Microsoft has released another preview version of the next major update for Windows 10, codenamed Redstone. Build 14279 makes Cortana available in more languages, and updates the log-on experience while delivering a number of fixes for problems in earlier preview releases.
Build 14279 was delivered to testers on the Fast Ring of Microsoft's Windows Insider programme, and is the latest test version of what will form the next major update for Windows 10. Currently codenamed Redstone, this is the second major update to the platform following its launch last summer and the November Update towards the end of the year.
Among the changes, Build 14279 brings support for extra languages to the Cortana personal assistant, including Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil) and French (Canadian), as detailed on Microsoft's Windows Experience blog.
The most discernible change for most existing users is to the log-on screen, which is now the same as the user's lock screen background. PC users will have seen separate backgrounds for the lock screen and the log-on screen, but Microsoft has made this a single background to bring it in line with the behaviour seen in Windows 10 Mobile.
As ever, Microsoft has delivered a number of bug fixes for problems reported by Windows Insiders testing the Redstone previews. These include Microsoft Edge and Cortana crashing when using roaming profiles, and the downloading of particular drivers from Windows Update causing some PCs to bluescreen.
Build 14279 is pre-release code and Microsoft warned of a few known problems, including one that can cause some Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices to freeze. The current workaround is simply to hold down the power button to force the device to hard reboot, Microsoft said.
Another problem concerns WiFi connectivity in that some users may be unable to connect to older WiFi networks using WEP encryption rather than WPA or WPA2.
There is also an existing driver bug that prevents some commercial antivirus tools operating as expected, especially those from Kaspersky, which was detailed in earlier Redstone previews for the PC.
There is currently no workaround for this, and Microsoft recommends using Windows Defender or an unaffected third-party antivirus product until the problem can be addressed.
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