Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 news recap, in which we recap the top news stories regarding Windows 10 for the week. Let’s dive straight in.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 PC April updates KB3147458 and KB3147461
This week, Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 PC’s which introduced lots of new bug fixes and performance improvements, bringing the build number up to 10586.218. This was not an insider release as it went out to the public at the same time.
The following is new with this update:
- This update includes quality improvements and security fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:
- Improved reliability for Internet Explorer 11, .NET Framework, wireless LAN, Microsoft Edge, Windows Update, logon, Bluetooth, network connectivity, map apps, video playback, Cortana, USB, Windows Explorer, and Narrator.
- Fixed issue with connectivity of USB devices until OS restart.
- Improved discoverability of printers when a device resumes from sleep.
- Fixed issues with lock screen.
- Support for visual voicemail on dual SIM phones.
- Fixed issue with audio playback using Groove music and other music apps on a phone.
- Fixed issue with revised daylight savings time.
- Fixed additional issues with shutdown delays, Narrator, Cortana, roaming data usage, buying apps in the Store, video playback, facial recognition, Bluetooth pairing, Microsoft Edge, logon, Internet Explorer 11, Live Tile updates, .NET Framework, and Microsoft Installer (MSI).
- Improved security for CSRSS to address security feature bypass.
- Fixed additional security issues with Security Account Manager Remote Protocol, , secondary logon, Microsoft Graphics component, .NET Framework, CSRSS, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11.
Microsoft now preparing release of new Start Menu design for Windows 10 Insiders
WinBeta revealed this week that the next Insider build for Windows 10 PCs should include the new Start Menu and Start Screen designs shown of by Microsoft recently. The new Start experiences are now being flighted internally in the rs1_release branch, meaning Insiders are next in line to receive the bits.
Insiders are able to vote on these new changes via a survey too, so if you don’t like the new Start designs then Microsoft is letting you have a say on why. You can check out all the details about the new Start experiences and voting here.
Microsoft backs off plans for Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring build on PCs this week
Gabe Aul announced on Twitter that the planned Insider build for PCs this week was cancelled due to a showstopper bug that the company decided would need fixing before reaching Insiders. He said in a tweet:
We hit a problem with our PC build candidate for this week, so looks likely at this point it will be next week for next Fast ring PC build.
Finally, WinBeta was able to bring an exclusive first look at the upcoming Messaging Everywhere experience that allows SMS texting from your desktop beamed from your mobile smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile or Android.
Yes, Messaging Everywhere finally brings SMS texting to the desktop, beamed straight from your phone. This feature should arrive in preview form in the next Windows 10 Mobile insider build, which could arrive next week at the earliest. Currently, as the feature is still in beta, it can sometimes be slow/not work at all, but when it does work it works well.