This week on tech, without a doubt the biggest highlight of the week was the Microsoft press event, where the company unveiled Windows 10 for the second time. During the event that took place at Redmond, Washington, the company demoed a bunch of new consumer features of Windows 10 and showed off the new version of Windows 10 for phones and small tablets.
Microsoft also confirmed that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, but users will have to upgrade within the first of year of the life of Windows 10.
For the first time the software giant unveiled Spartan, the new web browser for all versions of Windows 10. Though, the browser is not yet included in the preview release.
The company based in Redmond, introduced HoloLens, a new sleek, futuristic headset with transparent lenses. The glasses provide augmented reality that transforms the world around you by placing holograms in the real world. The device also uses Windows Holographic, a new set of APIs in Windows 10 that makes it all happen.
During the Windows 10 briefing, the software maker also introduced the Surface Hub, an 84-inch Windows 10 device aimed for business customers. However, the company said, it will be an affordable meeting solution.
This week Microsoft also announced that Windows 10 for phone and touch-first version of Office 2016 will have their first preview in February.
If you missed the Windows 10 event last Wednesday, you can still watch the full video on demand.
One of the things, Microsoft didn’t not comment much during the briefing was about Windows RT and Surface based on ARM processors, but everything seems to indicated that Windows RT and Surface running ARM are dead. Though, the company said, Surface RT and Surface 2 will get an update with some Windows 10 functionalities.
Another big announcement this week was the release of Windows 10 January Technical Preview (build 9926). This is it. This is the next build of Windows 10 that brings a load of features to the operating system and it is the most stable version of the upcoming software. In build 9926, Windows Insiders can get their hands on Cortana, Continuum, an improved notification center, new apps, new Settings app, and a lot more. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can update directly from Windows Update, but ISO files are also available for download.
But not everything is working as expected, so make sure to check the known issues in Windows 10 build 9926 before installing.
To get you started with the new build of Windows 10, check out my latest how-to guides to enable the Clock experience, new Logon screen, how to bring back the resizable Start menu, and more.
This week you also learned how to create a custom Windows 10 recovery partition when you perform a clean installation of the operating system.
You learned how to watch the NFL Super Bowl XLIX online and free. All this and more…
Welcome to 10Alert: IT Digest edition. Each weekend I will bring you a compilation of articles of the week, including how-to guides, features, tech news, and more. This is simply a list with a brief description of pieces you might have missed or you might just want to read again.
- Windows 10: How to bring back the resizable Start menu on build 9926
- Windows 10: How to change File Explorer to open This PC
- Windows 10 build 9926: How to enable new Logon screen experience
- Windows 10 build 9926: How to enable the new Clock experience
- Windows 10 build 9926: Known issues you should know before installing
- How to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
- Windows 10 January Technical Preview (build 9926) ready for download
- Microsoft will release Office 2016 later this year
- The future of Windows RT and Surface with ARM are uncertain
- Microsoft unveils the Surface Hub 84-inch Windows 10 device for the workplace
- Microsoft unveils HoloLens virtual reality headset with Windows Holographic
- Watch the full Windows 10 January event video on demand
- Windows 10 will be free for Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 8.1
- How to watch the NFL Super Bowl XLIX live stream on the internet
- Understanding Windows 8.1 with Bing licensing prices
- How to create a custom Windows 10 dedicated recovery partition