Xbox One Insider Preview build 15039 is now available in the Alpha ring - here's what's new

It's been almost a week since the last one, but Microsoft today released Xbox Insider Preview build 15039.1004 to the Preview Alpha ring. The build string is rs2_release_xbox_1703.170221-1900 and it comes in at 451MB.

Normally, the Alpha ring receives two to three new builds per week, so obviously this week's pace has been slower. The reason for this is that build 15038 had a networking issue that prevented certain games from connecting to multiplayer, and Microsoft wanted to wait until that was fixed to release a build. 15039 fixes that issue.

Here is the one new feature in today's build:

  • Network Icon in Guide
    Your connection status from Settings > Network is now represented in the Guide. To view the status of your network, press the Xbox button to launch the Guide and note the network icon in the upper right corner. The network icon will display your wireless connection strength or your wired connection. If you’re offline, the network icon will indicate you are not connected to a network.

But as always, there's a long list of fixes and known issues. Here's what got fixed:

  • Networking
    Fixed an issue which caused certain games to fail to connect to multiplayer (Destiny, Rocket League, Trove, Lies of Astaroth, …).

  • Upload Studio
    Fixed an issue which caused Upload Studio to crash to Home on launch.

  • Audio
    Fixed an issue which caused no audio output from the console.

  • Movies & TV
    Resolved an issue with the media remote which caused the play and pause buttons to be unresponsive.

Here are the known issues:

  • Launching Games & Apps

    When launching a game or app installed on the console which you do not own, a system message is displayed which has a "See in store" button. Selecting the "See in store" button will cause the console to crash.

    Workaround: 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).

  • Audio
    When switching between apps, there may rarely be an audible "pop".

  • 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.

  • Sign-In
    The console may fail to automatically sign in a profile with automatic sign-in enabled.

  • My Games & Apps
    An app named “Developer Education” may appear in My Games & Apps. When launching this app no content will be displayed. This app is intended for development use and is not accessible on standard Xbox One consoles. The app will be removed from My Games & Apps in a future system update.

  • Cortana

    • 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.

  • 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.

If you're on the Preview Beta ring, you've probably noticed that you haven't received a build in even longer; this is because Microsoft didn't want to push you a build with such a bug in it. The good news is that the Beta ring will likely see this update tomorrow.

Xbox team member Brad Rossetti and Beam co-founder Matt Salsamendi both said that built-in Beam streaming should be coming to the Beta ring by the end of this week, assuming that the multiplayer bug is fixed. Since this build is the one that fixes it, the next logical step is to push it to Beta and then ship the Beam app and the built-in streaming feature.

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