Microsoft releases surprise Windows 10 beta, build 14385, to fix clipped Chrome

With the unprecedented release over the weekend, Windows 10.3 is just a short breath away

Microsoft releases surprise Windows 10 beta, build 14385, to fix clipped Chrome

Windows spokeswoman Dona Sarkar surprised many of us on Saturday with a new beta build of Windows 10 "Redstone 1." Apart from daily builds back in the not-so-good old days, 14385.0.rs1_release.160706-1700 was the first Saturday evening release of a Windows beta I've seen.

You'll see the obligatory official list of fixes for the build being parroted all over the web. The tech echo chamber works best on weekends, when reporters have better things to do.

There is a reddit thread about the build that discusses a few problems. Among the usual panoply of issues, two stand out.

First, Sarkar's announcement says:

You should no longer see a notification pop-up once a day saying that your Windows evaluation copy expires on 7/15/2016. I know this has caused a lot of you some angst so thank you for being patient.

Yet there are reports of the pop-up appearing in the beta Education edition.

Second, several redditors report continuing problems with Windows and iTunes not recognizing iPods.

In the grand scheme of things, those aren't exactly show-stoppers.

The good news – which I can confirm – is that the Chrome browser now maximizes correctly. Prior to 14385, maximizing Chrome would chop off the top of the browser window.

The watermark on the desktop is gone. It disappeared on Thursday in build 14383, as did the expiration date on the "winver" about screen. Those are telltale signs of an impending final release. Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 1607 Redstone 1 (a.k.a. Windows 10.3) looms imminent.

To quote my six-year-old in the back of the car. Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

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