The preview release of Build 15007 also
features UWP and Bluetooth
improvements, and it fixes several bugs
Microsoft’s newly released Windows 10
Insider Preview Build 15007 promotes the
struggling Edge browser by making it
easier to import data from other browsers.
In addition, the build adds capabilities for
Universal Windows Platform, Bluetooth,
The build for PCs and mobile devices was
released Thursday, Jan. 12, to Windows
users in the fast ring, which is the fastest
beta test group. The 15007 build follows by
a few days the 15002 build, which added
capabilities like an improved interface and
metered connection status for Wi-Fi and
unplugged Ethernet connections.
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For PCs, the 15007 build’s revised Edge
application makes it easier to bring data
like favorites, browsing history, and saved
passwords from another browser when
switching to Edge, said Dona Sparker,
software engineer in Microsoft’s Windows
and Devices Group. The revised Edge can
also share tabs with compatible Windows
XAML scrollbar improvements for
Universal Windows Platform, for both the
PC and mobile versions of the OS, ensure
the scrollbar’s availability when needed
while taking up less space. The panning
indicator now appears when the user
mouses over a scrolling region, and the
full scrollbar appears when a user wants
to directly interact with it. This
improvement will be visible in apps using
the Windows 10 Creators SDK.
The new Bluetooth APIs, for both PC and
mobile devices, can be tried out for GATT
Server, Bluetooth LE Peripheral role, and
unpaired Bluetooth LE device connectivity.
The updated device setting lets mobile
users manage both Bluetooth and other
connected devices from a single page.
For Windows Hello facial recognition, build
15007 improves discovery and enrollment.
There’s now a visual indicator that tracks
your face in real time, plus an improved
progress indicator and guidance on how to
orient your face for sign-in.
Keyboard navigation improvements in the
Snipping Tool on PCs let users take a
screen capture using a keyboard shortcut
— a throwback to the Windows 95 days’
use of the now-rare PrtScr key.
Microsoft also is highlighting an addition
to the Cortana personal digital assistant to
help find links in Edge, SharePoint, and
various cloud storage services in the
Action Center when switching between
PCs. It’s similar in concept to the browser
window synchronization in Apple’s Safari,
but works with more than web pages.
Enterprise mobile users can now also sync
settings using Azure Active Directory,
including passwords, Wi-Fi profiles, Edge
favorites, the Edge reading list, and app
data across desktop and mobile devices.
(This feature was previously available to
PC users.) They also can reset a mobile
app back to its original state, such as to
clear a corrupted app.
Build 15007 also fixed several bugs:
Tearing off an Edge tab could cause a PC
to run a bug check.
The Virtual Touchpad was missing from
the taskbar context menu.
Remote Desktop connections could fail due
to invalid credentials were in fact valid.
Some known bugs remain, include nonstop
exceptions in the Spectrum.exe service in
which PCs can lose audio, disk I/O usage
becomes very high, and apps like Edge can
become unresponsive. Microsoft says the
workaround to this issue is to delete