On Monday, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 16226 to Insiders, presenting a huge list of new features. It appears, however, that the Redmond giant isn’t quite done yet. Last night, senior program manager Brandon Le Blanc highlighted a new section the company has added to the changelog: Mixed Reality.
As Windows forges along with its plan to host a number of third-party MR devices, its OS needs to adapt to suit that. With the first dev kits already shipping to developers, now is a good time to starting honing the experience.
Windows 10 build 16266 Mixed Reality Changes
Here are the tweaks in the latest build:
- “The Mixed Reality software download issue has been fixed. The workaround that has been provided for the last flight can be removed. You could directly upgrade to Build 16226 and get the Mixed Reality software.
- 360 Video issue with video quality has also been fixed.
- New Teleportation Model also introduced in this flight, where we transitioned to a much easier teleportation and navigation model only using the left joystick.
- Speech improvements where we have improved the speech interaction experience through out Mixed Reality platform.
- Headset Reliability Improvement where we are going to continuously improve on this in future flights.
- We also fixed issues when trying to get out of limited mode.
- We fixed the issue where the Mixed Reality Portal does not shut down cleanly.
- We fixed the issue where Cortana now opens up apps correctly within the Mixed Reality environment.
- We fixed the issue where there is multiple gaze cursor in exclusive mode apps.
- We also fixed the issue where the Boundary is set smaller than the actual.”
Newly Discovered Issues
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Microsoft has also discovered some new issues in this build, and one of them is quite serious:
- “ADDED: If you pinned any websites to your taskbar, those pinned websites won’t work. You will have to in-pin and re-pin your websites to the taskbar.
- ADDED 6/22: If you have certain languages installed, ctfmon.exe will do into a crash loop and typing on the Start menu and UWP apps will become impossible. Currently, the list of impacted languages we’re aware of is: Kiswahili (Kenya), Basque (Spain), Armenian, Estonian, Romansh (Switzerland), Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Bulgarian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Irish, Latvian, Macedonian, Zulu South, Norwegian (Norsk), Hausa (Latin), Albanian, Afrikaans, Georgian, Uzbek (Latin), Slovenian, Bosnian (Latin), Konkani (India), Malay (Brunei), Xhosa (South Africa), Bangla (Bangladesh), Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), Australian English, Galician (Spain), Azerbaijani (Latin), Kazakh, and Lithuanian. The workaround is to uninstall the impacted language via Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language. From the list of languages, remove the ones from the list, if it’s the only one you have installed please install a language close to your language that’s not in the list.”
However, this does mean that the team is aware of these bugs and is actively working to fix them. Until then, Insiders can apply the workaround and enjoy the multitude of new features.