Windows 10 beta build 14257: Solid, stable, and boring

If you're in the Windows Insider Fast track, you now have an undistinguished new beta copy of Redstone

Windows 10 beta build 14257: Solid, stable, and boring
Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

Yesterday, Microsoft released its latest beta test build of Windows 10 "Redstone" -- the version of Windows 10 that's widely expected to roll out in June or July. Dubbed Build 14257.rs1_release.160131-1800, it's available to those in the Insider Program on the Fast ring. It follows Build 14251, which was released a week ago.

As Gabe Aul's note verifies, there's almost nothing new to see. I played with it overnight and found it to be indistinguishable from Build 14251, although it breaks Windows Hello. The Git client now works, and a few minor bugs got squashed. Essentially all of the work is going on under the hood.

It's a boring build. That's remarkable, really. I can't recall ever being in a beta where builds this early in the cycle were so stable.

Hope springs eternal.

P.S. Aul links to a downloadable picture of a Ninja Monkey that's supposed to be the successor to the Windows Insider Ninja Cat. I can't get the link to work, but your results may vary. The monkey is in honor of Chinese New Year, which arrives on Feb. 8 ... unless you're trapped in a Guangzhou train station with 100,000 other revelers. (Pedantic note: Chinese New Year is one of many lunar new years. My favorite, Songkran, falls in April.)

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