Microsoft today announced the release of a new preview build of Windows 10 Mobile for people in the fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. Setting aside the variation in bug fixes and known issues, this release, build 14342, is very similar to the one with the same number that became available for PCs last week.
The big feature arriving in this new version of Microsoft’s mobile platform is support for apps for websites. It’s sort of like a deep link — rather than looking at certain websites on the Web, you’ll be able to make them open up as apps. Windows 10 Mobile users will be able to adjust the way this feature works by going to Settings > System > Apps, Gabe Aul, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Engineering Systems Team, wrote in a blog post.
The other change here is that users will now once again be able to swipe anywhere on a website in Edge to go back and forward, Aul wrote. The feature that was previously part of Internet Explorer has been notably absent since Windows 10 came out last year.
Today’s Windows 10 Mobile release follows build 14332, which became available for Windows 10 Mobile on April 26.
As is the case with build 14342 for PC, the Wi-Fi Sense feature has been removed in this mobile build.
Several bugs have been crushed. For instance, some non-English keyboards couldn’t enter letters like “a,” “w,” and “y” in the Edge address browser, but now that’s been fixed. Apps like Tweetium won’t crash on launch anymore. And universal Windows platform (UWP) apps will no longer crash on launch after getting stuck on a splash screen, Aul wrote.
Perhaps the strangest thing is that today’s build will be listed as 10.0.0.1001 rather than 10.0.14342.1001 in the Settings app, even though this is build 14342, not build 0.
Microsoft also knows that this release is causing issues for data use through the second SIM card in dual-SIM devices. And there’s also an issue with moving around Quick Action settings — the device can crash and then remove one of the Quick Action spots. If this does happen, Microsoft recommends a hard reboot to return to earlier default settings. The company also encourages people to stop tinkering with these settings in this build.
If you want to try the new preview but you’re not a Windows Insider, you can sign up here.