Leaked Windows 10 Build Reveals Mail and Calendar Apps

Leakers seem to always be one step ahead, even if Microsoft provides regular updates to its Windows 10 Technical Preview. The latest Windows 10 leaked build (10051) seems to include some new updates, but the most important one is that the build comes with the latest Calendar and Mail apps.

The apps are said to be very basic at this stage, but they are functional at least. Users will notice that they feel and look better than the ones found on Windows 8.1, having Microsoft adding its swipe features that are currently available on iOS and Android clients. Other features include support for multiple accounts and an easy way to add Google or Exchange accounts. The Mail client seems to be branded as plain ‘Mail’ right now, but Microsoft has plans to change its name in the final release to Outlook.

Looking at the Calendar app, users will be excited to know that Microsoft has finally added support for Google Calendar. The current Windows 8.1 calendar has no such support, but Microsoft seems to be correcting its mistake in its next OS version. Its aesthetics have also changed compared to the current version, having it be more colourful and feel like an actual Office app this time. One strange thing that Microsoft did with this version of Calendar seems to be that it did not integrate it with the Mail app, meaning that your synched calendars are separate to your email accounts.

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Microsoft’s Spartan Browser Included in Latest Windows 10 Preview Build

The latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview has given us the first glimpse of Microsoft’s new browser, codenamed Project Spartan. Initially thought to be a direct replacement for the much-maligned Internet Explorer, it has since emerged that Microsoft is to phase out the old browser gradually, with Spartan taking over in stages.

Users on the “fast ring” of the Windows Insider program have access to the Spartan preview, on Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10047, immediately. Those on the standard build cycle will have to wait a few weeks, at least, until they get their hands on the new browser.

This first public release of Project Spartan shows off some of its fledgling capabilities, such as support for Cortana (the company’s digital assistant, intended to feature on all future Microsoft platforms), pen integration, and its new rendering engine. Microsoft stresses, though, that the browser is still in its infancy and as such should not be considered complete.

Next month sees Microsoft’s developer conference, at which it is expected that the company will reveal more about both Windows 10 and Project Spartan as we creep towards a projected Summer release.

Source: TechCrunch

Next Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview Coming to More Handsets

Microsoft has stated in a blog post that its Windows 10 for phones Technical Preview released last month was available for “very limited” devices. The decision was made due to the partition size, having the company select just a few devices that matched its requirements.

The upcoming Technical Preview for Windows 10 for phones is said to be available for more devices this time, having Microsoft coming up with a process by the name of “partition stitching”. The latter process is said to essentially resize the partition dynamically, a process that would allow previously unsupported handsets run the upcoming Technical Preview distribution.

The company states that it requires one more week of engineering before releasing the new build, but the device list looks to be promising this time. Microsoft appears to be releasing the new Technical Preview for the following devices:

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia ICON
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Microsoft has also stated that the above list is not guaranteed, having the company remove devices that would encounter any sort of bug during the final tests.

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Rumours Hint at a July Launch for Windows 10

Microsoft first announced that a Release To Manufacture (RTM) version of Windows 10 will be shipping in August and that the official version would be released for upgrade and retail in October. However, the company has also recently stated that Windows 10 will be coming this summer in 190 countries.

Sources now say that there is a better release date set for the latest Windows product, having a planned release date set for July. It is said that all customers with legal versions of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 can upgrade as soon as it gets released.

Given that Windows 10 is the only version of Windows to come with the latest DirectX 12, gaming companies will be quick to make the switch. Users who would want to play around with DirectX 12 or even play the latest DX 12 games as they get released will be forced to upgrade as well, since Microsoft announced that the latest DirectX API will not be available on previous versions of Windows.

Windows 10 will come with a lot of changes, some of them currently present in the latest Technical Preview version. The latest build, 10041, comes with some notable changes, including Start Menu changes, new network menu, improved text input, Cortana support for more countries, a new virtual desktop feature, improved windows insider, redesigned login screen and redesigned icons.

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Windows 10 Set For Summer Release

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will be released this Summer, in 190 countries and in 111 languages, though no specific date has been revealed. The mid-year release of Windows 10 means that Microsoft is veering from its usual Autumn schedule, shared by both Windows 7 and Windows 8, and means that the first Windows 10 Release Candidate should be available within the next three months.

Windows 10 features have been drip-fed by Microsoft over the last few months, including Project Spartan, the new browser to replace Internet Explorer, the use of P2P to deliver updates, and smaller install profile.

Windows 10 is currently in beta testing phase with a new Windows 10 Technical Preview due soon, giving us the first hands-on peek at the Spartan browser.

Source: VG24/7

Microsoft Could Announce Windows 10 Release Candidate at Ignite Conference

Microsoft is holding its Ignite conference on 4th May in Chicago, and it is strongly rumoured that the company will use the event to unveil the first Release Candidate of its in-development operating system, Windows 10.

Windows 10 is currently in Technical Preview stage, available for testing to members of the Windows Insider Program.

