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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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)
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Late yesterday Microsoft released Insider Preview build 16291 - the second build described as a "stabilization" build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update. As such, there aren't many new features in this build; Microsoft's focus now is on fixing all the (obvious) nasty bugs so they can release the Fall Creators Update on 17th October as promised. However, we do get one new feature in this build, namely the ability to "Resume from phones to PC with Cortana", which essentially means that anything you had open in the Cortana app on your iPhone or Android phone, can now be "resumed" in the same state, at the same place, on your PC. (presuming you've paired your phone and PC already). There's a raft of bug fixes as well, none of them desperately interesting, apart from the notable fact that this build actually installs (unlike 16288). Here's the full Microsoft release notes for the build. View full news
  14. Insider Preview build 16291

    As such, there aren't many new features in this build; Microsoft's focus now is on fixing all the (obvious) nasty bugs so they can release the Fall Creators Update on 17th October as promised. However, we do get one new feature in this build, namely the ability to "Resume from phones to PC with Cortana", which essentially means that anything you had open in the Cortana app on your iPhone or Android phone, can now be "resumed" in the same state, at the same place, on your PC. (presuming you've paired your phone and PC already). There's a raft of bug fixes as well, none of them desperately interesting, apart from the notable fact that this build actually installs (unlike 16288). Here's the full Microsoft release notes for the build.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Microsoft today announced that the next major version of Windows 10, the not-very-imaginatively named "Fall Creators Update" (note they've changed this from what it used to be called) will be released worldwide on October 17th 2017. Read on for the full Microsoft announcement: View full news
  18. 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.
  19. A mere two days after their last release, Microsoft on Friday pushed build 16275 out the door. 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. View full news
  20. Insider Preview build 16273

    This is the second release to be officially labelled rs3_release, meaning it has come from the Creators Fall Update release branch of the Windows development tree. As such, there are no major new features as Microsoft start focussing on polishing the build for public release (due in about October). Having said that, Microsoft has introduced a new font in this build called Bahnschrift. Here's what they have to say about it: There's the usual skew of Edge updates, plus some new emoticons in this build. As usual, Microsoft's full release announcement is here.
  21. After a gap of 2 weeks that felt more like 10, Microsoft have finally released a new Insider Preview build of Windows 10. This time it's build number 16273. The question is, what's new this time...? This is the second release to be officially labelled rs3_release, meaning it has come from the Creators Fall Update release branch of the Windows development tree. As such, there are no major new features as Microsoft start focussing on polishing the build for public release (due in about October). Having said that, Microsoft has introduced a new font in this build called Bahnschrift. Here's what they have to say about it: There's the usual skew of Edge updates, plus some new emoticons in this build. As usual, Microsoft's full release announcement is here. View full news
  22. Insider Preview build 16257

    Quite a lot actually; the big news is eye control, as announced by Microsoft yesterday. This technology essentially lets you control Windows just by looking at it (it needs a third party piece of hardware, which then tracks your eyes and essentially turns them into the mouse). It's all very clever and very new, and at the moment quite restricted, but there's a lot of potential in this technology. Here's a quick video of gesture typing using eye movement. The rest of this week's build is the usual collection of changes and enhancements to Edge (this week it gets a bit of a design make-over to make it more "modern" in appearance); plus some Windows Defender changes and updates, continuing it's rise to being 'actually useful'; oh, and full 24 bit colour support for the good old Windows console (otherwise known as Command Prompt / Powershell window (terminal to those Unix-y people here))
  23. Yesterday evening, Microsoft released Insider Preview build 16257. What's new in this release? Quite a lot actually; the big news is eye control, as announced by Microsoft yesterday. This technology essentially lets you control Windows just by looking at it (it needs a third party piece of hardware, which then tracks your eyes and essentially turns them into the mouse). It's all very clever and very new, and at the moment quite restricted, but there's a lot of potential in this technology. Here's a quick video of gesture typing using eye movement. The rest of this week's build is the usual collection of changes and enhancements to Edge (this week it gets a bit of a design make-over to make it more "modern" in appearance); plus some Windows Defender changes and updates, continuing it's rise to being 'actually useful'; oh, and full 24 bit colour support for the good old Windows console (otherwise known as Command Prompt / Powershell window (terminal to those Unix-y people here)) View full news
  24. Insider Preview build 16251

    The first thing to notice, and Microsoft have sort of touched on it, but in a very round-about way, is that this build is a forked rs3_prerelease build. What this means and why it is significant is because this indicates that Microsoft are now in the polishing and fixing stage of the Creators Fall Update cycle - they're not concentrating on major code changes now (as is evidenced by the "forking" of this build), and are instead concentrating on fixing the myriad bugs they've introduced (or not fixed) since the original Creators Update. On the new features front, Microsoft have added a new "Linked Phone" feature, which allows you to link your Android (iOS coming soon) phone to your PC and then "transfer" tasks from your phone to PC. At the moment all you can do is open a web page from your phone on your PC, but it works quite well and quite nicely (even if it does ignore your browser preferences and dump you into Edge). There's a bunch of Cortana updates, including getting web results without having to open a web browser, and new commands to turn your PC off, restart it etc. all from the delights of your voice. (rumours that this feature was tested by telling the computer to f*** off are completely made up) As far as fixes go, the biggest, most important one for anyone using a Surface-type device is that, after 3 builds of flakiness, Windows Hello finally appears to be working again! Surface (and other tablet users) were getting rightly pissed off at being told their expensive devices couldn't support Hello, when they perfectly well could! I've tested this and so far* it is working Microsoft reckon they've fixed the ability for Windows to auto-log in to finish an update in this build - this "feature" was initially part of the Anniversary Update, but it never worked properly - well now it's back again and apparently sorted. (the jury is out until the next build update to test it though) Lastly, there's the usual skew of Edge updates; some more work on touch keyboards (useful for mobile and smaller tablets, but an utter waste on anything with a screen 10" or larger), plus a bunch of random bug fixes. Here's Microsoft's full release notes: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/26/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16251-pc-build-15235-mobile/#dHpkUVWYxdVt6mvo.97