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Insider build 14393.3 for PC and Mobile released to Fast ring
Microsoft today released the first cumulative update for Windows 10 build 14393 for both PC and Mobile. Here's what got fixed and improved in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14393.3.
A cumulative update for Windows 10 PCs running on the Fast and Slow ring build 14393 is now available. KB3176925 doesn't have a support page yet, but it presumably contains a number of fixes.
The Microsoft Garage project Arrow Launcher was updated today to include a few new features. Version 2.1 includes notification bade support for more apps, 24-hour display format support, and more.
Microsoft has pushed out an update to OneDrive on the web and its apps across different platforms. The update comes with lots of changes including a Poké detector to cater for Pokémon GO players.
The Lumia 640 XL is now available from AT&T for $149.99, and there's no indication that it's a limited-time offer - but curiously, the same AT&T-locked model is still $249.99 on the Microsoft Store.
In 7 days' time, Microsoft will end its offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7/8.1 PCs. But even if you're not yet ready to move to the new OS, you can 'reserve' a free upgrade for later.
Microsoft today released new firmware for the Surface Pro 3. It's the first such update to be made available for the device since April 19 of this year. There's no word on what's in the new update.
Microsoft today added eight more titles to the list of Xbox 360 games that are backward compatible with the Xbox One. Among today's additions are Capcom Arcade Cabinet, Crystal Defenders, and more.
Microsoft today released an update for the Windows Device Recovery Tool. Version 3.8.19701 includes an updated HoloLens recovery. The update is available for all now, and it's mandatory.
97% of active Windows phones are still Lumias; the Lumia 535 is the most popular; and 25% of handsets in Germany are on Windows 10 Mobile - these are just a few insights from the latest AdDuplex data.
Microsoft delayed the release of its Surface Hub twice, and increased its price by $2000 before launch. Nonetheless, it seems that its giant collaboration-focused display has been a sales success.
With 18 days left on the Kickstarter campaign to make the stylish Windows 10 Mobile handset available worldwide, just 438 backers have pledged a total of $125,000 - well short of the $725,000 goal.
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14393 to the Slow ring. Originally released on Monday to the Fast ring, the build contains no known issues for PC, and could be RTM.
In a statement to Neowin, Microsoft has refused to acknowledge any efforts to bring Pokémon GO to Windows devices, stating that the company values quality of apps on Windows 10 over quantity.
Microsoft Bookings lets businesses provide a simple interface for customers to schedule and manage their appointments, along with a bookings dashboard and management tools for businesses themselves.
The first Universal Windows 10 app showed up on the Xbox One earlier this month, but a few more have now made an appearance for those running the latest version of the preview OS.
Microsoft's Get Windows 10 app is gearing up for the final days of the free upgrade offer, as it now shows a countdown. The icon in the system tray also shows a yellow alert symbol.
Microsoft announced today that it's finishing up Skype's transition from peer-to-peer to the cloud soon. According to the company, many of Skype's issues were due to the ongoing transition.
Microsoft is dropping Skype support for older versions of Android, and as it focuses its development efforts on the Skype UWP app for Windows 10, older Windows Phone handsets will be left behind too.
It's been six months since I ditched Windows phones and hitched my wagon to Android. Here's what you should expect, along with some thoughts on switching back and the future of Windows 10 Mobile.
In its latest quarterly results, Microsoft revealed that Xbox Live active users grew by 33%, although it also said that Xbox hardware revenue fell by 33% - but that's not quite as bad as it sounds.
Microsoft's latest earnings report reveals that its phone revenues fell by 71% year-over-year - but unlike in previous quarters, the company has chosen not to reveal exactly how many handsets it sold.
If you were itching to get your hands on the Gears of War 4 Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, it is now being made available for pre-order from Amazon and the Microsoft Store for $199.99.
Microsoft has revealed that it will be present at the 2016 Comic-Con in San Diego to promote upcoming games for the Xbox One S, marking the company's sixth consecutive appearance at the event.
Microsoft reported a strong fourth quarter fuelled by solid growth in its cloud business, an increase in Office 365 subscribers, and a rise in Surface revenue - but its phone revenue fell by 71%.
Microsoft today is pushing out a Camera app update to Windows 10 users that are currently using an Insider Preview build of the Anniversary Update to bring panorama functionality.
Microsoft today added three more titles to the list of Xbox 360 games that are backward compatible with the Xbox One. Today's additions include HALF-MINUTE HERO -Super Mega Neo Climax- and more.
If you're on the lookout for a new monitor, Microsoft is currently offering some big discounts on 27- and 34-inch curved displays from HP, as well as a 32-inch display with 4K resolution.
In what appears to be a final email to customers, Amazon has informed Windows phone users that it'll be retiring its app on August 15 - a bit later than the previously reported date of July 25.
In its latest round of layoffs, Microsoft has reportedly decided to discharge its entire editorial team at Microsoft Press, citing "adaptations to business needs" as a reason for the decision.
A growing number of Surface Pro 3 users are reporting drastic battery life declines in their devices, rendering the tablets unusable. Microsoft hasn't addressed the issue publicly yet.
Microsoft has once again ventured into the video streaming arena, but this time it is targeting business users with its Stream service that will allow enterprises to upload and share their videos.
It's another day and there's another Windows 10 Insider Preview; this time it's build 14393. Here's what got fixed, improved, and is still broken in Windows 10 Mobile build 14393.
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14393 for both PC and Mobile. While it didn't contain any new features, there are some fixes, improvements, and known issues of note.
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14393 for PC and Mobile to the Fast ring. The build is reported by some to be the build that non-Insiders will see as the Anniversary Update.
Microsoft has updated Groove on iOS and Android, promising "significant improvements" to reliability, a new Explore view "to learn about the most popular songs and new releases", and more.
Microsoft today announced that its UWP Skype Preview app is now available for Windows 10 Mobile devices that are running the Insider Preview builds for the Anniversary Update.
Microsoft has joined forces with careers expert Maxie McCoy and digital print specialist MOO to launch a site offering "tools, advice and inspiration to begin your career doing something you love."
The HP Elite x3 will begin shipping in the United States later this month. Pricing will start at $699; however, at that price, the handset won't come with any accessories, such as the Desk Dock.
After announcing that its UK CEO would be stepping down from that role this year, Microsoft has announced his appointment as its new Corporate Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Microsoft announced today that the 2TB model of the Xbox One S will begin arriving on August 2. The console will be available in stores and it will arrive for those that pre-ordered on that date.
Last week, Amazon offered the Band 2 exclusively to those with a Prime subscription for $144.99. Now, Microsoft's wearable device is available at that price for all buyers - but only in one size.
Ten and a half months after it was first announced, Acer's Liquid Jade Primo has finally gone on sale in the US, priced at $649, which includes a desktop dock for Continuum, plus a mouse and keyboard.
After nearly 70,000 people signed a petition to persuade Niantic to bring Pokemon GO to Windows phone devices, a Microsoft support representative claims that the company is working on it.
If you still own the Yezz Billy 4.7, you're now free to install Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds on it. The Windows Device Recovery Tool was recently updated to support the device.
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The beta version of Microsoft's workflow management app, Flow, is now available for Android users on the Google Play Store for testing, nearly a month since its iOS launch.
Microsoft has outlined the changes it'll be making to Project Islandwood - its open source tool to port iOS apps to Windows - with better implementation of UIKit combined with XAML.