Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14291 For PC And Mobile

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14291 for both PC and Mobile to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring.
 
Microsoft states,
 
“Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14291 for both PC and Mobile to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. There are some very cool new things in this build, including one of the top requested features by Windows Insiders – extensions for Microsoft Edge!”
 
Microsoft has begun rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to selected Windows 8.1 phones. The company also informs us that the devices which are eligible to receive Windows 10 will be able to get preview builds from the Development Branch. Microsoft has already delivered a few builds to the devices, which had been shipped with Windows 10, which includes Lumia 550, 650, 950, 950 XL, Xiaomi Mi4, and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL. The company has also updated the list of devices which will be capable of receiving updates as part of the Windows Insider Program. In the coming weeks, Microsoft will deliver Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds from the Development Branch to these devices in the Fast ring.
 
Let us now see what is new in this build 14291;
 
Extensions in Microsoft Edge

The Company introduces Microsoft Edge. In order to try out the extension, all you need to do is click on “More” (…) which is available at the top right hand in Microsoft Edge and then go on to click “Extensions” to open the Extensions pane and click “Get extensions”. You can also try the Mouse Gestures, Microsoft Translator and Reddit Enhancement Suite extensions. However, it is to be noted that the extensions are only available on PC. For more information on extensions for Microsoft Edge, check here.
 
Pinned Tabs in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge now allows you to pin tabs, making it really easy to keep your most used sites and web apps always available. In order to pin a tab, all you need to do is, right-click on the tab you want to pin and choose “Pin tab”. To unpin a tab, all you need to do is right-click on the pinned tab you want to unpin and choose “Unpin tab”. The pinned tabs always appear at the start of the tab row, and will only show the site’s favicon. The pinned tabs will not show a close button; hence you will not accidentally close them. Pinned tabs, which are there in your Microsoft Edge window, when you close the app will come back the next time you open Microsoft Edge.
 
 
 
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Other Microsoft Edge Improvements

You can now easily copy any link into your clipboard and right-click on the address bar in Microsoft Edge and choose “Paste and go” from the context menu. Microsoft Edge will past the URL into the address bar, and navigate the site. You can now also copy words to your clipboard and choose “Paste and search”.
 
  
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Additionally, Microsoft has also made it easier to close tabs in Microsoft Edge on your mobile device, especially on devices with larger screens, by increasing the size of the close button for tabs on the Tabs page.
 
Updated Maps app

This build includes an updated Maps app for Windows 10 which brings a more lightweight, scalable, and consistent UI in addition to underlying architecture improvements and new features.
 
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The following are the new features in the Maps app:
  • One-tap access to search and directions from anywhere, even on your phone. This is great especially for one-handed use.
  • You can view multiple searches and directions at the same time, on the same map as they are layered on top of each other and you can use tabs or the map to switch between them.
  • You can now minimize search results, directions, and location info to enjoy more of the map, while keeping them in easy reach.
  • You can see labels for your search results directly on the map. No more numbers to match between the map and the list.
  • Cortana will give you turn-by-turn directions (if Cortana is enabled).
  • We have improved the logic for nearby searches so you should see better (closer) results.
  • We have added the ability to search for your favorite city in the 3D cities list so no more scrolling forever to get to the city you want.
  • You can now access your favorites offline and add notes to them.
  • We have updated the turn-by-turn design to improve glanceability and landscape layout.
For more details on the updated Maps app for Windows 10, check here.
 
Updated Alarms & Clock app

The Alarm & Clock app has now got a new update. The company introduces a new inline time picker and has also improved design for creating as well as editing alarms and timers.
 
 
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Japanese one-handed kana touch keyboard

You will now be able to choose one-handed kana touch keyboard for Japanese text typing. Now you can type text in the same familiar manner which you would on your mobile device. One-handed keyboard is smaller compared to the full-size touch keyboard, so it does not hide your desktop too much, and it can easily be placed anywhere on the desktop. If you wish to type with your left hand, all you need to do is bring the one-handed touch keyboard to the left side.
 
 
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Japanese Lined-mode Text Input Canvas:
 
You will now be able to gain new experience with the Japanese lined-mode Text Input Canvas. It will provide you with natural as well as intuitive text input for people who enter Japanese text. Editing the written characters, such as striking out inked text and modifying characters, can be easily done with a pen.
 
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Introducing Feedback Hub

Microsoft had earlier announced that they are bringing Insider Hub and Windows Feedback apps together into a single app known as Feedback Hub. And now, as promised, Microsoft has delivered the Feedback Hub, which is now available in this build for PC as well as Mobile. The Feedback Hub carries all the best things from the previous two apps along with a few new features.
 
Microsoft informs us in detail about the Feedback Hub, in its official blog, stating,
 
“When you open Feedback Hub for the first time, you will see a search box at the top so you can quickly find and upvote feedback items from other Insiders or submit new feedback. You will also notice that Announcements and Quests show up together in a single feed under “What’s new”. When you submit new feedback to us, we have added a new description field so you can explain in more detail the feedback you are sending to us. The most helpful feedback for us includes a brief title that summarizes your feedback, then you can use the new description field to provide more detail, for example: the steps that an engineer could take to recreate a problem, or more information about a feature suggestion. And you’ll start seeing Microsoft engineers leaving comments on your feedback too! The familiar experience for browsing feedback is still a click away, just navigate to the Feedback tab from the left-hand navigation menu. We’re just starting to add capability to the new unified app and we’re excited to take this first step. We’re excited to hear what you think of the new Feedback Hub, go to Apps and Games > Feedback Hub and tell us what you think.”
 
 
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Given below are few known issues for Feedback Hub which you need to take note of:
  • We have a bug where the Feedback Hub will crash right after submitting feedback if you launched Feedback Hub using the hardware shortcuts for opening the app (VOL+POWER DOWN on mobile, Windows key + Shift + ? on PC). Don’t worry – we’re fixing this in the next flight, and your feedback is successfully submitted.
  • If you have previously pinned the Windows Feedback app to Start, you will notice it remains as a “dead tile”. We are fixing this in future builds. You can unpin and re-pin the new Feedback Hub app to Start.
  • We have removed the screenshot capture feature and instead allow you to upload screenshots via the upload screenshot button. Hint: use VOL + POWER UP on mobile to take a screenshot, and on PC use Windows key + Print screen. 
As per the official blog, here’s what’s fixed for PC:
  • This issue causing the notification area (“systray”) to look out of alignment when turning on the “always show all icons in the notification area” should now be fixed.
  • We fixed the issue where connectivity to older Wi-Fi networks using the WEP encryption security method may be broken.
  • We fixed an issue where the “X” to close the “Find of Page” toolbar in Microsoft Edge is displayed off screen on 8-inch devices when in portrait mode.
  • We fixed an issue where the USB icon in the notification area was reverting to the old icon when ejecting drives.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking the suggested search in Microsoft Edge resulted in a URL to the search as the search string.
As per the official blog, here’s what’s fixed for Mobile:
  • We fixed the issue where connectivity to older Wi-Fi networks using the WEP encryption security method may be broken.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in slower text input speed the more words were typed.
  • We have improved Word Flow recognition of longer words.
  • The All apps list has been updated to now follow the “Make Text Larger” ease of access setting.
  • We fixed an issue where Settings would sometimes list unresolved app names under Extras.
  • We fixed an issue where touch targets could be out of alignment in the Photos picker.
For details on known issues for PC and Mobile, check the official blog.