If you in the Fast Ring, you’ve got a new build to install…
Windows 10 Insiders have a new build to play with. If, they’re on the Fast Ring, that is. Build 10061 was released to Windows Insiders on 2015-04-22, but late in the day. This release comes a full three weeks after the release of Build 10049 to the Fast Ring. While builds 10051, 10056 and even 10061 leaked to the general public, neither build 10051 nor 10056 were official releases to either the Fast or Slow Insider’s Rings.
As this is a Fast Ring only build – at least for now – Microsoft isn’t releasing ISO’s for this build (files that can be used to burn DVD’s with). That only happens when a build is released to Slow Ring Insiders. Unfortunately, this is where the problems come in.
During any beta cycle, most experienced testers will want to do a clean install when a new build is released. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with Build 10061, at least right now, for a few reasons.
There’s a lot going on in Redmond these days…
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had my head down at work; but I’ve also been hot and heavy with a review of the Fitbit Surge that’s still yet to be completed. When it comes to wearables, this new computing category really has many people curious and thinking about how and what it can and should be.
Over and above THAT, which has been more than enough in and of itself, I’ve been beginning some evaluations of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac as well as dealing with some very serious issues with OneNote 2013 and Windows 10 … and yeah. I’ve been a little busy.
However, there have been a few new developments over at Microsoft, other than the ones I’ve mentioned, and I wanted to not only acknowledge them but comment on them just a bit as well. While this may not be ALL that’s hit the news wire lately, it is what has stuck in my head as I’ve got it buried under a bunch of stuff at the office as well as under a ton of research, screen shots and support thread posts.
Here they are in no particular order…
I really expected the trial deliberations to go a lot longer than they did. The fact that the verdict came back so quickly speaks volumes about design, perception, and what the public believes when it comes to computing and the patent system. I’ve got a quick summary of the results and a couple of opinions on where the trial went south for Samsung.
|The Results are in – Samsung: GUILTY as charged|
Of its $156B in cash, Apple has $138B (88.5%) banked overseas…
Apple has a lot of cash. $156B USD to be exact, and $138B USD of it, or just about 88.50% is kept in banks outside the US. To the unfinancially initiated, like me, this seems curious. However, when you consider the 35% tax hit ($48.3B USD) that Apple would be charged to bring the money back to the United States, it’s no wonder they don’t think twice about it. Spending $$48.3B to bring back just $89.7B isn’t worth the hit. So, the money stays outside the US, and Apple deprives the US of the tax revenue…
I woke this morning fully anticipating an update to the Apple Store. It IS WWDC-Day, after all. Also not a surprise today is the glut of last minute guessing that’s going on as to what will transpire in just a few short hours at the conference’s keynote speech, given by Tim Cook and likely, the a few more Apple C-Level execs.
In an effort not to disappoint everyone, here’s my last minute roll of the dice.
- iOS 6
There have been a number of rumors on iOS 6 hitting the airwaves over the last week or so. Apple hasn’t released a beta of their iDevice OS yet, I would expect detailed information to come to light during the conference. This is also an easy one to predict, as banners for the new OS have been seen gracing the conference hall. No points for me on this one…
- Finally…! iPhone 5?
No, not yet. However, with the introduction of iOS 6, you can certainly expect something to be said, or hopefully confirmed for a September or October launch.
- Mountain Lion Dev Preview 4
I am expecting a new Dev Preview of Mountain Lion today (DP 4) and an announcement on a release date. You should be able to find a review of Mountain Lion Dev Preview 3 on Soft32, if not now, then it should be posted shortly. You will be able to find a full write up of Dev Preview 4 on BYTE in the coming days.
- Updated iMacs, Mac Pro, and MacBook/MacBook Pro’s?
I am fully expecting a full blown, hardware update on both Apple’s Desktop and portable lines today. Their iMacs are due for a bump. Their Mac Pro line of completely awesome desktops are OVERdue for an update. I’m pretty certain we can expect updates to both those today. Its also long been rumored that Apple will be making big changes to their MacBook Pro line of laptops with thinner, “MacBook Air” based updates coming to both the 13″ and 15″ line of MBP’s.
Its been rumored that their 17″ MBP is also going to be discontinued. The 17″ MBP is an awesome machine, but its pretty much a niche item, due to its entry level price – near $3000. I fully expect to this rumor to be realized. I also expect to see transitional models introduced with the current 13″ and 15″ models phased out next year.
All that said, this is really just a last minute guess. Despite all the increased rumors and possible accurate leaks leading up to the keynote of WWDC, its still a crap shoot as to whether or not these are accurate. The only thing we’re going to have that’s a certainty is that we’re going to have to wait for Tim to take the stage and tell us what’s new.
Ok…I have just one word to say about RIM’s announcements out of Toronto yesterday:
Ok, that’s two words; but it does sum up the writing I saw on the wall a few months ago. Based on news reported by Bloomberg, a couple additional nails were pounded into the RIM coffin. In no particular order, here they are:
- Fourth-quarter earnings, excluding one-time items, fell to 80 cents a share; and sales dropped 25 percent to $4.19 billion
- Jim Balsillie, one of RIM’s former co-chief executive officers, has resigned from the board. Additionally, chief technology officer David Yach and global chief operations officer Jim Rowan are also leaving the company
- RIM’s new CEO Thorsten Heins, announced that RIM would no longer provide “specific qualitative guidance.” RIM expects “continued pressure on revenue and earnings throughout fiscal 2013.”