Tech Recap Weekly: Windows 10 build 14328, resetting UWP apps, short takes around the web

Microsoft drops major preview of Windows 10 for testers with new features like app reset, badge on taskbar buttons, new Start menu, and Windows Ink; new Surface firmware releases, Microsoft is making a new Xbox One, Xbox 360 retires, and a lot more.

New Start menu for Windows 10 on this Tech Recap

This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft rolls out a new preview of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to testers for PC and Mobile. Windows 10 build 14328, which was released through the Fast ring, is by far the biggest build Insiders have received.

In build 14328, Microsoft is improving the Start menu with a single app list view and new left rail. The company promised a number of changes coming to Action Center and notifications, and with the latest release testers will begin to see many of these changes, including a revamp notifications and new badge on taskbar buttons, and more. Cortana also become smarter with new way to offer reminders and better synchronization across devices. The clock in the taskbar now integrates with the Calendar app. Windows Ink also arrives with this release and a lot more.

Along with the new features and changes, Microsoft has also published the bug fixes and known issues users must be aware of before installing the build.

With Windows 10 build 14328, users will see a lot of changes for PC, but the changes are not so noticeable on Mobile as the company recently also made available Windows 10 Mobile build 14327 to the Fast ring, which already includes most of the changes PC users are getting with the latest update.

This week, Microsoft also made available a new firmware update for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 that promises to fix big issues, such as screen flickering, Windows Hello, and Wi-Fi. The firmware also improves performance and offers better stability.

Acer unveils the Switch Alpha 12, the first liquid-cooled tablet that also happens to look a lot like a Surface device. Check out the tech specs, pricing, and availability.

Microsoft is also having an Xbox One spring sale that offers a new console bundled with four exclusive games for only $349. If you haven’t upgraded to an Xbox One, now may just be the time.

This week I also added a few new how-to guides, including the steps to upgrade unsupported phones to Windows 10 Mobile — please proceed with caution.

You also learned about the “Save to Google” extension for Chrome that let you collect web content, such as articles, images, and videos for later viewing with a single click.

You now also know how easy it is to take screenshots from your Windows 10 Mobile phone, and another great guide will walk you through the steps to record videos using your mobile phone.

Now you can also send and receive SMS text messages using the Messaging app from your Windows 10 PC.

And to start getting you prepare for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming later this summer, you learned how to use the new feature on the operating system to reset apps, including the built-in apps on Windows 10 when they don’t work.

In addition, Microsoft is also bringing badge notifications to the taskbar on Windows 10, but as useful as they can be, they can also be intrusive, as such now you know how to disable badges on taskbar buttons.

If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.

Short takes around the web

HBO Now app launches on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Microsoft Garage makes available three new business oriented apps for Android devices, including:

Sprightly | Download on Android

Sprightly enables you to create content for your business and personal needs. Create price lists, catalogs and much more – all with a few clicks on your phone. You can even create ecards for those special occasions when you want to be remembered.

Connections | Download on Android

Connections, helps you be prepared for every call, connection or conversation – be it with friends, family, customers, vendors or suppliers – with the help of contact categories, notes, reminders and SMS templates.

Kaizala | Download on Android

Kaizala helps you get your work done by tracking bills, jobs, location and much more – and, it’s as simple as chat.

VLC Media Player, the popular media player app that is capable to play virtually any type of media files will be coming to Xbox One later this summer as part of the first wave of Universal Windows Program apps. One of the development team member made the announcement at his Fox Coding website.

Microsoft officially ends production of Xbox 360 after 10 years. While you will no longer be able to buy one of the consoles, Microsoft says that any Xbox 360 will still be supported under the terms. Users will continue to play online as normal, and Xbox One owners can continue to play Xbox 360 games through the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility feature.

The software giant is reportely testing a variety of prototype Xbox consoles a new report for The Verge reveals. After details about the Sony’s PlayStation 4.5 surfaced on the web, the software giant seems to be following Sony’s footsteps and gearing up to release a new version of the Xbox One.

At the Building Apps for Windows blog, Microsoft showed off that Cortana can do a lot more than just answering questions by building an UWP app to control Philips Hue lights with a Windows 10 device.

No longer do you have to get up to toggle a light switch. There are already a number of Windows apps that you can download to interact with the Hue lights, but we wanted to create a sample that demonstrated how a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app could interact with them in unique ways.

The software giant also announced that Microsoft Edge is getting support for the open-source WebM container format, VP9 video, and Opus audio codecs to offer ever more streaming video content support on the web. Support comes included with EdgeHTML 14.14291 and later versions. 

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