Windows Insider Fast Ring Build 16291 and surprise build for mobile?

Dona Sarkar and the Windows Insider dev team dropped Build 16921 for PC today but stated that no mobile build would be released.

Resume from PC to phone using Cortana is listed as a feature at the Windows Insider blog along with the following:

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Windows Insider Build 16251 Released for PC and 15235 for Mobile

Dona Sarkar tweeted that builds 16251 and 15235 have been released for Windows Insiders on the fast ring in the preview program. Some items of interest include:

Build 16251 for PC

  • Link Your Phone and PC – (According to the blog notes this feature will enable cross device web-browsing and will be currently available for Android with iPhone coming shortly)
  • Web Search Results in Cortana without opening web browser
  • Cortana Voice Commands to lock, sign-out, shutdown, or turn off your PC (Finally!)
  • Improved Boot Up Experience
  • A list of input improvements dealing with the touch keyboard, scrolling, pen, etc.
  • Additional Edge and Gaming improvements as well

Build 15235 for Mobile

  • Continuum improvements for displaying in portrait mode
  • A small list of bug fixes

I am currently downloading the desktop build on a Lenovo Edge 1580 and an Asus Desktop. Looking forward to trying out the Cortana feature but the phone link feature targeted towards Android and iPhone and the current state of the Windows mobile build is another clear message from Microsoft that the phone ecosystem is either dead already or dying.

See more about the latest builds here.

Windows Insider Build 16199 for PC and 15215 for Mobile Released to the Fast Ring

Surprisingly enough, during the first Bug Bash for the Fall Creators Update – Dona Sarkar announed Build 16199 for PC and 15215 for Mobile has been released for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring.

“Today we are excited to be releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16199 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15215 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Our first Bug Bash for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update continues – running right now through to 11:59pm on Sunday May 21st. Today’s new builds for PC and Mobile can also be used for the Bug Bash. Be sure to send us all the feedback you can and do all the Quests!…”

Notable features include:
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Windows Creators Update and Insider Builds Failed Install Workaround

I have been running Windows 10, both the retail version and Insider Builds, on several systems since the launch. Recently on one specific system (an ASUS CM6830 Desktop) there were repeated failures updating to any build after 14393. I attempted to install the release version of the Creator’s update and even a clean install. All failed upon updating—freezing at 75% and then upon a hard reboot freezing again at 88%—ending with the inevitable restoring previous version.
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