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  1. As Microsoft have said: UPDATE: Microsoft have now released 17134 to the Slow and Preview Release rings; and it's pretty clear they expect this build to form the upcoming (but much delayed) Spring Creators Update release.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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.
  5. The big change in this build is High Efficiency File System. Here's what Microsoft says about it: Here's the full release notes.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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