Windows 10 ‘Redstone 3’ Build 16170 Launches For Insiders On Fast Ring

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Microsoft is just now putting the finishing touches on the Windows 10 Creators Update, and it hasn’t even pushed the operating system out to the general public yet — that doesn’t happen until April 11th. However, Microsoft isn’t sitting still just because the Creators Update is ready for public consumption; it’s ready to move on to the next phase in the development of Windows 10.

That means that Microsoft is moving on to the “Redstone 3” build of Windows 10, which should be publicly released later this year. Build 16170 has been released to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, and it brings with it a number of fixes. However, as this is the very first build for the next major Windows 10 release, don’t expect to find any big user-facing changes right now.

“Right now, we’re focused on making some refinements to OneCore and doing some code refactoring and other engineering work that is necessary to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in code,” said Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar. “This also means more bugs and other issues that could be slightly more painful to live with.”

An early preview of Project NEON with the Groove app

However, if you’re on the Fast ring, you’re used to dealing with irritating bugs and glitches that are bound to pop up during testing.

Redstone 3 is expected to incorporate Microsoft’s new Project NEON design language, which adds more transparent effects to windows and menus. More importantly, Redstone 3 will support Qualcomm’s ARM processors. Microsoft announced that it was working on this support late last year, and showed Windows 10 running natively on a Snapdragon 820 processor. By the time Redstone 3 hits, however, notebooks, tablets and convertibles running Snapdragon 835 processors could begin flooding the market. 

Build 16170 also contains the following fixes for PC users:

  • We fixed the issue causing your PC to fail to install new builds on reboot with the error 8024a112.
  • We have updated the share icon in File Explorer (in the Share tab) to match our new share iconography.
  • We fixed an issue where Cortana Reminders was displayed as a possible share target when Cortana wasn’t enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where Miracast sessions would disconnect a minute or so after the Connect UI was closed if the connection was a first time pairing.
  • We fixed a high-DPI issue when “System (Enhanced)” scaling is enabled so as to now correctly display certain applications that use display graphics accelerated contents.
  • Turning the night light schedule off in Settings now turns night light off immediately.

This is just the start of a new chapter in the life cycle of Windows 10 and we’re sure to see a flurry of updates over the coming months — just as we did with the Creators Update.