Windows 10 Redstone 2 build 14905 now available to Insiders

By: Ivan Jenic
4 minute read

Microsoft has started pushing its second Redstone 2 Windows 10 build 14905 to Insiders. The latest build is currently available to all Insiders on the Fast ring, and includes numerous system improvements and bug fixes, but no notable new features.

Windows 10 build 14905 is also the first Redstone 2 build available to Windows 10 Mobile Insiders. The previous build 14901 was pushed to PCs only, because the Anniversary Update wasn’t available on Windows 10 Mobile at the time of its release. But now, as the Anniversary Update is available on all Windows 10-powered devices, all Insiders can start testing Redstone 2 releases.

Since build 14905 is among the earliest Redstone 2 builds for Windows 10 Preview, it doesn’t contain any new features, but only system enhancements. Additionally, Microsoft continued to work on the common shared Windows 10 core for all versions of the system, OneCore, as the company aims to bring even better integration between its platform with the next major update for Windows 10.

As for the additions, build 14905 actually brought a new sound set for Windows 10 Mobile. Insiders running this build are now able to experiment with more sound schemes on their devices. No new features for Windows 10 build for PCs.

As we said, the new build brought a lot of improvements for both platform. Here they are:

Improvements and fixes for PC

  • We have fixed an issue causing a large blank space to appear between the address bar and web content after the address bar moves back to the top when opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge.
  • We have updated Narrator Scan mode for table navigation to now support CTRL + ALT + HOME to go to the beginning of the table CTRL + ALT + END to go to the end of the table.
  • Microsoft Edge now supports the CTRL + O keyboard shortcut for setting focus to the address bar.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Sketchpad and Screen Sketch crashing after trying to change the ink color twice in a row when the ruler was visible.

Improvements and fixes for Mobile

  • Missed call notifications are now more actionable, with inline options to call back, text or remind yourself to do something about it later.
  • We fixed an issue where videos played in Windows Phone 8 apps might not pause when an incoming call was received.
  • We fixed an issue where, if “Show my caller ID” is set to “My contacts”, the contact being called might still see a blocked caller ID.
  • We fixed an issue where the Lock screen might fail to update to the new time after a time zone change.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in music not resuming after a call was finished, if Turn-by-Turn directions were being read out from the Maps app when the phone call came in.

Known issues for PC

  • Support for kernel debugging over 1394 has been removed, but will be available in an upcoming kit release. A work-around will be posted to the Debugging Tools for Windows Blog shortly.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader crashes when you try to launch it.
  • Cortana’s text to speech capabilities is not working in this build. For example, Cortana won’t be able to read text messages out loud for you, tell jokes, sing, or give verbal prompts.
  • When clicking on the power button on the Start menu, it closes the Start menu without opening the flyout with restart/shutdown options appearing. As a workaround – you can right-click on the Start button (or WIN + X) and choose to shutdown via this menu instead.
  • Apps such as Yahoo Mail, Trivia Crack, Google and the Skype Translator Preview app will crash in this build due to a compatibility issue from a recent platform change.
  • The Settings app may crash on certain editions of Windows 10 when navigating to different settings pages due to a missing .dll file. We are working on getting this fixed soon.

Known issues for Mobile

  • If you move apps between a SD card and internal storage (either direction), those apps will get stuck in a pending state. The workaround to get your apps working again is to uninstall the app through Settings > System > Storage (apps cannot be uninstalled from All apps list). Then you can re-install the app from the Store.
  • Cortana’s text to speech capabilities is not working in this build. For example, Cortana won’t be able to read text messages out loud for you, tell jokes, sing, or give verbal prompts.”

As always, we’re going to scout forums all over the web for potential issues in this build, because ‘known issues’ surely won’t be only issues bothering Insiders who installed Windows 10 build 14905.

In case you have already installed this build on your device, and encountered some problems, feel free to let us know in the comments, so we can include your issue in our report.


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