|Wow, it has been a busy month in the world of Windows 10!
For those Windows Insiders on the “fast track”, Project Spartan – the new browser built for Windows 10 – made an appearance. We also saw new preview apps for Music and Video made available, and we got new capabilities inside virtual desktops which is a new core Windows 10 feature introduced in January.
In addition to the new technical preview for PCs, we’ve also had two new builds released for testing Windows 10 on phones. These new builds now support a whole lot more devices. Remember, though, that this is still an early technical preview – so be wary about putting this on your main device.
Current Windows Insider builds:
- Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049 for PCs on the fast ring.
- Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 for PCs on the slow ring.
- Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10052 now available for phones.
Forget winter, summer is coming…
While some of us were donning green and enjoying a pint or two of Guinness on St Patrick’s Day, Terry Myerson stepped up and announced that Windows 10 will be shipping during the summer. The US summer. For those of us down here at the other end of the world, that means July through to August.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade – Terry also announced that upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, would be free if you make the jump within 12 months of the release.* Once you are upgraded, your device will continue to be kept current for the supported lifetime of the device.
On April 29 and May 4, the //build/ 2015 and Microsoft Ignite conferences kick off in San Francisco and Chicago. Expect to hear a bunch more about developing for, deploying, and using, Windows 10 across PCs, Mobile, IoT, and more. The //build/ 2015 conference will be making its way to 23 cities worldwide on the //build/ Tour, arriving for //build/ Auckland on 30 May. If you develop apps, want to learn about developing apps, or want to get face-to-face with Microsoft engineers, you can register for free.