What’s New in Windows 10 Build 14342

Windows 10 preview build 14342 hit Insiders in Microsoft’s Fast Ring yesterday—a little earlier than scheduled, according to Petri.com. Here’s what’s new. Edge Extensions and Updates Users will see a lot of improvements for Edge extensions in this build, which like all fast ring previews is unstable should not be installed on your main production…

Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Includes Bash, Cortana Updates

Yes, there’s a dark theme and new emojis, but there are a lot more than aesthetic changes in the latest Windows 10 build released to Fast Ring Insiders Wednesday. In Build 14316, Microsoft is making available for preview a number of features slated for this summer’s Anniversary Update. Let’s start with perhaps the most interesting…

Windows 8.1 Mobile Customers Can Finally Upgrade to Windows 10

Think Windows Phone is dead? Not so fast. Though the customer base for the mobile OS remains paltry compared to competitors iPhone and Android, Microsoft still seems to see the phones as important to its overall plan for Universal Windows Apps. And on Thursday, the company began rolling out over-the-air updates to Windows 10 for…

Windows 10 IoT Core Now Supports Raspberry Pi 3

With the newest edition of Raspberry Pi now on the market, Microsoft has announced that it’s rolling out IoT Core support for the device, expanding the options for developers working on IoT projects. The $35 Raspberry Pi 3 board went on sale Feb. 29, and support is available via the most recent IoT Core Insider…

WishAppList Tracks Demand for Windows 10 Apps

As Microsoft tries to encourage developers to build universal Windows apps, it’s suffered from what some observers have correctly called a chicken-or-the-egg problem: Developers don’t want to build until they know there’s user demand, but users may be shunning the platform until better apps are available. Now, a new website aims to open up communication…

Microsoft Accelerates Windows 10 Preview Schedule, Releases Build 14251

A new Windows 10 build goes out today to Insiders in Microsoft’s Fast track, and it includes previously announced changes to Cortana. The Fast track is living up to its name, with this new version, Build 14251, released just a week after Build 11102. (Don’t be confused by the leap in numbers; Microsoft is simply…

Taming the SplitView Control in Windows 10

Of all the new controls featured in Windows 10, SplitView is perhaps the most emblematic. SplitView makes it easy to implement “hamburger menu” interfaces like the ones featured in Windows 10’s built-in News, Sports, and Photos apps, among others. A hamburger icon consisting of three horizontal bars sits atop a ribbon on the left side…

Handling the Back Button in Windows 10 UWP Apps

The cool thing about Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps is that they run on an assortment of devices, from PCs, tablets, and phones to (soon) Xboxes and HoloLens, among others. Personally, I can’t wait to see some of the apps I’ve written light up on my kids’ Xbox. They’ll think I’m a hero (“my dad…

API Convergence Gets Real in Windows 10

Last year, I wrote a universal app named Pic Me (later renamed to “Picture Me”) for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The main reason I wrote it was that my daughter said “wouldn’t it be cool to have an app that shows you all the photos you’ve been tagged in on Facebook, and that…