screen! If you turn on your phone’s screen, the media controls will now be shown embedded right on top of the Lock screen.
- Commenting in the Feedback Hub. Just like on PC, you also have the ability to comment on feedback inside the Feedback Hub on your phone in addition to the responses from our engineering team you have seen in the app already (we call these “sticky comments”). So in addition to up-voting on feedback, you can now comment on feedback too.
- Navigation bar settings page and vibration setting: We created a page for the navigation bar at Settings > Personalization > Navigation bar. You can now use this page to configure preferences for vibration and double tap the navigation bar to turn off the screen.
Build 14322 Unreported changes:
- if you long press on notifications & group name of notifications in Action Center you get a context sensitive menu with useful options like,
- Make this app high-priority
- Turn-off notifications from particular app
- Go to notifications settings directly
- New only 4G or 3G option apart from existing 3G only option
- Audio Routing options are also here. You can choose between Automatic, Bluetooth device and Phone Speaker when you make or receive a call.
- Also you can toggle on the option of “while making a call, turn on the speaker when I move my phone away from my ear”.
- Go Forward option in Microsoft Edge
Build 14322 Hands-on Videos:
- The Mobile Hotspot page has some changes and a new option of a Bluetooth device being able to switch Hotspot from WiFi to Bluetooth
- The leaked feature of Cortana as the default messaging app is here but doesn’t work
- Updated Maps app: This build includes a updated Maps app for Windows 10 that brings a more lightweight, scalable, and consistent UI as well as underlying architecture improvements and new features for you to try!
- One-tap access to search and directions from anywhere, even on your phone. This is great especially for one-handed use.
- You can view multiple searches and directions at the same time, on the same map as they are layered on top of each other and you can use tabs or the map to switch between them.
- You can now minimize search results, directions, and location info to enjoy more of the map, while keeping them in easy reach.
- You can see labels for your search results directly on the map. No more numbers to match between the map and the list.
- Cortana will give you turn-by-turn directions (if Cortana is enabled).
- We have improved the logic for nearby searches so you should see better (closer) results.
- We have added the ability to search for your favorite city in the 3D cities list so no more scrolling forever to get to the city you want.
- You can now access your favorites offline and add notes to them.
- We have updated the turn-by-turn design to improve glanceability and landscape layout.
- Updated Alarms & Clock app: We have pushed out an update to the Alarm & Clock app that introduces a new inline time picker and improved design for creating and editing alarms and timers.
- Introducing Feedback Hub: The Feedback Hub carries over all of the best things from the previous two apps plus a few new things. When you open Feedback Hub for the first time, you will see a search box at the top so you can quickly find and upvote feedback items from other Insiders or submit new feedback. You will also notice that Announcements and Quests show up together in a single feed under “What’s new”. When you submit new feedback to us, we have added a new description field so you can explain in more detail the feedback you are sending to us.
Build 14291 Hands-on Videos:
- The leaked feature that allows one to see more information on connected Windows 10 PCs, when your battery is low or even when you miss any app notifications, calls or text on your phone is available with Build 14283. We tested and we could see the low phone battery notification on our Windows 10 PC connected with same account.
- New Tile Re-sizing animation
- Notifications can be disabled from appearing in Action Center only, but still can show banners and other notifications
- Phone Setting page has seen a revamp
- Advanced Settings allows one to get call transfer button in the call UI
- There is new “Your Info” section under Accounts Settings
- Improvements to the Phone app: We know how important it is to stay informed when someone is trying to reach you, whether that’s through notifications, Live tiles on your Start screen, or directly within your communications applications. To help with this, we’ve added missed call and voicemail waiting indicators to the tabs inside the Phone app. Once you navigate to a tab with a missed call or voicemail – the indicator goes away. We’ve got another change coming that will keep the indicator in place until you navigate away from the tab. There is also a bug where you might not see the indicator clear right away – a fix is coming soon for this as well. Let us know what you think!
- Updates to Outlook Mail & Calendar: Yesterday, we released an update to the Outlook Mail & Calendar apps that introduces some new features and improvements. In Outlook Mail, you can turn off the message preview text in the message list (Settings > Reading > Conversation and turning “Show preview text” off). You can also quickly get rid of junk email in your inbox by pressing down on a message to bring up the context menu and choosing ‘Move to Junk’. In Outlook Calendar, you can now let others know “I’ll be late” directly from meeting notifications.
