Xbox Insider Preview build 15045 now available in the Alpha ring - here's what's new

It's only been four days since Microsoft released Xbox Insider Preview build 15039, but the Preview Alpha ring is meant to receive two to three builds a week, so it's no surprise that there's another one rolling out today. Today's build is 15045.1000, or rs2_release_xbox_1703.170224-1901.

It doesn't contain anything new in the way of front-facing features; indeed, the Creators Update is slated to arrive in April, so it should be nearly done. Any major features that were planned for the update are already in the Preview.

It does, however, contain a number of fixes and known issues. Here's what got fixed:

  • System Update
    In Energy-Saving mode, system updates should now download and apply when shutting down if “Keep my console up to date” is enabled.

  • Audio
    Fixed an issue which caused an audible "pop" when switching between apps.

  • Launching Games & Apps
    Fixed and issue which caused the console to crash when selecting the "See in store" button after launching an unowned title.

  • Games & Apps
    The “Developer Education” app should no longer appear in Games & Apps.

  • Twitch
    Fixed an issue which could cause the console to crash and restart after resuming Twitch from connected standby.

  • Sign-In
    Resolved an issue which prevented the console from automatically signing in a profile with automatic sign-in enabled.

Here are the known issues:

  • Xbox Accessories

    • The Xbox Accessories app Device Details page may appear blank.
      Workaround: Update the device firmware, and view Device Details on a console not enrolled in Preview.

    • Copilot does not function at this time. You can disable Copilot from the power menu (hold the Xbox button on the controller) if desired.

  • Cortana

    • If Cortana was enabled prior to entering connected standby, you may encounter an error when resuming from connected standby.

    • Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games.

    • Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.

    • Using voice dictation sometimes causes the virtual keyboard to become unresponsive.

  • Notifications
    Some users may not receive certain types of notifications.

  • Game Clips
    After capturing a game clip, the game clip fails to automatically post to the Activity Feed (if your profile is configured to do so).
    Workaround: Manually view game clips in Profile > Captures > Manage captures and post to the Activity Feed.

  • EA Access
    The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.

  • Screen Dimming
    The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).

  • Settings - Ease of Access
    When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access - Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts.
    Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).

  • Settings - Display & sound
    The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.

  • Wireless Display
    The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

As you can see, there are still quite a few known issues that need to be fixed, some of which have been there since the first Creators Update preview, such as the Cortana ones. As mentioned above, this is likely what the company will be working on between now and April.

Your Xbox One needs to be on the Preview Alpha ring in order to receive today's build, and that's invitation-only. To work your way up, you'll need to complete Quests and Surveys in the Insider Hub, but if you become inactive, you can also get kicked out of the Alpha ring.

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