Microsoft Updates Windows 10 Store App with Interactive Notifications

#Windows10 #Windows10StoreApp – Microsoft Updates Windows 10 Store App with Interactive Notifications : The Windows Store app has just received an important update on Windows 10 that brings some pretty helpful improvements, including interactive notifications that allow users to launch the app or pin it to Start.

Currently at version 11703.1000.156.0 and released for Fast ring insiders, the new Windows Store app comes with new notifications that allow users to interact with the apps they install faster than before.

Previously, once an app got installed on Windows 10, users received a notification telling them the install process came to an end, and a click or tap on this notification launched the app instantly. Starting with this update, however, the notification comes with two separate options, namely launch and pin to Start, both of which are displayed in the Action Center as well.

In addition to these new notifications, the Windows Store also comes with a new progress bar displaying the download speed and the size, with the new design looking a bit sleeker as compared to the original design that needed more space on the screen.

New “share” option

And last but not least, there’s a new share option displayed for each app that lets you send a link to one of your contacts. This is an option that already exists in rival app stores, such as the one belonging to Apple, so it’s a good thing that Microsoft is now releasing it as well.

Given that this update is currently available for insiders only, retail users will receive it at a later time, though we expect this to happen with the Creators Update’s debut on April 11. Microsoft has improved several of its apps with help from insiders and the release of the Creators Update is the moment when retail users would be able to try them out as well, so the new Store update comes just at the right time.

For what it’s worth, the Creators Update will also launch later today for users who want to do the update manually with the Windows 10 Update Assistant.

Source : Softpedia

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Creators Update High DPI Improvements

#WIndows10 #Windows10CreatorUpdate – Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Creators Update High DPI Improvements : One of the biggest annoyances in Windows 10 Anniversary Update affected high DPI displays, as many Win32 programs were rendered incorrectly and thus caused issues such as blurry fonts, incorrect size for desktop icons, or tooltips that looked odd even though they were generated by the OS.

With the Creators Update, however, these problems might finally be fixed, as Microsoft spent a considerable amount of time trying to improve performance on high DPI displays.

In most of the cases, in order for an application to be rendered correctly in Windows 10, developers need to update their software to include the most recent technologies that Microsoft implemented in Windows 10, so the best thing you can do is to get in touch with app makers and ask for updates.

Microsoft says that it was particularly focused on improvements for desktop application developers, and the company details them in a lengthy blog post here.

But as far as end users are concerned, there are a bunch of new features that can also help them deal with problems experienced with apps that are rendered incorrectly on high DPI displays.

Helpful option for end users

For example, starting with the Creators Update, every process has new options in the Properties screen that allow users to change DPI settings and override the default behavior by forcing the scaling to be performed by the application, the system, or by a special enhanced mode generated by the system.

Microsoft explains that the “System (enhanced)” DPI scaling mode was developed to deal with apps that simply can’t render correctly, and while it proved to be efficient in many cases, there are some limitations, so it can’t scale GDI+ and DX content, bitmap-based UI elements won’t look crisp, and users won’t be able to determine when it’s recommended to enable this mode.

“There is new functionality in the Creators Update that results in text and primitives rendering crisply on high-DPI displays for GDI-based apps only. For applications that are GDI-based Windows can now DPI scale these on a per-monitor basis. This means that these applications will, magically, become per-monitor DPI aware. Now keep in mind that this solution is not a silver bullet,” Microsoft says.

Desktop icons have also been updated to be properly rendered on high DPI scales, and Office 2016 also received improvements in this regard, so end users should feel a big difference after installing the Creators Update.

The Creators Update will launch today via the Windows Update Assistant and will become available for more users on April 11 via Windows Update.

Source : Softpedia

Windows 10 Cumulative Updates KB4016252 and KB4016251 Download Links

#Windows10 #Windows10Update – Windows 10 Cumulative Updates KB4016252 and KB4016251 Download Links : Microsoft has rolled out new cumulative updates for systems running Windows 10 Creators Update (build 15063), and while they are available via Windows Update, as is the case of the majority of cumulative updates, they can be downloaded manually as well.

KB4016252 and KB4016251 are only available for users in the Windows Insider program, and you can check out more information about both of them here.

As usual, these cumulative updates do not bring any new features, but only bug fixes and performance improvements, and this is particularly important this time given the fact that Microsoft is getting ready to roll out the Creators Update to all users.

The Windows Insider program is thus playing a much more important role right now, as users participating in this effort can help test not only Windows and app updates but also cumulative updates before they are shipped to users. And given that the Creators Update is not yet available for retail users, this helps Microsoft ensure smooth performance of the OS release before the go-ahead button is pushed.

