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  1. Insider Preview build 16241

    The short answer is... not a lot of note. There are improvements to "Acrylic Material" (Micorosoft's new name for semi-transparency in the Windows UI), which make things slightly easier to live with, plus updates for Task Manager and Mixed Reality. However, the biggest changes this week relate to Delivery Optimisation. Microsoft are really going to town on this feature (to recap, this is where your PC can download updates from other Windows PCs on your LAN, or on the 'net if you allow, and equally act as a streaming host to other PCs, a-la P2P networks) and in this build have added a whole skew of controlls allowing you to choose how much bandwith should be available to Delivery Optimisation; to view your download and upload statistics, plus many other tweaks and settings for these features. There's also now a Windows Store item for installing Ubuntu on your Windows PC. I shit you not; MS are really into this Linux on Windows thing now, and reckon you should use their store *nix builds (other distributions are coming soon apparently) rather than trying to do the install yourself. It's actually quite a clever idea, as it keeps the uber-geeks happy that they can stare at a badly scaled text interface, while keeping the sysadmins happy that they're still supporting Windows as the underlying OS. Full release notes are avaialable here: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/13/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16241-pc-build-15230-mobile/#xMd5rXKSEdcpxrRq.97
  2. This edition of Windows 10 has already reached RTM, with Windows Insiders getting the RTM build last week. In a change from previous releases, Microsoft didn't tell insiders that they were testing an RTM candidate build, they've just kinda admitted it by letting world and dog now know that build 15063 is indeed RTM. Microsoft's full release notes are online, but they've got and muddied the water by including info on Surface Book and Surface Studio (both nice bits of kit, if MS want to lend me a couple) but they have mentioned a few of the highlights in Creators Edition. Oddly though, (and in their words it will be "because there are so many awesome updates") they've missed out, or glossed over some of the changes which will matter most in the real world. Without further ado, the changes I think we need care about are: VASTLY improved scaled application redering - this is especially important for those pesky apps like Adobe Photoshop, which until now have been fairly un-useable on a high res laptop display Improved OOBE experience, particularly centred around metered or walled-garden style wireless connections. It might not sound like much, but I bet a whole raft of people benefit from this without even realising Loads of Windows Ink improvements; again they sound small, but when you use Ink a lot (or even a little) they make a huge difference Gaming Mode - this is massive for Microsoft; it's a whole bunch of updates and technologies to tie Windows 10 and X-box even more tightly together. You can now "cast" or broadcast / video share a game as you're playing it, and you can interact with people watching your cast in real time. MS are really wooing game developers with this release, and these features show that off in spaded Edge: Yep, as far as Microsoft are concerned, Edge is *the* browser that we should all be using. In the release notes (linked above) they make repeated and multi-asterixed claims about how Edge is now better than Chrome* (they don't pick a fight with Firefox... interesting...) and how it reneders more quickly, detects more phishing sites and upholds your battery better. I have to say that other than a few glaring omissions, I can actually now use Edge as my main browser, and I only swear at it occassionaly! ... there are loads and loads of other little things, like being able to have folders in the start menu. No, not the Applications list, like we've been able to do since Windows 95, this time we're talking about the tiled bit. Personally I don't know why you'd ever want to do this, especially not on a desktop, but I guess it makes sense in Tablet and Phone modes. Here's a fuller list of changes I stole from another site (thanks ElReg) Action center shows download progress for apps Auto Numlock when typing a PIN Beam Streaming: new FTL streaming protocol, start broadcasts from Game Bar Braille support (in Ease of Access settings) Compact Overlay mode ("Picture in Picture") for UWP applications Cortana "pick up where you left off" feature Custom color accents in color settings Download Windows 10 themes from Store Dynamic lock: lock PC automatically when paired phone is not connected Edge browser: many new features Epub support in Edge and Book section in Windows Store Game Bar (Windows + G) – quickly record, broadcast or snaphot images from current game Game Mode – optimize PC for gaming Gaming section in Windows settings Improved Hyper-V admin client with zoom and auto-resize options Mono audio (in Ease of Access settings) More touchpad gestures, eg create or remove virtual desktops Narrator improved with form field navigation (Ease of Access) New icons for Windows Update and Share New inking features including left-handed option Night Light option in Display settings Option to install apps from Store only Paint 3D application Photos app: many new features PowerShell more prominent eg in Windows-X menu Protractor tool in Sketchpad app Redesigned camera app RegEdit has new Address Bar, for easier navigation Separate process for each Windows Service on PCs with enough RAM Start menu: show or hide app list Storage Sense setting automatically frees space Toast notifications support progress bars Troubleshooting option in Modern settings USB Audio 2.0 native support Virtual touchpad for external displays Windows Defender new notification icon and security center Windows Services for Linux improved, Ubuntu Xenial by default Windows update no longer reinstalls removed applications
  3. Insider Preview build 15063

    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.
  4. 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. View full news
  5. 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.. View full news
  6. 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..
  7. 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. View full news
  8. Insider Preview build 15058

    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.
  9. 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. View full news
  10. Insider Preview build 15055

    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.
  11. Insider Preview build 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.
  12. 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. View full news
  13. 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. View full news
  14. Insider Preview build 15046

    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.
  15. Insider Preview build 15031

    This build's headline new feature is the Compact Overlay Window - think of it as a picture-in-picture clone from your TV and you'll not be far wrong. It essentially allows app developers to write code that allows their apps to peak through another app's windows and appear on top (um, like that's been possible for years) - ah yes, but this new method allows that "peaked" window to take on a new compact design, only showing the contents (such as a video or TV stream) rather than all the fluff around the content. As always, the full release notes are available here for all to see, and they include a screenshot of what Compact Overlay Windows will allow (once every app under the sun has been re-coded to use the feature). As for user experience changes, I can't say I've noticed any yet, but if they crop up I'll add them to this post.
  16. Insider Preview build 15025

    This build is the first in a series of builds which will be released, probably with increasing speed, in the build up to the next public release of Windows 10 - the Creator's Update (or Redstone 2 (rs2) release, as it's known internally). The release notes are available here and show that this build is not about adding new features, but is the first take on polishing the features already in the rs2 builds. An interesting issue with this build though is that it currently won't install on an x86 based computer; only the x64 version works. Microsoft's answer to this is to simply not release an x86 build at this stage, instead promising an x86 ISO later in the week. [more to follow]