Microsoft continues to prepare consumers for the launch of Windows 10 on Wednesday, July 29 with a series of YouTube videos that goes deeper into the features of its next PC operating system.
Unlike their daily videos that very quickly go over some of Windows 10's features, these new clips are much longer, up to five minutes long and show people from the Windows 10 team demoing and describing what the OS has to offer.
The first video, 'The Windows 10 Experience', goes over the new Start menu, the revamped desktop user interface and more. The second clip, "Windows 10 Apps", shows off some of the built-in Modern apps like Photos, Maps, Mail and Calendar.
The third video focuses on the features in the new Microsoft Edge web browser, and finally the fourth video shows how Cortana is integrated into Windows 10. All four videos are worth checking out if you want to get up to speed on Windows 10's features.
The launch Windows 10 is no more than 24 hours away, but Microsoft is already preparing thingsfor those who will be upgrading for free. The company has begun rolling out the update to a select number of computers in preparation for the launch.
This initial batch is likely part of an effort by Microsoft to lighten the load on its update server infrastructure, resulting in a smoother experience for customers.You'll know if you've received the install for Windows 10 as a new folder will appear on your operating system partition -$windows.~BT.
As touched on already, Microsoft will roll out the Windows 10 update in waves, so fear not if you've yet to spot anything. Your time will come. Let us know in the comments if you've spotted the OS on your Windows 7 or 8 install.
Ahead of the launch of Windows 10 on Wednesday, Microsoft has published a website dedicated to the launch of the operating system. The launch site — http://blogs.windows.com/launch/ — has embedded tweets that show individuals from all around the world talking about Windows using the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld.
Microsoft has a tool available that should prove useful to those who wish to prevent someWindows 10 updates from installing. Microsoft has made it so Windows 10 will automatically download all available updates (to help fight issues and intentional vulnerabilities), but not every update is worth downloading, especially if they cause system instability.
While the times of individually selecting exactly which updates you wish Windows to install, Microsoft's tool will at least let you prevent latest graphics card drivers from messing up your carefully calibrated system. There have been issues with Nvidia's driver rollout for Windows 10 testers. Luckily, this package from Microsoft should prevent said situations from occurring.
Package KB3073930 allows you to hide or block Windows 10 updates, as well as new driver versions. This allows you to research for any issues with latest releases and decided whether or not you wish to deploy them. While the tool itself is for the Windows 10 insider program, it's noted that the tool should work with the final release, which is set to roll out on July 29.
Here at WinBeta, we have a vibrant community mixed with both technology experts who have been around the block a few times and new users who are getting their feet wet when it comes to Microsoft's Windows operating system. This type of tutorial is more focused towards the new Windows user, who might be using Windows 10 for the first time. With that being said, let's dive right into how you can easily make shortcuts to specific settings on your Windows 10 desktop.
With Windows 10, there are still two areas to configure settings -- the old school Control Panel and the new Settings app. For those of you who wish to access the old school Control Panel app, simply right click on the Start button and select Control Panel. Otherwise, let's focus on the new Settings app.
Each setting in the Settings app has a unique identifier called a URI. If we extract this URI, we can easily use it in a run command or as a desktop shortcut. All you have to do is pick one of the URIs listed below, right click on your desktop, select New, then select Shortcut, and paste the URI into the location field (the URI starts with "ms-settings"). You can also choose an icon for your new shortcut by right-clicking on the shortcut, and selecting properties. Then click the "Change Icon" button.
Here are a list of URIs (courtesy of WinAero) you can use to create desktop shortcuts to your commonly used settings:
Just three days remain until Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 on Wednesday, July 29. Microsoft has been posting a new video and blog post every day for the past several days to promote the launch and today is no different as it looks at some of the apps that will be included with Windows 10.
One of the apps is Groove Music, which is the new name for the previously labeled Xbox Music. The blog and video also take a look at the new Photos app. Microsoft says:
"The app will create albums of your life events, showcasing your best shots to help you tell a great story. With one click of a button you can count on auto-enhance to do expert touch-ups on the photos you take and keep on your Windows 10 device, and rest easy knowing that every photo is safely backed up with a full-resolution copy in your OneDrive online storage. Once your photo has been edited to your liking you can easily share it via email with your friends and family, even set the photo as your lock screen or as your desktop background."
There's also a look at the new Maps app, which will replace Bing Maps and HERE Maps in Windows 10, along with the Movies and TV app (replacing Xbox Video) and the Mail and Calendar apps.
