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Candy Crush Saga Game in Windows 10

My reaction to the announcement that Candy Crush Saga and other King games are going to be included in Windows 10? “No Sir, I don’t like it”. I wouldn’t mind them in the Windows Store and them being promoted there. But, as part of the default install? No thank you. I’ve played the game, enjoyed it, but I will be removing it from my PC when it’s installed.

Many will welcome Solitaire, Hearts and Minesweeper back with open arms. Other King games? I’m sure some will, while others will just uninstall them (or leave them to take up space).

I guess including sponsored games is one way to monetize the OS.

In addition to these games, we’re also working with partners to bring some of their great games to Windows 10 too. And we’re excited to be able to announce today that King will bring their game, Candy Crush Saga, to Windows 10. Candy Crush Saga will be automatically installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 during the launch! Over time, other popular and awesome King game titles will be available for Windows 10.

Windows 10 Editions Revealed

Microsoft has revealed the several Windows 10 editions that will be available on release. Obviously, there is the Home & Enterprise editions, but a couple were new: Windows 10 Movile (Smartphones & small tablets) & a dedicated Windows 10 Education. Again, Microsoft has talked about the free upgrade for Windows 7 & 8.1 devices for Windows 10 Home, Mobile, and Pro versions.

We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. An experience optimized for each device type, but familiar to all. Windows 10 will power an incredibly broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. It will also power the world around us, core to devices making up the Internet of Things, everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables. No matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.

Office 2016 Public Preview

The Office 2016 Public Preview is available for those that want to take a look at it. Again, like the Windows Technical Preview, this is unsupported pre-release software and there are risks involved. For those that accept the risks, it’s a nice way to get familiar with the software before it’s official release.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. We’ve expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. We’ve upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web. We’ve even added new apps to the Office family with Sway and Office Lens. All designed to keep your work moving, everywhere. But that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten where we came from. While you’ve seen us focus on tuning Office for different platforms over the last year, make no mistake, Office on Windows desktop is central to our strategy.

Xbox One Getting OTA Tuner

For those cord cutters or those that use over the air antennas and an digital tuner, good news. The Xbox One is supporting a new tuner that allows seamless integration with the console. Currently, the Hauppauge tuner works, but Microsoft is working with them to release a $59.99 device that does the same thing.

The Xbox One is much more than just a gaming console, and things like this really help distinguish it above the others. Currently, only members of the Xbox One Preview Program are able to use the feature, but it will be available to everyone in the US and Canada in future months, alongside the new tuner device.

Starting today, members of the Xbox One preview program in the U.S. and Canada can get over-the-air TV by purchasing the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q (MSRP $79.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Micro Center), and an HDTV antenna. In the next few months, Xbox will be partnering with Hauppauge to release a lower cost version of this tuner, the Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One, retailing for MSRP $59.99, and available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada.

MS-DOS Mobile From Microsoft

Microsoft has a date appropriate release – MS-DOS Mobile for their Windows Phone platforms. Going back to their roots with the DOS prompt and typing commands to launch your applications, this is the good ol’ black and white (why not the amber?) command line that you remember from the good old days!

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Windows 10 Build 10049 Available

For those in the Fast Update ring, a new build is available. This includes the new Project Spartan web browser as well as a few fixes. Mostly, it’s all about Project Spartan, though. ISO’s will be available when it hits the Slow Ring for updates.

Since the release of build 10041 for PCs we’ve continued to make steady progress, and as I said in the blog post with that one we’re working to bring you builds to the Fast ring faster than before. Builds last week were BIG ones for us as well, since “Project Spartan” was integrated into our flighting branch for the first time. That’s right, this means that today’s release includes the new Project Spartan browser and you’ll get to use it for the first time on PCs as it begins to show up across the Windows 10 device family.

Surface 3 – Running x86 for $499

Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface model, The Surface 3. The new Surface runs the new Intel Atom x7 quad core CPU, giving the low cost tablet/laptop some decent power and an x86 instruction set. Rather than with previous low cost Surfaces, this one will run the full library of Windows applications. Starting at $499, it can be a bargain for those not needing the higher power i5 & i7 Surface models.

This is an excellent way to move on past the Windows RT models, which were limited to applications from the Windows Store and could not run x86 applications.