Windows 10 Creators Update launching tomorrow

As a reminder, the Windows 10 Creators Update is projected to become available for download via Windows Update Assistant tomorrow, while everyone else will get it on Windows Update on April 11.

A new cumulative update is likely to ship on April 11 to systems updating to the final version of the Creators Update, and the improvements that are released these days by Microsoft as part of the Windows Insider program are likely to ship in this final patch as well.

You can manually download cumulative updates KB4016252 and KB4016251 using this link, but keep in mind that you can only install them on systems running version 1703 (which is the Creators Update on build 15063) as part of the Windows Insider program, enrolled either in the Slow or Fast rings.

Source : Softpedia

Windows 10 Creators Update Review: Critic Said Update Worth The Hype Despite Broken Promises

#Microsoft #Windows10 – Windows 10 Creators Update Review: Critic Said Update Worth The Hype Despite Broken Promises : The Windows 10 Creators update’s release date is getting nearer and nearer and Microsoft users can’t wait for its promised upgrades. With its promising offer on improving experience through its applications, was it able to deliver the hype?

In a review by Mark Hachman, senior editor of PC World, he said that the Windows 10 Creators update was able to bring an important upgrade in the system. He added that it is worth the upgrade and gave it four out of five stars.

With the new capabilities that Windows 10 Creators could bring like privacy tweaks, gaming boosts, Paint 3D, and Windows VR, Hachman said that PC was able to renew its commitment to its users.

The Verge has reported that the Windows 10 Creators update would bring new features like the action center, custom accent colors, themes for Windows 10 in store, and the People Bar. Other features also include full pen support for the Microsoft Word, Microsoft Edge Tabbing Browsing, and Windows Defender Update.

Hachman said that the Windows 10 Creators update on Paint 3D is “charming” and a “powerful” intro to 3D content making. Moreover, he said that the highlight of the update is the inking on photos and videos and the excellent upgrade on the Beam and Game Mode.

However, he also listed out the cons of this update that made him spare the one star for the Windows 10 Creators update. For one, the hype on 3D content making did not meet his expectations.

“There are so many features that Microsoft pledged and has yet to deliver on: apps to capture objects as 3D images, the My People experience, 3D objects in Office apps, mixed-reality devices from its partners. Windows Holographic, renamed Windows Mixed Reality, is present, Microsoft says, though available only to developers,” Hachman said about the Windows 10 Creators Update

Another reason why he did not give it a full five star is its accessibility to users who wants the upgrade to be free. If one is a new user of Windows 10 Creators, they will need to pay $120 for Windows 10 Home and $200 for Windows 10 Pro.

Other than that, Hachman believes the update is worth the wait and the hype. Windows 10 Creators update release date is on April 11.

Redstone 3 Could Be the Last Update for Windows 10 Mobile

#Windows10Mobile #WindowsMobile – Redstone 3 Could Be the Last Update for Windows 10 Mobile : A new report that’s making the rounds lately, and which cannot be verified right now because it points to early Microsoft plans for its phone platform, indicates that Redstone 3 could be the last update for Windows 10 Mobile.

There’s a lot of speculation right now, and this is why it’s very important to take everything with a pinch of salt for the time being, but Spanish website OneWindows writes that Microsoft is currently discussing several changes aimed at its mobile platform that would make Redstone 3 the last major update for Windows 10 Mobile.

While at first glance this could sound like the end of Microsoft’s smartphone platform, there are a few other details that seem to point to a change of strategy rather than to a complete demise of mobile.

Windows 10 Mobile support

First and foremost, what we know for sure is that Windows 10 Mobile will still receive support until at least October 2018. According to Microsoft’s own data, Windows 10 Mobile build 10586 (also known as Threshold 2) will receive updates until January 9, 2018, while build 14393 (Redstone 1) will reach end of support until October 9, 2018.

With the Creators Update also landing on mobile devices, Windows 10 Mobile should be safe until at least early 2019, but specifics will be announced by Microsoft after the launch of the OS. Redstone 3 would obviously extend support for Windows 10 Mobile, but again, no details are available.

If the aforementioned report is accurate, then Redstone 3 would be specifically focused on improving the UI, performance, Continuum, Cortana, and other new features, but what’s yet not clear is who exactly is going to get all these features. Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile only for half of its Windows phones, and it’s clearly too early to tell whether everyone on Windows 10 will get Redstone 3 as well.

What’s next?

So if Redstone 3 is indeed the last major update for Windows 10 Mobile, does this mean that Microsoft is done with phones? Not necessarily, as Microsoft could pursue other opportunities, including Windows 10 on ARM.

