Microsoft continues to revamp Windows 10, even as more and more users shift over to the operating system in its official form. The latest build 10532, released Thursday to Insiders, makes one visual change and widens the potential audience for new suggestions.
Oh, and it also breaks the 64-bit version of Chrome, as well as Windows Hello.
As updates go, build 10532 is relatively minor. The most significant revision is “improved context menus” that aim for consistency within the light and dark themes of Windows 10. Users will also be invited to try out new features using the Insider Hub.
Under the hood, though, Microsoft has made its Windows Feedback more pervasive. Before, any suggestions were made and communicated directly to Microsoft, with the ability for other users to see and to vote on them. Now, with the new Feedback app, you can also share your suggestion to any app that supports sharing: Twitter, Facebook, et cetera. Upcoming mobile builds will also have the same capability, Microsoft said.
As for a new mobile preview of Windows 10, those are coming as well, according to Microsoft’s Gabe Aul.
“I know many of you are eagerly awaiting a new mobile build. We have found and fixed a few issues that would be a blocker for some Insiders in recent builds in our internal rings, so we haven’t had one we felt was ready to go out to you since 10512,” he wrote. “We have some good candidates coming through with those fixes, so after we run them for a while and ensure they are ready for you we’ll get them out.”
Known issues with the new build include a couple of biggies, though: Windows Hello won’t work, and the 64-bit version of Google Chrome will crash on launch. Users can still log in via a PIN or password, however, and use the 32-bit version of Chrome or the 64-bit Chrome Canary build, used for developers and adventuresome tech types.
The impact on you: Microsoft is staying true to its plan to keep improving Windows essentially forever. That means regular, everyday users of Windows 10 are facing the unsettling prospect of automatic updates, buggy or not. But that's a totally different program from the Insider program that's getting this buggy build—and the idea is that the Insiders will find the worst bugs before the rest of us have to suffer through them. Aul also makes the point that much of the app work the company is doing will also carry over to the mobile space, which needs some selling points to ensure Windows 10 Mobile has a warm reception.
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