Surface 3 features the same beautiful design and premium materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more compact and efficient package. It is thin (just 8.7 mm) and light (1.37 pounds or 622 grams) and has a 10.8-inch screen. Compared to the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 it is slightly smaller and it feels great when you’re using it as a tablet. The 3:2 aspect ratio that we first introduced on Surface Pro 3 is also used here, and, like its larger sibling, it feels natural whether you’re holding it in portrait mode for reading or writing a quick note with the pen or in landscape mode to watch a movie or play a game. Thescreen on the Surface Pro 3 is not only beautiful to look at — with incredibly accurate colors and clarity from multiple viewing angles — but also offers a world-class multitouch and pen experience. All that we did to make the Pro 3 screen one of the best in the industry is present in Surface 3, and you’ll appreciate this as you work and play on it.

YouTube Channel

MSTechpages is starting a weekly video on YouTube featuring a new tip or demo of a Windows feature and a how-to. Check out our channel to see more. This week – a demo on Windows 10 Virtual desktops. Take a look and let us know what you think.

History of Internet Explorer

Blue Fire Cable has a nice display and information on the history of Microsoft’s browser – Internet Explorer, from Version 1.0 to Version 11.0. Wow, times have changed. I remember using IE 1.0 and thinking it was crap compared to the much better Netscape Navigator (RIP, old friend).

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New Windows 10 Build Available

For those of us in the fast ring of updates for Windows 10, a new build is now available for upgrade. Build 10041 has new functionality and bug fixes.

Here is what’s new for PC

Improving the Start experience: In 9926 we introduced the XAML based Start experience, and we’ve continued to make improvements since then. Start now has transparency, and we’ve addressed issues with the All Apps list like making the All Apps button easier to use with touch. Dragging and dropping apps from All Apps or your most used apps list to pin them to Start was a top request, and this has been added.

Improvements to Virtual Desktops: We’ve addressed your #1 feature request for Virtual Desktops from Insiders – you can now drag a window to a Virtual Desktop! Previously, you had to right-click and use a context menu. You can also drag a window to the “+” icon to both create a Virtual Desktop and move the window to it in single step. We also now support a filtered taskbar. This means that only the running windows in a particular Virtual Desktop will show in the taskbar. This allows you to better organize what you are working on. We are doing some A/B testing for this where there will be different defaults for different users to help us decide what default to use based on feedback from Insiders. We also added a filtered Alt+Tab so you only see the windows on the given Virtual Desktop.

Cortana is expanding into new markets on the desktop: Cortana now also works on the desktop in China, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain – in addition to the U.S. For you in these new markets, look for her to help you find the things you need and proactively bring you information that you care about. Currently, Cortana will help you search for apps, settings, and files as well as search the web. Cortana learns your preferences and provides smarter recommendations over time. Cortana is still fairly new to the desktop but we are continuing to fix bugs and add new capabilities all the time.

New Network flyout from Taskbar in Windows 10

New network fly-out from the taskbar: We’ve heard a lot of feedback on this and have introduced a network fly-out from the taskbar when you click on the network icon for quick access to your network settings. You’ll be able to easily connect to wireless networks from this fly-out. We have more work to do here as the UX isn’t complete just yet.

Enhancements to the Photos app: The updated Live Tile for the Photos app will now include your photos on OneDrive in the recent photo rotation where previously you would only see local photos.  We’ve made lots of performance and reliability improvements across the entire app. You will see added support for RAW format files, which should be up to date with new major cameras. If you find a RAW file that doesn’t show up correctly in the Photos app, let us know what camera model it’s from using the Feedback app. We’ve also implemented our first set of keyboard shortcuts for the Photos app – try using the tab, arrow keys and page up/down with the Photos app open. In coming weeks we’ll be adding keyboard shortcuts for popular actions/workflows. If you have one you really count on – let us know via the Feedback app.

New handwriting input panel in Windows 10

New Text Input Canvas: We’ve introduced an updated experience for handwriting panel recognition optimized for short text entry. Auto displayed on tap in edit control with pen, positioned near the edit control, provides recognition candidates, suggestions and next word predictions.

Experimenting with the Lock screen: We often hear feedback around the learning curve when it comes to a big new release. To make things easier, we’re experimenting with the Lock screen as a place to share some “did you knows” as well as tips and tricks to help people learn Windows 10. Some of you may have noticed the Lock screen lighting up with beautiful imagery and a “Welcome to the Windows Insider Program” message with the previous build we released back in January (9926). Between now and our final release, we’ll be rolling out more of these – first in the U.S. and France. In other countries, for now you will continue to see rotations of beautiful imagery. Your Lock screen may look different than your fellow Windows Insider’s lock screen, as we rotate through a variety of different content. Send us feedback through the Windows Feedback app and let us know what you think about this. And of course you can still change your Lock screen background to any photo of your choice.