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Windows 10 Build 10240 Launches to Insiders

With Windows 10 due out in a few weeks time (albeit in a staggered format) Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings are now able to download the latest build (10240); which is pretty much as close as you’ll get to the final retail release as you can get. In fact one of the most noticeable cosmetic changes to this build is the Windows Insider Water Mark has been removed.

Additional updates are likely to roll out as well - over the next two weeks - via the store, so Insiders need to make sure to keep checking for updates daily to ensure that you’re running the latest code.

On top of this here are a few more tweaks in this build....

Microsoft Edge is fast!

We have tested Microsoft Edge performance in previous builds and even then it was showing signs of being a quick browser! However the Edge team has been continuing to optimise performance since first adding the browser to Windows 10. Thus in this build (10240), Microsoft Edge is even better and is beating Chrome and Safari on their own JavaScript benchmarks:

  • On WebKit Sunspider, Edge is 112% faster than Chrome
  • On Google Octane, Edge is 11% faster than Chrome
  • On Apple JetStream, Edge is 37% faster than Chrome

Windows 10 App Development

Developers working on Windows 10 will also have the first opportunity to upload Universal Windows Applications to the Windows Dev Center - using production quality Windows 10 tools - on July 29th.

For more information on developing Universal Windows Apps, see the Building Apps For Windows blog.

Office Mobile Apps on Windows 10

To avoid confusion, Microsoft has added “Mobile” to the app names via the Windows Desktop Store (to help distinguish them from the Office desktop suite), while on phones they simply call the apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft is also removing “Preview” from the app names and in about one week's time, you will need an Office 365 subscription to edit on Windows 10 PCs and larger tablets. Note: Most editing will remain free for non-commercial use on devices of 10.1” (screen size) or less.

Source: [Windows Blog]

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