Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 10565 to Fast Ring Insiders

Build 10565 is the latest build to hit the streets for Fast Ring Insiders

Introduction
It’s been a while since you’ve heard me say much about Windows 10. Quite honestly, I haven’t been too happy with the way things have developed. I recently updated everyone on the status of the disappearing ink bug. It hasn’t been an easy go of things. Even with all of the potential fixes installed, the problem still remains.

It’s been very frustrating for me, and I know that there have been a number of others who have indicated that this particular issue has reduced the amount of value received from the device to near zero. They purchased the device because it was supposed to work so well with OneNote. (if you remember, the Surface Pen’s top button – the one that looks like an eraser at the end of the pen – actually opens OneNote. However, that’s not working right, especially under Windows 10; and as I said, ink is still disappearing.

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My level of confidence in the overall stability and quality of the OS has fallen since its launch on 2015-07-29. With Threshold 2 set to deploy to production sometime before the end of October 2015 – and TH2 represents the FULL vision of what Windows 10 was originally supposed to be when released – my level of confidence isn’t very high. In fact, I’m quite disappointed… but that’s another conversation entirely.

In the quest to get us closer to the final TH2 milestone, Microsoft has announced the release of Build 10565 to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. As with all pre-release builds, There are a number of release note items that you need to be aware of. While there are bugs and known issues that need your acknowledgement, the current build of Windows 10 isn’t feature complete. As such, Microsoft has also released a number of new features for testing to Fast Ring Insiders as well. I’ve got a run-down of both, below, for your consideration.

Bugs & Known Issues
Bugs and known issues are part of every prerelease (read: beta) software build or release and as someone testing or evaluating the software, you should be aware of these. These are the issues that Microsoft is currently working to resolve (or at least, the ones that they’re willing to admit to. Notice, my disappearing ink bug isn’t in this list). If you bump into any of these issues, then its assumed that you wouldn’t submit any kind of feedback about those.

Bugs

  • You should no longer see a warning message in the Settings app – Update & Security – Windows Update, regarding changed ring settings for preview builds unless you actually change your ring settings. (From Fast to Slow, or vice-versa.)
  • Background audio playback works again when apps like Groove are minimized.
  • Microsoft fixed the issue where clicking on the system icons in the notification area quickly results in Windows Shell blocking the launch of fly-outs like Audio, Networking, etc.
  • After Build 10525, Microsoft heard a lot of feedback that some context menus were too big for mouse. Therefore, they made adjustments to many of the context menus to make them smaller for using them with a mouse.
  • You can now pin contacts to the Start menu from the People app.
  • Certain apps won’t appear twice anymore when pinned to the taskbar.
  • Hiding desktop icons via context menu on the desktop now works.
  • Windows Store apps should now be updating automatically.

Known Issues

  • The search box does not work if you are in a locale where Cortana is not available. Microsoft is currently investigating workarounds.
  • The Xbox app for Windows 10 will consume gigabytes of memory on your PC if you have any Win32 games (non -Windows Store games) installed on your PC that have been identified as games or added by you in the Xbox app. Closing the Xbox app will release your PC’s memory.
  • WebM and VP9 have been temporarily removed from the flight builds. Microsoft continues to develop a VP9 implementation that we intend to ship in Windows. Expect VP9 to return soon in a future release.
  • Small form-factor devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, that boot with rotation or virtual mode screen size set larger than the physical screen size will experience a bluescreen on upgrade and will roll back to the previous build.

New Features
As Microsoft moves closer towards the release of Threshold 2 – again, scheduled for release sometime during the month of October 2015 – additional, planned features are finally making it out to testers. Here are some of the newer and/ or enhanced features that you can expect to find in Windows 10 build 10565.
Skype
Skype will now offer integration at the OS level in Windows 10 Build 10565. The new app allows you to respond directly within Windows without having to open the actual Skype app. The integration will also appear in Windows 10 Mobile when an updated build is released to Insiders testing that OS on supported devices.

Microsoft Edge
Slow and steady wins the race. Microsoft Edge is making incremental improvements with every update and every new Windows 10 Build. Build 10565 gives Microsoft Edge the ability to show webpage thumbnail previews when users hover over a tabbed browser page. This build of Edge also introduces Favorite and Reading List synching to users. While the feature isn’t fully implemented in Build 10565, it’s definitely a start.

Cortana
Cortana is one of the more intelligent digital assistants. In Windows 10 Build 10565, Cortana has been updated to allow tracking of your free time activities, like movies and other event reminders. Cortana can scrape this information through email notifications, and will notify you of an upcoming event up to two hours prior to the start of the event.

If your Windows 10 PC has a touch screen, Cortana can also read your inked notes and will set reminders based on your location, the times in your notes and the information you write.

User Interface Enhancements
Build 10565 can now change the color of your window’s title bars to match your selected theme. Users interested in this type of customization can check out Settings – Personalization – Colors to check out the feature. Microsoft has also added new icons and improved context menus in Build 10565.

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Those that are interested in customizing the tiles on their Start Menu will appreciate this next update. A fourth column of tiles has been added to the Start Menu to allow users to place two large or two wide tiles side by side.

