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’.

Windows 10 on 7 Year Old Netbook

Windows 10 utilizes computer resources very well. To help prove it, the folks at Softpedia have installed the new OS on a 7 year old Acer Aspire One netbook powered by an old Intel Atom N450 CPU. Amazingly, the netbook handled it well, other than a 40 second boot time (which is to be expected). Once in the OS, it operated fast and wasn’t noticeably slow. I’m sure this would change when doing anything processor intensive, of course. But, for those with older systems that are wanting to update, it’s definitely an option!

Installation was performed via a USB drive and completed in approximately 15 minutes, plus a couple of minutes needed to set up the user account.

Once this came to an end, Windows 10 not only installed all drivers automatically but it also changed the resolution to 1024×600 pixels, which is actually the default resolution that the device supports.

New Critical Patch For Windows

All supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10 & Windows RT, will be getting an out-of-band patch to fix a critical zero-day vulnerability. Make sure you check Windows Update for the new patch and get your boxes fixed today! For those that like the manual route, grab the appropriate patch for your OS here.

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts.

Surface Pro 4 Coming in October

Recent rumors have surfaced on Digitimes of the new Surface 4 Pro model. Coming in with a similar form factor, but an Intel Skylake processor, a Samsung 256GB SSD and unknown RAM inside. As usual, it’s just a rumor at this time, but it’s fun to entertain them at times. Sounds like a great new system if they are true, though.

The sources noted that Microsoft’s Surface Pro shipments were 200,000-250,000 units per month in the first quarter and after releasing the Surface 3 at the end of the first quarter, the software giant’s monthly tablet shipment volume rose to above 300,000 units. With the new Surface, the sources expect Microsoft’s monthly tablet shipments to have a chance to reach 500,000-600,000 units.

Build 10240 Available

Windows 10 build 10240 (Windows 10 to Microsoft’s 40th anniversary) is available for both fast and slow ring Insiders.

Hi everyone, today we are releasing a new build to both the Fast and Slow rings. We’re just about two weeks away from beginning to offer Windows 10 to the world, as Terry detailed here. Over the past few days we’ve been preparing our release pipelines and processes, and this build is one step closer to what customers will start to receive on 7/29. For example, you’ll notice with this build that the desktop watermark is no longer there (you can still do Search > Winver to see your version number.

Windows 10 EULA – No Gotchas

Windows 10 has a new EULA out now. Nothing to say that you’re going to pay a subscription fee after any given time. If you get in while it’s free, it’s free.

Two weeks ahead of the global launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has finalized the terms of its license agreements for the new operating system. I’ve had several days to study the documents in detail, and I can report that there are no surprises, no gotchas, and no hidden subscription traps waiting to be sprung in two or three or four years.

Another Fast Ring Release

In one week, we’ve had 3 total fast ring releases. Now this is what I like! Build 10162 has just been released to the Fast Ring insiders for Windows 10. It’s getting very close now, so here’s where you’re seeing the polish and finishing touches happening. Check it out in your updates!

We just released Build 10159 with our new wallpaper and logon UI on Tuesday, but this is a holiday weekend in the US and we thought that some of you might want to get an even fresher build on your PCs to play with over the long weekend. Build 10162 is another great one. In fact, our testing and internal telemetry metrics show it has better reliability, performance, battery life, and compatibility than any Windows 10 Insider Preview build so far.

Office 365 Cortana Integration

Cortana is the digital personal assistant that debuted on Windows Phone, and has been a valuable tool that I use daily. Now, she’s coming to Windows 10 and is again very helpful. She can now use Office 365 to get her information. She will be able to give you up to date information on upcoming meetings on your calendar, information on the people you’re meeting with, etc.. A lot of great information in one place.

I will be playing with this a bit today to see how well it works!

We’re pleased to announce the ability to integrate Cortana in Windows 10 with Office 365 for businesses, available in the latest Windows Insiders preview build. Cortana in Windows 10 will be now able to connect to Office 365 to help you accomplish more at work. You can preview this initial integration between Cortana and Office 365 starting today if your company is opted intoFirst Release for Office 365, and you are enrolled in the Windows Insider Program and running Windows 10 preview bits.

New Windows 10 Wallpaper

Windows 10 new wallpaper is pretty nice looking. Inspired by Tron, and done by the artist of Tron’s opening titles, the wallpaper has a futuristic look to it, without being too nerdy. Simple yet awesome.

Microsoft tapped Gmunk (a.k.a. Bradley G. Munkowitz), a production designer and artist known for his futuristic work on Tron’s opening titles, to come up with a visual way to express the company’s identity. The team started with what they had: a name and a logo. “When you think of the name of our brand, we’re lucky in the fact that it’s not an acronym or surname,” Ashworth says. “It’s actually a thing, and that’s a pretty powerful and interesting thing to play with as a creative person.”


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