The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 14367, is now making its way to PCs and phones on the Fast ring. PC users have a couple of new features to look forward to when installing it, and those wishing to perform a clean installation of the OS can now do so more easily, with a "new tool to give your PC a fresh start".
But of course, a new build doesn't just mean new features; as ever, it also means that there are lots of fixes to look forward to, and known issues to be aware of.
What's been fixed and improved in build 14367 for PCs
- Cross-device notifications from your phone to your PC via Cortana are now more reliable and faster. You can also use quick replies from your PC for notifications that support that feature (there is a known issue in which this will only work if your phone’s screen is turned on – we’ll be fixing this!). Additionally, notifications from your phone to your PC will appear under its own Windows Phone group in Action Center – with a fancy new logo to boot!
- We fixed an issue where the emoji in cross-device notifications would appear as boxes. We also fixed an issue where certain emoji would appear as square boxes in some apps like Notepad.
- Fixed an issue resulting in the dialog when joining the PC to an Azure AD potentially being unexpectedly large on certain devices
- 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 the WIN + A keyboard shortcut to launch Action Center wouldn’t work if Action Center icon had been turned off. We also fixed an issue where certain notifications could result in the Action Center not launching until that toast had been cleared.
- We fixed an issue where Cortana wasn’t showing relevant system settings results for certain terms, in particular “typo” or “connect”.
- We fixed an issue where the text in the network flyout might change color from white to black when entering credentials if your PC is using dark mode.
- We fixed an issue where PowerShell shortcuts pinned to the taskbar could only create one functional window – subsequent windows generated from the pinned icon would not accept input.
- We fixed an issue where each newly opened notes in Sticky Notes would flash white and black after a certain number of notes had already been created.
- We added a new shortcut to turn on/off Private mode when using the Japanese Input Method Editor. This new keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + P. We also increased the width of the Japanese 12 key keyboard for small devices when in portrait, so as to improve ease of use and fixed an issue where no characters would be input when using this keyboard in a field where Input Method Editors are disabled
- We updated the Update & Security, Windows Update and Recovery icons in Settings, to be more reflective of the action
- We fixed an issue where the Office apps might not show up in Start’s “Most used” list.
- We fixed an issue where saying “Hey Cortana” would launch Cortana behind Windows Ink Workspace.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Explorer.exe crashing if you selected “Open Command window here” from File Explorer’s context menu.
Known issues for PCs
- Narrator does not launch when you toggle switch to “on” via Settings app > Ease of access > Narrator.
As Microsoft noted in its announcement today, at time of writing, the staging for build 14367 isn't quite complete yet for PCs - the new build will gradually make its way to PCs over the next few hours.
Update [June 17]: Microsoft quietly revised its blog post after it was published, to add the following to the 'fixed issues' list:
- We have fixed the issue with the Desktop App Converter Preview (Project Centennial) however you will need to download the updated version here https://aka.ms/converter.
Microsoft added an update notice to its blog post to point out that build 14367 had begun rolling out for PCs - but unhelpfully, it decided not to draw any attention to its changes to the post regarding Project Centennial. The change appears to be related to its release earlier today of SDK Preview build 14366.
Many thanks to our readers for pointing out the change there.