Finally, Microsoft has also made it easier for users to clean install the OS, if they choose. All you’ll need is your valid Windows 7 or Windows 8.x product key, and you can do a clean install.

Conclusion
This latest build of Windows 10, Build 10565, is available to Fast Ring Insiders now. I’m still not showing the build as available yet, but that’s somewhat to be expected. Microsoft rolls new builds out incrementally. If you don’t see it now, keep trying. It will eventually show up, provided you’re registered as a Windows Insider, and you’re on the Fast Ring.

Interestingly enough, Slow Ring really is slow. They haven’t seen a new build for quite some time. Honestly, I’m not certain what the last build was (extra points to the reader who can tell me in the Discussion area, below).

How is Windows 10 holding up for you? Are you on the Fast Ring? Have you installed Build 10565 yet? Why don’t you meet me in the discussion area below, and let me know? While you’re at it, give me your thoughts on the overall stability of Windows 10 on your PC’s. Is Windows 10 working better for you or was your PC better under Windows 7 or Windows 8.x?

Do you have a Surface Pro 3? Do you have the disappearing ink bug? How bad is it for you? Have any of the fixes worked for you? Again, tell me all about it in the Discussion area, below. I’d love to hear how things are working for you.

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iOS 6 Wish List

iOS5 is out and available to all supported iOS devices. With the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 rumored to be coming in 2012, let’s take a quick moment to speak to a couple desired features.

The release of the iPhone 4S also gave us iOS5. Battery life issues and improvements not-withstanding, any additional additions or life altering improvements will need to wait until iOS 6 is released. In light of that, I’d like to speak to a quick wish list for iOS6. The list is below, in no particular order.


Improved Battery Life

Let’s face it, the battery life issues in iOS 5 are real and legitimate. The iPhone’s battery needs to last at least 12 hours between charges. I don’t know if that’s a software fix, a hardware adjustment, or a better, bigger battery. I don’t care. At the end of the day, however, 12 legitimate, realistic hours is the magic number in my opinion.


Browsable File System (a File Manager)

We have about as good a chance at getting a real, browsable file system as we do of Samsung and Apple amicably settling their patent disputes. A browsable file system goes against the tenants that Apple laid down regarding iOS – the user doesn’t need to worry about such things. However, at times, I would like to be able to add, subtract and move files on my own without having to use a sync conduit (iTunes).


Widgets

This is the one Android thing I am really going to miss when I move back to iOS. Widgets on my home screen are an awesome way for me to check the time, the weather, etc. However, Apple hasn’t embraced the concept and really hasn’t changed their application launcher at all. The only thing they did to it, really since its introduction in the original iPhone in 2007, was to add folder support, and implement Spotlight searching. But I would really like to see a clock and weather widget on my main home screen. My eyes aren’t as sharp as they used to be, and I’d like to do this without jail breaking the device.


Google (or other provider) Maps with Turn by Turn Navigation

I’ve said it many times, I am SEVERELY directionally challenged. I need turn-by-turn navigation on my phone. Without it, I’m going to get turned around and get lost when going to new places. Android and Windows Phone have this via either Google or other carrier sanctioned application. I’d rather not go the carrier sanctioned route. It would be nice to either have something Apple branded or from an Apple partner on the device when I buy it. The current version of Google Maps really just isn’t enough.


Customizable Shortcuts (to settings and other default applets)

I would really like to be able to place a shortcut on my device to Airplane mode, Sound/Vibrate toggle, Bluetooth on/off, Wi-Fi on/off, 3G/4G on/off, etc. or to at least have this built into some sort of Settings bar that could be enabled on one or more home screens. Constantly sifting through menus to get to this stuff is a pain, and is very inefficient.


Siri Improvements

I like the idea of AI on my smartphone. I like the idea of being able to have an intelligent conversation with my device and then it taking action based on that. Part of that is there now – Siri, what’s my day like? Siri, schedule a meeting on “xxx” with “xxx.” Siri, send an email to, “xxx…” I know I’m a getting a little ahead of the game, but something like I want isn’t too far away based on the building blocks that are already put in place. I think some of this is going to happen, but it’s going to take a lot of time, and won’t all come together in iOS6. It will take a number of years and a number of OS revisions. It’s also going to take time, working with Siri on YOUR iPhone, as it will need to learn your habits and then anticipate them. What I would like to see for iOS 6.x is a way for that learned behavior to be passed on from OS rev to OS rev, old iPhone to new iPhone.

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Facebook is on its way to ‘launch something awesome’ next week

Facebook, the world’s biggest social networking website (more than 500 million users) is planning to “launch something awesome” next week, its Chief Executive and founder, Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in a visit to Facebook’s Seattle office on Wednesday. Now, what that could be?

There has been all kind of speculation in technology blogs about various mobile products in development at Facebook, including the release of a long-awaited Facebook app for Apple’s iPad and a specialized app for photo-sharing on the iPhone.

If you ask me, let’s face it, we’ve long known that Facebook has capacity to integrate video and audio chat and that would probably be the best thing that could happen right now. At list that’s what I hope to happen due to the single fact that Facebook lacks a true voice and video chat product of its own.

Well, whatever turns out, we’ll bring you the news when it happens.

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