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Offline paul  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:28:23 AM(UTC)
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Microsoft made clear that its Windows 10 Technical Preview is a work in progress and that the whole point of giving users early access to the next generation operating system through the Windows Insider program is to collect feedback (in other words, Microsoft doesn't want another Windows 8 situation on its hands). Well, after just three weeks of being out in the wild, Microsoft is rolling out its first new build.

This isn't just a minor update, either. Just the opposite, Build 9860 is a 2GB to 2.74GB download (depending on CPU architecture and language) that includes nearly 7,000 improvements and fixes, many of which are based on problem reports submitted in the Community forum or through the Windows Feedback app.

Sit back and relax as we cover each and every one of them in great detail. Actually, scratch that plan -- Windows 10 would be a legacy OS by the time we got finished. Besides, most of the changes are invisible to the end user, though there are some highlights worth mentioning, such as the new Action Center.

Windows 10 Notifications

"We aren’t limiting our view to one specific device type. We are looking across our entire product family to look at ways to bring great experiences to our customers across different devices. So with this build, we’re bringing 'Action Center' from Windows Phone over to the PC as the place where you can see and follow up on all actionable items," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "This build is focused ONLY on enabling basic notifications – quick actions and cleaner UI will come later."

Notifications from the system and apps will appear in the Action Center -- things like new emails, chat invites, Facebook posts, and so forth. The idea is to give users a single place where they can view everything that's important, just as you can on your smartphone.

Microsoft also implemented an animation for switching desktops. Based on feedback the company received, users were finding it difficult to know when they were switching desktops, hence the animation to alleviate any confusion.

There will be more changes in upcoming builds. Microsoft says it's received over 250,000 piece of feedback through the Windows Feedback tool, plus another 25,381 community forum posts and 641 suggestions in the Windows Suggestion Box.
Offline ColinButler  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:21:05 PM(UTC)
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If I update to join the program will I get to keep windows 10? Or will I have to reinstall windows 8.1 after program ends?

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Offline AustinJankowski  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:12:51 PM(UTC)
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#windows7ftw

Offline RJohnson  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:43:23 PM(UTC)
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Well they haven't rolled this out to European users yet as when I choose check for updates it says no updates are available

Offline Ricofrost  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:59:11 PM(UTC)
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I'm running windows 10 as my main OS at work. I do like the improvements so far. As an OS windows 8.1 is already a great OS in terms of speed and function so as a core OS I rather like it.

As for the UI the improvements are very nicely done, it just looks a lot sharper and more classy if you could understand my meaning. Boarders around any windows are much thinner which made a real difference. The start menu is back and can be customized. Notifications is a nice touch although does look like it could get some visual improvements, something about it, idk maybe some color or transparency.

The poppy feel of apps when they open doesnt feel quite right, something about its idk what it is. Maybe need to be a little smoother.

Other then that liking it so far.

Offline IanMcConvey  
#6 Posted : Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:38:28 AM(UTC)
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No. Windows 10 is better than 7 and nothing like Windows 8. Move on.

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#7 Posted : Friday, October 24, 2014 10:23:08 PM(UTC)
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ColinButler wrote:
If I update to join the program will I get to keep windows 10? Or will I have to reinstall windows 8.1 after program ends?

Colingemini

Word is that it will be a free upgrade to Win-8 users. So you can use it until it's released, and probably have to reload the release version then.

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[quote user="IanMcConvey"]No. Windows 10 is better than 7 and nothing like Windows 8. Move on.

Using it since it was released, Win-10 Is good, but Win-7 is awesome.

I know that Win-10 is a work in progress, and I think that it will fly like Win-8 never did.

 

I like that Win-10 preview is being run with an open mind, and open ears. Once the huge Balmer ego was gone, things began to improve at MS.

 

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