Microsoft just released a new build for Windows 10 Preview nearly two weeks after the previous release. The new build is dubbed 14342, and brings a handful of system improvements. As usual, the build is for now available to Insiders on the Fast ring only, but will eventually make its way to users on the Slow ring, as well.
Build 14342 mainly focuses on Microsoft Edge, introducing a couple of handful improvements and new features for Microsoft’s browser. Microsoft changed the way extensions for Edge are installed, with users now able to download them directly from the Store. The new build also brings the highly anticipated AdBlock and AdBlock Plus extensions to Microsoft Edge.
Within this newest build, real-time web notifications, swipe navigation, and apps for websites to Microsoft Edge are included. With real-time notifications, Edge will be able to send users notifications from websites directly to the Action Center. Swipe navigation allows users to swipe back from any part of the page to return to the previous page. And finally, apps for websites allows users to open certain websites with their official Windows 10 apps like you would do on smartphones. However, while no websites currently support this feature, Microsoft will work on it in the future builds.
The list of improvements continues, including an updated Skype UWP Preview (users can now set the dark theme), an updated Windows Ink Workspace icon, updated visuals for the User Account Control dialog (dark mode also added), and Feedback Hub improvements.
Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10 received some improvements, concluding our list of new features and improvements in the newest Windows 10 Preview build 14342. Here’s what’s changed in Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10:
- “Symlinks within the Windows Subsystem for Linux are now functional on the mounted Windows directories. This fix helps support many scenarios including the npm installer.
- Users with non-Latin Windows usernames are now able to install Bash on Ubuntu on Windows.
- Many more improvements can be found in the WSL release notes here!”
What’s fixed in build 14342, and known issues
As for every previous Windows 10 Preview build, Microsoft revealed everything that was fixed and what its known issues are.
Here’s what’s fixed:
- “We have fixed the issues blocking the Desktop App Converter Preview (Project Centennial). You can now run the converter on the Enterprise edition as well as Pro edition of Windows. You will need the latest converter and base image from here to take advantage of all the improvements which will be available later today.
- We fixed the issue causing Tencent online games from not working in current builds from the Development Branch.
- We have fixed the issue causing DRM-protected content from services like Groove Music, Microsoft Movies & TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu from being playable with playback with 0x8004C029 or 0x8004C503 errors.
- We fixed an issue resulting in audio crashes for users who play audio to a receiver over S/PDIF or HDMI, and use a driver that supports real-time encoding via technologies like Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect.
- Polished the animation when invoking Cortana on the Lock screen. And also resolved an issue where tapping the link to fix mic issues wouldn’t fix them.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the ok/cancel buttons in the network flyout being clipped on high DPI devices.
- We fixed an issue where you might see Windows Hello messages on the screen while you were already logging in with a fingerprint.
- We fixed the issue where if you were in an app and clicked on a link with a URL longer than 260 characters, it would bring up the “Open with…” dialog instead of opening with your default browser.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to use your mouse in the Photos app to either move photo while zoomed or adjust crop region.
- The ALT + Y keyboard shortcut to choose “yes” now works with the updated UAC UI.
- Updated new Credential UI to add support for pasting into username and password fields
- Polished icons used to identify pages in the Settings app – in particular, updated battery icon to be more consistent with the weight of the other icons.
- Made some polish improvements to the Action Center, and resolved an issue where icon in Taskbar wasn’t displaying correctly at 175% DPI.
- We fixed an issue where the image used in Screen Sketch would be rotated 90 degrees for native portrait devices (such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro). Also polished the experience of cropping images in Screen Sketch.
- We fixed Clock and Calendar flyout issues on the taskbar with the 24-hour time format where the agenda items would display using 12-hour format instead of the 24-hour time format and certain items would be off by 12 hours.
- We fixed an issue where the Clock and Calendar flyout couldn’t be dismissed by clicking on the date and time in the taskbar a second time.
- We updated the “set location” notification so tapping anywhere in the notification will now enable you to set a default location.
- We fixed an issue where certain shortcuts weren’t working in UWPs, for example CTRL + C, CTRL + V, and ALT + Space.
- We fixed an issue where tapping the battery icon wouldn’t open the Battery flyout when in Tablet Mode.
- We fixed an issue where clicking elements in the Start navigation pane might result in the Store opening instead.
- We fixed an issue where background audio tasks might show up in the volume controls.
- We added a “Clear Input History” option to the IME Settings page.
- We fixed an issue where doing an action on a file in a folder pinned to Quick Access after using the address bar to get there might result in File Explorer unexpectedly navigating to Quick Access.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Cortana crashing if you shared an avatar with Cortana from the Xbox Avatars app.
- We fixed an issue causing the search box on the Language Settings page to not work.”
Here are the known issues:
- “Feedback Hub is not localized and the UI will be in English (U.S.) only, even with language packs installed.
- Feedback Hub takes about 20-30 minutes after updating to this build to download and populate itself if launched from Start. If you launch Feedback Hub from All apps – it will force the app to hydrate.
- Symantec products such as Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security are causing PCs to bluescreen (bug check).
- The QQ app from Tencent crashes. We’re working on a fix for the issue.
- If you are using a non-English keyboard, you can’t accept Bash prompts.
- We are investigating an issue where if you’re running Insider Preview builds in certain languages, the All apps list on Start appears empty. A workaround for this is to use search to launch apps.
- You may see square boxes in certain apps when using some of the new emoji – we’re still getting things set up, this will be resolved in a future build.”
Traditionally, issues mentioned by Microsoft are not the only problems that plague users upon install. As usual, we’re going to write an article about problems in Windows 10 Preview build 14342 reported by actual users, so stay tuned to find out how this build works for others.
Of course, if you encounter some problems by yourself, please let us know in the comments so we can include it in our report!
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