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Windows 10 Preview Build Recruits Insiders To Bash Bugs

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332 steps away from its traditional Quests and takes a different approach to the way Windows Insiders can help chase bugs.

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Microsoft armed Windows Insiders with a new technique to help bash bugs when it rolled out its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332 Tuesday.

The Redmond giant is stepping away from the traditional way it handles Quests in its Feedback Hub, allowing Windows Insiders to tackle the bugs in the sequence and style that comes naturally to them, rather than laying out the steps to access a feature or scenario.

With this open-ended approach to bug-bashing, Microsoft will likely receive a wider range of bug reports.

Microsoft stated in its Windows blog:

The Quests that you will see for the Bug Bash are not traditional Quests that list steps of trying a feature or scenario out. Many of them are open ended intentionally so that you can perform steps that come naturally to you in order to finish the Quest and give us feedback on it.

In its latest build, Microsoft is also introducing a couple different types of bug-chasing Quests.

(Image: Michal Krakowiak/iStockphoto)

(Image: Michal Krakowiak/iStockphoto)

One Quest limits the time that an Insider will have to tackle the issue to 24 hours after it has been published. It will be marked "Limited Time." The other Quest will be marked as "Advanced." It not only requires Insiders to know how to change a system configuration on the device, but also to know how to change it back after the Quest is completed.

Microsoft will publish multiple Quests that will feature a different area of a product every day between now and Sunday. The Quests will appear within the company's Feedback Hub.

With Build 14332, Microsoft lists 12 known issues in the PC version of Windows 10 and 9 issues in the mobile version of the OS. But the company is hoping Insiders will find more bugs when they peruse the latest build.

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Insiders will find some other new features and updates in Build 14332:

  • Cortana can search Office 365 for content such as emails, contacts, calendar, and files within OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.
  • Connected Standby for PCs should have improved battery life, following Microsoft's integration of its underlying Battery Saver technology into Connected Standby.
  • Bash improvements include a fix in which Insiders were not able to access the Internet because of some networking issues that stopped tools from running in Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. Testers should no longer be required to modify their resolv.conf file by hand.
  • One issue from a previous build has been fixed. The problem of some large downloads getting stuck at the 99% completion point in Microsoft Edge, which was cited in its previous build, has been addressed. 

Meanwhile, the Redmond giant is looking to beat out as many of its Windows 10 bugs as possible as it heads into its anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update in July.

Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio

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