Microsoft has released new preview builds of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile as the firm focuses on finalising the code for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update due within weeks.
The new builds comprise Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14366 for PC and Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14364 for smartphones, and are available now to testers on the Fast Ring of Microsoft's Windows Insider early access programme.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, otherwise known as Redstone, is due for official release in a few weeks' time, and there are few new features but many fixes, as explained by Dona Sarkar, the new head of Microsoft's Windows Insider programme, on the Windows Experience blog.
"The team is now laser focused on getting ready to ship the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to customers this summer. This means you won't see significant new features in builds for a little while," she said.
"But these builds will include a bunch of really good and important fixes and general performance improvements that we need Windows Insiders to check out and give us feedback on."
However, newly introduced is an Office Online extension for the Edge browser in Windows 10 which provides access to the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway web apps to create, view and edit Office files without needing to install the Office suite itself.
A Windows Store Update includes performance improvements and fixes to prevent the app crashing and using up too many resources. Users should see an overall improvement when navigating the Store and visiting app pages, Sarkar said.
A long list of fixes in the PC build includes one where navigating to the Privacy pages in the Settings app caused it to crash, and another that resulted in the user not being able to unsnap a full screen Remote Desktop window if they had been prompted for credentials while connecting.
Unusually, the list of fixes for the Mobile build is shorter, and includes such items as a fault where the Alarms and Clock Live tile would still show an alarm as active after it had been dismissed, and another that would result in Microsoft Edge crashing when trying to scroll certain webpages.
Microsoft is also kicking off the Windows 10 Anniversary Update June Bug Bash, in which the firm encourages Windows Insiders to help flush out any unidentified bugs in the code as it counts down to the official release of this major update to the Windows 10 platform.
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