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By Rich Woods
Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21292.1010
by Rich Woods
Earlier this week, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21292 to the Dev channel. It contained mostly fixes for the news and interests feature that appeared the week before, which basically puts a news feed in the taskbar.
Now, we're getting a cumulative update for the build, bringing the build number to 21292.1010. According to Microsoft, there's nothing new in the update. The company does this periodically, but it's just meant to test out the servicing pipeline. Microsoft has to make sure that it can service builds with cumulative updates from time to time, as that's a very major component to servicing a feature update.
The update is KB4601937, and it should show up automatically. Obviously, you can get it now by checking for updates in Windows Update, although there's really nothing here to test out.
Build 21292 is from the rs_prerelease branch, meaning that it includes features that might show up in some future version of Windows, and might not. It's not tied to any specific feature release though.
By Abhay V
Microsoft's Julia White is leaving the company after a 20-year tenure to join SAP
by Abhay Venkatesh
Image source: Microsoft Julia While, Corporate Vice President (CVP) for Product marketing for Azure, Developer Tools and Servers at Microsoft has today announced her departure from the company. White is the second high-level employee to leave the company, with the first being Brad Anderson, CVP for Commercial Management Experiences, who announced his move earlier this week.
White will be joining SAP as the Chief Marketing and Solutions Officer after a 20-year tenure at the Redmond firm. She began her tenure as the Product Manager for the Server division at the company in 2001 and has since held positions in channel marketing, Exchange Server, Office, and Azure. White has held her current role as the CVP for a little more than five years. She says that the decision to leave Microsoft has been “gut-wrenching to say the least”, adding that she is “glad to be heading to a company that works closely with Microsoft”.
Azure Vice President John "JG" Chirapurath will take over from White in the interim, the report adds. Chirapurath has been at the company for around three years in his second stint, having left the company in 2014 post a 10-year tenure.
Nasdaq reports that Julia White will be joining SAP’s executive board alongside Scott Russell, current President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan, who will be replacing Adaire Fox-Martin. As for Microsoft, ZDNet reports that the company confirmed via a spokesperson that it is conducting an internal and external search for White’s replacement.
By News Staff
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By Abhay V
Microsoft brings Fluent Design icons and other tweaks to Teams for Public Preview users
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft is rolling out some updates to Teams for users that are enrolled in the new Public Preview program – a program that the Redmond firm introduced last month. This month’s updates bring some styling changes, including new background colors and tweaks to both the default and dark themes.
The company debuted the Public Preview program to induct more users to try out and give feedback on features and changes before they are shipped to all users. This branch was added to the existing Beta and Private Preview channels that were exclusive only to businesses. Interestingly, a “Developer Preview” option shows up for consumers as well, and the blog post mentions that the changes apply to “Teams for Work and Teams for Life”, with the latter pointing to the consumer version.
As for the latest update, the service now features a subtly tweaked design with drop shadows between the vertical panels to better differentiate between the columns. The company has also tweaked both default and dark themes with updated colors for the background. It says that the new Fluent Design icons with rounded corners are set to be introduced next month. The firm adds that the refreshes are being made to modernize the offering and make it “consistent” with other Microsoft 365 apps.
With these changes making it to the Public Preview program on all platforms, it should not be long before they make it to all users. You can head to the support document here that details the steps to perform to enroll into the preview program. However, for work or school accounts, the preview must be enabled by the IT admins. It will be interesting to see what other design changes make it to the collaboration service.
By Abhay V
Apple reportedly testing Music and Podcasts apps for the Microsoft Store
by Abhay Venkatesh
Apple retired iTunes for macOS back in 2019 with the release of macOS Catalina, splitting its functionality into three apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. However, the company continued offering iTunes on Windows and had nothing to share about replacing the aging music client. A job posting spotted late in 2019 hinted towards possible efforts in that regard, with the firm calling on UWP developers to build the “next generation of media apps for Windows”. The company then made available Apple TV for Xbox late last year.
Now, a new report suggests that the Cupertino giant is working to bring its Music and Podcasts apps to the Microsoft Store. The apps are reportedly being tested as part of a private beta program and a release is expected sometime later this year. It is not clear if the apps are aimed at Xbox users alone, just like the Apple TV app, or if Apple plans to make the offerings available for the PC as well via the Microsoft Store.
Apple has been gradually expanding the availability of its services on multiple platforms. Apple TV, for instance, has made its way to Chromecast with Google TV and multiple smart TVs from LG and Sony. It will not be surprising to see the Music app make it to the Xbox, following the TV app. Though the service has a great web app. there is merit in releasing the apps for Windows 10 – and by extension for Windows 10X that is expected to launch on low-end PCs and tablets first – since it will greatly expand the reach of the company’s services via native apps.
It will be interesting to see what the iPhone company has in store for Microsoft’s platform. The introduction of native TV, Music, and Podcasts apps to Windows will be a welcome addition for users of the services.