- We’re introducing Visual Voicemail for dual-SIM devices such as dual-SIM Lumia 950 XL! Work for this feature was in Friday’s release but due to the above mentioned bug impacting notifications it was not working correctly. But now the experience should be working as expected.
- We’ve released an update to the People app that brings back the history feature. For a given contact you communicate with, you can view the interaction, whether by today, yesterday, last week etc. Right now, your Skype messages won’t show up in history yet but we’re working on enabling this in a future update. Also – we’re tracking a bug in which opening an email item in history might not take you to that specific email.
- Now you can have 16 Apps cards open in Multitasking UI up from only 8 possible in Threshold.
- Messaging + Skype has various Mojis available now including the Love Mojis.
- Insider Hub makes a comeback as expected. Build 10586 being a RTM buid it was removed by Microsoft, but now it is back with Build 14267
- A very important features that is much used in countries, where 3G signal can still go weak in places, is back now. We are talking about 3G only feature, that is back in Mobile + Sim settings
- Search for music easier in Cortana: We have made it easier to invoke music search in Cortana by adding a music search icon to the top right of Cortana. You can now open Cortana and tap on the music search icon to have Cortana listen and search for the song that’s playing.
- Word Flow now works in the address bar in Microsoft Edge on your phone: For fans of Word Flow, we heard your feedback, and we have re-enabled the ability to use shape writing in the address bar in Microsoft Edge on your phone!
- Open InPrivate tabs more easily in Microsoft Edge on your phone: We take the need for private browsing seriously, and InPrivate has been a feature of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Mobile from day one. However, we received feedback from Windows Insiders that the InPrivate feature was either hard to find or missing on their phones. As a result, we’ve moved the button to create a new InPrivate tab to appear right next to the new tab button. The next time you need a private tab in Microsoft Edge, you’ll find it right in your tabs view. Try it out on your phone and let us know what you think.
- Improved Download Prompts in Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge will now show a prompt when you start a download, allowing you to cancel unwanted downloads.
Messaging + Skype improvements: You can now attach photos to your Skype messages by tapping on the paperclip icon at the lower left as you’re composing a new Skype message to a contact. Additionally, you can also invoke the Camera app to take a photo to attach to your Skype message too or send along your location.
Windows 10 Mobile Threshold Coverage
We have divided the full Windows 10 Mobile coverage into three sections:
- Upcoming confirmed / Leaked
- Exclusively reported / Tips
- Detailed Changelog from the latest Preview builds
Click on the links provided to read more.
Upcoming confirmed / Leaked Features:
- Official Slides reveal six quick-action buttons, Interactive Tiles in works, more actionable notifications
- Continuum for phones allows Phones to become PC. Hands-on demo video
- Not only you can expand and reply to messages in “Notification center”, it seems you can like Facebook posts too after expanding it in future builds. Read more here.
- Native Gapless Audio playback.
- Windows 10 Phones Demo: USB OTG, Arduino support.
- Official slides and documents reveal changes in Windows 10 for Phones Call, Phone app, Contact & Call history UI.
- Contact cards now has option of choosing between Sim, Lync, Skype and Xbox
- Set Skype as default call & text option in Contact card, messaging & more
- Windows 10 to support higher than 2560×2048 (QSZGA) resolutions, Octa-Core, Hexa-Core processors
- Windows 10 imaging features include Video HDR, 4K capture, profile support and more
- Windows 10 supports activity detection & many new sensors.
- Flyout Tiles (3D-Touch) revealed in a documentation.
- Now, split view has appeared in API documentation and as you can see in the above screenshot needs “Windows Phone Threshold” or Windows 10 for Phones as the minimum requirement. Read more here.
Some Windows 10 Mobile tips & exclusives:
1) That expandable action center is great and also the fact that you can access so many quick-access buttons by expanding it. But if you long press on any of these quick-access button it will take you to the settings of that button. For example in below screenshot I long pressed on “Brightness” quick action button to go to “Brightness” settings.
