Dona Sarkar Releases a Surprise Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build – Brings Notification Syncing


Microsoft released a new build for Windows 10 Mobile Fast ring Insiders, bringing some improvements to Cortana and a number of bug fixes. This is the first build that is being released by the new leader of Windows Insider Program, Dona Sarkar as Gabe Aul stepped aside as the face of Windows 10 testing. Latest build brings the ability to get notifications from your phone on your PC, a feature that will also work with the Android devices. On Android you will have to download Cortana version 1.71 or higher to enable this feature. Cortana can be downloaded from here. 

What’s new in Windows 10 Mobile 14356

A surprise build was released to Windows 10 Mobile Insiders late last night, possibly to mark the first day of Sarkar as the face of Windows 10 development. The build brings a long list of bug fixes and some new features.

Here's all that is new in the latest Windows 10 Mobile Preview build 14356.

Cortana improvements

Get notifications from your phone to your PC: Cortana will now surface your phone notifications and critical alerts, including messages from messaging services, SMS or social media as well as missed calls from any Windows 10 phone or Android device to your PC, so you never miss a beat while staying focused on your PC.

If you want to stop receiving phone notifications, go to Cortana settings > toggle off Send notifications between devices.

Send a photo from your phone to PC

If you need to quickly transfer a photo from your phone to your PC wirelessly – just ask Cortana "send this photo to my PC” and see what happens. This feature is currently exclusive to Windows 10 phones.

New listening animation

When you tap the mic icon in Cortana, there is a new animation that shows Cortana is listening to you as you speak.

Known issues for Windows 10 Mobile 14356

  • We are continuing to investigate battery life issues impacting certain devices. We have fixed a few bugs that improve battery life but we have more work to do here.
  • We are investigating data issues with some Dual-SIM devices where cellular data doesn’t work correctly with a second SIM. Several issues relating to cellular data with Dual-SIM devices have been reported by Insiders with the last two Mobile builds and we’re investigating these reports.
  • In some cases, the new Cortana features highlighted above may not work. Restarting your phone should fix the issue and get the features working.
  • After installing this build, you may notice your Quick Actions icons are not in the same order. This is a side effect of the fixes/changes we made to Action Center. To re-arrange your icons to your preferred order, just go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > (Quick actions) and touch, hold, and then drag to re-arrange icons to whatever position you want. Remember: the four items in the top row are what will show as your immediately viewable Quick Actions.

The latest also fixes a long list of bugs which you can read in its entirety in the official blog post.