It may be a Sunday, but that's not stopping Microsoft from pushing out yet another small update to Windows 10 build 10240 to the over five million members of the Windows Insider program.
Once again, we know the file's support number, KB3074678, but Microsoft has provided no details on what this update is supposed to fix inside Windows 10. This is the fourth such small patch Microsoft has released inside of three days for Windows 10, and we will likely see even more updates of this type to fix some remaining issues before Wednesday, July 29 comes around.
There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go.
New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features.
Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss. Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."
1. WINDOWS PHONE
It looks like China will soon be getting one big mamma-jamma of a phone. The 7-inch Q7 Windows Phone made by Ramos was approved by TENNA, China's version of the FCC. There was some positive news regarding sales of Windows phones. Microsoft saw more than a 10% bump in Lumia sales, with over 8.4 million sold this year.
Spotify will be adding a new feature to its music service. Discover Weekly will help listeners find new music by creating a two-hour playlist based on their listening habits.
Buckstar, one of the last third-party Starbucks apps that let users log into their Starbucks accounts, has discontinued that feature and looks like it will be retired. The change came when Starbucks enabled a security feature called "snooping" or device fingerprinting, which causes the account login feature to stop working.
The fact that the hit game Minecraft is being turned into a movie is not news, as it has been in the works for some time. What is news is that Rob McElhenney, the co-creator and co-star of the off-the-wall series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," has been tagged as the movie's director.
Mojang, the studio that created Minecraft and is now owned by Microsoft, made the announcement and posted a picture of McElhenney at their Minecon event. Given his track record, the Micecraft movie should prove to be both odd and hilarious.
Game Troopers is at it again. They released a teaser trailer for Abyss, their next Xbox Live game for Windows Phone. There isn't an official release date for the deep sea exploration adventure, but it could land in the store "as soon as next week".
With Windows Hello, you can unlock your computer without having to type in a password. Microsoft describes it as:
Windows Hello is biometric authentication that provides you instant access to your Windows 10 devices. Simply show your face or use your fingerprint to login to your new devices running Windows 10 and be immediately recognized and greeted with a smile.
Be sure to stay tuned to Windows Central for all the Windows 10 coverage you can handle.
Windows Insider members should be able to download yet another small update to Windows 10build 10240 this evening. Microsoft has pushed out the file, via Windows Update, just four days before the official launch of the operating system.
Aside from the file's support number, KB3074681, there are no details on what this update is supposed to fix inside Windows 10, at least for the moment. It's very rare for Microsoft to release any software updates over the weekend, and it shows that the Windows 10 development team over in Redmond continues to fix bugs and issues with the OS before the launch date of July 29.
A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.
Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!
Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).
Just days from now, while many of us will be upgrading to Windows 10 on our tablets and PCs, Windows RT users will not be able to share in that experience. Though Windows RT owners were promised an update coinciding with Windows 10's release, it appears that Update 3 won't be a major release.
The good news is that the update will bring a version of the Windows 10 Start menu to Windows RT devices. Unfortunately, that will be an older version, and will not be joined by other Windows 10 features, as many people were hoping.
Firstly, app listings no longer display the version number, the date of the last update, or a list of compatible devices.
Secondly, the old "windows.microsoft.com" and "www.windowsphone.com" app URLs for the respective Windows and Windows Phone stores will be replaced with a more universal "apps.microsoft.com" prefix. This change means that, for the time being, users cannot install apps on their phone using their PC's browser.
Microsoft has reported that they are "working to bring these popular features back in a future update."
At launch, Cortana will be available in the U.S., the UK, China, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. But in coming months, Windows Insiders should expect to find the personal assistant in Japan, Australia, and in English in Canada and India. Later in the year, Cortana will also find her way to Brazil, Mexico, and in French in Canada.
Microsoft reported an impressive rise in sales of their Surface tablets. The bump in growth brought in an additional $888 million in revenue, resulting in a total of over $4 billion on the year.
But not everything was coming up roses for Microsoft. Their FY15 Q4 results came in, showing $22.2 billion in revenue, with an overall operating loss of $2.1 billion. According to a spokesperson, the loss was mainly due to a one-time hit of $7.5 billion charge for the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division last year, with two restructuring charges adding close to another billion dollars on top of that.
There were some seat changes in high places this week. Evernote tabbed Chris O'Neill to become the near new CEO. O'Neill spent years in various positions at Google, most recently heading up their experimental division, Google X.