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Windows 10 build 10558 leaks onto the internet with new Messaging, Skype Video apps

Just ahead of Microsoft's big event next week, a new build of Windows 10 has leaked onto the internet. This build, 10558, features improvements to the Edge browser, along with a new Messaging app. This build also includes a new Skype Video app.

Other notable inclusions in this build include:

  • Find my device settings using GPS/location info
  • Edge browser tab preview
  • New Registry Editor icon
  • Spotlight feature for Enterprise Users
  • Install apps to external storage
  • Dark UI in Messaging app
  • Safe to remove (USB drives) icon in system tray
  • More updated icons for Control Panel

This all comes from noted leaker WZor. As usual, we're not offering any direct links to this leaked build. Additionally, we recommend that you don't go searching it out, and wait for official updates from Microsoft.

Source: WZor; Images via @rlinev; Additional info: @gus33000

169 Comments
  • About time, I was worried we wouldn't get them for TH2 anymore. This possibly means the next Win10 Mobile build will also include the new Skype messaging app by default - only one more reason to look forward to it because this means there will be more than just bugfixing, if only so little.
  • I want more features! But they said no more so give us more UI fixes for mobile! Take out that humongous volume controls. Transparent Action center.
    Semi transparent Notifications.
    Landscape Start, how about you do landscape and it goes something like W8 was sliding horizontally, you slide up and then slide horizontally to see apps.
  • Interactive tiles too !
  • Thats like a brand new feature tho. We want feature parity with the desktop equivalent
  • Actionable notifications, live interactive koi fish lockscreen and rounded tiles (!) too.
  • I totally agree about the transparency in the volume controls, notifications and Action Center, I really hope we still get to see those.
  • Me too, and hopefully snap features
  • I don't. But don't mind if it's an option. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I want tabs in (file) explorer already, its pain to have multiple windows open for me.
  • If this syncs with my phone AND has the messaging feature work offline, I'm in.
  • They better make sure Windows 10 PC's connected to Windows 10 phones can directly handle SMS, MMS and take calls, just like OSX and iPhone. That they've so far failed to deliver this obvious functionality is ridiculous.
  • I second that ^
  • I totally agree it should have all those things.  I am appalled though we don't have Whatsapp and Facebook chat functionality too.  I understand why but still, does anyone actually MMS anymore?
  • Never sent an MMS before and neither seen anyone sending MMS.
  • You know a MMS is basically a picture message right?
  • Ya I know. Picture, Audio, Video messages are MMS but no one sends them here. People use Whatsapp and Fb messenger for that.
  • They're pretty popular in the US. Most people I've met here don't like to use Messaging apps and rely on plain old texting, including MMS for which the greedy US carriers for once don't  charge anything extra. Now of course, iMessage is popular but that's because no one comes to know it's a separate messaging service. It works just like texting. So they need to make Skype more seamless into their unified messaging app (i.e. no need to switch between Skype and text if both people are on Windows) once Windows 10 becomes more popular. P.S. "Wen in India", you don't MMS. I can understand. The network operators charge too much extra for it to be useful when there are free alternatives like Whatsapp and Facebook.
  • That's the difference.  Here in the US, the Carriers bundle MMS with the SMS Packages, which are bundled with the normal Cell/Packages these days.  You don't pay anything extra, and even mid-range phones are pretty powerful and support group MMS, so it's the universal mobile messaging client for most people. I don't know anyone who uses WhatsApp, becuase it's completely redundant.  MMS is free for anyone wiht a phone, adn WhatsApp only works on a phone.  People just don't see the point in it.  The only messaging apps that seem to have gone mainstream here are iMessage - largely because of the way Apple built it into their platforms - and Facebook Messenger. Apart from that, you usually have to "sell" anything else you want to use (including Skype, Kik, WhatsApp, BBM, or whatever tlse you may think of) to the people you communicate with, and if most don't want to bite, then the service is not worth it since you'll end up fragmenting your communications across multiple services and apps, which are accessible from different subsets of form factors.  That's just not something I (and many other people) want to do.
  • wut?
  • You're appalled? Boy your life just be a constant uphill battle..
