ICYMI: April 25, 2015

A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!

Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 was released

Windows 10


This week the big news was a new build of Windows 10 Technical Preview. The main points of interest in Build 10061 include:

  • New Mail and Calendar apps
  • Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Improvements
  • Continuum improvements
  • Task View improvements
  • Virtual Desktop improvements

This latest update also features a new Contact Support app, support for the upcoming new version of the Xbox app, and a new Solitaire Collection.

That's a lot of new additions. But fear not, we have everything you need to know about Build 10061 right here

Even though 10061 is as new as it gets for the general public, we did catch a glimpse of Build 10064 in a set of leaked screenshots

Speaking of leaks, it appears AMD CEO, Lisa Su, may have slipped up by revealing that Windows 10 will be released in July

It wasn't all about Windows 10, however. Windows 8.1 got a slew of patches, nearly 30 of them, in fact.

Other notable items:

The Microsoft Band picks up some new tracking features


Microsoft released their Q3 earnings for fiscal year 2015, posting $21.7 billion in revenue. That was up from $20.4 billion the same time last year.

The bump in earnings was helped in part by the 8.6 million Lumia phones sold last quarter, not to mention in the $713 million in Surface-related revenue.

Meanwhile, another popular product, the Microsoft Band, picked up some new tracking features:

  • Comparative insights
  • Sleep recovery
  • Fitness benefit
  • V02 max
  • Run/exercise observations

Microsoft also tagged their former Lionhead Studio chief to work on new Xbox and HoloLens games.

That's seemingly just the tip of the iceberg, as Microsoft's General Manager of Developer Experience, Bryan Biniak, teased us this week with promises of new "products and services" to be discussed at Build 2015.

Other notable items:

Nokia may be returning to the smartphone game

Lumia 1020 back (Image credit: Windows Central)

Extra and Miscellaneous

Other buzz around the technology world is that Nokia is reportedly planning to return to the smartphone arena in 2016. However, it looks like it may be without their renowned HERE Maps division, as rumor has it that they are shopping it around to other companies, including Apple.

After their profits tumbled Q2 of 2015, Qualcomm is looking to bounce back by having Samsung manufacture their Snapdragon 820 chips, taking advantage of Samsung's thinner 14-nanometer CPU wiring.

On the consumer front, we took a look at a couple of interesting media devices that are headed to market. First, is the PiPO X8 'Windows TV box + Desktop Tablet', an odd-looking fellow, that is a hybrid TV set top box and PC.

Then there was the stunning Acer 34-inch curved QHD gaming monitor Who wouldn't want to rock some video games on that thing?

Other notable items:

Share your thoughts on this past week of news! And we'll be back again next week to do it all over again.

Seth Brodeur
  • Great week!
  • Yup.. MS stepping up the game somewhat.
  • The band picked up an update??? Which update ???
    The one of the 23rd didn't materialised so far (on the 26th). No update on the health app nor on the band firmware... A news on this?
  • I have like 10 apps on wp10 that need to update. Unfortunately I can't seem to install them :/
  • Can I get that wallpaper from the Win10 picture, Seth?
  • Not sure they even have it anymore, that's a very old build on that picture xD
  • True xP they have that picture ever since W10 came out. But would love to have that wallpaper :)
  • Very good news!
  • H​ow to off the date when you are not using ​
  • I find it difficult to download video ​   ​ ​