Microsoft Wi-Fi, the rebranded version of Skype Wi-fi, which enables buyers to pay for Wi-Fi access at public spots around the globe, is now active as a new app in the recently-released Windows 10 build 10158.
Windows 10 build 10158 was just pushed to Fast ring members, and, along with Microsoft Edge branding for Project Spartan, and a host of other changes to the browser, the new build sport quite a bit of new stuff. From UI improvements to Office 365 Cortana integration, here's what's new in Windows 10 build 10158:
General UX improvements and refinement: You'll continue to see general UX improvements and refinement in this build. For Continuum, you'll see a lot of bug fixes as well as improved Tablet mode animations, improved support for Windows 8/8.1 apps and classic (Win32) apps in Tablet mode. And when using the Start Menu, you can swipe up on the left side to open All apps. This also works in Tablet mode, when you have opened up the left side of Start behind the hamburger menu. Additionally, in All apps – you can click on a letter to quickly go to apps on the All apps list under that letter (great for people with lots of apps installed).
On the Taskbar, when an app needs your attention, it will now flash in orange. And when you download something or move files around in File Explorer, the progress animation in the Taskbar has been changed back to green and back to animating horizontally (instead of white and animating vertically seen in the previous build – thanks for the feedback!).
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Mojang, the development studio best known for their hit sandbox game Minecraft, have just announced the end of active development for their only other game, the trading card-based fantasy title Scrolls. The game was first announced in 2011 and had a long alpha and beta testing period before it was officially launched in December 2014.
Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile for Insiders saw a substantial update late last week with the release of build 10149. I called it a "turning point" for the nascent OS as this is the first build I would consider for daily use (albeit with some quirks, it is in development after all).
There are four issues that are affecting some users and as usual, our forums tend to have the right answers. Let's take a look!
Microsoft is selling off some of its assets from its Bing division to the car-sharing service Uber. Specifically, Uber is acquiring 100 of Microsoft's employees that were involved in image and data collection from Bing, along with certain assets.
If you are looking to save some big money on Microsoft's 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet, you have just a few hours to do so with the 256GB model with the Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM inside. From now until 6 p.m. Eastern time (3 p.m. Pacific) it can be bought for just $1,099.
If you're a UK resident looking to get your hands on Microsoft's new Lumia 640 XL phablet, then MobiCity has a deal for you. The retailer is offering the 5.7-inch dual SIM phone for as little as £96.89, and gives a shipping time of 1-2 business days.
In Windows 10, for some reason, I find that the quickest way to access the Settings app is by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting "Display settings" or "Personalize", even though once I access one of the page settings, I have to click to go back to the main section. So, I ask myself: Why is Microsoft not adding an option to access the Settings app from the desktop right-click context menu? I think it'll be very useful for many users.
In our previous guide, we talked about how Microsoft is slowly moving away from the Control Panel in Windows 10 in favor of the new Settings app. This app is a more unified experience that brings all the Windows settings in one place and a user interface that works across devices e.g. phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
Microsoft has quietly launched a new Windows Phone app, Try Lumia, that is designed to help the new owner of a Lumia smartphone, or indeed any new Windows Phone user. The app offers video tutorials and more on the main features of the OS.
In December, the well known recipe search app Yummly released a 'lite' version for Windows Phone, with the promise that a full native app would be released in the coming months. Now that promise has been fulfilled with the launch of the full Yummly Windows Phone app.
If you've thought about, or just recently started playing Blizzards Heroes of the Storm, there's good news at hand. Our pals over at iMore have started putting together a guide for the popular MOBA title and though they're thinking from a Mac perspective, it's all relevant for Windows players of the same game.
Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive made the unusual move of pulling the PC version of its open world action game Batman: Arkham Knight from being sold a few days after its release, after it became clear that it had several bugs and performance issues. Now the publisher and the game's primary developer Rocksteady have announced that the first patch for the PC version has been released, but it will take some time, and many more updates, before Batman Arkham Knight is up to full speed,
Back at Mobile World Congress when Microsoft announced the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, along for the ride was a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. That offer was never going to last forever and this is a friendly reminder that time is almost up in the UK.
If you don't buy a phone by the time June 30 is done, you can't get the freebie.
One of the leading camera drone makers, the China-based DJI, recently released its first Windows Phone app. The DJI Vision app has been created specifically for owners of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter so they can take pictures remotely with its on-board camera.
Sygic has updated their GPS Navigation app for Windows Phone devices, adding new maps in time for the summer vacation season. It also includes new points of interest, all for free. Windows Phone users are also able to try out some of the premium features for free for a limited time.
EA is on fire this year with its new game announcements and reboots. I got to try out Mirror's Edge: Catalyst and the new Need for Speed at E3 and I walked away impressed.
Here are my initial impressions with both after getting some hands-on time.