  • I blame only WhatsApp for the fact they don't have an app. Microsoft initially had facebook chat YEARS ago with Windows 8, but for whatever reason dumped it. As for MMS, I actually use it all the time, tbh :P
  • I don't understand the WhatsApp comments.  There's an app for Win Phone, I've used it.  Though it's been a while, so maybe it's crap?  Reviews I just checked aren't awful.
  • It was a shitty fb messenger and the fact that it was integrated meant it could not be updated easily and individually. Maybe they also had some pressure from fb too. They want their apps everywhere.
  • a few reasons,  1) Facebook being integrated meant it required an entire OS update to change anytihng with it, and facebook is notorious for constantly changing their IM service protocal, so 80% of the time, the facebook integration didnt work. 2) (this one is a bit of speculation) I believe the long term goal is to have an API to let any app hook into the messaging/people apps. 3) Facebook wanted to push their own personal messenger, so Im certain fqacebook was storngly encouraging microsoft to remove it.
  • 1.  Wrong.  Microsoft's integration with those services was a back-end thing, not a client side thing.  They didn't have to update the entire OS to change it, all they had to do was fix their back-end integration with Facebook.  This is why Facebook integration was always terrible.  The way Microsoft integrated with them, was terrible itself. Apple has no issue integrating with Facebook on teh client side, even when Facebook is doing all the stuff they're doing.  Same for Flickr, Vimeo, Twitter...  Basically all the bigger services that Microsoft integrated with, in a less "risky" manner, Apple has been, and continues to integrate with them. * I feel like a lot of people here don't use the alternative platforms, like OS X at all, or they use them so infrequently or lightly that they can't realistically see that the excuses that Microsoft gave for ripping this stuff out is laughable as other companies have been able to do what they do and maintain that over the years.  Apple continues to integrate more social services into both iOS and OS X, while Microsoft rips them out of Windows.  Either Windows is *that bad*, Microsoft is lacking in talent or extertise, or Microsoft is simply looking for the easiest excuse to justify removing features like this so that they can push B.S. like Cortana Integration to third parties (see recent LinkedIn news).  My guess is the latter. The Facebook Integration "worked," it's just that certain parts of Microsoft's implementation were too poor, and Microsoft was too lazy to fix them.  Microsoft's serviers seemed to have issues with delivering timely push notifications, for example, and still do.  It has been a major issue since the release of Windows Phone 7, and they have barely improved it since then depite tons of complaints on thier forums about it. 2.  Facebook Integration goes well beyond simply having an API for Apps to hook into Messaging and People Apps. 3.  This makes sense, especially given how HORRIBLE Microsoft's Messaging App was.  If I were Facebook, I wouldn't want to be associated with that, either.  But again, Facebook Integration is about more than simply sending messages.  It's about Photos and Videos.  It's about Contact Information.  It's about Calendar Events, etc.  Information gained from a Facebook connection can be used across the OS in a lot of different places, which can be potentially VERY useful to someone who uses the service heavily. --- And really, the obsessive zeroing in on Facebook - specifically - is a smoke screen.  That wasn't the only service that Microsoft ripped out of Windows.  Flickr has no Windows or Windows Phone App (that has been updated since 2011 or so), and they ripped that out, for example. --- Also, with thier draconian Windows Update Policy keeping these things up to date should be a non-issue.
  • MS didn't dump FB. It was FB's decision to build their own messaging app and, if I remember correctly, FB changed some things on the back end that would have killed the built in feature anyway.
  • Everybody I know sends MMS unless they're going iPhone-iPhone.  Every picture, video clip, etc I get from friends/family/colleagues on either my Win Phone or Android is an MMS.
  • Yeah people are generally dumb. MMS in UK costs usually 50p each, while WhatsApp, Facebook, Email etc is free to send as many as you want using the data allowance you already pay for.
  • I don't think you should go so far as to suggest that people are dumb if they use MMS. As much as we like to rail on US carriers, they do NOT charge anything extra for MMS messages. They are considered a basic necessity (and rightly so). That makes chat apps redundant and unecessary because when less people use them, there's even less point using it. MMS is universal. The most basic prepaid plan from AT&T is a mere $45/month plan that includes unlimited North America calls, unlimited texting/MMS, and 500 MB of data. Just $5 more a month make the data 1.5 GB. (Yes, LTE) Now in the UK, and India (which are the two countries I know definitely charge for MMS), of course, Whatsapp, Facebook, and the like are better alternatives.