2) If you copy text and then lock your phone on Windows 10 for Phones you don’t loose it. What that means you can unlock your phone and can still find the text copied and retained to clipboard to paste it anywhere you want. That looks quite useful.
3) So, if you have a Windows Phone device with screen size of more than 5-inch, you can move your keyboard and reposition it.
6) Daily backups can be scheduled with and beyond Build 10051. App data and System settings have separate toggles now.
7) Build 10136 brings native GIF support.
8) Internet Explorer on Windows 10 for Phones now supports “Live Streaming”
Preview Build 10536.1004 coverage
Hands-on video & impressions:
- Living Images play & Rich Capture editing experience baled in native Photos app. You can even capture and edit Living images with Rich capture. Read more.
- The Photos app has been updated to include features you have been asking for to help you do more with your photos. This update introduces a folder view that makes it easy for you to see your OneDrive and PC folders in the Photos app. On your phone, you can also see folders on your SD card.
- This update also brings faster photo viewing and context menus. Specifically, for phones, zoom and panning is faster, and we’ve introduced favorites.
- USB EEM on / off toggle in developer options
- Some changes in Start personalization settings. You now have option to choose the background image from “My Picture / Sample Pictures”. Also the Background style settings viz “Tile style / Full Screen picture” is a separate option now.
- Provisioning is back in Accounts settings
- Mobile & Sim options page has many settings changes
- Highest HTML5 score of 439/555 for the latest Microsoft Edge.
- Insider Hub is now included again!
- Mobile hotspot functionality has been fixed.
- Voice input has been updated to add support for Japanese and English (India) speech recognition.
- Single hop updates are again available from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview for all devices.
- Two-factor authentication is fixed when setting up a device for both text and phone authentication.
- Start screen will successfully load instead of failing with “Loading …” displayed in a loop until device was rebooted. (We are still tracking down an issue were it may show “Loading …” for a few seconds.)
- Quite Hours\Do Not Disturb has been fixed.
- Delay in showing date and time on Lock screen has been improved.
- Pinch and zoom in Maps now works as expected.
- One-handed mode: One-handed mode on all phones which can be enabled by pressing and holding the Start button. When you do this, your screen will slide down so you can reach items at the top of your screen.
Preview Build 10512 coverage
Hands-on video & impressions:
- General improvement in overall stability and performance.
- You can now set the Lock screen and background image from within the Photos app.
- We fixed an issue where apps installed on SD cards weren’t working after a reboot.
- We have improved Latvian and Chinese inputs.
- We have made improvements to the Kid’s Corner tile layout.
- We have improved reliability of Data Sense notifications.
- Modified Shape Writing algorithm to be less aggressive in suggesting contact names over common words.
- Resolved an issue where Camera would not launch when the phone was locked.
- We fixed an issue where notifications for incoming text messages weren’t appearing.
- We fixed an issue where the touch screen wouldn’t be responsive after ending a phone call on some devices.
- And we fixed an issue where folder tiles have obviously overlapping text.
Preview Build 10166 coverage
Hands-on video & impressions:
- The built-in camera app includes rich capture by default and video recording has options up to 120fps.
- Microsoft Edge and Store apps both have transparent tiles instead of the default blue color.
- Very smooth transitions for opening and switching apps.
- The People app’s live tile uses circles where your contact’s pictures roll around instead of square tiles that flip.
- The volume slider is back to being rounded again.
- Show Alarms, reminders and incoming VOIP calls on the lock screen possible in notifications settings now
- Updated Phone settings
- Dialer ID visibility can be controlled whether to be shown to everyone
- Add boarding passes and tickets in one “Pocket”. Wallet is back and is capable of adding “loyalty cards and passes by linking apps from the store to your wallet”
- Allows you to add or remove individual apps that can run in background and also push notifications, even when Battery Saver is on.
- New icons for File explorer and Battery Saver action button
- New improved UI animations
- Landscape settings UI is gone on devices with display size less than or equal to 5-inch
- People Live Tile with new animation is here
Preview Build 10149 coverage
Hands-on video & impressions:
- First changes you will notice is the re-branding to Microsoft Edge and brand-new icon.
- Website preference option of Mobile / Desktop is now available.
