Neowin has posted a great retrospective on Windows 10 which turned 5 years old this week, or yesterday specifically.
That is actually a long time, if you also consider that Windows 8 was only released 7 years ago (tomorrow) and even then wasn't something I switched to until the release of 8.1 a year later - very content with Windows 7 which is now considered end of life by Microsoft and soon if not already by many popular applications.
You could argue not much has changed in terms of the looks, Windows 10 has a very unmistakable style over both Windows 7 and 8 but there have been many new versions given silly seasonal names with a huge number of iterations via the Insider program.
Give the article a read and you will actually see how much has actually changed, with nearly every part of the operating system getting some attention at some time or another. Members of the product team have never been more accessible on reddit or Twitter either so it is always a shame when releases are tarnished by the smallest of bugs, especially when those bugs lead to blocks and serious problems for users.
It seems Microsoft is getting into a routine of releasing development builds on Wednesdays.
As eluded to previously, Microsoft doesn't consider development builds to be the release after the current beta anymore and instead just adds the latest checked in features which may or may not make it into the current beta builds. (With the third 'ring' now acting as an early release preview of what will eventually come with the stable builds a few weeks later.
There isn't any particular new feature to test with this release, but there are some notes, fixes and a regularly updated list of what is broken.
You can grab it from Windows Update on Windows 10 by joining the dev channel of the Windows Insider program.
Microsoft has released a new build to Windows Insiders on the beta program and it contains a few new features from the development channel, notably the long teased Start Menu revisions that adjust icons backgrounds depending on your theme as shown in a lovely animation here:
It is only a recent change to the flights that now see the development builds test new features and then once approved make their way to the beta, so I look forward to seeing what other features come before the final release of this particular version of Windows 10 in the second half of 2020.
Check the source for additional changes in this new cumulative update below.
Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Monday afternoon.
Allen's Vulcan Inc. announced that he died in Seattle at 65 years old.
Allen's sister, Jody, said he was "a remarkable individual on every level."
"While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern," she said in a statement. "For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day."
Microsoft, after a brief delay, have finally released the latest version of Windows 10 to those outside of the Insiders program and you can download it today!
Other than Timeline, which I have disabled myself, there isn't really anything to jump around about this time around but there has been another good layer of polish applied to many areas of the operating system, culminating with not calling it the Spring Creators Update, which is good because I wasn't really feeling like there was anything focused particularly towards creators.
If that doesn't summarise things perfectly for you, there is a detailed overview below.