Microsoft Adds QR Code to BSOD

Microsoft Adds QR Code to BSOD
According to new reports, the latest developer build of Windows has added a QR code to the "blue screen of death."

Last week, Microsoft released a new developer version of Windows 10, build 14316. A new feature, first spotted by The Register, has been added to the blue screen of death (BSOD). The new blue screen adds a sad ASCII smiley face, a QR code, and a link so users can find out what went wrong and caused their computer to crash. Currently, the code and link direct users to a webpage that details generic fixes for errors, but this could change in the future. When the latest preview of Windows 10 rolls out to users this summer in the Anniversary Update, Microsoft could improve this feature to give users more specific information about what caused the problem. It is unclear if this feature will make it to the final build for general users.

In addition to the new BSOD QR codes, the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316 features several Cortana updates. With the new build, Cortana has learned some new cross-device capabilities, including low battery notifications, the ability to call your phone from your PC, map sharing across devices, and easier Cortana setup. Microsoft also announced new Edge, Skype, and Continuum features, as well as updated emoji, personalization improvements, and much more. This update is available for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring now, and was unveiled at Build 2016. Microsoft boasts over 270 million active devices currently running Windows 10, making it "the fastest-growing Windows ever."

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