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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC Available Now

Microsoft announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC and that it’s making Windows 10 S available for Insiders to test.

Microsoft today announced the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC for users in the Fast ring. It has been three weeks since Microsoft released the last preview build. As we are getting close to the final rollout of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, this latest build focuses less on new features and more on improving the quality of the OS, fine-tuning, and fixing bugs. The company is making Windows 10 S available to Insiders, too.

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Windows 10 Insider Build 16273

The main improvements are for Windows Shell, Microsoft Edge, and Touch and Pen Input.

Windows Shell Improvements

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Start, Action Center and notification toasts at times having a background that was 100% transparent.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where the Action Center icon might show it had some number of notifications but when you opened Action Center no notifications were displayed.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where suggested apps were visible in Start despite the related setting being off. For now, if you encounter this please try toggling Settings > Personalization > Start > “Occasionally show suggestions in Start”.
  • We fixed a recent issue where removed placeholder tiles in Start might come back after explorer.exe restarted.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain live tiles not updating in the last flight, including the Weather and Money apps. If you were impacted by this you may need to unpin and repin the live tile for it to work again.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where typing immediately after opening up the Start menu would sometimes not switch to Cortana, even though if you tapped the Cortana icon Cortana was up and running.
  • We fixed an issue where notification groups in the Action Center couldn’t be dismissed by swiping across the app name. We also fixed a recent issue where notifications in the Action Center couldn’t be dismissed with pen.
  • We’ve fixed some timing issues so that swiping to dismiss a notification toast should feel more reliable now.
  • You can now middle click to dismiss a notification toast!
  • We fixed an issue resulting in no “Safe to Remove Hardware” notification after following the device removal process from the “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” tray icon
  • We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to tab to the quick action area of Action Center if there were no notifications visible.
  • We fixed an issue where the network flyout might become unresponsive when Bluetooth was enabled.
  • We fixed a deadlock resulting in Start, the network flyout, and other Shell UI elements becoming unresponsive after tethering certain Android phones.
  • We fixed an issue that could potentially result in Start not launching after installing a 3rd party IME.
  • We fixed an issue where if you started dragging a tile on Start just as the flip animation started in the tile, it could result in the tile becoming invisible under your finger until you released it.
  • We fixed an issue where right clicking on an image file in File Explorer would show “Next desktop background” instead of “Set as desktop background” in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where desktop icons sometimes couldn’t be drag-and-dropped to certain places on the desktop, even though the desired spot appeared to align to the same grid as the other icons already in place.
  • We fixed an issue where desktop icons could become unexpectedly spaced out when logging in after the primary monitor’s DPI had changed.

Microsoft Edge Improvements

  • When using Find on Page, pressing F3 will now go to the next result. Shift+F3 will go to the previous result.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain websites not rendering correctly when used in inPrivate mode.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes getting into a state where after right-clicking a website the context menu would immediately dismiss.
  • We fixed an issue which resulted in the video element defaulting to a black background if the size didn’t match the aspect ratio of the video.
  • We fixed an issue where right-clicking and selecting “copy link” would sometimes not work as expected.
  • We fixed an issue where copying bitmap images from Microsoft Edge wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue where pasting Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text into Microsoft Edge in recent builds would result in question marks instead of the expected characters.
  • We fixed an issue where misspelled words in input fields were sometimes not updated when a correction is selected from the spell checker.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where a session cookie might unexpectedly get overwritten, potentially resulting in login issues on certain websites after a page refresh.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in status updates to Facebook.com sometimes being erased during input.
  • We fixed an issue causing certain controls such as calendar widgets to break on some sites.
  • We fixed an issue for websites with images added using source-set where the height would sometimes unexpectedly be computed to 30px.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking Run on a download in Microsoft Edge that required elevation would result in input no longer being received in that window until switching focus away and back to it.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the tab bar sometimes drawing incorrectly after dragging the window between two monitors with different DPIs.
  • We fixed an issue from recent builds where you couldn’t use the letter ‘x’ when renaming a favorite.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in a crash when using drag and drop to rearrange favorites.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to type @ using the Hungarian or Czech keyboard in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where PDFs containing xref streams might have rendered as blank pages in the last few flights in Microsoft Edge.
  • Scrollbars in Microsoft Edge will now be the correct size on secondary monitors where the DPI differs from the primary monitor.

Input Improvements

  • We fixed an issue that resulted in words sometimes being input twice when using the handwriting panel in certain websites using Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue where you could end up with multiple underlined words when using shapewriting in a text field then switching focus away from and back to that text field and shapewriting some more.
  • We fixed an issue in Win32 apps where a space wasn’t automatically inserted if you used shapewriting to write a word then tapped a letter to start a new word on the touch keyboard.
  • We fixed an issue with the Hebrew touch keyboard where tapping certain keys didn’t produce the expected character. Please take a moment with this build to try out the touch keyboard in your language and let us know how it feels for you.
  • We fixed an issue where the Full touch keyboard layout was unexpectedly not available at certain screen resolutions.
  • We fixed an issue when using the Emoji Panel with Narrator where using tab to switch sections would resulting in Narrator repeating the old section name for each emoji instead of the current one.
  • Changes to pen behavior in recent Insider builds have been met with positive feedback, however also caused drawing in certain apps to work incorrectly. In this Insider build we’ve made a change to address this feedback pertaining to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Clip Studio Paint.

Windows 10 S Available to Insiders

Another interesting development is Microsoft is now providing Windows 10 S to Insiders for testing. Windows 10 S is still a work in progress and Microsoft opened it for external testing with developers and education customers earlier this summer. Now Insiders can get in on the action. To run Windows 10 S you will need to have a spare PC running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise editions – Windows 10 Home won’t work.

Important: If aren’t familiar with Windows 10 S make sure to check out the following links before going ahead with the installation for testing.

There are other general changes and fixes in this build, too. Surprisingly there are no documented known issues in the full changelog released by the head of the Windows 10 Insider program, Dona Sarkar. However, as with all preview builds, it wouldn’t be a surprise if problems do pop up.

Update: Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Brandon LeBlanc responded on Twitter about no documentation of known issues. He says that since releases are coming so rapidly during this “stabilization phase” of the Insider Preview, known issues won’t be documented unless the team discovers a high impact problem.

Are you an Insider and running this latest Windows 10 Insider build? Leave a comment below and let us know how things are working (or not working) for you on your system in the comment section below.


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