For you Insiders on the Fast Ring for updates, Build 10122 is available today. Some issues, some improvements, some issues that are now fixed. Getting close to release time, so changes will be less noticeable, but stability will get better. Grab it while it’s hot!
Today we have a new build for PCs going out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring – Build 10122. I usually start these posts with the fun stuff at the top but want to call out our only big known Issue here right away – if you’re using an AMD GPU you’re likely to run into frequent crashes in Microsoft Edge (still branded as “Project Spartan” in this build.) If you want to avoid that, simply go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced and change to the Slow ring to sit this one out. We’re working with our partners at AMD on new drivers which should prevent the issue and will update this post once they’re released.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).