Insiders Windows 10 Build 10525

For those that are still part of the Windows Insiders group, build 10525 is available for download. A few bugs, but a few new little features to try out. Glad to see more builds coming out for us to try. As usual, this is similar to beta testing, so it is one of those things that can come with some risk. Most people have absolutely zero issues and others seem to be plagued by them. Your mileage may vary!

This is our first new build since the release of Windows 10, and I’m very happy to talk about one new thing that you’ll see because it really highlights both how your feedback influences the product development as well as illustrating how some things will get implemented at different times depending on when we’re trying to stabilize and drive quality vs. when we’re open for new feature work.

History of the Start Menu

The Start Menu has been around since Windows 95. We lost it with Windows 8 and got it back with Windows 10. Apparently, the designer of the original Start Menu (originally called the system menu) doesn’t like the new design. Although, I do wonder if the developers at Microsoft were calling the users morons when they didn’t care much for the Start Screen…

Some very interesting information on how the Start Menu came to be and why.

For instance, one study subject took twenty minutes of staring at a Windows 3.1 desktop before being able to open a text editing program.  Finally, a programmer spoke up that this was unacceptable, to Oran’s relief. But that relief would be short lived: "Our customers are morons!" exclaimed the programmer.

Windows 10 Downloads Haven’t Broken the Internet

The Internet is feeling the pressure from the launch of Windows 10, with traffic 35% higher than normal. But, it hasn’t caused any problems at Microsoft or elsewhere as far as people can tell. Microsoft is pushing the update out in waves, which can help keep everyone from downloading it all at once. Plus, they were pushing the bits slowly the past few days to many users. Microsoft has made this launch go pretty smooth so far. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. Still a lot of issues in the forums and Microsoft communities.

Some people had feared that the Internet, or at least Microsoft’s servers, might crack under the strain. After all, the Brazilian 2014 World Cup, Apple’s iOS 8 release, and the first episode of the Game of Thrones all faltered under user demand.

Windows 10 is Officially Launched

Windows 10, after months of Windows Insider beta builds, is finally launched to everyone. If you have Windows 7 or 8.1 you get a free upgrade (limited time only, 1 year). Windows Insiders can choose to remain an Insider and keep getting beta builds for future updates, which allows you a free license as long as you remain part of the Insiders group.

So, now that it’s ready for primetime – are you going to upgrade? It’s a stable, fast, easy to use version of Windows that takes the best from Windows 8 and puts it in a more familiar looking GUI. Cortana is a great assistant, search is very much improved, and take a note from what many Apple users say – It just works. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s “Magical”, though. I’ll leave that to Apple. This isn’t magical. This is the hard work and effort from many talented programmers and designers at Microsoft who are probably going to take a well deserved week of vacation.

We are delighted to make Windows 10 available in 190 countries today. Thelaunch of Windows 10 is being celebrated around the world with global fan celebrations and a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. We’d love to hear how you plan to help#UpgradeYourWorld. Starting today, you can vote for a global nonprofit to receive a cash donation by simply tagging their social handle and using #UpgradeYourWorld and #vote on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. More information on Upgrade Your World can be found at

Get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta for free

If you already own Minecraft for the PC, you are eligible for the new Windows 10 Edition beta for free. Mojang has a post detailing how to get your free copy. This is a new version of Minecraft, coming after Microsoft purchased Mojang.

Windows 10 – Microsoft’s shiny new operating system – launches tomorrow. As announced at MINECON 2015 a few weeks ago it features a brand-new Edition of Minecraft. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

Download Windows 10

For those that aren’t going with the standard route of automatically upgrading, or you want a physical media to use, Microsoft has a tool that will download Windows 10 to your external media for install on your PC (or create an ISO for future use or virtual machines). Remember, if you have a legit Windows 7 or 8.1 install you can upgrade for free.

Use the media creation tool to download Windows. This tool provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. The tool includes:

  • File formats optimised for download speed.
  • Built-in media creation options for USBs and DVDs.
  • Optional conversion to ISO file format.

Windows 10 Downloading to PC’s

For many people on various forums, including reddit & Microsoft Answers, the upgrade to Windows 10 has already started to download. It is slowly releasing to many people so that it is not bogging down the servers all at once.

To see if you’re one of the lucky ones that gets a quick upgrade tomorrow, you can see if you have a $windows.~BT folder on your main drive.

This meme seems appropriate for this announcement:


Windows Search in Windows 10 Doesn’t Suck

Gizmodo has been playing with Windows 10 and the new search. They’ve concluded that it doesn’t suck anymore. However, their assessment that you’re never going to need a start menu again is a stretch. Yes, the new search is very powerful. It gives much more relevant results than in Windows 8.1.

The tricks don’t stop there: there’s also some natural-language-processing abilities to play with. I was trying to find a spreadsheet earlier, and thanks to my lack of organization, Excel files are scattered across about three hard drives. I’d normally need to fire up Explorer and run a long search for .xlsx files; with Windows 10, you just type ‘show me my spreadsheets’. ‘Show me photos from last month’ also works, as does my favorite, ‘open the last document’.

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