Microsoft Brings a Super Long List of Improvements with Today’s Release to the Fast Ring

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Sep 12, 2017
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After releasing back to back Windows 10 Fall Creators Update builds, Microsoft appeared to be taking some break last week as we didn’t receive even a single preview build. The company has today released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. (Remember, Skip Ahead moved on to the Redstone 4 builds). The focus remains on the bug fixing more than new features as we are looking at the public release of Windows 10 happening in just over a month.

Here’s what has been fixed in Windows 10 Insider build 16288

While the current build brings the “Version 1709,” it is NOT the final build. Microsoft added that the company still has a few builds to go before the final build is released to the Insiders. Today’s build brings a SUPER LONG list of bug fixes, with a focus on:

  • Windows Shell improvements
  • Input improvements
  • Microsoft Edge improvements
  • And fixes to Gaming and Settings

Microsoft has also released Windows 10 Insider Build 15250 for Mobile, which brings a fair number of new features and improvements, including:

Two factor Authentication: We are excited to announce that we’ve introduced a two factor authentication unlock mechanism for Windows 10 Mobile. With two factor unlock, an enterprise can enforce an additional security layer to their sensitive data via an MDM policy. Once two factor unlock is enabled, a phone user will have to enter a numeric pin followed by an enterprise-defined factor to unlock the phone. An example of an enterprise-defined factor is a companion device such as an NFC tag which can be used to unlock a phone using our Companion Device Framework sample app and documentation.

AppLocker Improvements: A number of customers have provided feedback on the warning prompts for apps that are blocked by enterprise policies. We’ve improved the UX and updated the MDM SyncML scripts associated with the policies. Application restrictions can be configured by either the ApplicationManagement CSP or AppLocker CSP.

VPN Improvements: In the modern corporate workplace, mobility is mainstream and secure access to corporate data via VPN has become the norm. We are bringing a range of improvements and features that enhance the reliability of VPN on Windows 10 Mobile. The key updates to our VPN capability are:

  • Lots of reliability improvements for VPN connectivity in Windows 10 Mobile.
  • IKEv2 Sleep and Power Enhancements.
    • VPN completes all pending actions before sleep and disconnects.
    • Automatic reconnection on resume.
  • Force tunneled improvements for UWP platform.
  • Proxy improvements for UWP VPN profile.
  • Enabling MMS usage when VPN is connected.

For more details and the complete list of bug fixes, visit Microsoft.

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