Microsoft has delivered yet another update for the preview release of the forthcoming Redstone update of Windows 10.
The latest release provides bug fixes for the PC and the Windows 10 Mobile versions of the platform, but no notable new features as the firm counts down to the official Redstone release date.
Windows 10 Preview Build 14295 was released just in time for the Easter weekend, and is available for evaluation by testers on the Fast Ring of Microsoft's Windows Insider programme for Windows 10 on the PC or Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones.
The latest releases are previews for Redstone, the codename of the second major update for Windows 10 following its launch last summer and the November Update towards the end of the year. This is still expected by mid-year, but Microsoft has yet to confirm a date.
Gabe Aul, corporate vice president for Microsoft's Engineering Systems Team, explained on the Windows Experience blog that the new builds are only a few days newer than the last one and that testers will not see any major new features. But there are a "good set of fixes in this build", he said.
Among these is a long-awaited fix for Windows 10 on the PC addressing a known driver bug that has prevented some Kaspersky anti-malware tools working properly when used in conjunction with Windows 10 test builds.
Meanwhile, on the Windows 10 Mobile side this release fixes problems experienced by testers in previous updates, including one where restoring the handset from a backup failed to install all of the user's apps, leaving blank grey titles on the Start screen.
However, users should be warned that there is still a list of known bugs with this version, including one on the PC that affects testers using the Windows Hello biometric sign-on. This launches the Microsoft Passport service, but a glitch causes the Bluetooth stack to repeatedly scan for devices. Microsoft recommends disabling the Passport service as a workaround.
The company also warned that the Gadgets app will not detect the Microsoft Display Dock on phones running Windows 10 Mobile Preview builds, and thus cannot update the firmware version.
Microsoft said that more phones will be able to receive future builds from the Development Branch.
"In addition to devices that shipped with Windows 10, such as the Lumia 550, 650, 950, 950 XL, Xiaomi Mi4 and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, we are releasing this build to the list of devices that will be capable of receiving updates as part of the Windows Insider programme except the Lumia 635. We will add the Lumia 635 at a later date," said Aul.
"These devices will be able to receive new builds from our Development Branch that we release to the Fast and Slow rings. As we stated previously, only devices which are eligible to receive the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will be able to get preview builds from the Development Branch."
Experts advise on the IT skills that businesses really want
'Bothie' mode activates front and rear cameras and can broadcast vids to Facebook or YouTube
Gap in the market remains as skills in the IT sector continue to rocket in demand
Cyber attack on Scottish Parliament comes after MPs at Westminster were targeted in June by a similar brute force attack