Windows  Redstone

Microsoft already rolled out new Maps features to its ‘Skip Ahead’ Insiders, but yesterday marks the release of the first official Redstone 4 build. Windows 10 build 16353 brings a myriad of tweaks, fixes, and improvements.

The update is available only to Insiders who chose Skip Ahead in settings, with limited availability. The idea is to test Windows 10 Fall Creators Update releases and RS4 simultaneously.

Windows 10 Build 16353 Changelog

Thanks to this release, the version number of the two channels is now different, and that comes with the following additions:

  • “When the Action Center is black (the default option) the ‘clear all’, ‘expand’/’collapse’, and ‘see more’ link text will now all use your accent color – making them pop more and improving discoverability.
  • We’ve updated the Action Center to now support a two finger touch gesture to dismiss all notifications. Place two fingers vertically within the Action Center near the edge opposite to the side of your screen. Then slide these fingers towards the side of the screen. You will notice all notification groups following your fingers and then dismissing as you slide your fingers off the side of the screen.
  • We fixed an issue in XAML resulting in text animations appearing slightly blurry in the last flight until the animation had stopped (for example, when loading the main page of Settings).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar being unexpectedly thick if you booted up the PC while plugged in to an external monitor with a different DPI.
  • We fixed an issue that caused minimized per-monitor DPI aware windows to miss DPI changes and end up with a mix of DPI scaling upon restoring.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where when Slideshow was enabled resuming from sleep a second time might place the Lock screen in a state where it couldn’t be dismissed without pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected change in mouse sensitivity in the last flight for PCs using non-default display scaling.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Asphalt 8 not accepting input in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in progress wheels on certain websites in Microsoft Edge unexpectedly moving out of place during their rotation.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Hello strings would appear on top of the page when performing a pin reset from the login screen.”

Skip Ahead Explained

As you can see, there are no major changes just yet. Microsoft is still working hard to get the Fall Creators Update ready for release. A recent leak puts the date at October 17, so there are just over six weeks left to finish things up.

Once the focus begins to shift, however, we can expect significant additions. After finalization, Fast Ring and Skip Ahead Insiders will be put on the same channel. Here’s a handy graphic to illustrate:

You can find more information on the Windows blog, as well as the full the list of changes.