The Windows Insiders team have released a new build for PC users of Windows 10 that are on the fast ring. This one has quite a few updates, but a big warning: some bugs will impact your gaming abilities! These are unrelated to the Game Mode, and it’s sad that these bugs surface when the Game Mode is released. However, I’m sure it will be a fixed issue next release (I hope!).
Game Mode: With Game Mode, it’s our goal to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. Our vision is that Game Mode optimizes your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in game performance. To enable Game Mode, go to Settings > Gaming > Game Mode toggle the feature on. Doing this will give you the ability to enable the feature for each UWP and Win32 title you play by pulling up the Game bar (Windows + G) and the clicking the Settings button. There you’ll be able to opt individual games into using Game Mode. (See below for an known issue regarding Game Mode in this build.)
Build 15014 for both PC and Mobile have been released to Fast Ring Windows 10 Insiders. A new e-book store is available, with Edge being the e-reader application. A lot of fixes and small additions this build!
After purchasing your e-books – you will find those in your Books library, which is a new hub entry in Microsoft Edge right next to your favorites, history, downloads and reading list. Windows Insiders in the US get to try out this experience today starting with this build and we expect to add more content over time.
Interactive reading experience: To navigate through an e-book, you can use the table of contents or seek bar at the bottom of the browser. You can search for words or phrases and ask Cortana to define specific words and view embedded video and audio content. And of course, pick up where you left of and leave bookmarks on the most interesting pages. You can even read your books when offline.
Learning tools: You can widen text spacing to improve reading fluency and benefit from typography tailored to reading efficiency.
Customize for you: Microsoft Edge is built for reading digital content on Windows 10 devices. You can make the reading experiences yours by changing the font and text size, themes, navigation control and more.
EPUB support: In addition to PDF files and books purchased via the Store – you can read any unprotected e-book in the EPUB file format with Microsoft Edge.
[Coming Soon] Download themes for your PC from the Windows Store (PC): In Build 15002, we introduced the new themes settings page in the Settings app. Soon, you’ll be able to go directly from the themes setting page directly to the Windows Store to download new themes for your PC! This isn’t working yet in today’s build and you’ll see a Store icon that does nothing at the bottom of the themes setting page. However, you can go to the Store page for themes here to try out downloading themes from the Store.
Windows 10 has a new build for fast ring insiders. Quite a few updates to the browser Edge. Folders within the Start Menu tiles. Cortana, and a lot more. This is a good sized update!
Windows Theme Management in Settings: As we’ve mentioned in the past, one of our ongoing efforts is to consolidate Settings and Control panel, and we use your feedback to prioritize the convergence into Settings. We’re happy to unveil the next piece of this project: Management of themes has now moved out of Control panel and in to the Settings app. It can be found, along with all your other familiar personalization options, under Settings > Personalization. Pick one of your recent themes, or create and save custom new ones. How would you like to see Settings evolve next? Let us know in the Feedback Hub!
Previous reports of the CMD.exe program being removed from Windows 10 and being replaced by Powershell are false. The command line is used my many many people, and is used by various scripts and is required for many things. Powershell does support a lot of the commands, but the cmd.exe is too widely used to be thrown away.
Glad to hear! I was really thrown for a loop on how that would work.
The Cmd shell remains an essential part of Windows, and is used daily by millions of businesses, developers, and IT Pro’s around the world.
Much of the automated system that builds and tests Windows itself is a collection of many Cmd scripts that have been created over many years, without which we couldn’t build Windows itself!
Cmd is one of the most frequently run executables on Windows with a similar number of daily launches as File Explorer, Edge and Internet Explorer!
Many of our customers and partners are totally dependent on Cmd, and all it’s quirks, for their companies” existence!
For those Microsoft MVP’s from the past that are not current, there is a new program called the Reconnect program. The program is a nice way for Microsoft to recognize your contributions from the past, connect with other former MVP’s using their private Yammer groups, and get some new interactions with Microsoft.
