Latest Windows 10 build freezes Surface Book, Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has pushed out the latest version of Windows 10 to its group of Insiders in the ‘fast ring’ AKA the people who get the software first, followed by individuals in the ‘slow ring’ and finally the general population. While the fast ringers get first crack at the software, they also have to endure all the bugs that accompany early releases.

This is the problem being faced by Surface Book, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 users who have upgraded to Windows 10 build 14279. The OS freezes the device completely, rendering the trackpad, touchscreen and Type Cover keyboard useless. In a blog post, Microsoft says it’s currently working on the problem and asks consumers to press down on the power button to initiate a hard reboot.

Hanging isn’t just restricted to Microsoft’s laptops and tablets though, with even PC-utilizing Insiders experiencing freezing or a blue screen when waking up from hibernation. They’ll further not be able to protect their computers from attacks via Kaspersky because of a driver bug which prevents the service from working properly.

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Moving on to things that are supposed to work, Microsoft has added a few new abilities to Cortana in order to make the virtual assistant better. Firstly, she can now speak in 3 more languages namely Spanish (Mexico), French (Canada) and Portuguese (Brazil). The Redmond-based giant is looking to bring about a custom experience according to the market.

For instance, Mexicans will be greeted by a locally-influenced Cortana who reflects the accent and language of the country. The digital assistant can now store reminders without the user having to set a date for them. This could prove to be useful in situations where a person doesn’t have the time to fix a detailed note.

Finally, Microsoft is doing away with the Lock and logon screen in order to merge the two into one single Lock screen background. All the changes should be heading to slow ring Insiders within the next couple of days before making its way to regular Windows 10 users within a few weeks.