Windows 10 news recap: 100m installs and a new leaked build

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Welcome back to another edition of the Windows 10 news recap. This week, it was revealed that Windows 10 had surpassed the 100 million installations milestone. Windows 7 remains the most popular Windows version by far, but 100 million Windows 10 installations is nothing to sneeze at. The impending release of Windows 10 Mobile and new flagship hardware, including the Surface 4 and new high-end Windows 10 Mobile handsets in the Lumia 950 and 950XL, should also help increase these numbers.

Also this week, Microsoft began sending out press invites for an upcoming devices event, in which the company is expected to announce a wide-array of new Windows 10 devices. The Microsoft hosted celebration will take place at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City from 8 pm to 12 am EDT where lucky fans will enjoy food, drinks and “exclusive hands-on experiences”. Those experiences will include a chance to use the brand new Windows 10 powered Xbox interface, the Windows 10 Xbox app, and a chance to play Rise of the Tomb Raider and Halo 5 4v4 Arena multiplayer.

In other news this week, Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10. “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10. Windows 10 updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously-released fixes (see KB 3081448). If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to your computer,” Microsoft explains.

It was also revealed this week that Insiders would not be getting any new builds before October 6th. While the news may be unfortunate for eager Insiders wanting to test a newer preview over the weekend, it seems Gabe may be hinting at build(s) being made available shortly after the October 6th event. Arguably, Microsoft will be showcasing features of Windows 10 Mobile that complement the new hardware, and some of those features may include software Insiders have yet to test. If that is the case, Insiders could expect to see the same ‘showcase’ builds, soon after the event.

Although Insiders didn’t receive an official build, they did get an unofficial one that leaked onto the web. Windows 10 build 10558 comes with several refinements throughout the operating system, including the new Messenger and Skype Video apps, which we told you would be arriving soon. Build 10558 also allows you to install apps to a different drive (you are no longer restricted to “This PC”). Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, now features tab previews, yet another feature we talked about last month. Check out our hands-on video of the new build below.

And finally, we end asking you to check out our new Windows 10 devices page. If you’re interested in the upcoming hardware event from Microsoft, you’ll want to stay tuned to that page as everything related to the event will be there!

That’s all for this week, what was your favorite news story?

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