Members of the MVP Reconnect program will also receive a nice MVP coin in a display holder.
Being a former MVP myself for the time being, I really appreciate the time and effort Microsoft is putting into this program. I am finding a lot of other great former MVP’s, enjoyed the latest online Skype call, and love the interaction and communication with Microsoft.
The Yammer groups are fairly active, with a lot of good conversations going on. From the introduction posts to the sharing of knowledge of Microsoft products to random chit chat, it’s a nice place to visit other former MVP’s.
As this is a new program, it is still in the ‘beta’ phase. There is talk of other benefits that you may or may not receive in the future. However, as it currently stands – it’s a great program to be a part of. All former MVP’s that were in good standing are applicable to join. So, if you are a former MVP, I recommend signing up and at least introducing yourself in the Yammer groups!
The program is open to all former MVPs, regardless of technical expertise or award category, with a minimum of 1 full MVP Award year. Members must be in good standing, meaning that they must have no Code of Conduct or NDA violations.
We believe that having a diverse population will increase the impact of networking and create unique opportunities that were not possible in the past!
Put simply, if you are a former MVP, we’d love for you to join!
Why should I join?
MVP Reconnect will be the official channel for you to stay connected to other community leaders and Microsoft. You will have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive networking channel, events, and private discussions, as well as local and global offerings.
If your contributions to the technical community slow down temporarily, staying connected means that you maintain a good position for future recognition as an active MVP. If you have a long history with the MVP program, you’ll be able to share your experiences and coach others to take full advantage of all the opportunities that the MVP Award can provide.
This is not a program from Microsoft to the community; this is a program where Microsoft and the community contribute together to have a bigger impact! For this reason, we have decided to have a joint management approach and we are establishing an advisory board. Five to ten members will be part of this board and they will have the responsibility to represent the community and lead the constant evolution of the MVP Reconnect program. They will partner with Microsoft to define new features of the program, consolidate feedback, and evaluate cool new ideas for members. We will have periodic elections to select new board members. As part of a true community, you, through your advisory board representation, will be able to participate in driving new ideas, shaping the community structure, and building this program for the future.
After you are approved in the program, we will send you a small thank you gift to show our appreciation.
According to a tweet from Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insiders team, there will be no more builds this year. Slow ring gets an ISO, but she doesn’t think the current builds are good enough to release and have you hanging through the holiday vacation.
Microsoft has shown a video that shows off Windows 10 running on the ARM powered Snapdragon processor. This is great for low cost, low power tablets and devices (perhaps a Surface Phone in the future?). It even offers the ability to join a domain as well as run x86 applications via emulation.
Build 14986 is coming down the pipeline for Fast Ring insiders of Windows 10. Some very nice additions this build. Especially if you’re a fan of Cortana. I think this is starting to fit in more with the connected home Microsoft is starting to implement. Check out the blog post for the large list of other great features this build.
Turn off your computer, change volume with voice commands: Being able to control your computer with just your voice is one of the top requests we get with Cortana, so we’re excited to say that we’ve added several new features to Cortana that let you do just that. Now you can shut down your PC just by asking Cortana. You can also restart, lock, or put the system to sleep, and raise and lower your system volume with just your voice. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
A new build for Windows 10 Mobile Insiders, Build 14977, has been released. Like the desktop release last week, you can now read EPUB books on your phone, which is a nice addition.
Read EPUB books in Microsoft Edge on your phone: In addition to being able to read any unprotected e-book in the EPUB file format on your PC with Microsoft Edge – you can also read unprotected e-book in the EPUB file format with Microsoft Edge on your phone! When you open an unprotected e-book in Microsoft Edge, you will be taken into a customizable reading experience where you can change the font and text size and choose between 3 themes: light, sepia, and dark. As you read, you can leave bookmarks. To navigate through an e-book, you can use the table of contents or seek bar at the bottom of the browser. And you can also search for words or phrases and use Cortana to define specific words.