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Microsoft releases the first Windows 10 Redstone 4 build to Skip Ahead Insiders, 16353

Last month, Microsoft announced the ability for Fast ring Insiders to Skip Ahead to the next development branch of Windows 10. The new ring was full within a week and a half, but for a time, the company was releasing the same builds for Skip Ahead that it was for the Fast ring. This changed with build 16275, which was Fast ring only, so it was clear that Redstone 4 builds were on the way.

And today, build 16353 is available for those that chose to Skip Ahead while the option was still available. As is usually the case immediately following a feature update, the new build doesn't contain any new front-facing features, but it does contain some fixes and improvements:

  • When the Action Center is black (the default option) the “clear all”, “expand”/”collapse”, and “see more” link text will now all use your accent color – making them pop more and improving discoverability.

  • We’ve updated the Action Center to now support a two finger touch gesture to dismiss all notifications. Place two fingers vertically within the Action Center near the edge opposite to the side of your screen. Then slide these fingers towards the side of the screen. You will notice all notification groups following your fingers and then dismissing as you slide your fingers off the side of the screen.

  • We fixed an issue in XAML resulting in text animations appearing slightly blurry in the last flight until the animation had stopped (for example, when loading the main page of Settings).

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar being unexpectedly thick if you booted up the PC while plugged in to an external monitor with a different DPI.

  • We fixed an issue that caused minimized per-monitor DPI aware windows to miss DPI changes and end up with a mix of DPI scaling upon restoring.

  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where when Slideshow was enabled resuming from sleep a second time might place the Lock screen in a state where it couldn’t be dismissed without pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected change in mouse sensitivity in the last flight for PCs using non-default display scaling.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Asphalt 8 not accepting input in recent flights.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in progress wheels on certain websites in Microsoft Edge unexpectedly moving out of place during their rotation.

  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Hello strings would appear on top of the page when performing a pin reset from the login screen.

There are no known issues listed, and it's unclear if that actually means that there are no known issues. Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said a couple of weeks ago that the company is no longer listing them in blog post because builds are being released more frequently, with the Fall Creators Update being finalized. Being that this is a new feature update preview, one would think that that statement wouldn't apply.

If you missed the opportunity to Skip Ahead, you'll get RS4 builds eventually, and if history is any indication, it will be after the Fall Creators Update is released to the public. In the meantime, you'll continue to receive RS3 builds from the RS3_RELEASE branch.

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