First signs of Redstone 3 builds spotted

First signs of Redstone 3 builds spotted

Microsoft is preparing its 3rd major update for Windows 10, widely called the creators update due this year. Currently, the update is feature locked as it is nearing competition. Since it is almost feature complete, Microsoft has shifted its focus to next production builds.
Redstone is the current lab from where the updates are arriving, Microsoft has the 3rd version of Redstone in cards for now. For those who don't know, redstone 1 is Anniversary update which is currently in production ring. Redstone 2 is currently in Insider ring which is called creators update to be released later this year.
A while ago, we told you that Microsoft is preparing for a feature update in 2017. Now Microsoft has already starte.As reported by Windows build-tracking website BuildFeed, Microsoft has compiled Windows 10 Build 15141 from the rs_prerelease branch internally — and it’s one of the first Redstone 3 builds plans for this and Microsoft has already compiled a build with redstone 3 lab. The build no is 15141 as said. Microsoft hasn't open its cards yet on this and more about it is expected later in Build conference this year. 

Microsoft confirms a new feature release in 2017 itself(Can be called Redstone 3)

Since Windows 10 has released, Microsoft has released 2 Major upgrades if we exclude the RTM one. The first one was released in 2015 itself, 6 months after Windows 10 RTM was released. It was called November update and version number was version 1511. The next update, called the Windows 10 Anniversary update released in 2016, 1 year after Windows 10 was released( The name was given itself to mark the Anniversary of Windows 10). This was the first Redstone release.
Now, the Insider builds code named Redstone 2 are being distributed to public, and the production update would be called as Creators update due this spring most probably in April. Microsoft still has expansion for Redstone and company is planning Redstone 3 later this year. At this year's Ignite conference in Australia, Microsoft has said the same and this was a pictorial representation of what was described:

 We expect Microsoft to talk about this Public release at Build developer conference which is scheduled in May this Year. 
Also, this picture also depicts that two releases at a time would be supported in public release, and the previous one would retire as soon as new ring hits the production. We talked more about this here.



Microsoft extends support for Threshold 1 build of Windows 10

Microsoft extends support for Threshold 1 build of Windows 10

A while ago we told you that Microsoft is stopping all the updates for Windows 10 RTM, i.e. TH1 version 1507. The reason given on this move was pretty clear-Microsoft treats Windows 10 editions as a service pack.
Windows 10 RTM was released in July 2015, and the official Microsoft policy on service pack has a 1.5 year criteria. Means Windows 10 RTM should have stopped getting updates around January this year, but as I said here, the software giant gave a 2 month grace period for the users to upgrade their systems. The future plan of MS is to introduce 1 build and simultaneously retire the previous to previous one, but this is not the case for TH1.

Microsoft has extended the date for TH1 support quietly as they have recently updated a Technet blog post. The following is a snip of what has Microsoft said now:
“With the availability of Windows 10, version 1607 to the VLSC on January 26th, the grace period for Windows 10, version 1507 will begin. That means, after May 2017, Windows 10, version 1507 will no longer be serviced as only the two most Current Branch for Business (CBB) versions are actively serviced,” Microsoft’s blog post now reads (note that the March target was modified to “May.”)

They quietly changed March to May, which might be possibly linked to Postpone of Feburary updates . The quantity of people running TH1 is still unknown, but Microsoft wants to give users at least 1 more chance.
[Updated]Patch Tuesday Postponed

[Updated]Patch Tuesday Postponed

Windows 10 or all of the updates are released every 2nd Tuesday of each month. This month, Patch Tuesday was supposed to be yesterday, but Microsoft has postponed the updates until further notice.
The following information was posted on the Technet page:
Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today.
After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.
MSRC

So a last minute issue caused all the updates to postpone, and this is better decision as Microsoft should not want to humiliate itself from people with failing updates. Next dates as soon as they are published would be informed only by your Windows guide.


Update 16/2/17

Microsoft has delayed all updates until 15th March, as was posted today Morning on Technet

UPDATE: 2/15/17: We will deliver updates as part of the planned March Update Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Windows 10 build 15035 was from a different build lab, signals feature completion of Redstone 2

Windows 10 build 15035 was from a different build lab, signals feature completion of Redstone 2

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary update last August, the focus shifted to the next feature upgrade to come. This was announced by Microsoft as creators update last year. In the beginning Microsoft was very slow in releasing new features, but Microsoft geared up in the starting of 2017.
Lots of new features were released as discussed here and majority of them are released after 2017.
The builds after Anniversary update came from RS_prerelease branch which signaled a new lab from which new builds came.

