This week on 10Alert: After being available for months on new handsets, Microsoft finally releases Windows 10 Mobile as a free upgrade for Windows Phone devices. The new operating system only supports a select number of phones and it requires new hardware if you want to use Continuum and Windows Hello. While the company plans to expand support for more phones in the future, existing devices with 512MB of memory won’t be supported.
The upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile is pretty straightforward, simply download the Upgrade Advisor app from the Store, select Enable Windows 10 Upgrade. Then when the Windows 10 is available, you will be notified to install through Windows Update.
Microsoft rolls Windows 10 build 14291 for PC and Mobile through the Fast ring of updates. While the new preview doesn’t include many major changes, it’s a special build as the company finally brings extension support for Microsoft Edge. Starting build 14291, users can download three extensions to test the new functionality. Eventually, extensions will be available through the Windows Store, but during the development period, Insiders must install each extension manually. Alongside, extensions, Microsoft Edge also includes a number of new tweaks.
Microsoft also updates a few of its built-in apps on Windows 10 build 14291, including the Alarms & Clock app, Maps gets completely redesigned with new features and changes, and the company merges the Insider Hub and Windows Feedback apps into the new Feedback Hub app. As always, the new Redstone preview includes a number of fixes and known issues on both, PC and Mobile.
Early this week, Microsoft announced its plans to brings cross-network play to allow Xbox One gamers to play against PS4 players and announced the first game that includes the new support. Of course, Sony needs to be onboard to make this feature a reality, and as expected, the company responded to Microsoft’s invite saying that it’s open to talk with Microsoft and game developers to implement cross-network play on PlayStation games.
In addition, the software giant confirms this week that Universal Windows 10 apps are coming to Xbox One in summer 2016.
This week I also added a few new How-To guides to walk you through the steps to save Windows Spotlight images so you can use them as your desktop backgrounds or on another computer. And if you’re a web developer or you’re planning to get into blogging, you don’t want to miss the instructions on how to set up XAMPP on Windows 10, which is an open source application that easily installs all the components necessary to run a website from your computer.
Finally, Microsoft is having a big spring sale on Windows 10 PCs at the Microsoft Store, and today also kicks off the Xbox Spring Sale with great deals on consoles, games, movies and TV.
If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.