Windows 10 Redstone 4 Development Starts! Microsoft’s Now Testing Two Different Branches

Rafia Shaikh
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Microsoft is releasing its first Windows 10 Redstone 4 build to the Fast Ring (Skip Ahead) insiders ahead of the public release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16353 is only available to those who had opted in to the Skip Ahead branch. Microsoft had announced this new subset of Fast Ring back in July, but they are only now receiving the first RS4 build. While the Windows maker is no longer accepting any requests to Skip Ahead, those who did opt in and were accepted will continue to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch which has now transitioned to RS4. Redstone 4 is expected to be released in Spring 2018.

Microsoft ready to test Windows 10 Redstone 4

Until now, Skip Ahead was receiving the same builds as the Fast Ring insiders. But, from today on the builds will no longer be same as the Fast Ring is moving to the stable Windows 10 Fall Creators Update builds and Skip Ahead is going to get early peek into the Windows 10 Redstone 4. Microsoft apparently realizes how confusing the entire testing community is now getting with multiple rings and now the subsets of rings. "We recognize this might seem a bit confusing to some Insiders but with Skip Ahead, we are able to test our ability to release builds from two different branches at the same time," the company tried to clarify.

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Once the Fall Creators Update is released to the public, Microsoft will move all the Fast Ring Insiders to the Windows 10 Redstone 4 builds.

Since this is the first Windows 10 Redstone 4 build, we weren't expecting to see anything interesting. Build 16353 focuses on just a few fixes and improvements to Edge, Actions Center, and Hello. Here's the complete changelog.

  • When the Action Center is black (the default option) the “clear all”, “expand”/”collapse”, and “see more” link text will now all use your accent color – making them pop more and improving discoverability.
  • We’ve updated the Action Center to now support a two finger touch gesture to dismiss all notifications. Place two fingers vertically within the Action Center near the edge opposite to the side of your screen. Then slide these fingers towards the side of the screen. You will notice all notification groups following your fingers and then dismissing as you slide your fingers off the side of the screen.
  • We fixed an issue in XAML resulting in text animations appearing slightly blurry in the last flight until the animation had stopped (for example, when loading the main page of Settings).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar being unexpectedly thick if you booted up the PC while plugged in to an external monitor with a different DPI.
  • We fixed an issue that caused minimized per-monitor DPI aware windows to miss DPI changes and end up with a mix of DPI scaling upon restoring.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where when Slideshow was enabled resuming from sleep a second time might place the Lock screen in a state where it couldn’t be dismissed without pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected change in mouse sensitivity in the last flight for PCs using non-default display scaling.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Asphalt 8 not accepting input in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in progress wheels on certain websites in Microsoft Edge unexpectedly moving out of place during their rotation.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Hello strings would appear on top of the page when performing a pin reset from the login screen.
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