  • On my SIM I have a 6€ option and I get from Vodafone unlimited minutes/texts in the network, 1000 MB/minutes/texts in other networks. They should start charging less for MMS
  • Chat apps aren't redundant. The reason most people use them is because it allows them to communicate with their phone, regardless of carrier or whether or not they have actual service. As long as they have WiFi they can communicate with others. I know my kids and their friends found this especially useful
  • The only reason they do this is because Apple forced them to. Apple doesn't want anyone using What's App etc. so they told the carriers to stop charging for MMS so that they could use iMessage and not get charged when going off iPhone. The carriers will do anything Apple wants. Having said this MSFT should take advantage and copy the functionality.   
  • But you pay for the Data allowance, so there's really no difference.  if you use these apps heavily, you will blow through your data anyways as the Photos, Videos, Sound, etc. can weigh significantly unless they're are compressed heavily. This is part of the reason why BBM bad Attachment Size Limits back when (and still does, just bigger IIRC). The only difference you're poinging out is that for one you pay ahead of time (assuming you don't go over your cap), and for the other you pay as you go. In the US, no one pays for MMS, it's in your plan.  It's generally unlimited SMS/MMS.  The apps are largely redundant here.  Why do you think services like Skype, WhatsApp, BBM, and others are more popular in European, African, and some Asian countries than they are in markets like the US? 1.  Majority of People Here do not Message that much out of the country, 2.  Carriers like Verizon have already started giving away free International Texting in thier Plans 3.  SMS/MMS is Unlimited in the Cell Plans here.  You can get a plan with 150 Talk Minutes from a no-name carrier and it'll likely come with Unlimited SMS/MMS. 4.  Data is not unlimited, and with the amount of compression 3rd party messaging apps tend to default to for media transfers, they are often not really all that superior in quality to a mid-high end smartphone sending the same content over MMS. So yea, the apps are totally redundant here.  They are more relevant in countries like the UK where they're still charging for MMS.  That's not the norm here.  There need be some other, more substantial benefits over a Phone Call and SMS/MMS to make people jump on the service.  This is not Europe, where people travel across country borders more frequently and may have family and friends living across borders at a higher rate (compared to population size).  A lot of people here don't even know anyone outside of this country, never call or text out of this country, and never travel outside of their state nevermind the country...  Things like Dual SIM Phones, Free International Calling and Texting, etc. just do not provide value to a ton of people here.  There are probably more people in the US that see WhatsApp as totally worthless than the entire population of the UK. This is why, despite buying WhatsApp, Facebook would never replace Messenger with it.  People use Messenger because they use Facebook, not because they "need a messaging service."  It's merely coincidence and convenience.
  • Dude above must be both single and a hermit.
  • "does anyone use mms anymore?". Seriously? Of course people use mms! Why would I want to install another app and create another account only to do what I can already do with my phone natively?
  • Yes, totally. I've been hoping for this since the very first moment Windows 10 was announced. Let's hope it's true.
  • This!
  • They had that over bt on wp8.x
  • Since the new phone and SMS apps are written with the new APIs, why can't they make them universial and make them work on Windows 10 when my phone is in the same WiFi?
  • ^ THIS!! I don't care about Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, kik, or any other messaging service. Who wants to use 8 different ways to talk to my contacts when there's already a universal way to talk to all of them -> Phone call/SMS/MMS? I want the integration of voice calls/SMS/MMS across all my Windows devices using the phone service that I already pay for and the phone number that all my contacts already know.
  • It's hard to believe it will work offline. Still hard to understand how it's supposed to even work XD
  • On a phone without internet should work as a SMS. On PC without internet I can't see how could work.
  • By offline do you mean wifi? How would you message offline?
  • I think no cell service. Just route it though Skype. They charge like $4/month or something now for cell service... Might be a draw to windows if you could really text over Wi-Fi.
