Microsoft this morning Australian time released an updated version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones. This build, as promised previously, supports a greater number of phones, excluding the Lumia 930 and Icon. What you really need to think about though is do you want it? This mornings release is a “Fast Ring” build. If you have been following the Windows 10 preview process you would be aware that fast ring builds are more likely to have issues and bugs. As is the case with this build! Gabe Aul in his announcement post for the release this morning outlined known issues with this build, and looking at it quickly, it is very, very buggy indeed.
The actual launch was not plain sailing, Microsoft experienced some server issues that they had to sort on the run, but all seems to be fine now.
UPDATE: We discovered this morning that there was an error in the database for provisioning record data, which is required for new phones to join the Fast Ring through the Windows Insider app. The team has been working to correct it but the load on the provisioning data servers has made all operations extremely slow. To fix the issue, we are taking the service offline and updating the provisioning record data for all 5100 phone POPs. It will take approximately 2 hours for us to make the update, and validate that everything is working. This is a different service from Windows Update, so Insiders who are currently on 9941 should be able to update their phones if they are already in the Fast ring. If they are in the Slow ring they will encounter the same issue with provisioning data. We apologize for the delay on this and are working to ensure it never happens again
Seems to be back on track, but there was another, issue or bonus that people are observing, where they are installing the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 update, especially on the Lumia 930, gaining features that they weren’t expecting! There’s a workaround at the previous link, for all phones I would suspect except the 930. So enjoy it if you got it.
So what’s new in this build and do you want to install it?
Project Spartan, new Mail and Calendar app, new Phone and Messaging apps, new People app, new Messaging app. Some things that were apparently fixed,
- We’ve updated the keyboard layout based on your feedback. The keyboard layout now has period, comma and emoji keys on first page of keyboard. Language switching is enabled by press-and-hold on the &123 key. There is also an option to replace the emoji key with the language switching key.
- We’ve fixed the Cortana icon resolution so it now scales with tile size.
- We’ve fixed the issue where the Photos app would fail to launch periodically when attempting to add a photo attachment to an email, OneNote or Facebook item.
- We’ve fixed the issue where the Microsoft Band wouldn’t sync with your phone after upgrading to Windows 10.
- The Photos app’s tile will now pick up the phone’s theme color before it’s launched and then start showing pictures from your collection including OneDrive in the Live tile.
The largest list is what is known to not be working, and this sould really be the thing that influences your decision whethter to install this build or not.
This is preproduction software going out to the Fast ring – so you should expect to see some bugs. The list below are some of the ones that we thought you should know about up front, and it’s worth reading carefully. We’re working to fix all of these in future builds.
- There might be situations in which auto-upload of your Camera Roll to OneDrive may not be working. Please be sure to back up your photos especially if you need to use the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1.
- The Office Hub has been removed from this build. You won’t be able to open Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote files in this build. Preview versions of the universal Office apps will be available in the coming weeks.
- All Bluetooth-based interactions with Cortana are not working in this build because we’re reworking how Cortana interacts with Bluetooth. This includes dictating and reading text messages, initiating searches and chit-chat, and all system-level control (such as playing music, launching applications, or navigating settings.
- After upgrade, some apps that have been installed onto a SD memory card will fail to launch. To fix this, uninstall and reinstall the apps.
- About 1% of the time, incoming phone calls may not play a ringing sound.
- Call + SMS filtering will not work after upgrade.
- For people upgrading their phone from Build 9941, there is a bug in which your phone’s MMS settings will be lost after upgrade. The new Messaging app doesn’t yet have the ability to re-enter these settings. You will need to use the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1 and then upgrade to this build to get MMS working again.
- Also for people upgrading their phone from Build 9941, the tiles on your Start screen for the Camera and Photos apps may be missing or corrupt. You will have to unpin any corrupt tiles and re-pin the apps to your Start screen.
- On some phones, due to a scaling bug the dismiss button won’t be visible when an alarm is triggered. To stop your phone from “alarming “just touch the arrow and swipe up on the notification and off the screen to end the alarm.
- On phones with 512MB of memory, apps can randomly crash due to an issue with memory management.
- Flight mode cannot be enabled.
- Data connections can’t be disabled.
- You may need to re-pin the Phone app after upgrade.
- The Insider Hub is now included on Phone but may fail to launch on some phones
There’s lots not working, and I would think a clean install would be the best thing, any issues you were having with the first build will not be obviously fixed with this update. In fact I have had to restore my Lumia 830, the result was just not satisfactory. It went from a functional phone that could still be used as a daily driver to quite a mess. There’s links above for the Windows Phone Recovery Tool, it’s going to be your best friend.
This is not a build for everyday phone use, if you install it be prepared for issues, and a lot of changes. It would be nice to see this Tech Preview be a bit more useful, but we have to accept that it’s still Alpha software, tread cautiously.
Via Windows Blog.