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Microsoft releases first RS4 Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16353 to Skip Ahead

Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16353 for those Windows Insiders who have opted to Skip Ahead. Although it is a fairly minor build with just some fixes and improvements, this is the first Redstone 4 build to be released by Microsoft. And, with Fast Ring and Skip Ahead builds officially no longer being the same, the Windows Insider team has also chosen to pair this release with another (more simple) explanation and a reminder of what “Skip Ahead” truly is.

Anyway, we first will begin with the list of general changes, improvements, and fixes for PC. Here is what you need to know.

  • 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.

As we previously have explained, Skip Ahead is the result of Microsoft shifting focus to perfecting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for a wider rollout to the general public. With today’s build, Fast Ring and Skip Ahead build numbers are now officially no longer the same, so here is Microsoft’s latest explanation of Skip Ahead.

Up until last week, we had been releasing identical builds to Insiders who didn’t opt in to Skip Ahead and to those who did. As of today, the builds are no longer the same. We recognize this might seem a bit confusing to some Insiders but with Skip Ahead, we are able to test our ability to release builds from two different branches at the same time.

  • If you DIDN’T opt in to Skip Ahead, you’re receiving the latest builds of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3). You will eventually start receiving builds for the next feature update of Windows 10 (RS4) once we release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
  • If you DID opt in to Skip Ahead, you’re receiving early builds for the next feature update of Windows 10 (RS4).

Yes, things may be a little confusing, but once Microsoft ships out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, everything should be returning back to normal. We wish you well in your downloading and invite you to drop us a comment below with your thoughts and other suggestions for Microsoft.

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