Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14931 for PC arrives on the Fast ring

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A week ago, Microsoft rolled out its first really big new Windows 10 Insider Preview build since the Anniversary Update. As well as fixing a lot of problems, Build 14926 introduced some experimental new features, including the ability to "snooze" a tab in Microsoft Edge.

Today, Microsoft releases Build 14931 to the Fast ring, but unlike recent builds it’s only available for PC. Build 14926 introduced a couple of big problems for Mobile last week, so Microsoft has decided to hold off issuing a new build until they are fixed.

The PC build doesn’t have any new features as such, but improvements and fixes include:

  • Fixed the issue causing people to experience a black screen when signing out and switching to another user account and unable to log in to that account.
  • Fixed the issue causing the built-in Windows 10 apps such as Calculator, Alarms & Clock, and Voice Recorder to not work after updating to a new build.

Known issues include:

  • While using Narrator and Groove Music, if you navigate to the progress bar while a song is playing then Narrator will continually speak the progress of the song e.g. update with the current time of the progress bar every second. The result is you will be unable to listen to the song or hear any other control you navigate to.
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox will crash on launch after upgrading to this build.
  • Optional components may not work after upgrading to this build. To get it working again, go to "Turn Windows features on or off", scroll down and check the right optional component and click ok. After a reboot, the optional component will be enabled again.
  • For keyboard users, using tab to navigate the Settings app will not work in this build. The arrow keys should work as a temporary workaround.
  • Tencent apps and games will cause your PC to bugcheck (bluescreen).

Although there are no new features, Microsoft has introduced updates for some of the apps, including a new dark mode in the Feedback app. You can activate this via Settings.

The Maps app has been updated too and now lets you check traffic on the way to home or work. If you’ve chosen the dark theme in Settings > Personalization > Colors then this app will reflect that.

Skype has been updated, and you can now send and receive SMS and MMS messages from a Windows 10 PC if you also have the messaging app on a Windows 10 Mobile device.

Finally, there’s new native support for USB Audio 2.0 devices with an inbox class driver. Find out more about that here.

On a separate note, Microsoft also warns, again, that older Insider Preview builds will begin expiring shortly. Find out more about that here.

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