Stuclark

Another day, another build... they're coming thick and fast now - late yesterday evening (UK time) Microsoft released Insider Preview build 15063 to the fast ring.

As is to be expected at this point in the release cycle (very close to a final Creators Update build), there's no new features in this build, just some more bug fixes. The fixes themselves are fairly boring, but one of the "known issues" from this build caught my eye:
So, Microsoft, your internal testing has started on the upgrade process from the last public build .... well, well, well, you clearly feel very close to release. Unfortunately, the upgrade path for Windows Mobile isn't working quite as well yet:
As ever, the full release notes are here for your perusal.
Stuclark

Phew, it's getting a bit busy around here ... scorching a trail in the wheel tracks of 15060, Microsoft have now released build 15061 to insiders in the fast ring.

I can't recall any other time during the entire Windows 10 development cycle when we've been given two different builds on the same day, but Microsoft obviously felt it necessary this time around, as we're getting a build that's one up from the previous one, but with an extra four bug fixes (not, interestingly, any of the one which were "known issues" in 15060) - here's the full release notes.
Oh, and the bloody build identifier is back ... I wish Microsoft would just make their mind up about whether it is or isn't visible on all insider builds.
Stuclark

Builds are coming thick and fast this week, but the actual "jumps" in build ID are slowing... this can only mean one thing (that's that we're getting close to a release candidate build)... Microsoft duly presents Windows Insider Preview build 15060

The full release notes are here, but to summarise, this build is about more bug fixes ... not an awful lot this time round (only 7 listed, of which only 1 could be described as a major "issue", and even then it was easy to mitigate), and um... that's about it.
 
There's 6 outstanding "known issues" with this build, which is actually the same as the last build, because Microsoft have gone and added 3 new issues to counter the one's they've fixed, but overall, I'd say this build is pretty good (as have been the last couple, actually).
 
It can't be long now... Spring is (almost, definitely) upon us soon..
Stuclark

Hot on the heals of 15055, late yesterday Microsoft released Windows 10 insider build 15058 to the fast ring.

Sometimes, Microsoft like to keep us on our toes; this has been the case with the latest build, 15058, which comes only a few days after 15055 (and only 3 builds newer; that has to tell us something...)
Full release notes are hosted here, as is usual, but for those who don't want to fall asleep reading them, the highlights are a few regression fixes; anothe bunch of updates for Edge, and that the build identifier has disappeared once again. This, coupled with being only 3 builds newer than 15055, indicate Microsoft are focusing on polishing Windows for the release of th Creators Update.
Stuclark

Last Friday, Microsoft released build 15055 to insiders in the fast ring. Once again, this build is mostly about bug fixes in the run in to releasing the Creators Update later this spring.

As such, there aren't a great number of new features or things to get overly excited about; however one thing which is interesting in this build is that not only is the build identifier back, but ... it's been changed. It no longer says "Insider Preview" but rather just "Windows 10 ..." - that's a sure sign Microsoft feel they're getting close (yes, I know I said that on the one build where the build identifier was missing, but hey ho).

As usual, the full release notes are available here.
Stuclark

Microsoft yesterday released *yet-another* Windows 10 build, number 15048.

It's becoming quite hard to keep up with all these releases, which can mean only one thing - the Creators Update can't be far away!
This build is mostly bug fixes again, but there is one interesting thing to report in this build ... the build tag is back on the desktop. It's been absent in the last two builds, but is showing up in this one... I'm not quite sure that we can take anything from that, other than maybe this build has not gone through the same release candidate testing or production process as the previous two.
As usual, the release notes are here.
Stuclark

Yesterday evening, Microsoft pushed Windows 10 build 15046 into the wild. This is the second of the almost-release-candidate builds for the upcoming Creators Update version of Windows 10.

As usual, most of the changes revolve around Edge, but this time they're bug fixes rather than changes; and infact most of the release notes are taken up with bug fixes rather than new features.
One notable new feature though is that it is now possible to restrict application installation , with three new options of "install from anywhere"; "warn before installing apps from outside the store" and "install apps only from the store". These settings might be useful to admins in large organisations, (but generally in that case they'd actually need another "do not allow random store apps" option) but I can't see how most home users are going to give a fig about this option - there's simply not enough fully fledged apps in the store to make it viable to be the only installation choice yet.

 
Stuclark

Nokia (or at least HMD) have released the Nokia 3310 at MWC2017. It's not quite the same phone as we all remember from the late '90s, so what exactly is this handset?

This phone a blatent re-boot of the original 3310, playing on our nostalgia for the previous almost-indestructable handset.
This time round, the phone gets a colour screen, Bluetooth, MicroSD slot, 2MP camera, micro-USB charging and a headphone socket. There's no GPS, 4G / LTE, NFC or anythig else special, but at a Euro 49 price point, you can't ask for much more. You do get 2.5G browsing on the built-in Opera web browser, but forget about email, facebook, twitter etc.
The design has had a bit of an update, including a slightly curved screen and some lucious looking smooth plastics. Oh, and there's a new version of Snake! The phone will be available world-wide in Q2 this year.