Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 'Redstone 2' test build 14946 for PCs and mobile

Microsoft has added a few more minor feature updates to its latest Windows 10 'Redstone 2' test builds for PC and Mobile Insiders in the Fast Ring this week.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft is rolling out on October 13 a new Windows 10 "Redstone 2" test build for both PC and mobile testers in the Fast Ring.

Credit: Microsoft

That build, 14946, is the first test build for Windows Phone Insiders in a while. (The most recent previous Windows 10 Mobile test build was Build 14926, which came out in mid-September.

Today's new build includes some minor feature tweaks. (I'm betting Microsoft is trying to save the bigger feature updates for Redstone 2 for some time on or after its October 26 New York City event, where sources have said we'll be hearing more about what's coming in Redstone 2.)

With Build 14946, there is now support for "other" gestures for precision touch pads. These include options for three and four finger gestures, plus different settings for taps, plus some Advanced Gestures configuration options.

There's also now for Windows Phone users the ability to turn off whichever screen isn't in use with Continuum as part of this build. And both PC and mobile testers are able to try out a new Wi-Fi setting for selecting an amount of time before Wi-Fi turns back on.

For Phone users there's also a new option to prevent autocorrection, an option to remove a word from a user dictionary and a change to the frequency of scheduled backups for Mobile to once a week.

There are various other improvements and fixes in this build, including fixes to an Xbox Live sign-in issue; fixes for Edge crashing and scrolling bugs and more.

There are also some gotchas. Users who have third-party antivirus products installed might not be able to get this build and will roll back to the previous build, Microsoft officials warned. And some larger Windows Store games may fail to launch on this build, as well.

Today's blog post on Build 14946 also includes guidance for those who've been having problems resulting from opt-in issues. Users of PCs on the Windows 10 Anniverary Update that were previously opted in to get builds but see a "Fix me" button on the Insider Program settings page will be proactively placed in the Release Preview Ring, today's post notes.

In other Windows 10 news, as it was Patch Tuesday earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out some Cumulative Updates to the various flavors of Windows that are in market. These Cumulative Updates included only fixes and patches, not any brand new features.

Information on what was new in the October 11 Cumulative Updates for Build 1607 (Anniversary Update RTM); Build 1511 (November Update RTM) and the original Windows 10 release, a k a Build 1507) are all on Microsoft's Windows 10 Update support page. Information on what was included in the first-ever Cumulative Updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is here. And here's similar information on the Cumulative Updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 that went out this week.

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