Microsoft has been pushing beta builds of Windows 10 at a rapid-fire pace in preparation for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which arrives on August 2. The latest build, 14393, adds a few new reliability updates, a slew of mobile fixes, and at least one significant bug for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 users.
Let’s hit the bug first, since that’s an issue that could cause some problems. The first version of 14393 that rolled out yesterday contained a faulty camera driver that could cause blue screens on the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. Microsoft has already pushed a new driver update for the camera that should resolve this problem, but if you’re still having trouble with your hardware make sure to check for it.
Past that, the list of fixes are mostly on the mobile side. Microsoft notes that it “increased the reliability of “Start, Cortana, and Action Center,” (presumably this means something to do with the Start menu). iPods can also now be mounted as mass storage devices.
This update packs at least two battery drain issues for multiple Lumia devices, including one related to Visual Voicemail. Dual SIM capabilities should also be functioning more reliably. Microsoft has noted that it’s still working on a number of mobile bugs, including WiFi issues, an error where turning off Bluetooth results in a freeze, crash, or reset. There are also some issues with entering your PIN when paying for something with a locked device; an app update is coming to address this problem.
The Anniversary Update will be the second major update for Windows 10 since it launched last year. It’s expected to deliver on Microsoft’s promise of universal applications with broad Xbox One support, Cortana integration for the console, Linux command-line integration on the desktop, and stylus support via Windows Ink. Biometric authentication is also coming via Windows Hello, as is Forza Motorsport 6: Apex (a free racing game on Windows 10). Microsoft Edge will also finally implement support for browser extensions when the update drops.
As for whether or not this is the RTM build, the term has less meaning in the Windows 10 universe. Microsoft can always do what it did last year, bundle a cumulative update for Day 1 installation (yes, an update to the update), and then bump the version number by less than a full digit. Last year the company did something similar — PC World notes that while 10586 was the official RTM build, the company pushed an update immediately that took the version number to 10586.3.
Whoof. What a long, strange trip it’s been. We’ll have more to say about Windows 10 once the Anniversary Update formally releases.
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