- Address bar has moved to the bottom and tabs are also present to the left of address bar. Good job Microsoft.
- Clear browsing data has more options to choose from
- Four column of mid-size tiles on start screen
- Four rows of action buttons in action center
- Cellular, Torchlight and Note are new toggles
- Search bar in app list is dark and app filter view has a new look
- Swiping up to display and disappear navigation bar is back with Build 10149
- Some apps like camera have new Icons
- New icons in the volume bar
- Cortana has many UI changes to show especially in the hamburger menu.
- All settings have moved to Notebook along with Quite hours, About me and revamped interests.
- Lock Screen Cortana settings and read incoming message aloud option is now available under Cortana settings.
- New interests like Transportation can be seen on Notebook.
- The individual interests on Notebook have also undergone UI changes.
- One-handed phablet use feature to more devices like Lumia 540, Lumia 640, Lumia 930 and more. Read more about one-handed phablet use feature watch it in action here.
- Private notifications are here. So, you can go to settings–>Notifications & Actions and set “notifications private on the lock screen” for the app you desire. Once you have toggle on this option all the notifications from the app in question will appear as private notifications on the lock screen and in action center.
- “your account settings” that allows you to manage the existing Microsoft account used on the device. What is more interesting though is the “Add a Microsoft account” option.
- A folder called “Recorded calls” doesn’t appear, until you open the voice recorder app for the first time, after the installation of the Build 10149. Not only this if you check app permissions it does mention “Recorded calls folder”.
- It also seems that Windows 10 Mobile Build 10149 finally brings the “FLAC audio support” to Windows 10 Mobile. It was confirmed by Microsoft and while we never checked it on older builds, it is working in Build 10149.
- WiGig support comes with Build 10149.
- Windows 10 Mobile Build 10149 has also removed the annoying cellular data use limit for app and other downloads. Now you an install heavy games using cellular data, if you wish to do so.
Preview Build 10136 changelog
- One-handed Phablet use feature & movable Keyboard for devices with display size greater than 5-inch.
- Store Beta update brings Dark Theme
- It also brings automatic apps update option
- New Spartan browser also brings Dark Theme
- You can now pin sites to start screen
- Password saving option is now working
- New Icons for settings, Quick action buttons in Action Center and even for unpinning and resizing of the apps on Start screen.
- Search button has become a search bar in the app list.
- Small changes in the multitasking layout. New close button and the background image is now visible in multitasking view.
- Revamped Landscape mode in Settings (Only for 720p and 1080p display devices).
- Digital Video stabilization, a much-needed feature for Lumia devices without OIS has arrived and as we have earlier seen it works really well in stabilizing the video capture.
- Camera app has been updated to 5.31.0 and it has revamped UI.
- Again lots of new icons can be seen along with change in the way you access the settings, and good news is that it is back to old ways and you can access the settings from extreme right pivot.
- Native printing option has arrived with the Build 10136
- Print to PDF feature is also here. You can watch official print to PDF feature demo and read more about printing support here.
- Build 10136 brings the developer options that were seen on Windows 10 PC. You can now sideload apps or use developer mode if you wish to do so. We tried and could install leaked apps like OneClip and Revolve on our device. The developer options can be accessed by going to Settings—->Update & Security.
- Backup options have changed again. Now, you can toggle on or off backup to OneDrive from participating apps. This is a neat feature and will help in restoring devices without loosing app data in process.
- Also, photos backup option has moved to the new OneDrive app and you need to setup photos backup by going to OneDrive settings (shown in screenshot above). Message backup has moved under messaging settings (Settings—->System—->Messaging).
- In the Photos app, tap on a month to get a list of months so you can quickly “jump” to photos you may have taken a while ago. You can also now double-tap to zoom on a photo. Albums are now available.
- Cortana’s Homepage has Dark theme now. Tracking of your flights and packages has also been enabled so whenever you get an e-mail with flight or package information they show up in the Cortana experience and Cortana will also alert you about them. Alerts for going to work, going home and the airport are also enabled again. Further you can ask questions to weather, currency information, stock quotes and more and get the answers directly inline.
