• Stuclark

    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.

  • Stuclark

    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.

  • Stuclark

    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.

  • Stuclark

    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!

  • Stuclark

    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.

  • Stuclark

    On Wednesday, Microsoft released Insider Preview build 17101 to the fast ring. This build is important because it is the first of the Redstone 4 "release branch" builds, as Microsoft ready their Windows 10 builds for public release. Read on to find out what's new...

    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.

  • Stuclark

    On Wednesday, Microsoft released another insider preview build, this time being build number 17093. Read on to see what's changed.

    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

  • Stuclark

    Yesterday Microsoft released another build to the Windows insider fast ring. Read on to see what's new in 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.

  • Stuclark

    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.

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