  • A lot of networks are now introducing WiFi calling, still didn't find out if it works for messaging too but can't see why not.
  • In a way, an app to Text over WiFi is very easy to build. Anybody could knock together an App that sends Texts with only a WiFi/Internet connection, but it will require you to buy credit to fund those messages. Skype does already do this, as long as you have credit - The new Skype Messaging Preview app doesn't support it, but the "full" Skype client does.
  • You missed the most important news about this build: The registry editor finally gets a new icon!
  • Uhhhh while that gave me an orgasm... guess what: New right-click menu options on Edge 22! With universal "Save target as" and "Lookup"! P.S.: You can now share stuff to the Messaging app. :D
  • aaahhhhfdsiifhsejkdbhshfdkln fe must. not. fap.   Edit: Too late
  • New right-click menu options on Edge 22! With universal "Save target as" and "Lookup"!
    YES. I am currently using Microsoft Edge as my daily driver because I'm giving it a shot and this glaring ommision is one of the things I hate about it. Aside from the drag and drop support that MS failed to include before shipping Windows 10.    
  • Sounds good
  • Installing now! 
  • Why there are two apps? Why don't they merge them into one and only Messaging?
  • Because then what would they have to endlessly change later on? See, Microsoft works like this: introduce a cool new feature as part of the OS. Then decouple it from the OS and rebrand it. Then discontinue it, remove it from the store, and several months later add something new that does something similar to what you already had years ago. Microsoft is like a dog with a mental disability that can't stop chasing its own tail.
  • Not so sure about MS but you might be projecting. At least you're summing up the apparent mindset of such comments with your dog analogy
  • I don't think that was an answer I was hoping to see, thanks anyway :D
    I'm just wondering why are they separating the video call feature as a standalone app, I just can't find any sense in that move.
     
  • It makes it easier to update. Different teams working on the calling part to the messaging part so by separating into 2 apps everything becomes more agile and they can send updated within days rather than weeks.
  • because it makes the app easier to update and faster to open since it doesn't have to load the video part when people don't often make video calls compared to just texting.
  • You mean like msn messenger? That app did everything skype does now and it did it better and it did it 15 years ago!!! Sigh.
  • Watch Dan's video on it from a few weeks ago.  There's a purpose for it... these are not meant to replace the Skype universal app:
    - Messaging = SMS + Basic Skype messaging (it's a lite messaging client)
    - Video = Skype video, all apps can use this for video calling (similiar Facetime)
    - Skype = Universal app that's coming later with full Skype features
  • Since when is skype video a messaging app?
  • https://twitter.com/gus33000/status/650403324454277120​ Look, a search button!!!!!!! This bodes well for the mobile app
  • the desktop menu bug and the start menu icon display bug have also been fixed. there's also a Find My Device feature now in Settings->Update & Security, but it doesn't appear to be working yet
  • What desktop menu bug?
  • hiding desktop items would disable the right click menu on the desktop
  • Ah so its actually a bug? I fixed it with f10+shift or something which brings up the right click menu.
  • Dang for a second. I though you were talking about the bug in the start menu. Where the apps tiles sometimes appear half of the tile icon.
  • Does Microsoft not realise that nobody cares about "metro apps"?   The updated Registry Editor icon is definitely due, though. That's the only change of interest here.
  • Speak for yourself. Since Windows 10 people are actually installing over 6 times more apps then in Windows 8.1, including myself...
  • Source? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It was mentioned in the Windows Blog Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Got a link?
  • I don't give a shit, sorry.   Windows "apps" are a failed idea. Nobody wanted them in Windows 8, and nobody wants them in Windows 10.   I find it ludicrous that MSFT thinks people want these things. It makes Windows 8/10 feel so unproffesional. No wonder 0 businesses currently use Windows 8 or 10.
  • I find it ludicrous that you think you have the right to be my voice, I love metro apps, and cant wait for them to repalce the dated and vulnerable win32 platform. Also, might i jsut say that its hilarious that you think 0 buisnesses are using windows 8.1/10
  • "dated and vulnerable win32 platform."   lol.
  • I lol your lol Yes, win32 is dated and vulnerable, deal with it, sandboxing is legitimately safer and better.
