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.
I’ve had a really bad couple of weeks…
So… gratuitous resume rewind – 25 years of QA experience… CHECK! On every, formal, Technical Windows Beta Team between Windows 95 and Windows XP and beta tested ALL versions of Windows between Windows 95 and Windows 10… CHECK! 20 years of experience as a technology journalist… CHECK!
Whoosh! Ok… I feel a LOT better. For a moment there, I thought I turned into an idiot.
Over the past three to four weeks, I’ve been having a great deal of trouble with my Surface Pro 3. I got the device in December and have had it warranty replaced once and swapped out to a NEW unit once. My original unit bricked when I tried to refresh it from Windows 10 Build 9926 to a clean install. I found out the hard way that installing Build 9879 blew the Windows 8.1 recovery partition and replaced it with a Windows 10 Build 9879 partition. Upgrading from Build 9879 to Build 9926 did NOT update the recovery partition, so the device choked upon refresh.
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…
The internets were all a-gush today with a number of different rumors started by online publication, The Daily, who reported that Microsoft was not only actively developing Microsoft Office for iPad, but that its release was immanent. This would have been huge, had it been true. I for one, would have been ALL over it.
The Daily, it seems had someone “close to the project” come into their office and demo the software for them…or at least that’s what they are claiming at this time. The Daily claims upside down, backwards and sideways that the report is credible and that the image that they posted (seen below – Credit: The Daily) isn’t doctored, but is a digital image they snapped of the software’s main program screen on the iPad that it was demoed on.
Last year, Microsoft released OneNote for iPad, and that of course sparked all sorts of rumors and speculation that MS would release the entire Office 2010 suite for iPad. Well, before you start drooling all over the tablet you’ve come to know and love, grab a napkin and sit back. Microsoft adamantly denies the entire story.
According to the New York Times, Microsoft has issued the following statement:
“The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.” She added that an image with The Daily’s article depicting an Office product for iPad was not from Microsoft. “The screenshot is not Microsoft’s software,” she said.
Its too bad. OneNote for iPad, currently version 1.3, has mixed user ratings; but it syncs desktop and device based notes, and (the version I have) supports both handwritten as well as typed notes. A full Office suite on the iPad could be huge for Microsoft, if they ever do decide to pursue it.
I saw a blog posting from my friend, Ed Bott on ZDNet this morning indicating that the Office Genuine Advantage program has been officially retired. While, according to the article, this took other MS related programs and personnel by surprise, this is a boon to Office users everywhere. You can now go online and download plug-ins, templates, and other related content for Office without having to verify your product code via Microsoft’s anti-piracy program.
Please note that the
change doesn’t affect Office activation, which still requires a 25-character product key and direct contact with Microsoft’s activation servers. It also doesn’t affect Windows validation, which is apparently alive and well and is still required for some downloads, such as Microsoft Security Essentials.
Last time, we took a good look at some computer hardware that might be a nice holiday gift for someone on your gift list. While a tablet purchase is almost certainly on everyone’s radar, I know that standard desktop and laptop hardware is also a definite possibility, especially for graduating high school seniors going away to college next Fall.
The big question that is on everyone’s mind is likely – What software do I purchase for my new laptop? Do I have to stick with the OS that it came with, or can I upgrade it from Windows Vista to Windows 7? I have a trial version of (pick a Microsoft Office 2007/2010 component) on my hard drive, and I want the whole thing. What is the easiest way to get that without pirating it? I’m glad you asked, kids, because I’ve got a couple of suggestions that are certain to help you get rid of the bloatware and get to the GOOD software that everyone is craving.