There’s a new version of Microsoft Solitaire Collection in this one
It’s time for your weekly dose of Windows 10 builds. Over the past month or so alone, we’ve had as many as five new builds—both official releases and leaks—with the last one finding its way onto the Internet Friday. (A few more and we’ll soon have to do a “This Week in Windows 10 Builds” roundup.) Build 10056 includes a new version of Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire card game(s), a new dark OS theme, and a few more things.
On Monday, Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul (general manager, OSG data and fundamentals team) admitted to the company erring on the side of caution and being “conservative” about releasing Windows 10 Technical Preview builds. Five days later, even as Aul and his team were still dithering over whether to speed up the release cadence in deference to public demand, a new Windows 10 build quietly leaked onto the web. For those keeping score at home, build 10036 is the third to have become available to the public in this manner and the seventh to have become available at all.
For those eagerly awaiting the next official build of Windows 10 Technical Preview, we have a sneak peek of what’s to come. A bunch of previously unseen Windows 10 screenshots leaked onto the web Thursday courtesy notorious Russian leaker WZor. These latest leaked images, all from the as-yet-unreleased build 10031, show a number of changes.
Says DPRK sympathizers could be behind ‘righteous’ act
The devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that rendered most of the movie studio’s computers unusable for over a week and left the hackers behind the attack in possession of copious amounts of sensitive data is currently being probed by both forensic experts hired by the company and the FBI. Although the identity of the perpetrators has yet to be established, many believe there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that points to a North Korean hand. Perhaps fed up with all the incriminatory rumors, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday dismissed all talk of its involvement in the attack on Sony in its own inimitable style.
See Windows 9’s Notification Center, Start Menu and multiple desktops in action
Microsoft may not have officially lifted the curtain on Windows 9 (a.k.a “Threshold”) but if sites like WinFuture continue to have their way, the Redmond-based company will have very little new to show us when it finally does get down to unveiling its next desktop operating system. (We don’t have an issue with these leaks, though.) The German site, which recently posted a bunch of allegedly leaked screenshots of the rumored-to-be-upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview, has now taken to posting videos that showcase some of the upcoming OS’s features.
Mozilla on Friday notified users of its Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) about the “accidental disclosure” of over 76,000 email addresses and around 4,000 “salted” passwords. These MDN user credentials remained exposed to the public for around a month until one of the outfit’s web developers discovered their presence on a server accessible to the general public around a couple of weeks back.
Build 6.4.9788 was recently spotted in Windows Store logs
We’ve known about the Start Menu’s impending comeback for over two months now. Ever since the return of what is perhaps the most iconic Windows UI item to have been left out of Windows 8 was announced by the Redmond-based company in April, there has a been a lot of speculation about the time of its comeback. If some recent reports are to be believed, it’s more likely to come back with the Windows 9 “Threshold” update than the less significant Windows 8.1 Update 2.
Different reports point to different release schedules
Speaking at last year’s Build conference, then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that moving to a rapid release cadence was “fundamental to what we’re doing, and what we must to do to mobilize our ecosystem and our partners.” Since that proclamation, we’ve already seen the company release two updates (albeit of varying significance), and a third, presumably called Windows 8.1 Update 2, is rumored for release later this year. But what about next year?
Smaller living spaces may now function well with Kinect
Back in August we reported that Microsoft had done an early unboxing video to showcase its latest Xbox One console. Now that we're less than a month away from getting our hands on the piece of new tech, new details are surfacing left and right, like manual leaks (via ExtremeTech) that offer insight into how the console and the Kinect peripheral must be set up.
Build 9471 leak comes just a few days before RTM (release to manufacturing)
One of the many criticisms of Windows 8 is that it has a steep learning curve, which is ironic as Microsoft has also been accused of unnecessarily dumbing down its operating system by saddling it with a touch-friendly layer of tiles and apps. The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will thankfully address both issues. While we have already witnessed the ability to skip the Start Screen and boot straight to desktop in earlier builds, a new leaked build contains something that is meant to help first-time users acclimatize themselves to the Windows 8 interface a lot faster.