  • You're extremely naive that it's frightening.     Also, if "WinRT" is so fantastic, why did the Surface RT and Surface RT2 perform so poorly for Microsoft, causing them to lose $1.7 BILLION in sales (http://bgr.com/2014/08/06/microsoft-surface-sales-1-7-billion-loss/)?
  • just because you don't care doesn't mean nobody cares....
  • Ok, sorry. I didn't mean to offend those 5 people who use "apps".
  • I care about metro apps
  • Good for you...I think?
  • Do you not understand that when you post things like that everybody will think you're an ass?
  • Let me guess... You're a "metro app" developer and you're not making enough money off it as you hoped?
  • Did satya touch you in bad places when you were younger?
  • I LOVE metro apps.
  • I LOVE your irony.
  • Well maybe you dont
  • ...me and the majority of Windows users, along with many businesses that skipped Windows 8 and 10 entirely because of them.
  • I love how you spout shit without any sources lol
  • Please name 5 businesses or educational institutions using Windows 8 Enterprise/Windows 10 Enterprise (excluding Surface devices).
  • I work at a fairly large school district and we use Server 2012 for AD which is basically Windows 8.
  • Yes, and?   We're talking about "metro apps" and Windows 8/10, not Windows Server.
  • What, no it doesn't work like that, you cant  "name 5 xxxxx using windows 8 that isnt any of the devices that I know for sure will prove me wrong" You sir, are that kid that changed the rules constantly to be in their favor when playing games as a kid.
  • I much prefer metro apps for everything other than writing code. I have a touch screen AIO and it's just so much more enjoyable to touch a metro app than to fumble around with a win32 app. So i say do you not realise that people care about metro apps? Take your head out of your ass.
  • "a win32 app"   Are you...serious?   Please, not everything is an "app". Can we stop saying that?
  • everytihng is infact an app, app is short for application, all .exes are applications. deal with it.
  • All .exe files are apps? Is ntoskrnl.exe an app?
  • Yes, the kernel app is the very first application that is loaded when booting Windows.
  • Yes.
  • This is ridiculous even to argue about it. Is never bad to have more options. Metro apps is the way to go for so many reasons regardless if you like it ir not. They are part of universal apps and is a good concept.
  • Problem with the App concept, is that Microsoft is having to start over with them. Take as an example the new Mail app vs Outlook for mail. Now, Outlook appeared in around '98 or so and has had 15+ years to evolve and get great features which these days are considered basics. The Mail app is new and based on a new code base, and developed by a separate division in MS, and therefore it all starts from scratch. Nothing is reused, not the product ownership, the build system, the code, the test environment, the tests, the deployment, nothing. So we see it as end users as something that just fails to deliver, especially when compared to a beast like Outlook that now does it all. I believe this to be the same problem with all apps, they are just too immature and cannot compete with desktop counterparts that have had years to become what they are. Added to this, MS have changed the development APIs many times, between Windows 8 and Windows Phone. We' ve had Silverlight on WP7, then new APIs in Silverlight WP8. Then WinRT APIs, and Xaml for Windows Store apps, then WP8.1 APIs and Universal app APIs. Now we have the Universal Developer Platform for Wp10 and Mobile. Little wonder that developers are getting fed up... This is possibly the worst technology road map anyone has ever taken, and shows a great lack of foresight within MS. Now they are paying for it. Mobile and metro apps are far behind. As a developer and a user, of course I want this to have a good ending (meaning the apps improve, and the platform stabilizes) but the road is rocky no matter what the outcome is.
  • You have to hand it to them though, although they've chopped and changed a LOT (And they didn't ever really move everything over from the WP8 to WP 8.1 universal APIs in the end), they've at least maintained compatibility in new versions of the OS, I'm pretty sure you can still run the very first WP7 apps on Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Yes, the backward compatibility story has been very good, no question.
  • I have started using Windows apps on my desktop pc, was unsure at first but it's working really well. I never used Windows 8 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I LOVE metro apps and tiles. In fact it's the one thing that keeps me holding on to windows, phone and pc, specially now that I get MS apps on other platforms too. The metro interface wins hands down compared to other interfaces. We just need better quality apps there.
