Windows 10 Anniversary Update Nearly Finalized

By Pedro Hernandez  |  Posted 2016-07-09 Print this article Print
Windows 10 Anniversary Update

With Windows 10 build 14383, Microsoft signals that the feature-packed OS update is nearly ready to be released to manufacturing.

Another week, another Windows 10 Anniversary Update build.

On July 7, Microsoft released build 14383 of both the PC and mobile versions of the system software to Windows Insiders in the fast ring of the early-access program. Once installed, eagle-eyed users may come to realize that one of the telltale visual signs of running prerelease versions of Windows has disappeared.

"On PC, you will notice a few things are different with this build. For example, the desktop watermark is now gone," wrote Dona Sarkar, a Microsoft Windows and Devices Group software engineer and head of the Windows Insider program, in a blog post. "This is because we're beginning to check in final code in preparation for releasing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to customers on August 2nd."

Among the Anniversary Update's most anticipated features, at least for developers and power users, is support for Docker-friendly containers and the built-in Bash Unix Shell. The latter, which allows users to run popular Linux command-line tools, made its debut in April (build 14316).

The simultaneous release of the Windows 10 Anniversary SDK (software development kit) Preview build 14383 offers another clue that Microsoft is getting to slap the release to manufacturing (RTM) label on the Anniversary Update.

Noting that Aug. 2 is quickly approaching, Microsoft program manager Clint Rutkas said in a separate July 7 announcement that the new SDK's arrival represented an opportune time "to start testing end to end with all the new APIs Windows 10 Anniversary Update provides." He cautioned that despite the end-user license agreement stating that the latest version of the SDK is an RTM release, that is not the case.

"This release does not have a go-live license. Apps built with this SDK will not be allowed to be on-boarded to the store," stated Rutkas.

Meanwhile, build 14383 contains a long list of enhancements and bug fixes. Cortana's keyboard shortcut has been changed to Windows Key + Shift + C (previously Windows Key + C) in a move that Microsoft hopes will reduce the number of times users accidentally call up the virtual assistant.

A handful of display issues have been resolved, including one that caused the screen on the Surface Book to switch to portrait mode when the laptop was disconnected from an external monitor. Also fixed were bugs that would sometimes cause Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) to hang while displaying tooltips with particular monitor configurations and dialogs to render improperly when they are dragged between monitors with differing dot-per-inch (DPI) ratings.

On the Windows 10 Mobile front, Microsoft has stretched the battery life for users who quickly turn their smartphone screens on and off to glance at the lock screen, said Sarkar. On devices like the Lumia 640, the mute button now works when playing YouTube content that uses the OPUS audio codec. Devices that receive notifications while their screens are off will now take their proximity sensors into account, preventing the screen from activating in pockets and registering unintended screen presses. 


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