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Just recently, Microsoft announced partnerships with many major Android OEMs, including Samsung and Dell, to preload Microsoft Office and Skype apps on many of their devices. This news, paired with Microsoft's announcement last week about testing Windows 10 for Phones on Xiaomi Android devices, reveals Microsoft's master plan to steal a fair amount of mobile market share from Google.
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Microsoft yesterday released a very minor update to Windows 10: Build 10041. It brings minor enhancements to the cosmetic interface with some other little features, but still does not have things like Project Spartan. Let's see what those updates are.
First up, the start menu. It has been made transparent, just like many of the pictures Microsoft shows on its Windows Insider site. The Start Menu has also gained a nifty feature where you can drag apps from the left panel into the right side and make them live tiles quickly and efficiently.
Task View and Virtual desktops
Task view has now been updated so you can drag a window into a different virtual desktop, taking multitasking to another level. The taskbar is now filtered, so you only see the windows open in the virtual desktop you are currently using, and the same goes for an updated Alt+Tab.
A new network fly out has been added, making choosing a network easier. Cortana also gains support for more countries, just like the Lumia Denim update for Windows Phones.
The live tile for photos has been updated to show your OneDrive photos as well as local ones. There are also some new nifty shortcuts.
As for other enhancements, the handwriting input keyboard has been improved, but no sign of porting the Word Flow keyboard over from Windows Phone. The lock screen and Windows Insider app have also been updated.
There are several fixes to Build 9926, as well as some known bugs. You can find the info about all of those here at the official blog post by Windows.
Overall, nothing major has been added, such as a new music app or Project Spartan, but Windows 10 is steadily improving and is expected to start improving at a faster pace as the Windows team has mentioned faster releases of builds for the Fast ring.
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Sorry I didn't get a post up yesterday; super busy day.
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