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  1. These moves fairly strongly suggest that build 17133 *is* going to be released as the long-awaited (and overdue) "Creators Spring Update", otherwise known as Windows 10, version 1803. UPDATE: It turns out Microsoft were intending for build 17133 to be the Spring Creators Update, but they discovered some issues which could lead to a "higher instance of blue screens (BSOD) on PCs". As a result, they've now pushed build 17134 to insiders in the Fast ring for testing.
  2. UPDATED: In the last few days Microsoft have started pushing Windows 10 Insider build 17133 to both the slow and Release Preview testing rings; and have named the update "Feature update for Windows 10, version 1803". These moves fairly strongly suggest that build 17133 *is* going to be released as the long-awaited (and overdue) "Creators Spring Update", otherwise known as Windows 10, version 1803. UPDATE: It turns out Microsoft were intending for build 17133 to be the Spring Creators Update, but they discovered some issues which could lead to a "higher instance of blue screens (BSOD) on PCs". As a result, they've now pushed build 17134 to insiders in the Fast ring for testing. View full news
  3. Insider Preview build 17133

    Once again, this build has no watermark in the lower right corner. It also doesn't have any other new features, but does have the following fixes: As ever, the full release notes are available here.
  4. Insider Preview build 17128

    In short... not much. This build is identical to the previously released 17127 build, except for the fact that Microsoft have removed the "evaluation build" watermark which usually sits in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Full release notes are available here.
  5. News: Insider Preview build 17127

    I don't regularly; but being able to press the Windows key and just type is a useful feature
  6. Yesterday, Microsoft released yet-another build from the Redstone 4 release branch. There's more changes in this build as well; read on to see what has changed. This build has some major new Cortana improvements - a new profile page and a bunch of new features. Here's Microsoft's take on it: Full release notes are available here. View full news
  7. Today Microsoft pushed out another build in the Redstone 4 release cycle. As with the last couple of builds, there's not much that's changed in this build. Read on for the full low-down. Once again, this build has no watermark in the lower right corner. It also doesn't have any other new features, but does have the following fixes: As ever, the full release notes are available here. View full news
  8. Insider Preview build 17123

    The big change in this build is High Efficiency File System. Here's what Microsoft says about it: Here's the full release notes.
  9. This morning Microsoft pushed out another build in the Redstone 4 release cycle; what is new this time? The big change in this build is High Efficiency File System. Here's what Microsoft says about it: Here's the full release notes. View full news
  10. Insider Preview build 17127

    This build has some major new Cortana improvements - a new profile page and a bunch of new features. Here's Microsoft's take on it: Full release notes are available here.
  11. Earlier today Microsoft pushed out another build in the Redstone 4 release cycle; in preparation for the upcoming public release of Windows 10. Read on to see what's new or changed in this build. In short... not much. This build is identical to the previously released 17127 build, except for the fact that Microsoft have removed the "evaluation build" watermark which usually sits in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Full release notes are available here. View full news
  12. Earlier today, Microsoft released another in their Redstone 4 "release" series of builds for Windows 10. This is another build in the leadup to what should be the 1803 public release of Windows 10. Read on to find out what's new or different in this build. As is to be expected in a "release branch" build, there's not much that's new in this build, although Microsoft have introduced some changes to the Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) feature set. Here's how Microsoft describe it: Other than that, there's a few fixes for Windows Mixed Reality (no one actually uses this, do they?); and some general bug fixes. Here's Microsoft's full release notes. View full news
  13. Insider Preview build 17120

    As is to be expected in a "release branch" build, there's not much that's new in this build, although Microsoft have introduced some changes to the Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) feature set. Here's how Microsoft describe it: Other than that, there's a few fixes for Windows Mixed Reality (no one actually uses this, do they?); and some general bug fixes. Here's Microsoft's full release notes.
  14. Microsoft have released the fourth "release" build from the Redstone 4 branch of Windows 10. Read on to see what is new in this build, and more importantly, whether the numerous issues introdoced in buikd 17112 have been resolved. The good news is YES, Microsoft have fixed all the issues that existed in build 17112; so the short version of the rest of this article is ... "go ahead and install this build". Te ever-so-slightly longer version goes thus: There are no new features in theis build, which isn't a surprise as this is a build from the Redstone 4 "release" branch, meaning the focus is on fixing issues ahead of the Redstone 4 public release, rather than adding in new features. What's different though is that the Mixed Reality, Store & OneDrive major bugs from the last insider preview, are all now resolved, meaning we're getting closer to a final release build... which is just as well, as using Microsoft's 6 month rule as a guide, means we should be seeing a public build coming out this month (i.e. March). Full release notes are here. View full news
  15. Insider Preview build 17115

    The good news is YES, Microsoft have fixed all the issues that existed in build 17112; so the short version of the rest of this article is ... "go ahead and install this build". Te ever-so-slightly longer version goes thus: There are no new features in theis build, which isn't a surprise as this is a build from the Redstone 4 "release" branch, meaning the focus is on fixing issues ahead of the Redstone 4 public release, rather than adding in new features. What's different though is that the Mixed Reality, Store & OneDrive major bugs from the last insider preview, are all now resolved, meaning we're getting closer to a final release build... which is just as well, as using Microsoft's 6 month rule as a guide, means we should be seeing a public build coming out this month (i.e. March). Full release notes are here.
  16. Insider Preview build 17112

