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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.

Windows 10 Available This Summer, and to Pirates

Microsoft has made an announcement that Windows 10 will be available this summer. The odd part – it’s going to be available to upgrade from both genuine and non-genuine operating systems. Meaning, if you have a non-genuine or pirated copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, you are still eligible to upgrade to Windows 10. This is a change for Microsoft, which usually have a very strict stance on piracy which led to the online activation scheme in the first place (one of my biggest complaints about the OS, as it’s not too reliable at times).

The new changes show that Microsoft is willing to do a lot to get Windows 10 onto as many devices as it possible can. That, and maybe the OS itself isn’t going to be the main revenue generator for the company anymore.

At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit on Wednesday, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows, Microsoft Corp., announced that Windows 10 will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages around the world this summer.

Office for Windows 10 Preview Available

Office for Windows 10 is a touch styled Office application for Windows 10. A much better interface for tablet users not wanting to use the standard desktop application, which is meant for mouse and keyboard users. For those wanting to give it a try and see how it works for you, there are some previews available today.

Give it a try:

Word Preview

Excel Preview

Powerpoint Preview

Office for Windows 10 offers touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook that work great on small screen devices like your phone and tablet—all the way up to the Microsoft Surface Hub. They are designed from the ground up to run on Windows 10, built for touch and offer the unmistakable Office experience you know and love. As “universal” Office apps, they truly are the same app across device size, providing a consistent way for independent software vendors and developers to extend and integrate with Office apps.

Bing Predicts Patriots Win Superbowl

Edit – Bing was correct this year. Great game… Not a fan of the last minute, but still a great game!

Bing predicts that the Patriots have a 51% chance to win the Superbowl. In the regular season, Big predictions have been pretty good. Right now, it looks like the odds are pretty good that it’s going to be a great, unpredictable game. 51% chance for the Pats and 49% of the Seahawks. Should be anyone’s game, and hopefully it’s a great one to watch! Do you think Bing predictions will be right?

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RSAT Tools Available for Windows 10

For those IT Pro’s out there testing Windows 10 and the new Windows Server Technical Preview, there is a new Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) available for Windows 10. Grab it if you need it.

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server Technical Preview.
    Note that this release of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview does not run on Windows 10 Technical Preview builds that are older (lower-numbered) than build 9926. This download can only be installed on the January 21, 2015 release of Windows 10 Technical Preview.
    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server Technical Preview (October 2014), with the following exceptions:

    • DNS Tools. DNS Tools in this release of RSAT offer limited functionality managing DNS Server running on Windows Server Technical Preview. Use DNS Tools to manage DNS Server running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
    • IP Address Management (IPAM) Tools. You cannot use IPAM Tools in this release of RSAT to manage IPAM running on Windows Server Technical Preview. Use IPAM Tools in this release of RSAT to manage IPAM running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

    The following management tools are not available in this release of Remote Server Administration Tools.

    • Direct Access
    • Routing and Remote Access