Microsoft releases new Windows Phone 'Redstone' preview build 14342

Microsoft's newest Windows Mobile 10 Insider test build, Build 14342, like its PC counterpart, removes a Wi-Fi Sense feature and adds several new features.

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile Insider preview -- Build 14342 -- to Fast Ring Windows Insider testers on May 16.


Somewhat confusingly, due to a bug, the update will shows up as instead of 10.0.14342.1001 under Phone update in the Settings app, officials noted in today's blog post announcing the build.

The 14342 update includes a few new features, a large number of fixes and support for three additional devices that now can get updates from the Microsoft Development branch. Those three new devices that can continue to get Insider builds, as of 14342, are the Lumia Icon, BLU Win HD LTE 150e and BLU Win JR 130e.

The new features in this build include support for Swipe navigation in Microsoft's Edge browser; the ability to redirect certain websites to open with an app instead; and the elimination of the Wi-Fi Sense feature that allowed users to automatically connect to networks shared by their contacts.

Microsoft also eliminated this Wi-Fi Sense feature in the 14342 test build for Windows 10 PC Insiders last week.

Microsoft's goal is to release the next major release of Windows 10, known as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (a k a Redstone 1), around the end of July 2016. It's not clear if the Windows 10 Mobile platform also will get the Anniversary Update refresh at that same time or some time after.

On a related note, Microsoft also rolled out tonight a new OneDrive app for Windows 10. I'm not clear if this is the promised Universal Windows Platform (UWP) OneDrive app or not. I'm also not sure whether it's considered a preview or final. I've asked Microsoft for comment on both questions.

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