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In order to join the Windows Insider Program, you are supposed to have a Microsoft Account, or a work account in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). The very first step Microsoft outlines is to register one or the other, for anyone who wants to install a Windows 10 Insider preview build. However, there exists a workaround. More on that in a moment. The Windows Insider Program is a neat way to explore new features in Windows 10 that have not yet been released to the public. It's a two-way street—you get access to new stuff, and in return, provide feedback to Microsoft on any bugs or issues that might crop up. Suffice to say, it's best to steer clear of preview builds on mission critical systems.... Read more...
The next major update to Windows 10 is right around the corner, though there are still a few coats of polish Microsoft wants to apply before it goes public. In the meantime, Microsoft is testing a "throttled approach" to its eventual roll out. As such, a small subset of participants in the Windows Insider program can grab the 19H2 release (build 18363.327). In total, Microsoft is testing the 19H2 update on around 10 percent of Insiders who are subscribed to the Release Preview ring. Those who are eligible can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to see that a new version (1909) is available to download and install. In due time, Microsoft will deliver a finalized update... Read more...
Are you registered for Microsoft’s “Slow Ring”? It is more likely that you will be downloading Windows 10 version 1903 alongside everyone else before you will be testing any previews. Microsoft will not release any new 19H1 preview builds for the Slow Ring until they are able to fix a Green Screen of Death (GSOD) glitch. Members of the Windows Insider Preview program are able to test builds before they are released to the general public. There are three “rings” in the Windows Insider Program. “Fast Ring” users are the first to test new builds and send feedback back to Microsoft. Members of the “Slow Ring” are supposed to receive new updates... Read more...
It might seem a bit early to some, but Microsoft is already gearing up to get testing ready for the major Windows 10 update that will arrive in the second half of 2019. Predictably, it's called Windows 10 19H2. As you might recall, we are just a few months removed from the disastrous launch of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the still unnamed Windows 10 19H1 is at least a few months away at this point. But Microsoft is still giving Windows Insiders the opportunity to get in line to get early builds of Windows 10 19H2. Hello #WindowsInsiders, have opened up Skip Ahead again so those Insiders interested in trying out super-early builds from our dev branch. Note opt-in's... Read more...
Sometime around September (presumably), Microsoft will release the next major update to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update. Not to be confused with the Creators Update that was just recently rolled out, the Fall Creators Update is another major release, the third since Windows 10 was made available to the public in July 2015. For those who want to get an early look at what the Fall Creators Update has in store, there is a preview build (16193) now available to download for Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring.In case you're not familiar with the Window Insider program, it provides early access to new features that will be included in future versions of Windows. Those subscribed... Read more...
Microsoft is really stepping up the pace when it comes to delivering new builds of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders. And we should expect the new builds to quickly flowing from Microsoft’s tap considering that AMD’s CEO recently let it slip that Windows 10 will see its official retail release in July. The latest build that is now available to Windows 10 testers on the Fast Ring is Build 10061. There are a number of notable changes in Build 10061 including new Mail and Calendar apps. Mail includes a three-pane email UI and swipe gestures, and both apps support Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, Gmail, IMAP, and POP (people still use POP?).  There have been improvements made to the overall Windows... Read more...
This has truly been a great week for those that are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Windows 10. We’ve learned about efforts to more efficiently store data through the use of file compression and new ways to unlock your devices using biometric hardware. Today, we’re learning that a tiny slither of the Android community will get a chance to test our Windows 10 on their smartphones. Microsoft announced today that a “select group” of Xiaomi Mi 4 “power users” will given the opportunity to help test Windows 10. What makes this intriguing is that the Windows 10 will apparently overwrite the existing Android ROM that comes preloaded on each smartphone. Microsoft provided the following statement to TechCrunch... Read more...