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  1. A new year and a new build ... after almost a month of inactivity, Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 insider preview build, 17074. New in this build is a new take on localisation - rather than downloading language packs "as part of Windows", you now get them from the Microsoft Store. Why the change? Who knows, but apparently it's for the better. In addition, there's a whole skew of updates for Edge, pushing even more epub and ebook features into the browser. As ever, click here for the full release notes. View full news
  2. After a break of a few weeks, Microsoft have finally released a new build of Windows 10. Read on to find out what's new in build 17063. The big change in this build is Timeline - this is a brand new major feature that's designed to allow you to more easily see what you were doing at some point in the past. i.e. a timeline on your PC activity. As Microsoft put it: In addition to this, there's the usual raft of fixes and improvements to Edge, with Cortana getting a bit of love as well. The full release notes are here View full news
  3. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 17093

    The headline feature in this build is quite a big one. Microsoft have changed a lot of how video and graphics in general works. You can now determin, on an application by application basis, exactly how applications deal with graphics, including which graphcs card they use on systems with more than one. Here's how Microsoft desctibe it: As ever, full release notes are here
  4. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 17083

    This is a bit of an odd build in that it seems at first sight that there's not a whole bunch that's new, but that's not really the case; this build includes lots of smaller, but equally important changes and improvements. Having said that, the biggest change in this build is related to fonts. As of 17083, fonts can now be bought, installed and managed from the Microsoft Store. It may not sound like much of a change, but actually it will make font management a hell of a lot easier for yon average user. Here's what Microsoft says about the font changes: The full release notes are here.
  5. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 17074

    New in this build is a new take on localisation - rather than downloading language packs "as part of Windows", you now get them from the Microsoft Store. Why the change? Who knows, but apparently it's for the better. In addition, there's a whole skew of updates for Edge, pushing even more epub and ebook features into the browser. As ever, click here for the full release notes.
  6. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 17063

    The big change in this build is Timeline - this is a brand new major feature that's designed to allow you to more easily see what you were doing at some point in the past. i.e. a timeline on your PC activity. As Microsoft put it: In addition to this, there's the usual raft of fixes and improvements to Edge, with Cortana getting a bit of love as well. The full release notes are here
  7. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 17046

    There's a few useful changes in this build, along with the usual skew of bug fixes (and new bugs, this being a fairly early RS_4 build). Highlights include: Yet more changes for Edge - this time you get the ability for Edge to auto-fill address info on forms. Access to UWP applications (Metro apps to you and me) settings directly from the application icon in the Start Menu. This is way, way simpler than the old Settings > Apps & Features > App > Settings route you used to have to take, and a big UX win. Yet-more emoji changes. To be honest, these bore me - they're hardly core-OS functions. Here's the full MS release notes: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/11/22/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17046-pc/#j8WGYt6Wkvq76y4i.97
  8. Earlier today Microsoft released Insider Preview build 17046 to the fast ring. This is another Redstone 4 build, part of the expected 1803 release of Windows 10. Read on to find out what's new. There's a few useful changes in this build, along with the usual skew of bug fixes (and new bugs, this being a fairly early RS_4 build). Highlights include: Yet more changes for Edge - this time you get the ability for Edge to auto-fill address info on forms. Access to UWP applications (Metro apps to you and me) settings directly from the application icon in the Start Menu. This is way, way simpler than the old Settings > Apps & Features > App > Settings route you used to have to take, and a big UX win. Yet-more emoji changes. To be honest, these bore me - they're hardly core-OS functions. Here's the full MS release notes: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/11/22/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17046-pc/#j8WGYt6Wkvq76y4i.97 View full news
  9. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 17040

    There's not so much that's new in this release, but there are a *hell* of a lot of fixes for stuff that broke in the previous, 17035 release. One new feature of note though is the SDR brightness on HDR hardware control. As Microsoft put it: In addition to this, there's a few more input and handwriting tweaks, plus those aforementioned bug fixes. Here's the complete listing: Windows 10 17040 release notes
  10. Last Friday, Microsoft released another "Redstone 4" Insider Preview for Windows 10. This is the secondrelease since the Fall Creators Update was pushed out to the public, and looks like being the release that re-starts the MS weekly release schedule. There's not so much that's new in this release, but there are a *hell* of a lot of fixes for stuff that broke in the previous, 17035 release. One new feature of note though is the SDR brightness on HDR hardware control. As Microsoft put it: In addition to this, there's a few more input and handwriting tweaks, plus those aforementioned bug fixes. Here's the complete listing: Windows 10 17040 release notes View full news
  11. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 17035

    What's new in this build? Quite a lot actually; here's the highlights from Microsoft's list: More changes and improvements to Edge - there's now the ability to "Mute" a tab (such as when opening those sites that start an annoying video advert). There's lots of changes regarding input and typing, especially for Japanese character sets. You can now buy Microsoft hardware from the Windows Store (if you're in the UK, US or a couple of other places) Oh, and there's a nice feature called Near Share (only works with Windows 10 builds of 17035 or greater) allowing wireless sharing of data between two machines in close proximity. The full Microsoft release notes are here: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/11/08/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17035-pc/#qFAA8CXrAT4lYO3X.97
  12. Yesterday, Microsoft released the second in their "Redstone 4" round of Insider previews for Windows 10. This is the first release since the Fall Creators Update was pushed out to the public, and so it is quite a large one. What's new? View full news
  13. Update: Earlier today (10th October), Microsoft essentially admitted that build 16299.15 IS the Fall Creators Update by releasing it to the "Release Preview" ring of the Windows 10 Insider Preview program. Last week, Microsoft pushed out Windows Insider build 16299.15; an updated build of the previous Insider Preview build 16299.1. Considering this is the same base build, but a newer compile of it (with bug fixes), could 16299.15 become the Fall Creators Update RTM build? The timing is certainly about right, and this would also follow what Microsoft did with the original Creators Update builds (namely fixing on a "base" build and then issuing incremental updated builds until all the blocking bugs were eliminated); and having been running 16299.15 for most of the last week, it certainly seems stable. Microsoft's release notes for this build don't indicate it *is* the final build; but I guess we'll only learn that as we get closer to 17th October. (read the Update 2 line in the release notes) View full news
  14. Last week, Microsoft pushed out Windows Insider build 16299.15; an updated build of the previous Insider Preview build 16299.1. Considering this is the same base build, but a newer compile of it (with bug fixes), could 16299.15 become the Fall Creators Update RTM build? The timing is certainly about right, and this would also follow what Microsoft did with the original Creators Update builds (namely fixing on a "base" build and then issuing incremental updated builds until all the blocking bugs were eliminated); and having been running 16299.15 for most of the last week, it certainly seems stable. Microsoft's release notes for this build don't indicate it *is* the final build; but I guess we'll only learn that as we get closer to 17th October. (read the Update 2 line in the release notes)
  15. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 16299

    This is another "stabilization" build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update (due for release on 17th October) and as such contains just a few bug fixes. In this build those are: We fixed an issue some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC. We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge might crash when scrolling embedded PDFs. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights. We fixed an issue where using the Automatic File Download notification to block an app from downloading files wasn’t working for UWP apps. We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Defender potentially downloading files selected to be online-only after using the file picker dialog and viewing their thumbnails Here's the full release notes from Microsoft.
  16. Microsoft have today anounced a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build - build 16299. This is another "stabilization" build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update (due for release on 17th October) and as such contains just a few bug fixes. In this build those are: We fixed an issue some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC. We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge might crash when scrolling embedded PDFs. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights. We fixed an issue where using the Automatic File Download notification to block an app from downloading files wasn’t working for UWP apps. We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Defender potentially downloading files selected to be online-only after using the file picker dialog and viewing their thumbnails Here's the full release notes from Microsoft. View full news
  17. Hot on the heals of build 16291, Microsoft last night slipped out Windows 10 build 16294 - another one of their "stabilization" builds for the upcoming Fall Creators Update. This build is interesting for two reasons; firstly it contains an important bug fix for an issue Microsoft introduced in build 16288 which caused a boot issue on Surface Pro 3 devices; and second, this is the first build where there are absolutely NO feature improvements or additions mentioned, it is a purely bug fix build. As such, the change log isn't very long, Microsoft have fixed, in their own words: The full release notes and announcement are here View full news
  18. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 16294

    This build is interesting for two reasons; firstly it contains an important bug fix for an issue Microsoft introduced in build 16288 which caused a boot issue on Surface Pro 3 devices; and second, this is the first build where there are absolutely NO feature improvements or additions mentioned, it is a purely bug fix build. As such, the change log isn't very long, Microsoft have fixed, in their own words: The full release notes and announcement are here
  19. Microsoft have announced that the Windows 10 version number for the upcoming Fall Creators Update will be 1709. The previous major release of Windows 10, the original Creators Update, was version 1703, so the jump to 1709 might not seem like much of an increase, and compared to previous releases it isn't; but what it is is a bug-fixed and tweaked version of the original Creators Update that was, frankly, half baked when launched earlier this year. It should be noted that although 1709 is the "version number", it isn't the build number of the "gold" image for the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft tell us that they haven't reached that stage yet, although the current Insiders Build (16288) is the first one to not show an "Evaluation build" watermark when installed. View full news
  20. The previous major release of Windows 10, the original Creators Update, was version 1703, so the jump to 1709 might not seem like much of an increase, and compared to previous releases it isn't; but what it is is a bug-fixed and tweaked version of the original Creators Update that was, frankly, half baked when launched earlier this year. It should be noted that although 1709 is the "version number", it isn't the build number of the "gold" image for the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft tell us that they haven't reached that stage yet, although the current Insiders Build (16288) is the first one to not show an "Evaluation build" watermark when installed.
  21. Microsoft late on Friday pushed out another Insider Preview build from the Fall Creators Update development branch. Here's the changes and fixes this time: View full news
  22. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 16278

    Once again, this is only a bug fix release; or as MS put it: The change log is: I won't bother posting the build announcement this time, as everything it says is above.
  23. Another (3) days, another build, that happens to be 3 advanced from the previous one. Yesterday Microsoft pushed Insider Preview build 16278 out the door. Here's the lowdown: Once again, this is only a bug fix release; or as MS put it: The change log is: I won't bother posting the build announcement this time, as everything it says is above. View full news
  24. Stuclark

    Insider Preview build 16275

    To be completely honest about it, there's not much difference between this build and the previous one, so I'll just let MS do the talking for 16275: As ever, the full release note (there's nothing more for PC in there, trust me) are here.