- There are far too many subtle changes in the UX to cover. You’ll notice some obvious ones right away, like the PIN pad is now transparent and slides up over your Lock screen image instead of displacing it.
- Export contacts to SIM option has arrived with this build
- Mobile & SIM settings app has been redesigned and sports a new UI
- It comes with a 3G only option
- WiFI toggle can be now switched on and off in action center to allow or stop WiFi connection. Long press on WiFi action button reveals the WiFi settings.
- Notifications UI has changed and it is now all toggles to control what notifications you want. Settings–>System–>Notifications & Actions.
- The Battery Saver settings has got the options to control background apps back. Go to Settings–>System–>Battery Saver
- Tap on Battery use and you will be able to see all the apps that run in background. Tapping on any app takes you to detailed settings, where you can chose whether the app runs in background or even when Battery Saver is on.
- Tap on Battery saver settings and you will be taken to the second screenshot below, where you can also allow push notifications from apps when the Battery Saver is on and you can also add apps that can run in background when battery saver is on. So this is an alternate way to add or control app that runs in background when battery saver is on.
- The third screenshot below can be accessed from privacy settings. Settings—>Privacy–>Background apps. So one more place to control which apps run in background. Microsoft may streamline the whole process in coming builds we think.
Outlook Mail changes:
- New Icons for some quick-action buttons like “New mail”.
- Tapping on Hamburger button now doesn’t reveal all mail boxes but you need to again tap on the current mail account to reveal all configured accounts to choose from.
- Mail reading view has a new look and the quick action buttons have moved to bottom with all new icons and design.
- Settings page now have more options like Background Picture (not working yet)
- Reading settings are now separated from options.
- Now you can set options for mailboxes separately
Outlook Calendar changes:
- Calendar has a new quick action button that allows to swap between day and agenda view
- Tapping on the Month on top of the calendar brings Monthly view
- Settings show new color options and the settings page has a new look
Word for Windows 10—Create and edit great looking documents with Word. Review and mark-up documents, then share your work with others to collaborate in real time. The new Insights for Office feature (powered by Bing) in Read mode brings additional online resources like images, web references and definitions right to you in your reading experience.
Excel for Windows 10—Use Excel to create and update spreadsheets and gain new insights as you analyze data and visualize it with charts. And new touch-first controls shine in Excel, you won’t even miss your keyboard and mouse when selecting ranges of cells, formatting your pie charts or managing your workbooks.
PowerPoint for Windows 10—Create and edit beautiful presentations with PowerPoint. Then use Presenter View to prepare and present with confidence, even use Ink Tools to annotate your slides in real time so your audience really knows what you are talking about.
OneNote for Windows 10—Capture all your thoughts, ideas and to-do’s with the new version of OneNote. Getting things done with your friends, classmates and colleagues has never been easier with shared notebooks–now with the consistent Office ribbon experience.
Second Preview Build 10051 & 10052 changelog
- Spartan browser that will become the default browser for Windows 10
- Phone and Messaging apps are redesigned and the UI may be liked or disliked depending upon your taste.
- In both Phone and messaging apps you can chose “Spam Filter” app and even app for “caller Id”.
- So, the anti-theft reset protection that we found in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 has arrived with latest Windows 10 for phones build.
- Also interesting to see the task or app switcher in landscape mode. Though you need to use an app in landscape mode to use this.
- Battery Saver percentage threshold can be changed
- Multitasking switcher has landscape mode and changed app cards look. On phablets app cards can be arranged in grids.
- Keyboard has new settings like “Text-cursor controller, show speech button” etc.
- Lumia Camera 5.5.7 is really the fastest Lumia Camera app yet in terms of both launch and shot to shot timings. We have demoed it on Lumia 925 and Lumia 525. Also on demo is the feature which allows one to shoot video or burst capture by long-pressing the camera button when in Photo mode.
- People app has a new look and may be liked and disliked depending upon individual taste.
- Outlook Mail has in-line reply, toggle to choose mail accounts, one tap integration to Outlook Calendar, much better message typing and very rich formatting features. You can also swipe left or right to do many things like delete, mark unread, Flag based on what you select in settings
- Outlook Calendar has integration with Outlook Mail and a easy to use UI. Though it still looks incomplete.
