Quick hit here, comrades: Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile version today, build 10586.
Now, this new edition is for subscribers of the Windows Insider program in the ‘Fast’ ring, so it’s not for everyone. At the same time, any new build is welcome in the mobile Windows world.
So, what is new? Improved communications for one. According to Microsoft’s Nerd Jesus Gabe Aul, the company has made “improvements to the Messaging + Skype app – through both app updates via the Store and also on the server side.” Skype remains a key part of Microsoft’s consumer cloud service star system, of course.
Also, users should be able to “download [games and apps] from the Store more reliably.” That matters as much for consumers, as it does for developers. More downloads, more interest, more apps. But we’ve been having that discussion now for more years than I want to admit to.
What else? A few small housekeeping measures:
We have fixed the issue that caused the Start experience to become corrupted (garbled) after upgrading and restoring a backup from a phone that had a different resolution.
You should now be able to set your default save locations via Settings > System > Storage and it will correctly reflect the current storage settings. Your SD card should no longer show up as a garbled name in Storage settings either.
Moving apps to a SD card should no longer cause those apps to crash.
I sometimes wonder how many people there are out there testing mobile builds of Windows 10, as compared to the folks who are currently testing Windows 10 proper. But I digress.
If you are not on the Windows 10 Mobile Fast ring of updates, and want the build, you can imagine what to do. If you use the code, and have a thought, we accept hot takes at Slate.com.