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Windows 10 Build 10061: App Revamps Galore

Microsoft updated its Windows 10 technical preview with a new build: 10061. This offers new mail and calendar apps, tablet optimization, and a refreshed Start menu.
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If you liked Windows 10 before, you'll really like it now.

Microsoft released its newest Windows 10 technical preview on April 22 to the Fast ring of Windows Insiders. It's going to see how Build 10061 is received among early testers before it's pushed out to the Slow ring as well.

This Build can be installed automatically via Windows Update, or users can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Updates and click the "Check for updates" link. If you're not already a Windows Insider, you can sign up at the Windows Insider website.

Build 10061 addresses some of the drawbacks in its predecessor, Build 10051. Microsoft fixed the Indexing feature in Outlook and the issue that prevented you from enabling Hyper-V. Visual Studio will no longer crash when you're working on a new Universal app project.

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Additional changes have been made to Project Spartan, which made its debut in the previous build. The title bar can now be maximized with a double-click, and the Favorites bar was realigned so that text and icons no longer appear below the bottom.

On top of these fixes, Microsoft has delivered a wealth of updates and additions in Build 10061. Mail and Calendar are among the newly redesigned features, as are the Start menu, the Taskbar, and Action Center. The OS has also been revamped to better accommodate Tablet Mode, and you can create as many virtual desktops as you want.

Because Build 10061 just hit the Fast ring, we can expect it to have a few bugs. Brave testers should be wary of the following known issues:

  • Desktop apps won't launch from the Start menu; you have to use search to find and launch apps then pin them to the taskbar for faster access
  • Mail and Calendar apps may cause every typed letter to appear twice. If this happens, go to Windows Store Beta (gray tile) and download updated versions of the apps
  • During login/logout, you may see a black screen showing only the cursor. Windows Update fix is on its way.
  • Music cannot be downloaded through Xbox Music or Music Preview apps; a Windows Update fix is coming for this as well
  • An app playing audio may stop playing once minimized
  • Windows Store Beta (gray tile) and Project Spartan are unpinned after update but can be re-pinned from All Apps under the Start menu

So yes, there are a few noticeable flaws. That said, this is my favorite iteration of Windows 10 thus far, with greater speed, fewer hiccups and overall better functionality. I'm really looking forward to real deal launching later this summer.

If you're hesitant to download brand-new preview software on your PC, no sweat. We took a few screen grabs of Build 10061 so you can see what's new. Read on to take a look at the latest updates to Windows 10.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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DennisM629
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6/17/2015 | 6:32:07 AM
windows 10 microsoft edge.
best oftwo categories ,having had win-10 to play with for some months know,i know what is botheringit and it is processor speed .having built some 89 odd super pc's with up to 24 cores and all intel,much appreciated the help with new chip sets and controllers and even a quad core mother board .when speed is determined by processor ,then you need to go all intel .and thanks to nvidia and the eight tesla grade cards the grafphics exceed 42k by a quantum jump.now latest quantim build will be worth reconing with.clockable to 6.4 ghtz and thts only about half usable speed much more to come when new control chip sets are in (about 7 days).please don't copy this as i work at a goverment site .
mejiac
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mejiac,
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4/28/2015 | 11:05:57 AM
Re: Very exciting times!
@Kelly22,

 

Once aspect that I haven't hear much is for the entreprise. Do you know of any specifics that'll drive attention to businesses to adopt windows 10?

For many big companies who just recently got off XP and migrated to Win 7, not sure if there's a value add driver

 

Will greatly appreciate your thoughts
mak63
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mak63,
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4/28/2015 | 1:27:57 AM
Re: Very exciting times!
Technical bugs aside, I really like the appearance of the most recent technical preview.
I'm on 10061, and I have to agree, it looks neat. A lot of bugs tho. Apps not opening, specially calendar. Explorer died on me, no less. Overall, I like where Windows is heading. And. like someone says below me: I love Cortana as well. She is fast with the results, well , once she gets it right!
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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4/27/2015 | 5:36:33 PM
Re: Very exciting times!
@mejiac I agree! It's a relief to see that customer feedback has become such a central focus, especially after all the Windows 8 backlash. Also eager to see the final version and how different it will appear from Build 10061. Technical bugs aside, I really like the appearance of the most recent technical preview. 
mejiac
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mejiac,
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4/27/2015 | 3:38:31 PM
Re: Very exciting times!
@tzubair,

Thank you for your comment,

I think for Microsoft this is a make or break moment. At the entreprise level they are kings, with little to no competition. But at the consumer level they're getting squeezed, and I think this new strategy is trying to accomodate what users have always wanted.

If we think about it, it wasn't until Chrome OS came out that Microsoft started to see a real threat (this is on the PC industry, since the tablet industry is a different and less succesful story)
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Kelly22,
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4/27/2015 | 2:26:48 PM
Re: Speed
@tzubair for me, this build worked faster than the last one and it seemed less buggy. From my perspective, Build 10051 still seemed very much like a work-in-progress; I felt like there was still a fair bit of work to be done. This build has its share of flaws, yes, but it seems to be really coming together now. I can see how this could closely resemble the final product. 
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tzubair,
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4/27/2015 | 2:08:41 PM
Re: Very exciting times!
"As you point out Kelly, the updates are truly based on what folks are saying, since they do address my own feedback (the moving of the power button being one of them, and I just love using the virtual desktop)"

@mejiac: That is indeed quite exciting to see and may perhaps be the first time that Microsoft is really taking user's feedback that seriously. There have been so many cases in the past where the users had strongly complained about a certain feature or a bug but it wasn't fixed in the next release much to users' disappointment. This may prove to be a real game-changer for Microsoft if they're giving such importance to the feedback.
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tzubair,
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4/27/2015 | 2:04:42 PM
Speed
@Kelly: Overall, what did you feel about Windows 10 after this update in terms of the speed? Did you see any improvement? Or did you find it to be slower than the previous upgrade?
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mejiac,
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4/25/2015 | 9:38:11 AM
Very exciting times!
@Kelly,

Thanks for the article, very insightful,

I have to say...these are very exciting times to be testing Windows 10. I'm at the point that I'm testing in almost all platforms since get a glimpse at the new eye candy.

Microsoft is definitly heading to have a winner here. I don't think I've evern seen so many different iterations where the focus is paying attention to customer feedback

As you point out Kelly, the updates are truly based on what folks are saying, since they do address my own feedback (the moving of the power button being one of them, and I just love using the virtual desktop)

I'm eagered to see what the final version will look like, but if we take a look back from the beginning, Windows 10 is looking to be an almost complete redisgn when compared to Windows 8 (and keeping what worked in Windows 7)....not to mention the new features (Love Cortana!!!)
mejiac
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mejiac,
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4/25/2015 | 9:38:09 AM
Very exciting times!
@Kelly,

Thanks for the article, very insightful,

I have to say...these are very exciting times to be testing Windows 10. I'm at the point that I'm testing in almost all platforms since get a glimpse at the new eye candy.

Microsoft is definitly heading to have a winner here. I don't think I've evern seen so many different iterations where the focus is paying attention to customer feedback

As you point out Kelly, the updates are truly based on what folks are saying, since they do address my own feedback (the moving of the power button being one of them, and I just love using the virtual desktop)

I'm eagered to see what the final version will look like, but if we take a look back from the beginning, Windows 10 is looking to be an almost complete redisgn when compared to Windows 8 (and keeping what worked in Windows 7)....not to mention the new features (Love Cortana!!!)
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