This week on tech, Microsoft says that Windows 10 won’t have a release-to-manufacturing version and those users already running Windows 10 build 10240 are using the final version, which is the same version manufacturers will be installing on new computers in the coming days and the build Microsoft will roll out to users on July 29th.
However, the company will be releasing new updates to make sure the operating system is ready for the masses, and the software giant is already delivering. Early this week a few new updates rolled out to Insiders, including KB3074674 and KB3074679 (KB3074680) to patch various security wholes and to improve performance, and we’re expecting more updates to release before and after July 29th.
Also this week, Redmond announced new significant changes coming the Windows Store, such as new search algorithm, improved web Store, and better performance. The company also said that Windows Insider members must upgrade to Windows 10 build 10240 to continue accessing the Store.
While we know that Windows RT won’t upgrade to Windows 10, for a while we knew that Microsoft will be releasing an update to bring some of the Windows 10 functionality to ARM operating system. Now, we know that Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 could be arriving as soon as September and it will include a new Start menu similar to the one in Windows 10, but overall the update won’t offer any major changes.
Previously, we heard of Microsoft already working on the next first major update for Windows 10 code-named “Redstone” coming in 2016, now the word on the streets is that the company is readying a new update code-name Threshold wave 2 that should arrive only a few months after the release of Windows 10 and it will focus on optimization and stability.
This week, Windows 10 Mobile build 10166 rolls out to the Slow ring of updates, and new leaked information reveals that Microsoft is working on two new Lumia phones: the Cityman and Talkman, and both phones are said to support Windows Hello and the Continuum feature.
Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, and Surface 3 gets new firmware updates. Surface 3 with 4G LTE is now available in the United States. Cortana for Windows 10 will be coming to more countries, including Canada, South America, Japan Australia, and many more regions. Microsoft Garage releases Send, an app that makes email feel more like instant messaging, and Google Drive plug-in arrives to Microsoft Office.
On preparation to the Windows 10 release, Microsoft unveils details on the special events that will be happening around United States.
Finally, this week I showed you how to use the new push to reset functionality in Windows 10 to refresh or remove everything in your computer. All this and more…
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- Microsoft rolls July firmware update for Surface Pro 3, Pro 2, and Surface 3
- Microsoft reveals changes for its Windows 10 Store
- Windows 10 Insiders required to update to build 10240 to access the new Store
- Microsoft Surface 3 4G LTE (unlocked) now available in the U.S.
- Windows 10 build 10240 gets security update KB3074679
- Microsoft Lumia Cityman and Talkman Windows 10 phones will support iris scanner and pen
- Microsoft Garage’s Send app makes email feel more like instant messaging
- Windows 10 build 10240 is RTM, manufacturers will install this build on new PCs
- Windows 10 Mobile build 10166 rolling out now to the Slow ring
- Windows 10 won’t sync Start menu and apps between computers
- Windows 10 launch special event locations and important information
- Windows 10 build 10240 gets a new update KB3074674
- Microsoft Office gets Google Drive plug-in to save documents straight into Google
- Microsoft releases new ninja cat images, including one riding a T-Rex and Narwhal (download)
- Threshold wave 2 for Windows 10 update will focus on optimization and stability
- Cortana for Windows 10 coming to Canada, South America, Japan, Australia, and more countries
- How to use ‘Reset this PC’ on Windows 10 to refresh or remove everything from your PC
- Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 arrives in September with a new Start menu, but won’t include major changes