Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 preview build 17744 (Redstone 5) for Insiders enrolled in the Fast ring and the latest preview update comes with no new features or major changes as the development is nearing the stabilization phase.

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There are only general fixes and improvements as the software maker is now focused on squashing bugs and less on new features. Microsoft has addressed an issue that resulted in Cortana crashing when launching tips and doing web searches. There are also several other improvements and fixes that you can find below:

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue that resulted in certain apps crashing when sending Timeline activities.
  • We fixed an impactful race condition in recent flights resulting in Cortana crashing when launching tips and doing web searches.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the nearby sharing section of the Share UI not being visible for some users despite being enabled.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the contents of the Microsoft Edge window becoming offset from its window frame.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the spellchecking menu appearing in the wrong place when you right-clicked on a misspelled word in Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue for Insiders using Windows 10 in S Mode recently resulting opening Word from a Word Online document not working.
  • We fixed an issue in Narrator so when toggling a checkbox with a braille display and Narrator, the displayed state is now updated and the control information is maintained on the display.

Known issues

  • You may experience a bugcheck (GSOD) when logging out of your user profile or shutting down your PC.
  • When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
  • Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.
  • After setting up a Windows Mixed Reality headset for the first time on this build with motion controllers, the controllers may need to be re-paired a second time before appearing in the headset.

The bug fixes and improvements would be Microsoft’s main focus in the coming weeks and this makes perfect sense given that Windows 10 Redstone 5 update will hit the RTM status next month. According to Microsoft’s own schedule, Windows 10 version 1809 (codenamed Redstone 5) will be finalized in September and the public rollout is due to start in October.

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