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Windows 10 build 14946 releases with features and improvements

Microsoft releases new test version of Windows 10 Redstone 2 (build 14946) with new precision touchpad and Wi-Fi settings, and various fixes and improvements for PC and Mobile.

Windows 10 build 14946

Microsoft is now making available Windows 10 build 14946 for PC and Mobile devices enrolled in the Fast ring. This release is yet another update part of the Windows 10 Redstone 2 and brings a number of features and improvements.

Windows 10 build 14946, according to Microsoft, has a number of features, including a new settings page with option to customize your precision touchpad experience on PC, the Wi-Fi settings page also gets updated with a few options to temporarily disable your connection for PC and Mobile, a few other specific small features for Mobile, and a number of fixes and improvements for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.

What’s new on Windows 10 build 14946

Touchpad settings

As Microsoft continues the work of migrating Control Panel settings and adding new options to the Settings app, on build 14946, you’ll now find a new Touchpad page to configure additional options for three and four finger gestures. For taps, you can select between Action Center, Cortana, play/pause or middle mouse button, and for swipes, you can select between switching apps or switching virtual desktops.

You can find these new options on Settings > Devices > Touchpad.

Windows 10 build 14946 Touchpad settings
Windows 10 build 14946 Touchpad settings

The new page also includes a new “Advanced Gestures Configuration” page to configure even more advanced settings. These new options include hooking gestures up for next/previous song, creating/deleting virtual desktops, or snapping windows.

Windows 10 build 14946 Advanced Touchpad settings
Windows 10 build 14946 Advanced Touchpad settings

Wi-Fi settings

On PC and Mobile, Windows 10 build 14946 is adding the ability to turn temporarily turn off Wi-Fi for 1, 2, or 4 hours, 1 day, or until you decide. You will only see these new options when you turn off Wi-Fi.

You can find these new options on Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi.

Windows 10 build 14946 Wi-Fi settings
Windows 10 build 14946 Wi-Fi settings

What’s new on Windows 10 Mobile build 14946

On this flight, Microsoft is also adding a few improvements specifically for Windows 10 Mobile.

Starting with build 14946, you now have the ability to turn off whichever screen you’re using with Continuum to save battery and preventing screen burn-in.

Screen timeout settings

If you are working on an Office document, your phone screen will sleep without conflicting with your Continuum session. If you make a call, hang-up, or press the phone power button, you can keep right on working in your document with Continuum. In addition, if you prefer longer or shorter timeout values, you can change them independently for the phone and connected screen, using on Settings > Personalization > Lock screen.

Keyboard improvements

On this release, Windows 10 Mobile adds a new mechanism to prevent autocorrection. In the case you see that an autocorrection will happen and it’s not what you intended, you’ll now see what you originally typed as the second candidate. Tapping on that candidate will prevent the autocorrection, and the system will learn your vocabulary over time.

In addition, you can now remove a word from user dictionary. This means that if added a misspell word to the dictionary accidentally, you can now remove the bad entry by tapping the word and tapping the “-” sign before it.

Windows 10 Mobile now changes the backup frequency to once a week. You can always go to Settings > Update & security > Backup to use the “More options” to change the settings.

Fixes and improvements for PC

Some of the most important fixes and improvement on this flight includes:

  • Fixed sign-in issue to Xbox Live.
  • Fixed crashing problem with Microsoft Edge.
  • Fixed issue where if the device’s brightness was automatically adjusted after being woken from sleep, the brightness level shown in the Action Center’s Brightness Quick Action won’t reflect the current settings.

Known issues for PC

This flight includes two known issues including:

  • Problem with third-party antivirus software, such as Bitdefender and Malwarebytes.
  • Large Windows Store games such as ReCore, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct and Rise of the Tomb Raider may fail to launch.

Fixes and improvements for Mobile

Some of the most important fixes and improvement on this flight for mobile includes:

  • Fixed issues that caused sending messages to fail.
  • When your phone is connected to your PC, photos will load much faster in File Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in Camera app video recordings having a slight crackle to their audio in recent builds.

Known issues for Mobile

  • If your phone has additional speech packs installed – this build will fail to install on your phone with an 0x80188319 error.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of the features, fixes, and known issues for build 14946 at the Windows Blog.

Windows 10 build 14946 is available immediately through the Fast ring. It’ll download and install automatically on your PC and Mobile device, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates button.