  • did someone wake you? go back to your sleep son.
  • I use the mail App and a translator App all the time. I would use Groove Music if it was more visual and not shit.
  • Man, the leak builds are even faster than Fast Ring.  lol.
  • Seems Faster.  
  • Ring must be made of chrome, which would explain the lag.
  • I wish they would add a "Leaked" ring lol
  • WHEN Microsoft EDGE SUPPORT Extensions MICROSOFT???? Skype it's OK But support Microsoft Edge
  • AND Save As... for downloads in Edge. Lack of it really sucks.
  • & F11 full screen...
    & inline translation
  • Patience young padawan. They always said November.
  • Are you Skyping an Owl Dan? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That's funny. It seems he's connecting to Mark, and the owl is probably Mark's profile pic.
  • The way Dan is looking in screenshot is funny. It looks like it could be part of a horror film. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Aero/Glass/Transparency please :/
  • That would make the OS much more pleasing to look at! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No it wouldn't. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I really like the pure white transparent icons on the taskbar. Looks like they're going away :(
  • They just can't make up their minds ... Microsoft always changes things that are not broken ... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • How do you know it's not broken? While it looks nice, it makes icons hard to distinguish when they are all just white and minimalistic. I'm sure some people complained about that and asked for icons to be easier to tell apart so you can spend more time actually clicking them than trying to tell which one is which.
  • Well this is repeatitive but this is where a option comes from. I also kind like the white only Taskbar icons, but new colored ones is nice blend too. Though I find white icons to be a nicer contrast when you are using colored taskbar option, so that some icons won't potentially blend in to the Taskbar color, runining the looks of colored icon.
  • So Windows 10 Mobile users will be able to use their PC (x86 Windows 10) to send and receive sms/ carrier phone calls trough the messaging app? How about iOS & Android users? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • We don't know if your first assumption is true, while it would certainly be great, the app may just allow for Skype messaging on PCs.
  • I believe you hook the phone up via Bluetooth and it will just send it from your phone. No direct communication from PC to carrier. This is my guess anyways.
  • That was actually what i ment, to connect phone and pc trough Bluetooth and then send and receive sms and calls that you normally do on the phone. I hope iOS and Android will be supported. It will only benefit the user experience :)
  • I think this would be possible on Android due to the general open nature of the OS, but not as likely on iOS. There are some Windows 10 Apps already available that send messages via your Android phone (via the Carriers SIM in the phone) that a friend used to use
  • Looks like there's a new coloured MAIL icon too! 
    I love the Store one, but not sure it would look good if ALL the icons were coloured like that.  I would much prefer the wireframe icons.
  • Currently have the coloured Mail Icon on the latest (official) insider build on my Surface - My desktop isn't on Insider builds and overall I do prefer the coloured one on the Surface. The Photos and Calendar apps also have colourful icons in the current Insider build too
  • You got me on the Registry Editor icon.
  •   I agree I hope that this app synchs the SMS/MMS and Telephone calls from my Phone to my Windows 10 PC like IOS.  
  • Like Nokia PC Suite used to do before we even had Smartphones :-D - For sending SMS at least
  • Need in Australia, tab app, tattslotto app, sportsbet app, snap chat, footytips app, we have no betting apps or sport apps at all!!
  • if i am in windows ecosystem, can i reply to message from any device which runs windows 10 ?
  • That will probably come in a future update.
  • If it doesn't fix OneDrive, I don't care.
  • Yup, OneDrive still inferior and the missing Placeholders is still non-existent at all. They really should've done this by TH2. Yup, OneDrive still inferior and the missing Placeholders is still non-existent at all. They really should've done this by TH2.
  • Oops, sorry the comment system just got a glitch. :(
  • Well, OneDrive does update itself seperately so we may get to see changes to this without the need of a new OS update.
