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January 23, 2015

Update Windows 10 Technical Preview Build To Get New Builds

Windows-10-Logo-300Microsoft recently released an update for Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879 (KB3025380). This update includes improvements to Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879 that will let members of the Windows Insider Program continue to receive future released builds of Technical Preview.

If you have installed leaked build Windows 10 Build 9901, then you will not get the next preview build through Windows update due to a bug. Microsoft is advising those users to use upcoming Windows 10 build ISO to update their systems.

Find more details on it here at Microsoft Support.

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Now following on from this

Microsoft confirmed Friday that it has published Build 9926 of its Windows 10 preview, which includes Cortana, allowing the world to sample what analysts and journalists previewed on Wednesday.

Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul confirmed the new build was available in a blog post on Friday
“Some of the new features that Joe demoed on Wednesday will be available for our Windows Insiders starting today with our newest build – 9926,” Aul wrote.

“However, not everything you saw on Wednesday is included in this new build. Much is still in-progress and we’re getting it out to you as fast as we can – so you can try it out and give us feedback. Over the course of the next few builds, you will see us refine Windows 10 and continue to improve the experiences as well as quality and stability.”

In a nutshell, here’s what you should expect in the new 9926 build:

Cortana: Microsoft’s digital assistant has been ported over from Windows Phone, and makes an appearance in Windows 10. We think that Cortana should interact with your Windows Phone, sending reminders to your desktop and taking over as a general search interface, to boot.

Notifications: The Cortana reminders should show up in your Action Center, the little icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. Expect to see a lot more information there now that Cortana has been enabled!

Continuum: The new build should offer to put your Surface in tablet mode when undocked (or any other 2-in-1 that has the preview installed).

Full-page Start menu: If you’d like, you can expand the new Start menu into a full-screen Start page that looks a lot like the way Windows 8 set things up (but with icons still on the lefthand bar)

New Windows Store app: “It includes a new visual design which will be common across PCs, tablets, phones and the web. It works well within a window and can be updated independently from the OS (this matters because it allows for more frequent updates),” Aul writes.

New Xbox App:  The new app was demoed for us in Redmond. Basically, expect a lot more detail about the games you and your friends are playing.

New Photos and Maps apps: These are universal apps, and will be common to Windows Phone as well.

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini