Windows 10 Redstone Preview Build 14342 Accidentally Released to the Fast Ring

Rafia Shaikh
Posted May 11, 2016
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After releasing cumulative updates to the Windows 10 Desktop and Mobile in the regular Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft also accidentally released Windows 10 Redstone Preview build 14342 to the Windows Insider Program.

Windows 10 Redstone 14342 brings improvements to Edge

But don’t worry, there is no harm in trying out the new build as it doesn’t bring any more known issues than it usually does. Insiders in the Fast ring can now try all the new features and improvements of the latest Preview build. This build brings improvements to Edge extensions, swipe navigation in Microsoft Edge, and support for real-time web notifications in Edge.

Following is the complete changelog of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14342.

Updates for Extensions in Microsoft Edge:

Users can now download Edge extensions directly from the Windows Store, no more sideloading! However, this change also means that your currently installed extensions will be removed and you will have to reinstall them from the Store. Microsoft has confirmed that in the future updates, extensions will automatically re-download. The company has also shared that some new extensions are also available to try out, including AdBlock and AdBlock Plus (users are advised against having both of them running at the same time.) Other extensions include Pin It Button, Mouse Gestures, Reddit Enhancement Suite, Microsoft Translator, and OneNote Web Clipper.

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Important note: There is a bug in this build that occurs if you turn off all extensions without uninstalling them, you may not be able to close the browser or get context menus to work. To avoid this issue, uninstall any extensions you no longer want to use instead of turning them off. If you do hit this issue, to get out of this state you will need to turn on one or more extensions or uninstall all extensions, kill any Microsoft Edge processes running in Task Manager, and restart Microsoft Edge.

Real-time web notifications in Microsoft Edge:

Edge will now offer real-time web notifications that will be accessible to participating websites and available to users in the Action Center. “For example, when your friend sends you a message on Skype for Web while you’re busy in the Xbox app, you won’t miss a thing. A notification from the website will appear in Windows, just like an app might send. Click on the notification and you’ll be right back in Microsoft Edge at the site that sent it,” Microsoft has explained.

Swipe navigation in Microsoft Edge:

Return of the swipe gesture to navigate back and forward has apparently been one of the top 10 requests on Windows 10 PC. The feature is now back as you “can now swipe from anywhere on the page to get back to your previous page. This will be coming in the next Mobile build as well!”

Bash on Ubuntu on Windows Improvements:

Symlinks within the Windows Subsystem for Linux are now functional on the mounted Windows directories. This fix helps support many scenarios including the npm installer.

Users with non-Latin Windows usernames are now able to install Bash on Ubuntu on Windows.

Many more improvements can be found in the WSL release notes here!

Other updates in the latest Windows 10 Redstone Preview 14342 include:

  • Skype UWP Preview Update: ability to set a dark theme and switch between different Skype accounts.
  • Updated Windows Ink Workspace icon: We have updated the Windows Ink Workspace icon on the taskbar. The new icon shows a more expressive ink stroke and is more consistent with other icons in the notification area. The new icon also looks better at wider range of sizes.
  • Updated visuals for User Account Control dialog: The UAC dialog now supports dark mode! As part of this work, we’ve updated also the header color from yellow to blue.
  • Middle-click for dismiss in Action Center: Action Center now supports the popular dismiss model of middle-clicking on a notification via the middle button scroll wheel on your mouse to a single notification. Middle-clicking on an app’s name will dismiss all the notifications listed for that app.
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For more details, known issues and bugs that were fixed in today’s build, please visit the official blog post.

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