Previous Windows Release Candidates (RC), or Release Previews (RP) as Microsoft has taken to calling them recently, were released at a similar time of year, with Windows 7 RC1 made available 1st May, 2009, and Windows 8 RP on 1st June, 2012. However, since Microsoft is aiming for a late-Summer release, its turnaround seems to be accelerated: the full retail versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 were released 22nd October, 2009 and 30th October, 2012, respectively.

The Microsoft Ignite conference is aimed at IT professionals, and will be laden with Windows 10 content. Scheduled sessions at Ignite related to Windows 10 include:

  • Overview of Windows 10 for Enterprises

Windows 10 brings a wealth of new features and solutions to the enterprise. In this session, we explain the various security, management, and deployment features of Windows 10 along with showing you some of the new end-user features that will not only make your customers more productive but also delight them.

  • Hands-on Windows 10 Enterprise Deployment

Want to know how to prepare for Windows 10, or how to upgrade from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to Windows 10? Maybe you want to know how to build, customize, and deploy your own Windows 10 image? … 

  • Windows 10 for Mobile Devices: What’s Next

Windows 10 is not only for PCs! Do you want to know what is new in Windows 10 for phones and small tablets? …

  • Building Windows 10 Apps in Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

Windows 10 is a unified, developer platform for ALL devices so you can reach the greatest number of customers with your work across phones, tablets, PCs, Xbox, IoT devices, and more. In this lab, see how to use Visual Studio 2015 to build and test a Windows 10 app that runs on multiple devices.

  • “Project Spartan” Overview

Windows 10 will feature “Project Spartan” (code name), a new browser that consumers are going to love across all their Windows devices….

  • Black Belt Security with Windows 10

Learn why and how you should leverage the Windows 10 security technologies like Device Guard, BitLocker, AppLocker, UAC, Least Privilege and Remote Desktop Restricted Admin-mode… 

  • You Are the Password with Windows 10 Biometrics

…with Windows 10 we remove our biometric frameworks dependencies on passwords, address bio sensor costs challenges, and will have biometrics poised for mainstreaming…

Interested parties can register for Ignite here. Day passes cost $500, while a full session pass is priced at $2,200. Students can gain full entry for just $995.

Source: Daily Tech

Mainstream Support for Windows 7 Reaches its End

As of 13th January, 2014, Microsoft’s Windows 7 is no longer under mainstream support, so will no longer receive any new product updates or features. The operating system has now moved into what is known as the extended support phase, a period in which critical security updates will still be issues, and will last until 14th January 2020.

Windows 7 has been Microsoft’s most popular operating system since XP –– and is currently Microsoft’s OS market leader. Within six months of its release in late-2009, Windows 7 sold over 100 million copies, making it Microsoft’s fastest-selling OS to date. After the major GUI overhaul of Windows 8, and with its predecessor Vista considered an unstable failure, many users stuck with Windows 7 instead of upgrading.

With the technical preview version already available, Windows 10 is expected for full release later this year.

Source: Techspot

1 Million Users Now Testing Windows 10

The Windows 10 Technical Preview has been doing the rounds for two weeks now and so far, it seems the new OS is proving a big hit. Microsoft made an announcement this week that their Windows 10 operating system now has more than 1 million testers. This number was expected to be a bit higher, but given that user feedback from consumers, developers and technology journalists has been very positive, I’m sure Microsoft are just happy that people like what they’ve made so far.

Microsoft have said that they’ve received more the 200,000 pieces of user initiated feedback. The OS is obviously unfinished right now, so it’s still in need of debugging and there are many features missing, but currently it seems like development has been progressing well. Microsoft also said that out of the current batch of users using Windows 10, one-third are running it virtually, the rest are running it natively.

Personally, I haven’t bothered downloading the Technical Preview just yet, but what hands on time I have had with the new OS has been promising. Don’t worry if you feel left out of the testing, there will still be a few rounds of beta testing in the not too distant future before Microsoft go to retail and at least there will be more features in place by then.

Have you tried the Windows 10 Technical Preview yet? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Windows 7 Upgradable to Windows 10?

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is already out in the wild and so far we’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Microsoft’s latest operating system; apart from the fact that Microsoft’s marketing department doesn’t know how to count to ten. It’s currently unclear exactly how or when Windows 10 will launch; obviously there will be a mixture of upgrade, download and retail bundles, but the finer details are still a mystery.

While full retail copies are a certainty, as well as being able to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10 via downloadable updates, there are now also reports coming in that Windows 7 can be upgraded directly to Windows 10.

Users with the Windows Insider Program installed are able to get the push notification to download the update that will move their OS to the new Windows 10 Technical Preview. It’s worth pointing out of course that while this is a free update for registered users and developers, it’s still not the final product and general consumers may only want to install the update for research purposes; everyone else should wait until the official release of the OS.

It’s unclear at this time if the Windows 7 to Windows 10 update process will be part of the official release, it’s possible that Microsoft are simply trialing this method, or that it will only be possible for the Technical Preview; we’ll have to wait for more information from Microsoft to be certain.