Now the latest build of Windows 10 released this week is 15035, which only contains handful of new features. This build comes from a new  rs2_release branch which gives only one interpretation that no new features would be introduced now and only the focus would be on bug fixes.
Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to roll out to production in March, so Microsoft has still a plenty of time to fix bugs.
What is new in Windows 10 creators update?

What is new in Windows 10 creators update?

Windows 10 is based on Windows-as-a-service where new features of the OS are released every 6 months or more. The next update is due this year in spring, reportedly called the creators update. Creators update was announced last year by Microsoft and is code named redstone 2. In this article I would cover almost all of the changes from the Anniversary update called redstone 1.

What's new

We see what is new in Creators update section-by-section:

Registry Editor

  • Registry Editor now has an address bar to switch quickly between keys, Ctrl+L shortcut points to the address bar and shorthand notifications like HKCU are supported.
  • Fonts in registry editor can be customized.

Windows update

  • Windows update notifications can be controlled using a separate page in Windows update settings.
  • Now you can pause windows update for 35 days in Pro, Education and Enterprise editions.
  • Now you can skip driver updates from Windows update.
  • Active hours has a range of 18 hours now.

WiFi and Internet

  • Now you can set Ethernet as metered too.
  • New feature to turn on the WiFi at a specific time.

Microsoft Edge

  • New Tab preview bar in Microsoft Edge.
  • New set aside tabs feature in Microsoft Edge.
  • Now flash can be disabled if you want in Microsoft Edge.

Settings app

  • Three and four finger gestures are now introduced in Settings>System>Touchpad.
  • New Blue light reduction feature- That was renamed later to Night light. This is present in Settings app>Display.
  • Troubleshooters have been introduced in Settings app>Update and security.
  • New Gaming section in Settings app.
  • Custom accent color can now be used for Taskbar and Titlebar.
  • New option to delete temporary files in Settings>System>Storage. This option is turned off by default.
  • Custom scaling is moved in Display settings of the settings app.
  • Theme settings page now contains a link to store.
  • New windows defender UI and dashboard app.

Start Menu, Taskbar and apps

  • Programs and features has been renamed to Apps in features in Windows key+X
  • Powershell replaces Command Prompt in Windows+X menu by default.
  • The 3D builder app has been moved to Windows accessories.
  • Mail and Calendar app is now pinned to the taskbar by default.
  • Newly downloaded apps and games from the Store will now show download progress inside of the Action Center
  • Now themes can be downloaded from Windows store.
  • Cortana's search box has a lighter shade.
  • Apps would no longer be installed again after a feature upgrade.
  • New Paint 3D app.
  • Tiles can now be grouped into folders in Start menu.

Miscellaneous

  • New Game mode to improve performances of the game.
  • New OOBE improvements- The UI and privacy settings are revamped.
  • Narrator now supports Braille language.
  • On PC's with 3.5+ GB of RAM, service hosts have been split to separate processes.
The list is not exhaustive-I would update this as soon as I get more.
Please let me know if I have missed something..

[January] 1 in 4 computers now run windows 10, Windows XP also gains.

Netmarket share has posted its statistics for the month of January earlier today, and it indicated some things that were expected and some that were not.

Windows 10

Windows 10 gained this month as previous ones and crossed 25 percent, which means 1 in 4 Computer or similar devices run Windows 10. Windows 10 stands at 25.10 percent in January. Amazingly Windows 10 gained approximately 1 percent as in December Windows 10 stood at 24.38 percent.

Windows 7


As usual the list topper was Windows 7, which is still way behind the second most used OS-Windows 10. Windows 7 stands at 47.25 last month. Though Windows 7 saw a small decline from 48 percent to 47.
Windows 7, a 9 year old OS still remains at the top

Windows XP still grows

One of the most amazing stats which are coming from a few months is Windows XP is still gaining(though I have a doubt who Installs almost a decade and a half year old OS with no security updates). Windows XP got 9.17 percent of the share-from 9.07 percent last month.
At the end we see the diagrammatical representation of shares:
Windows overall powers >90 percent of the PCs as we can say.