How to prepare your PC for the Windows 10 upgrade

On July 29, Microsoft's goal of having Windows 10 running on a billion devices in the next three years begins.

It's been a long ride, but at the end of July, millions of users around the world will finally get their hands on Windows 10. In this new release, Microsoft is going back to the drawing board to make Windows better. The company is doing this by bringing back many of the familiarities of Windows 7 with a mix of Windows 8.1 functionality, brand new features, such as Cortana, Settings, and universal Windows apps, and changing the way people upgrade to the next operating system. So far things are looking very good.


Every now and then we receive tips on Windows Phone apps that are more novelty than productive. Funny Polls is one such Windows Phone app that presents you with dozens of poll questions that cover a vast range of topics.

Some of these topics are serious but in more cases than not, these poll questions are more humorous or oddball in nature. The poll questions are updated on a regular basis to keep things fresh. After tinkering with the app for a short time, Funny Polls isn't a bad choice of apps to pick up when you need a break from things and some of the results might surprise you.


Microsoft has launched a new app called Calls+ that allows you to configure call forwarding and call waiting on your Windows Phone. You have the option of enabling call forwarding when you're unreachable, don't answer or when you're busy. Also included is functionality to configure settings for two cellular networks should you be using a dual-SIM handset.


Microsoft used smoke mirrors, colored filters and falling crystal dust to create the Windows 10 hero image for the desktop, but a YouTuber turned to his prowess with Adobe After Effects to recreate the magic.

While not identical, the background created by Khaos VFX is pretty similar to the one rolled out by Microsoft. If you're interested in downloading the image to use as the background on your Windows machine, head here. If you'd like to compare, here's the original version by Microsoft.


Windows 10 build 10151 leaked on the Internet

Last week, Windows 10 build 10147 was leaked on the internet, with the source originating out of China. Today, an updated build with version number 10151 has leaked, also from China.

Although there were numerous changes in build 10147 from the official preview build — 10130 — there weren't any major feature additions. With the official launch just a month away, it is likely that most of the builds from this stage will focus on polishing the user experience.


Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!

This week, we're looking at some Destiny DLC drama, Satya Nadella's Xbox comments, Xbox One's E3 mindshare, and more!

We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy post every weekend!

So without further ado, here's our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.


The latest incarnation of Windows Camera on the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview has with it a nifty addition for the selfie aficionado. It will now recognize your face when using the front facing camera.

The stock Lumia Camera app in Windows Phone 8.1 doesn't do this but when you fire it up in Windows Camera you'll see a big yellow box outlining your mug.


Poll: Would you have bought an Xbox Phone?

A news story came out recently starring Robbie Bach, a former member of Microsoft's Xbox team of 22 years. Microsoft hasn't exactly done badly with the three Xbox consoles released to this date, but with hindsight the talk became that maybe Microsoft should have been looking towards phones. Not thinking about a handheld console, but a gaming phone.


Windows Phone Weekly Digest: June 28, 2015

There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features.

Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss. Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."


Crime Coast is a recently released Windows Phone game that joins the ranks of a crowded gaming genre. It is a city builder that challenges you to build up a criminal empire, raid neighboring towns and become a mafia king.

The game taps into all of the familiar elements of a city builder with plenty of buildings to construct, defenses to keep the cops out and thugs to recruit. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Crime Coast's approach to city building is unique enough to make the game stand out from similar games. Graphics is nice, game play challenging and overall Crime Coast isn't a bad Windows Phone game to invest a little time with.


Watch us play Magic 2015 for Xbox One and Windows

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight we played Magic 2015–Duels of the Planeswalkers from Wizards of the Coast and Stainless Games. Magic 2015 is the best (and only) collectible card game for Xbox One. We even gave out tons of Xbox One and Steam codes for the game and its 'Garruk's Revenge' expansion!

The stream has ended, but the fun lives on. Continue reading for quick magic 2015 impressions, the contest winners, and a full replay of the stream in YouTube format!


Late on Thursday, Microsoft surprised Insiders with another release of Windows 10 Mobile, build 10149. This update comes after just one week from the last one, demonstrating their rapid ability to iterate on builds.

The bigger story here though is the quality of this build. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed me singing the praises of this release. For the first time, Windows 10 Mobile feels like it has left that 'alpha' stage and is now a true beta. Sure there are quirks here and there but many of the core features are working and working well. Even better is the speed and responsiveness of the OS, which at times now feels faster than Windows Phone 8.1.


Another highly requested feature looks like it could be coming to Windows 10 Mobile: Call Recording. For a long time, users have wanted the ability to record both conversations of a call but due to some hardware and software constraints it was not possible on Windows Phone 8.1.

In the last build of Windows 10 Mobile 10149, it was noticed that in the File Explorer app there is a new, default folder called Recorded Calls. The folder is found on the main device and listed along with Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Ringtones, and Videos.


Last week, the Music app for Windows 10 desktop picked up an update. With it came the 'artists in circles' feature where images of bands shifted from the square design to a circle-based one. The change was first spotted back in May and it is now becoming a reality.For some, the move is unwelcome, but Microsoft has taken a strong line on this consistent approach in Windows 10: people will have circular images, 'things' get squares.