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Microsoft has pulled downloads for version 1511 of Windows 10, the major release launched last week. As of yesterday, the downloads will only give you build 10240, and you can only upgrade through Windows Update, meaning you're (almost) out of luck if you want a clean install or to specifically upgrade with the ISO for some reason. You can use this semi-secret link, but it may well be pulled soon.
The company confirmed to ZDNet and us that this is very much intentional and they want the update available through Windows Update only, although they don't specify why. There are user reports that claim tech support has told them the ISO downloads have caused issues, and this official Microsoft documentation might indicate the cause, so that's a possibility. When asked for comment on this, a Microsoft spokesperson told us, "We look into any issues our customers report and appreciate their feedback. We don't have any further information to share today."
Did you know that Windows 3.1 is now 23 years old and still used as a major kingpin in some global infrastructures?
ZDNet reported that November the 7th was a particularly harsh day for Paris' Orly airport. A system running Windows 3.1 called 'DECOR', something that controls a link between air traffic control and the French weather bureau, crashed and suspended all operations.
There has been a promise to upgrade France's airport infrastructure by 2017 announced by the French transport minister, however, air traffic controller union executive Alexandre Fiacre thinks that it will take four or more years after this set date for things to be fully operational.
The Windows 10 November update rolled out yesterday, but not for everyone. Adding to the confusion, some sites reported the reason for the delay might be upgrading to Windows 10 within the past month, to which many users responded this wasn't the case for them, yet they still weren't seeing the update.
We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a spokesperson informed us it will simply take time.
The November update for Windows 10 is here, marking the first major public update for the operating system.
Performance is said to be better in general, and boot time is specifically named as being 30% faster than Windows 7. Cortana now supports writing with pens on the Surface and such, now sends you event reminders and can help you get where you need to go with Uber (as we saw with previous Insider builds), and becomes available in Japan, Australia, Canada, and India (English).
In a just year's time, Windows 10 will completely phase out its beloved predecessor Windows 7 on all new PC's. Now we know exactly how Microsoft will get its wish of one billion Windows 10 users--simply not giving new PC buyers a choice.
The Redmond-based tech giant today revealed the revised lifecycle for existing Windows operating systems, confirming that as of October 31, 2016 all new retail PC's will only ship with Windows 10. Microsoft has mandated that OEM's like Dell and HP will no longer be able to ship laptops, all-in-ones, desktops or hybrid systems with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 preinstalled after the cut-off date.
This timeline is notably more aggressive and accelerated than Microsoft's usual lifecycle amendments. Microsoft typically announces these changes a full two years after a new OS rolls out, but given the company's assertive evangelical stance on Windows 10 it's no surprise things are speeding up.
Last week we reported Android was going to consume Chrome OS once the two operating systems merged. Google has clarified this is not true, and that Chrome OS isn't actually going anywhere.
"While we've been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems," they write in a blog post, "there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS."
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10576 is out in the wild, and with it comes a fairly exciting feature, if you have the device(s) to support it: media casting.
Via Edge, you can send videos, pictures, and audio to any Miracast and DLNA enabled device in your home. This includes support for YouTube videos, Facebook photos, and Pandora songs, but in theory you may be able to cast just about anything. Sadly, protected content is not supported, so you can't cast Netflix, Hulu, etc. -- one of the key reasons to cast in the first place.
Other changes in this build include Xbox beta app voiceover recording and search and purchase functionality, a fix for the Xbox beta RAM usage issue which popped up under specific circumstances, and Hyper-V performance improvements.
Following recent reports Windows 10 was attempting to self-install on some systems, Microsoft assured the public this was a mistake and would be rectified in short order. That's true (the upgrade will be flagged as an "Optional Update" now or soon), but come early 2016, Windows 10 will officially adopt this behavior when it becomes a recommended update.
To be clear, Windows 10 will not automatically install itself, it will simply begin the process, at which point you can stop it or continue. As well, you can change this behavior and whether or not you see the notification upgrades via settings. Lastly, you'll have the option to roll back to your previous version of Windows within 31 days of installing Windows 10.
According to reports published by the Wall Street Journal, leading tech giant Google will unify Chrome OS and Android to build a new synergized operating system that will roll out sometime in 2017.
WSJ notes that Google has been planning to fuse Chrome OS and Android for "roughly two years", and have recently made significant progress in the merger. Google plans to showcase an early build of the unified OS next year.
As Android will consume Chrome OS, this means we'll likely see Android-powered PC's. Fusing the beleaguered and under-used Chrome OS with the widely-adopted Android makes a lot of sense, as the two operating systems each have their own strengths. Android has a huge app ecosystem but is pretty bad with a keyboard and mouse, and Chrome OS is optimized for a PC experience, but its "browser-only" approach is more closed off and lacking in software.
Build 10581 of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview rolls out today. While it doesn't contain big new features, it does fix that dreadful upgrade bug plaguing the last couple releases, so if you skipped those, you do get to finally enjoy the features they introduced (text from PC, Skype integration, Uber/Cortana integration, Cortana background power usage optimization, and improved texting, among others). Microsoft says it's "very happy" to have the bug behind them.
New changes include photo sharing through third party apps, better battery life, and improved video recording, to name the bigger ticket items.
Be aware you may see a black screen upon installing this update for approximately five minutes. This is normal, so don't be alarmed.