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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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User Rank: Strategist
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. 
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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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