Latest build of Windows 10 rolls out to more testers

Members of the Windows Insider Program's 'Slow ring' can now install the next version of Windows 10

Windows 10 Build 10130

Windows 10 Build 10130

Members of the Windows Insider Program's Slow ring got access to the most recent publicly-available build of Microsoft's upcoming operating system Friday morning.

Build 10130 has been available to early adopters in the program's Fast ring since May 29, but Microsoft held off on sending it out to the more cautious Slow ring users until now to ensure that it doesn't feature any problematic bugs. The update rolling out Friday through Windows Update comes alongside other patches to fix issues like problems with a computer's sound configuration. Some of those updates should be applied dynamically when a user installs the new build, but Microsoft recommends upgraders check for updates after installing the new build to make sure they have everything.

The new build brings a number of improvements to Windows 10, including improved icons and changes to Microsoft Edge like the ability to pin or unpin the Cortana pane. Desktop users who want to take more advantage of Cortana's presence in Windows can now invoke the assistant's voice recognition feature by hitting the Windows and C keys.

There's one insurmountable bug still outstanding that will frustrate recent buyers of Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet. For some reason, Build 10130 doesn't run on Microsoft's newest tablet, which launched last month. The Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's computer/tablet hybrid, runs the latest build just fine.

Microsoft is closing in on the initial consumer release of its operating system, slated for July 29. Unlike past versions of Windows, the company has said that future updates to its operating system will be pushed out using a "Windows as a service" model, which will allow for more frequent changes to Windows 10.

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