Microsoft is making some changes to the usual BSOD page, which itself has been updated with Windows 8 and now Windows 10. The information contained on it, and what can be gleaned through logs anyway, can already tell you what happened with a quick search on Google (or, dare we say, Bing?). But now they want to make it a little easier to ascertain what's wrong with your PC, with QR codes.
This new system isn't quite active yet, but when it does go live, presumably with the next big release planned this summer, it'll connect the QR code seen above with a page that that'll explain, hopefully in easy to read terms, what happened and why. This could make it much easier to pin down problems with your build because things do happen and go wrong unexpectedly. Right now the landing page is generic, however.
Microsoft is on to something here. The information that you usually get is not always easy to sift through or investigate for everyone. Information can always be found, it's definitely out there, but the ease of use demonstrated here could make for a much easier and more convenient troubleshooting time. Not to mention it'd be far easier for customer support.
Those in the Xbox One Preview Program are in for a treat soon: Xbox team member Mika Ybarra implied on Twitter that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (also known as Redstone), will be made available for you as of late May or early June. Although it's not explicit, Ybarra also says Preview members will see Preview updates before the Anniversary Update, leading us to believe the updates are one and the same.
Once the Anniversary Update is released, the Insider Program and the Xbox One Preview Program will be combined to make this all a lot less confusing.
We already saw at BUILD 2016 that Microsoft has big plans for the future of Windows 10. Preview builds are already gaining the ability to play with Bash and Visual Studio 2016 is looking mighty fine. A new public roadmap points towards some new previously unannounced features that look very interesting.
The majority of these new features are business focused and also look to bolster cross-platform connectivity, but it also speaks to a more fluid user experience of the type that Apple has been pioneering. Except here it's a bit more productivity focused and not geared strictly towards consumption of media. It isn't a sign of more mobile devices taking over Windows, but instead of the recognition that we're inherently more mobile in how we interact with technology and this allows us to switch in a way that makes sense. Or potentially it eventually will. Have to start somewhere.
Windows XP launched nearly 15 years ago and support for it ended two years ago. Despite that, it's still going impressively strong: new data from Netmarketshare shows it holds a 10.9% slice of the pie, good for third behind Windows 7 (51.89%) and Windows 10 (14.15%), and ahead of both Windows 8.1 (9.56%) and OS X 10.11 (4.05%).
XP's resilience is due in part to how revolutionary it was and a lack of strong internal competition for years prior and following. Today, no doubt much of the reason for its large share is businesses who can't be bothered to upgrade -- such an undertaking is typically considered not worth it until it's completely unavoidable.
Last month, the Windows 10 Twitter app offered up a dark mode, and now the whole OS is doing it. If you're a Windows Insider, you can grab the new 14316 build and try it out for yourself now. Note that some UWP apps won't be affected by dark mode.
That's far from all: also included is notifications customization (choose priority level and amount of notifications per app), native Bash support (for you Linux lovers), more cross-device Cortana syncing, a 'Find my phone' feature (locate your phone with your PC), a slew of bug fixes, and much more.
Microsoft's new Action Center UI is official and sounding more exciting than ever.
Coming not just to Windows 10 PCs but to Windows 10 Mobile, as well as Android, it will sync all devices, so dismissing a notification on your PC -- whether for a text or something else -- will also dismiss it on your phone. You can do the inverse too on Android, either the old-fashioned way or through the Cortana app -- no Windows 10 Mobile handset required.
The iOS 9.3 update launched March 21 and began causing crashes for Safari users when clicking on links, among other issues. Fortunately, Apple has responded pretty quickly with an update today fixing the crashes.
The update - numbered 9.3.1 -- can be downloaded over-the-air via Settings or iTunes. If you need instructions, you can find them this way.
During the keynote for Microsoft's annual Build developer conference, Windows boss Terry Myerson said that Windows 10 is now home to over 270 million users.
Microsoft isn't measuring total device installations or daily activity, with Computer World noting that Microsoft is expressing the 270 million number as a software-as-a-service style. This means MS is pulling the number of people using Windows 10 at least once in the last 30 days, as Windows 10 users. This figure isn't exclusive to Windows 10 PCs either, as it includes smartphones, tablets, and even Xbox One consoles running Windows 10.
The much-hyped iOS 9.3 update hasn't gone smoothly on older devices (specifically, the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; and the iPad 2, third- and fourth-generation Retina iPads, and the iPad Air), preventing users who forget their Apple ID passwords from activating their devices.
As such, they've pulled the update and in the meantime, they advise you try to reset your password or disable the Activation Lock feature via iCloud.com or by connecting your device to a computer with iTunes. Another option is to downgrade to 9.2.1 by clicking Update or if that fails, Restore, but be warned: this may erase your data.
A new version of the update has been released for the iPad 2, so users should be good to go on that front. The rest of you will be taken care of "in the next few days."
General Manager of Core Ux for Windows Desktop, Tablet and Phone Peter Skillman confirms on Twitter that Microsoft is working on a "total update" of File Explorer, the default file manager application that lets you navigate the contents of Windows.
@HUGEMSFAN Yes we are working on a total update of file explorer! Can't articulate schedule yet. You are right.— peter skillman (@peterskillman) March 18, 2016
He later clarifies the tweet was intended to be private and for a Microsoft employee. Nevertheless, the cat is the out of the bag.