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Command Prompt Get Much Needed Update in Windows 10

The Windows Command Prompt interface is seriously out of date, but it’s every bit a vital component of the Windows experience and one that I personally rely on several times a week for checking various network settings and more; but even I realise that it’s a clunky mess that’s woefully out of date compared to the rest of the operating system.

A range of new options are available to a Command Prompt window (see image above), but the biggest improvement is something so simple you have to wonder why it took so long to integrate in the first place, proper text selection! Being able to highlight, copy and paste text into and out of the CMD window is essentially a waste of time in right now, but the new Windows 10 Technical Preview appears to have solved the problems.

If you don’t use the CMD window often or at all, then it won’t interest you that features such as word wrap, or the ability to re-flow text while you resize the window, better copy and paste functions and more have been integrated; but I’m certain that a fair few of you rely on the Command Prompt window for work and will be more than happy to hear of these improvements.

New shortcuts added:

  • CTRL + A – Select all
  • CTRL + C – Copy
  • CTRL + F – Find
  • CTRL + M – Mark
  • CTRL + V – Paste
  • CTRL + / – Scroll (line) up/down
  • CTRL + PgUp/PgDn – Scroll (page) up/down

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Microsoft Insider and Windows 10 Technical Preview Launched

It has been about 24 hours since we officially got introduced to Windows 10, the newest operating system instalment from Microsoft. A few lucky members of the press and other invited guest got the first experience when they could play with the demo systems after the conference. The rest of us had to wait until today to make our own impressions of the new system. Even though it wasn’t a long time we had to wait, it still felt that way.

I believe this to be a great OS and I like the new route Microsoft has taken on their development and feedback. Microsoft is no longer a sure winner when people pick their operating system, as more and more user-friendly alternatives pop up. With steam OS on the distant horizon, the gamers aren’t the secure customer group they used to be. Windows 8 didn’t get the warm welcome Microsoft had hoped for, and as they said during the press conference, “We know you’re a vocal bunch.” This time around, they want to use this their advantage.

The Microsoft Insider site is live and everyone can sign up to be part of it. If you already got a Microsoft account there isn’t much to do besides log in. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to create one. Then you agree to some terms and conditions after which you can download Windows 10 Technical Preview in either 32- or 64-bit versions. The download sizes are 3.8 and 2.93 GB, so that isn’t to bad. There are three languages available: English, American English, Simplified Chinese and Portuguese. I’m sure more will follow soon. You can sign up and download it right here.

System Requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

Important Notes:

  • Some PC processors and hardware configurations aren’t supported by Technical Preview.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an Internet connection, a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768, and a Microsoft account.
  • After you install the preview, you won’t be able to play DVDs using Windows Media Player.
  • If you have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center and you install the preview, Windows Media Center will be removed.
  • The preview won’t work on Windows RT 8.1 and Windows N editions.
  • The preview is not available for Windows Phone.
  • A small number of older, 64-bit CPUs might be blocked from installing the preview.
  • If you’re running Windows 7 without SP1, you can only upgrade to the preview by downloading an ISO file. If you install Windows 7 SP1, you can upgrade to the preview by using Windows Update or by downloading an ISO file.

There are a lot more disclaimers and warnings that this is an unfinished system. Expect bugs, crashes and more; but you can be among the first in the world to test the new functions.

The data-protective amongst our readers should be aware that the preview collect a lot data about the usage and system and sends this on to Microsoft. You should read the Privacy statement carefully before you download and install Windows 10 Preview, if that’s something that worries you. I doesn’t need to though, but some like to keep their secrets.

Another note I’d like to add is that Automatic Updates are enabled and you can’t turn them off on the preview version. This is of course to bring everyone the newest fixes and improvements as they’re ready. And Microsoft doesn’t just want your feedback in form of anonymous data. They also want to hear your suggestions, ideas and discoveries. The Windows 10 preview has a Feedback app installed and there’s also the option of going directly to the forums.

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New Videos Show Windows 9 Desktop in Action

The technical preview release date for Windows 9 is still a few weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped videos of the new operating system from leaking online. This is the first time I’ve seen the OS in action and so far it’s looking far better than I expected it to. The clips below show various features of Windows 9 including the start menu, notification system and the multi-desktop mode. The start menu has clearly been improved upon, bridging the gap between the more traditional start menu featured in Windows 7, with the app focused functions of the Windows 8 metro-style interface.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/–wgAsHWNRE[/youtube]

The notifications system is certainly improved, featuring more extensive customisation options; it now has more in common with a smart phone notifications system than a desktop one.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/7hG_0pLq49s[/youtube]

Multi desktops are nothing new, but having the feature more directly wired into the stock OS offering is no bad thing; especially for those who work on multiple projects, or want to keep their gaming and work desktops separate.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/VF4Eva_4UNE[/youtube]

Don’t forget that this is all from a pre-release build, so many aspects could still undergo a lot of changes, but for now, it looks like Microsoft are on the right track and the new version of Windows is shaping up nicely.

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