This implementation makes it possible for Microsoft to run full Windows 10 on ARM chips, and it’s believed that the company’s upcoming Surface Phone, if it really exists, could make full use of this technology. As a result, Surface Phone could unleash the full power of Windows 10 when connected to an external display with Continuum.

Windows 10 Cloud, a recently discovered SKU of Windows 10 and limited to UWP apps, could also play a role in Microsoft’s mobile strategy, but for the moment, it’s all about guessing and it doesn’t make sense since we don’t know for sure if this report is true or not.

But in the end, although Windows 10 Mobile might reach its end in the coming users, this doesn’t mean that Microsoft is leaving phones. For what it’s worth, it just seems to be a change of strategy and nothing more.

Source : Softpedia

New Windows 10 Update Preview Comes With Lock Down Option And Compact Overlay

#MicrosoftWindows #Windows10Update – New Windows 10 Update Preview Comes With Lock Down Option And Compact Overlay : Microsoft has released a preview of its new Windows 10 update for PCs.

The Windows 10 beta update otherwise known as Insider Build 15031 was released on Windows Developer Day held on Feb. 8 and includes two new impressive features – the Dynamic Lock and Compact Overlay.

Dynamic Lock

The Dynamic Lock feature allows the user to lock down his or her computer when he or she needs to leave for a while. This solves one of the biggest problems in the office – co-workers pranking others by messing with their PCs. The Dynamic Lock is actually optional but many will probably be taking advantage of this new feature.

PC World describes how Dynamic Lock works. The PC’s Windows and the user’s phone are paired through Bluetooth. Once paired, the computer can tell if the owner is no longer around and will then lock itself. The users should have the paired Bluetooth smartphone on their persons when they leave the PC. Windows will know if the phone is no longer in range and will lock the PC after 30 seconds.

Compact Overlay Window

The new Compact Overlay feature from the Windows 10 test version is a great way to converse with someone while doing other stuff on the computer. Users can have a Skype window open while a movie plays on Netflix and another window is showing the news. In other words, this is a great tool for multi-taskers.

CNET pointed out that Microsoft is focused on developing Windows as evidenced by the continuous flow of updates on both computers and mobile devices. In fact, the Windows 10 Creators Update released late last year provided 3D features and 4K video game streaming. CNET also stressed that PC sales continue to decrease which is indicative that such impressive new features like the Dynamic Lock, Compact Overlay and others brought about by previous updates are not enough to spike up interest in computers.

Source : iTechpost

Windows 10 Start Menu Redesigned with Project NEON Transparency

#Windows10 #ProjectNEON – Windows 10 Start Menu Redesigned with Project NEON Transparency : A concept envisions what the Windows 10 Start menu could look like when Microsoft rolls out the Project NEON set of visual improvements scheduled for Redstone 3 OS update.

Project NEON is one of the essential visual makeovers planned for Windows 10, and according to people close to the matter, it would be specifically focused on new transition effects, animations, and transparency/blur effects for running apps the desktop.

This concept published on DeviantArt by lukeled envisions some of these improvements implemented into the Start menu, which itself could get a touch of blur with the release of Windows 10 Redstone 3 in the fall.

As you can see by zooming in the photo included in this article, the concept imagines a transparency effect for live tiles, just like the background of the Start menu itself. This seems to create more cohesion in the Start menu altogether, even though the transparency level is so subtle.

New live tiles

The concept also envisions a new size for live tiles, namely 1×3, as well as full transparency for the Weather tile. And last but not least, the Edge tile has been updated to display a website currently running in the browser, while the Start menu comes with two new icons in the hamburger menu, namely full-screen and Task Manager.

Of course, remember that this is just a concept for the time being, but it’s very clear that users and concept designers alike are very excited to see Microsoft focusing on visual improvements for Windows 10. The blur and transparency effects were part of the Aero Glass pack available back in Windows 7, and many users who upgrade to Windows 10 actually miss them a lot on the desktop.

For the moment, the Redstone 3 update due in the fall seems to be the target for all these visual improvements, but since it’s all an internal project, everything can change overnight.

Source : Softpedia

Windows 10 Creators Update Comes With Interesting Interface Changes

#Windows10 #Windows10Update – Windows 10 Creators Update Comes With Interesting Interface Changes : The biggest update to hit Windows 10 operating deices dubbed the Creators Update will be issues somewhere in April and it will add a whole lot of programs which will enable users to create content such as music composing and painting apps but the main points which should be taken into account are new ways of interacting with the operating system. We’ve tackled some of these additions which enhance the way in which one interacts with the system as well as those which will make our lives a whole lot easier.