- Individual Settings pinning to home-screen now possible, changed dialer, New enhanced Keyboard settings & more
- Option to choose Spam filter app (Call & message blocking). Changes Multitasking cards view. Read more here.
- New messaging app with multiple services integration
- LED notifications are finally here and if your device has LED support then you should be able to use it
- Spartan Browser details: It will also land with further builds.
- Cortana integration: Cortana comes to help you at right moments in Spartan
- Offline Reading mode, reading list
- Support for widest range of content
- new icons at the bottom and two themes dark and light.
- Ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience
- Spartan is a single browser designed to work great across the entire Windows 10 device family – from keyboard and mouse on the Windows 10 desktop to touch, gestures, voice, controllers and sensors.
- Powered by a new rendering engine, Spartan is designed for interoperability with the modern web. Microsoft has moved away from the versioned document modes historically used in Internet Explorer, and now uses the same markup as other modern browsers. Spartan’s new rendering engine is designed to work with the way the web is written today.
- Spartan provides compatibility with the millions of existing enterprise web sites designed for Internet Explorer. To achieve this, Spartan loads the IE11 engine for legacy enterprise web sites when needed, while using the new rendering engine for modern web sites. This approach provides both a strong compatibility guarantee for legacy enterprise web sites and a forward looking interoperable web standards promise.
In case of upcoming text messages you can expand the message pop up by pulling it down and then can reply to the message in-line while not opening it and even after expanding in the Action Center. And while we tried to check whether it works for Skype or incoming Mails, it doesn’t seem to be the case. You see the banners on top but can’t reply in-line. Though, good news is that you can reply in-line to messages even from Lock screen by expanding the notification. You can also take action on Alarm notifications and we will keep finding more.
It is a welcome change and now you can expand those notifications that don’t show up in full and you can read them completely in the Action Center and if they are actionable like messages, you can reply to them from Action Center itself.
Clearing individual notifications:
No more clearing all notifications of a group in one go even if you wanted to clear only few of them. You can clear notifications individually even if they are from a single account like your mail or message.
Full Wallpaper support & Translucent tiles:
Full Wallpaper support is finally here, along with option of Translucent tiles.
New Live Tile Sizes:
Two new Tile Sizes: Double Tall and Double wide Tile (Square). Check the people hub tiles in below screenshots.
We have covered UI change like new Tile size, App List, Expandable Action center, Actionable & Expandable notifications and ability to clear single notifications in the below hands-on video. People Hub shown above in screenshots has both new Tall and big square size tiles to showcase.
Settings, Speech to Text, New Keyboard, Universal Photos & Alarms:
- New Phone Settings app is all-organized and has all the settings that used to appear as a big unintuitive list on Windows Phone 8.1 under broad categories. Easy to find and understand where to find what.
- The keyboard has a pointing stick that lets you move the cursor up & down and also right & left when you type anything
- You can use the impressive voice to text typing which is precise, fast and even puts punctuation mark itself as you speak. The best that you may have seen yet
- Universal Photos app has all the camera roll and OneDrive images shown in the same view.
- Photos app still miss feature like “auto-enhance” auto album creation and folders view seen on the Photos app on Windows 10 desktop.
- Alarms app is redesigned and have 4 tabs with Alarms, Timer, Stopwatch and World Clock.
File Explorer, Calculator, Sound Recorder, Windows Feedback apps:
Windows 10 for Phones comes with some new and exciting universal apps. Here in the last hands-on video demo of Windows 10 for Phones, we cover File Explorer, Camera, Calculator, Sound Recorder, Cortana and Windows Feedback app in this video. We have also demoed the feature of long press on quick action button.
New Camera app:
The default camera app is Lumia Camera version 22.214.171.124. Now, the camera app doesn’t bring features like “Rich capture” with itself but it brings more control while recording. Now you can control “Flash”, White Balance, Exposure etc while recording the video using the Windows 10 Camera app. And some controls are available when using the FFC too.
- Cortana appears in the middle now
- The settings icon has moved to left
- Translucent “ask me anything” bar
- You can access the settings without leaving Cortana Home
- Looks more animated but navigation is less fluid as compared to Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1.
- Cortana has a new big square tile to show off