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Microsoft is actively reaching out to members of the Windows Insider program who are subscribed to the Dev Channel, and letting them know that now is the time to hop over to the Beta channel, if they want to continue testing Windows 11 features and experiences indicative of what the public release will entail. Those who decide to stay put may have to contend with "less stable" builds. The emails going out to Dev Channel subscribers essentially reiterate and expand upon comments Microsoft made in a recent blog, when announcing the latest 22000.160 preview build. "IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are in the Dev Channel, now would be the right time to consider switching to the Beta Channel if you want... Read more...
Microsoft first announced its Windows 11 operating system in June, and the first Insider Preview builds went out to testers in July. The problem is that only testers on the Dev channel could access these early builds of Windows 11. Now, Windows Insiders on the less frequently updated Beta channel can also start downloading new builds of Windows 11. In this case, Beta channel testers can now access Insider Preview Build 22000.100, which was first released to the Dev channel last week. “As always, be sure to check out the list of known issues in the blog post below on anything that could impact your experience on your PC,” wrote the Windows team when announcing the change. “We... Read more...
With all the excitement building around the upcoming fall release of Windows 11, we have some good news to share with you. Microsoft just released Windows 11 Build 22000.65 to everyone currently on the Windows Insider Dev Channel. Microsoft introduced some pretty significant UI updates with Windows 11, along with some stringent hardware requirements (like the need for a TPM 2.0 module and an AMD Ryzen 2000 or newer processor, for example). With that said, here are the latest updates that are coming with Build 22000.65: Changes and Improvements Start now has a search box to make it easier to find what you're looking for. Taskbar will now show across multiple monitors which can be enabled via Settings... Read more...
Last week, we heard all about Windows 11 with its new features, alongside all the caveats that came with it, like requiring a TPM 2.0 module. Despite this, it is exciting to see a new version of Windows on the horizon, and you can try it right now if you wish. The Windows Insider Program (which coincidentally spells WIP or Work-In-Progress) is a way for enthusiasts to get their hands on the latest features and updates while letting Microsoft test things out. Within this program, there are three rings: The dev channel for the technical users who get access to updates first. The beta channel for “early adopters,” where user feedback is most important The release preview channel that... Read more...
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...