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Microsoft Ships Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16199, Includes New Features

Insider Build 16199

Microsoft rolled out the latest preview of its Fall Creators Update, Build 16199, to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring this week along with new features.

Microsoft rolled out the latest preview of its Fall Creators Update, Build 16199, to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring this week. This latest build comes on the heels of last week’s release of build 16193 during its Build Developer Conference. Like last week’s build, this latest version contains several new features that Insiders can start testing out now ahead of the official upgrade release expected later this year.

Build 16199

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16199

My People app Emojis. The My People feature which was brought back in build 16184 now supports sending and receiving of emojis and notification badges from pinned contacts on the taskbar. Pinned contacts on the taskbar will also display a counter for unseen messages. If you find this feature distracting you can turn it off in taskbar settings.

My People Emojis

People-first Sharing has also been added and it allows you to drag and drop files directly onto pinned contacts on the taskbar to share directly with them or via email or supported social networks.

people first sharing

Android call notifications. If you’re an Android user Cortana will display cross-device incoming call notifications. To set it up, install the Cortana app on your Android phone. Then go to Settings > Sync notifications and turn on all the Cortana cross-device features. When you receive a call, you’ll get a notification showing who it is and gives you the option to text a reply or decline the call.

Android Call Notification

Storage Sense Improvements. You can already automatically free up disk space with Storage Sense and it has added abilities. You can now set it to clean up files that have been unchanged in your Downloads folder for 30 days. To adjust it head to Settings > System > Storage and then select Change how we free up space.

Storage Sense Settings

Other New Changes & Improvements

Other new changes, improvements, and fixes for this PC build include the following:

  • Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) will now work as expected on touch-enabled PCs.
  • [DEVELOPERS] The XAML designer in Visual Studio 2017 hits an error causing a squiggle error under ThemeResource references to XAML’s generic.xaml resources. Please update to the latest version of Visual Studio 2017 Preview (Version 15.3 – 26510.00) or later. If Visual Studio 2017 Preview is already installed, users can update by starting the Visual Studio Installer, and clicking the Update button. You can confirm you have the right build of Visual Studio Preview by going to Help > About to confirm you are on Version 15.3 (26510.0-Preview) or later.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in many Win32 apps not launching if certain 3rd party antivirus programs were active prior to upgrading.
  • We’ve updated Windows Defender Security Center so as to no longer flag disabled drivers as issues. We have also adjusted the health scan logic so that using maximum brightness when connected to AC power will not flag a warning. Appreciate all who shared feedback on the subject.
  • As a result of low usage, we’ve made the decision to remove the Note quick action.
  • We’re updated our migration logic so that going forward from this build the state of rotation lock will be preserved across upgrades.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in color profiles being ignored after launching certain fullscreen games.
  • ADDED: To help you quickly find the option you’re looking for, we’ve updated the context menus for apps and tiles in Start to now include icons for more actions, including Share, Uninstall, and Rate.

After the update process is complete a restart is required and to verify your build number hit the Windows key and type: winver and hit Enter and you should see you have Version 1702 Build 16199.1000.

winver 16199

It’s also worth noting that for those of you still hanging in there with Windows Phone, the company also released Windows 10 Mobile Build 15215. You can find out what’s new with mobile, known issues with PC, and the full changelog in Dona Sarkar’s post on the Windows Experience Blog. Overall, very exciting to be able to get our hands on the new builds so we can play with all these new features.


3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. ramu kaviyoor  

    The updates keep on consuming space. Eventually, will they eat up all the space in c:\drive?

  2. Harry Barracuda  

    Or just do a disk cleanup and select Cleanup System Files. Previous Windows Installations will appear there.

    My biggest problem is that they’re always screwing something up and then fixing it, this build it’s the turn of network shares to go missing again.

    Grrrrrrrr

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