Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 10049 to Insiders

Windows 10 build 10049

Today Microsoft announced that they are pushing a new build 10049 of the Windows 10 Preview to Insiders on the Fast Ring. The update brings a few new features and improvements including the Spartan web browser.

The new build is available for download through Windows Update for users already running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Microsoft has also noted that ISOs for updated builds will only be released to slow ring users, uses on Fast ring will get builds directly through system update.

You can download and update Windows 10 build 10049 by following these steps
  • Click on the start menu and in the search box type ‘Windows Update’
  • Choose ‘Windows Update Settings’
  • In the left panel click ‘Preview Builds’
  • Click on the ‘Check’ now.
  • Download the new build
After the build downloads, your machine will begin to install 10041. Once the installation is complete, you should be running the latest version of Windows 10 for Insiders.

What's new in Windows 10 build 10049 for Insiders

The "Project Spartan" web browser is the main addition to this update, and will be available across all Windows 10 devices, including phones. The new web browser has been built with the modern web in mind, and makes it easy to share, read and discover new content. Spartan offers features like Cortana, Writing on web pages, a new reading mode and more.

Microsoft Project Spartan
Project Spartan web browser

Besides that, Microsoft has however updated a number of Modern UI apps in this build, making them more consistent with one another. Alarms, Calculator, Sound Recorder are now all white. These apps were previously with black backgrounds in build 10041, and Microsoft is said to be working on an option to allow users to switch between a dark or light theme.

Windows 10 build 10041 Technical Preview

Windows 10 build 10049 Technical Preview

Known issues in Windows 10 build 10049 for Insiders

Keep in mind that Windows 10 is still a pre-release OS, and comes with its share of bugs. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 build 10049 has the following known issues
  • After logging in, you may see a blue screen instead of your desktop. To work around this issue, lock your PC (with the hardware button or by pressing the Windows Key + L) and try logging in again. You can also try Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  • Indexing of new email in Outlook is not working, so search results will be limited to when the last index was built.
  • If you have Virtual Machines hosted on your PC running Windows 10, you will want to move to the Slow ring and wait for the next build as this build breaks the ability to run VMs.
  • As Insiders, you are welcome to navigate through the update, and report any new issues you come across while testing the build.

A number of issues have also been fixed in this build:
  • Fixed the issue from Build 10041 for when the Photos app on your PC crashes when you tap on the circular icon at the top left to view the photo you just took.
  • Fixed the issue from Build 10041 where you might end up in a state where windows open on your desktop are accidentally visible behind the Start Screen, Task View, Snap Assist, and when rearranging windows in Tablet Mode.
  • You will no longer get stuck when you manually lock your PC (Windows Key + L) during the initial out-of-box experience.

Microsoft has also warned developers using Visual Studio 2015 to avoid the new build until an updated version is released through the Slow Ring.

source - Microsoft (Spartan)

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