  • Finally the Messaging, Video and Phone apps are here!! Kind of late since TH2 release is very near, so I'm again worried if they will manage it polish it before time, especially that the People app (I'm surprise no ones mentioning this) is still alpha at best on Windows 10!! They really have to make it look exactly like these: http://i.imgur.com/tLgY1cQ.jpg  http://i.imgur.com/AbNXC8o.jpg There is also some OS-level things that shoud've been solved like the missing window animations, which I've saw the video and its still missing (only close animation is present which is weird). Task View animations on Tablet mode is also bad which are not seamless, continous and professional to look at. Its just a fade and zoom from center instead of same great Task View animation from desktop mode. Also the menu is update on Start but still the menu system as a whole in the OS is inconsistent from a glance down to pixel measurements. Especially also animations and shadows are still old XP-Style that hasn't updated at all. http://i.imgur.com/vYVeUkx.png
  • Yes this doesn't get talked about very much. Try going into the accounts part and click on the button to Get more Social Apps, it still just does a blank search in the Store, which it did all the way through Insider Builds. The useless button didn't even get removed for RTM, it definitely hasn't been touched in a long time - Those screenshots look great, hopefully that's what we'll have soon
  • Landscape Homescreen?
  • This article is about the PC version!
  • Some of you come guys really have to look at yourself and your comments. They are nothing but negative and almost hateful towards Microsoft and Windows, I don't know why you even bother to come here and comment at all. Just do/use something that makes you happy instead of using Microsofts services.
  • Can we see phone's SMS messages in the messaging app on PC?
  • Hey where are the Edge's tab preview images and updated icons?
  • INSTALL APPS TO EXTERNAL STORAGE! That's really nice.. Finally.
  • OK for phones/tablets but pointless on a desktop pc where software is generally installed to the system drive. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Not really. My system SSD holds only OS and the most used \ autorun apps. Everything else is stored on HDD. Especially considering the fact MS is planning to release a proper games like Fable Legends through store, SSD won't be enough.
  • It was in some of the Insider Builds but was removed due to problems that they didn't go into in detail about - Glad to see it back, especially for tablet users
  • Looks better.
  • Three months after W10 an still Edge remains a non credible browser. Edge should have been completed by now.
  • Install apps to external device!! Now all my $70 16GB Winbook tablets won't be so useless anymore!
  • Why does it need a new OS build to release apps? Sounds like MSFT is back to using undocumented OS calls to enhance its own apps!
  • Dont forget the the fact that the Windows 10 Mobile extension API is still being refined. The core API and Desktop API is "finished" so its stable to use, minor updates will not break existing functionality, only add new methods or fix bugs in existing ones. Because the mobile API is not RTM yet nothing is set in stone and small updates can bring breaking changes, however at this late stage its unlikely to introduce breaking changes anyway. Regardless, OS update is still needed to apply bug fixes to the core and mobile APIs so the apps can benefit from those fixes, it may also bring some new ones that have been worked on internally while developing the messaging app.
  • Actually they moved from using undocumented calls. They mentioned one time that they had to introduce new APIs on the specific request of the Office universal app team. This way, both the office apps and the API set will be improved. I expect it to be the same way for Edge. If they need something they will have to add the API for it and everybody can use it. This is one of the reasons why Windows 10 has an always on Windows Update. If you are continuesly improving the API, you need to keep it updated on all system to prevent apps from crashing.
  • This sounds right - As when building a Windows 10 app you can specify the minimum version your app requires - So if a new API is introduced for everybody at some point, you can make sure your app only shows as available from a minimum version of the OS upwards
  • How about different backgrounds for different desktops like Apple already has. That would help
  • I don't use different desktops but I quite agree with this option.
  • has anyone noticed changes in store icon?
  • Do you mean the shadow/accent behind the icon? I have that on the latest insider build. I prefer the old version without the shadow effect behind it, but prefer the colourful Mail, Calendar and Photos icons as they are easier to identify with a quick glance
  • How about we can customise our own login screen?!
  • This can be done on 10547 !
  • Isn't that just the option to remove the Windows 10 Hero background? You can only customise it as far as turning that off and having your accent colour show as a solid background. I think Johnny Grinter means choosing a custom image (This is actually something you've been able to do for a long time, and in previous versions of Windows, by modifying a system file)
  • Are you telling me we can now add our own login screen wallpaper? I don't believe you can.
  • Install apps to external storage
    Finally!