GOOGLE HAS confirmed that the first release of a new Windows 10 Insider build since the retail release of the latest operating system has caused some borkage for users of its Chrome browser.
The release of Build 10525, which was announced by Microsoft yesterday, has caused the dreaded "Aww Shucks" screen for users of the 64-bit version of Chrome.
We've noticed an intermittent fault on the stable version of Windows 10 as well, but it seems to be acute on the Insider version.
Google is already scrambling for a fix and has commented somewhat grumpily, "We have the problem confirmed and someone is working on it, so additional "me to" comments are a distraction at this point.
Please just star the issue if you want to convey that you are affected, and if we have any questions or need additional feedback we'll post a comment. Also, please remember that this kind of temporary breakage is expected for users on the Windows 10 fast ring.
So, we definitely appreciate your assistance in tracking down these problems, but if you're not comfortable dealing with disruptions and workarounds, then the fast ring might not be for you."
There are a couple of workarounds, one is to disable the sandbox mode it properties (Google it), the other is to use the 32-bit version until a fix is found.
The Windows Insider programme was never going to end with the release of Windows 10, and beta testers were actively encouraged to stick around and keep testing future versions of the company's Windows-as-a-service model.
Gabe Aul, who heads up the Insider programme, said: "We're putting plans together now, so you won't see any changes immediately, but they will come over time. We'll be doing our best to make sure that we improve every aspect of the programme, from build distribution to the Feedback app and Insider Hub.
"And, of course, we’ll be looking to do more fun things for Windows Insiders as well, like our Insiders to Campus event, Ninja Cat goodies, special wallpapers and more."
For those who need a little more substance than the merchandise of an errant feline, there's Build 10525, which contains, among other things, the option to further customise the colours across your Start menu, Action Centre, taskbar and title bars. It's still a work in progress, so it's off by default, but it's there.
There's further refinement of the memory management optimisations built into Windows 10, but there are also a few problems, or "part of the fun" as Aul puts it.
First off, mobile hotspots aren't working and you can't access your computer from a mobile dongle. A fix is required to the video playback option in the Movies/Film & TV app, and extra language packs are not available, although they are on the way.
The Insider programme has been a huge success for Microsoft, as an aid to the design of Windows 10 and for the PR machine at the company which has managed to show that it is evolving into something less clandestine and more answerable to users.
The Insider programme is also a good wheeze for anyone still using Windows XP or Vista who wants to upgrade for free - so long as you can put up with the bugs. Today's Chrome problems are a good illustration of how changes to Windows can have a knock-on effect on third party apps too. Fortune favours the brave, but it can also bork your browser. µ
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