Automatic Lock

Notwithstanding the Windows Hello security feature, users will be able to automatically lock their device just by moving away from the screen. An official name has not been issued for this feature but it is rumored it will be named either Windows Goodbye or Dynamic Lock.

Windows 10 will sense that the users has stepped away and popular to general belief, the system will use the device’s webcam but one should be able to pair their smartphone to de device as well via Bluetooth. When stepping away with your smartphone the Bluetooth range will automatically tell the desktop that you’ve moved away from the device.

Blue Light Mode

Windows 10 Creators Update will come with a blue light mode which will adjust the color temperature of the device in order to improve everyone’s sleep by automatically dimming down as evening approaches.

Swipe Controls

If the device you are sporting comes with a Precision Touchpad, the new Windows update will enable everyone to come up with gesture controls in order to conveniently enhance the way you are controlling the device. These commands are customizable and for example one can swipe down with two fingers in order to open Cortana or check emails.

Virtual Touchpad

This tool will enable those who own a Windows 10 tablet to connect to an external display. If one does not have a mouse or touchpad connected to the tablet, this feature will enable you to pop up a virtual touch bar on the tablet screen which will control the content operated on the paired screen.

Source : Neurogadget

Windows 10 Build 15019 Dismays Due To Several Bugs

#MicrosoftWindows #Windows10 – Windows 10 Build 15019 Dismays Due To Several Bugs : Microsoft starts rolling out the gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build that the company promised. Allegedly it comes with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming and other features. It is officially known as Build 15019 for the Insider Fast Ring, and apparently, it also includes a number of wide-ranging improvements, that includes a version of Edge that will read ebooks aloud.

According to windowsreport, Windows 10 build 15019 did roll with the much-expected Game Mode but it also carries substantial bugs that probably will create an impact on the gaming experience of some game users. It is also reported that a new section called Gaming can be found in the Settings app. where users can find settings for Game Mode, GameDVR, Game bar and broadcasting and streaming. Ostensibly in this Windows Insider build, not all elements of the Gaming section will be visible. Nevertheless, it is reported that Microsoft will continue to deploy various Gaming settings over time. But apparently despite the fact that there’s a long list of bug fixes in this build, it is seemingly disappointing that there are still many bugs left.

As reported by pcworld,  Microsoft warned that some unnamed popular games may experience crashes or black screens when loading. Apparently, clicking on certain elements in a Win32 game may cause the screen to be minimized and cannot be played. Accordingly, the new Game Mode will show up as OFF though it is enabled by default. Reports also warned to be aware of one download anomaly, the problem Microsoft had with its progress bar is still there, wherein the download will show 0% completed even when it is actually still downloading.

It is also rumored that according to Microsoft, while the company recognizes the agony of clients wanting to try out the gaming features and also deliberated on releasing this build to Insiders, Microsoft decided to go ahead as the company needs feedback from Insiders on other areas of the OS.

Source : enstarz

Windows 10 Creators Update to Bring New Windows Defender Security Center

#Windows10 #Windows10CreatorsUpdate – Windows 10 Creators Update to Bring New Windows Defender Security Center  : Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled its Web-based privacy dashboard for Windows 10. Now the Redmond-based company has announced that its much-awaited Windows 10 Creators Update will feature a Windows Defender Security Center to help users monitor their security settings all in one place.

With the Windows Defender Security Center, users will be able to see and choose the security settings for their Windows 10 device and provide a better understanding the security features on the platform, Microsoft says in its official blog post. To clear any confusion, the company is not providing new security features but will help users see the already-available features with the Windows Defender Security Center.

“Windows Insiders can explore this experience now under All Apps in the Start Menu and provide feedback through the Insider Feedback hub,” Microsoft said in its post. The security centre essentially comes with five pillars namely Virus and threat protection, Device performance and health, Firewall and network protection, App and browser control, and Family options.

Virus and threat protection section provides users with updates on the antivirus present on the device. “If you’ve chosen Windows Defender Antivirus, your scan results and threat history will be displayed here, or you will be able to launch your third-party AV protection app directly from this screen,” the company said.

Device performance and health section provides users with a single view of their latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life, and storage capacity. Users will also get the option to clean install Windows using the ‘Refresh Windows’ feature from this section. The Firewall and network protection gives users information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings.

App and browser control enables users to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers helping you be more informed and stay safer online by warning you of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognised apps and files from the Internet,” the company said.

“In addition, if your subscription or paid antivirus software should expire, Windows Defender Antivirus will kick in to provide protection by default until you take further action,” it added. Considering that Windows is still considered to be a relatively unsafe and vulnerable platform, it will be interesting to see if company’s latest addition will improve its reputation going ahead.

Source : NDTV