Windows 10 Redstone 14267 is Out – Improvements to Cortana, Edge, Skype, & Messaging


Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Redstone preview build 14267 to the Insider members on the Fast ring. Here are all the new features and known issues.

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Windows 10 Redstone 14267 shifts the course from bug-fixing to new improvements:

Windows 10 Redstone preview build 14267 has started rolling out to those on the Fast ring of Windows Insider program. This is the first build of many future releases where Microsoft has started focusing on new features and improvements, deviating from January's bug-fixing spree. While the changes won't be any significant for the upcoming few builds, it's pleasant to finally hear about improvements and enhancements coming to various segments of the latest operating system.

Microsoft has focused on developing and stabilizing its OneCore subsystem until now. Today's Windows 10 Redstone brings in some new improvements and enhancements to the Edge browser (leaked earlier), messaging and Skype among others. Following are all the new features.

Search for music easier in Cortana: We have made it easier to invoke music search in Cortana by adding a music search icon to the top right of Cortana. You can now open Cortana on your PC and click on the music search icon to have Cortana listen and search for the song that’s playing.

Favorites bar improvements in Microsoft Edge: If you have the favorites bar enabled in Microsoft Edge, you can now right-click on the favorites bar and choose to have it only show the favicons only. You can also right-click to add new folders in your favorites bar as well.

Clear browsing data when you exit Microsoft Edge: You can now choose to have your browsing data cleared when you exit Microsoft Edge. Just click on the three dots at the top right in Microsoft Edge and go into Settings, click on the “Choose what to clear” button under “Clear browser data” and enable “Always clear this after I close the browser” after choosing what data you want cleared.

Improved Download Prompts in Microsoft Edge: You can now configure Microsoft Edge to show a prompt when you start a download, allowing you to choose where to save the file. Just open the Microsoft Edge settings pane (the three dots at the top right) and look for the option under “Downloads settings”.

Messaging + Skype improvements: You can now attach photos to your Skype messages by clicking or tapping on the paperclip icon at the lower left as you’re composing a new Skype message to a contact. Additionally, you can also invoke the Camera app to take a photo to attach to your Skype message too or send along your location.

There's ONLY one known issue in this latest Redstone preview build. Microsoft has already shared two workarounds to this issue:

We have only one known issue for this build. If you’re using Hyper-V and upgrade to this build with more than one vswitch or have multiple virtual networking adapters (including legacy), you may lose networking connectivity after upgrade. To get network connectivity back, there are two workarounds available:

1 Remove all the virtual network adapters connected to the vswitch, delete the vswitch and recreate it, then reconnect their virtual NIC to the new vswitch.

2 Admin command prompt, do “netcfg -d” will wipe-out all the vswitch settings so that you can start from scratch.

So download away, explore the new features and improvements and let us know how you like the latest Windows 10 Redstone preview build.