    Um, actually .... nothing! This build is probably best avoided to be honest; it introduces a fairly big Mixed Reality bug which causes Mixed Reality to run very slowly and another which means the computer might blue screen (green screen as it's actually a test build) when a document is not sync'd from OneDrive; and it doesn't fix the disappearing Microsoft Store bug from 17110. All in all, I can't recommend this build. The full release notes are here.
  17. Today Microsoft pushed the fourth Redstone 4 release build out to the fast ring. This is only 2 builds newer than this week's previous build, so what exactly is new in this release? Um, actually .... nothing! This build is probably best avoided to be honest; it introduces a fairly big Mixed Reality bug which causes Mixed Reality to run very slowly and another which means the computer might blue screen (green screen as it's actually a test build) when a document is not sync'd from OneDrive; and it doesn't fix the disappearing Microsoft Store bug from 17110. All in all, I can't recommend this build. The full release notes are here. View full news
  18. Insider Preview build 17110

    In all honesty, not a lot. There's a bunch of bug fixes for relatively minor issues (in that they didn't actually break Windows) and there's a big update for enterprise customers relating to deploying Windows 10 in the enterprise. In essence, the updates now allow system admins to run custom scripts pre and post an install or feature update, meaning more can be scripted and automated, making the number of manual tasks needed to deploy Windows 10 less onerous. Full release notes can be found here.
  19. Earlier today Microsoft released insider preview build 17110 to the fast ring. This is the third Redstone 4 release branch build; read on to see what's new... In all honesty, not a lot. There's a bunch of bug fixes for relatively minor issues (in that they didn't actually break Windows) and there's a big update for enterprise customers relating to deploying Windows 10 in the enterprise. In essence, the updates now allow system admins to run custom scripts pre and post an install or feature update, meaning more can be scripted and automated, making the number of manual tasks needed to deploy Windows 10 less onerous. Full release notes can be found here. View full news
  20. As widely expected, yesterday Samsung launched this year's flagship phone offering ahead of WMC2018 in Barcelona. The we-could-have-guessed-eve-if-we-didn't-already-know new handsets, named S9 and S9+ are evolutions of last year's S8 and S8+ - but just how much has Samsung changed this time around? The answer is "actually, not a lot". These are very much iteration handsets, tweaking what was wrong with the S8 and S8+, but without adding anything majorly new or groundbreaking. The biggest change for both handsets is in the camera department , with the S9+ getting a dual camera setup (a first for a Galaxy model phone), while the S9 makes do with Samsung's new "dual aperture" camera design. Here's a quick look at what's "better" on the S9 / S9+ Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ Display 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 Processor Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit RAM 4GB LPDDR4 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4 Rear camera 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording / 12+12MP dual camera with dual OIS Front camera 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording Storage 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB) 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 400GB) Software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo Battery 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack Dimensions 148.9×68.1×8.0mm/159.5×73.4 x8.1mm, 152g/173g 147.7×68.7×8.5mm/158.1×73.8x 8.5mm, 163g/189g Other features AKG earphones, 32-bit audio, Bixby virtual assistant, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor AKG earphones, stereo speakers, AR Emoji, 32-bit audio, Bixby, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor There is one other, significant change though; one which every user of the S8 / S*+ will be very happy about - the fingerprint sensor has finally been positioned *under* the camera sensors in the middle of the device. You know; exactly how everyone else did last year! View full news
  21. News: Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ launched

    I couldn't agree more. I don't really see any incentive to upgrade bar the speakers
  22. Insider Preview build 17107

    As this is a build from the "release" branch of Redstone 4 development, don't expect there to be many, if any new features in the build. Indeed that is the case, with the only significant change being to Windows Update - From rs4 onwards, Windows Update will keep a PC that's on mains power awake for up to 2 hours when not being used in order to "allow Windows Update more opportunity to succeed". Other than that, there's a whole bunch of fixes, of which the most important is another Windows Update related fix - essentially Windows update will now no longer "pause" for up to 90 minutes while at the 88% stage of installing a new build. Here's the full release notes from Microsoft.
  23. Yesterday Microsoft released Insider Preview build 17107; the second "release" build from the Redstone 4 branch of Windows 10. This is the first "spit and polish" build from that branch, in readiness for the Redstone 4 release to the public, sometime in March 2018. Read on to see what Microsoft have changed and fixed in this build. As this is a build from the "release" branch of Redstone 4 development, don't expect there to be many, if any new features in the build. Indeed that is the case, with the only significant change being to Windows Update - From rs4 onwards, Windows Update will keep a PC that's on mains power awake for up to 2 hours when not being used in order to "allow Windows Update more opportunity to succeed". Other than that, there's a whole bunch of fixes, of which the most important is another Windows Update related fix - essentially Windows update will now no longer "pause" for up to 90 minutes while at the 88% stage of installing a new build. Here's the full release notes from Microsoft. View full news
  24. Insider Preview build 17101

    Apart from the obvious (being rs4_release rather than rs4_development), this build introduces quite a few new features. The first of these are... emojis. Yes, really. Apparently these are a major OS feature now! That's it; I don't intend to mention more about them. Far more interesting are the changes which have happened to Windows Universal App file permissions. It is now far easier (and more granular) to decide what file system permissions a UWP app can have, thus determining what it can access. As Microsoft say: In addition to this, there's some "productivity" changes to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, which basically means MS have stopped bundling all the Candy Crush crap on that particular SKU and instead installed some useful apps; and finally, there's a new power plan setting for Workstations called "Ultimate Performance" which, um... gives you ultimate performance on that hardware. As ever, the full release notes are available here.