to get ready for Build 2016, let's take a look back at last year's show and see how Microsoft came through---or didn't---on its 2015 initiatives. Here, I'm looking specifically at the client-side: Windows 10, the Windows Store, and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
Recent Windows 10 Stories
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14295 for both PC and Mobile to Fast ring testers. There are no new features, but Microsoft fixed a number of bugs from previous builds.
A video and transcript of a TED appearance by HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman is now available, providing a peek at what Microsoft sees as the future of this technology. Which is nothing less than the freeing ourselves from what he calls "the 2D confines of traditional computing."
Responding to complaints about its Skype client strategy on Windows, Microsoft will ship a Skype Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that will run on PCs, tablets, and even phones. An incomplete preview version will ship in a coming build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview, Microsoft says.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft allegedly working on "total update" for File Explorer in Windows 10, BLU says it is working with Microsoft on getting the Win JR LTE on Windows 10 Mobile, Starbucks is coming to Windows 10 soon, and much more.
It looks like the Xbox Store isn't the only Microsoft storefront having a Spring Sale: The Windows Store is holding its own week-long savings event as well.
With its latest T-series Ultrabook, Lenovo is blurring the line with its upscale X1-series more than ever before. This is no frumpy corporate laptop. Instead, the ThinkPad T460s is a thin, light and durable beauty.
In a leaked build of Windows 10, Microsoft is testing up new backup option for OneDrive including scheduled backups.
Back in January, Microsoft revealed that it would only support Windows 7 and 8.1 on a subset of Intel Skylake-based PCs, and then only through July 17, 2017. Today, it is adjusting that schedule, extending the support for one more year.
While we still believe that a consumer HoloLens release is years away, a new partnership with Lowes could be an interesting first step. The home improvement chain is going to feature HoloLens in some of its Seattle-area stores, letting customers use the device to help design kitchen remodels.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: No 512 MB Windows phones will get Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, Action Center improvements are coming to Windows 10, a look at the $79 Endless Mini PC, Spotify strikes deal with music industry, more.
As part of a Spring Sale, Microsoft will be offering its Xbox One video game console for as little as $300 starting on Sunday, March 20. And then the firm will offer great deals on digital Xbox games, PC games and movies and TV shows from the Xbox Store starting next week.
Microsoft has finally released extensions for Edge and if you are not in the Fast ring but want a closer look, here is a deep dive.
Well, Microsoft wasn't kidding: In the wake of the HERE apps debacle, the software giant promised that it would quickly update its own Windows Maps app for Windows 10. And it has, shipping a new version of the app for both PC and Mobile with a lot of new features.