The April update includes:
Party chat improvements – Additional icons and notifications within the party chat experience to help you understand your connection and microphone status. The party app will help you get your microphone enabled and show you when privacy settings or networking issues are blocking communication with particular party members.
• Game hub links – You’ll see activity feed items when any of your friends follow a game, and you’ll also be able to get back to a game’s hub from activity feed posts related to the game – including feed items about the game’s achievements, game clips and screenshots.
• Achievement notifications – With this update, you’ll also see the achievement’s description in the notification so you know what you did to earn this achievement without having to open the achievements app.
• What’s On – The What’s On area is now available for Xbox One users in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In it, you’ll find links to popular videos, games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts and clips, along with Trending TV shows if you have configured OneGuide for your Xbox One console
Microsoft has released video preview app.
All your Movies and TV shows, all in one place, on all your devices The Video Preview app brings you the latest entertainment content in one simple, fast and elegant app on Windows. Rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last nights episodes of the hottest TV shows. The Video Preview app also brings you instant-on HD to get you watching right away. Plus, play, explore and manage videos from your personal collection; even starting a movie on one device and finishing it on another.
- Quickly find, play, and manage your video library
- Watch videos in all the latest file formats
- Access the videos you’ve rented or purchased from the store*
- Play your rentals and purchased videos on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows, Windows Phone devices, and from the web*
- * Available in regions with Video Store. To see which features are available in your region, go to the feature list at http://support.xbox.com/apps/windows-8/xbox-on-windows-features.
- Get this App
Microsoft has released Music Preview app. All your tunes, all in one place, on all your devices The Music Preview app brings you all the music you love in one simple, fast and elegant app on Windows. Play and manage music from your personal collection and access it all across your favourite Windows device. Browse and buy songs from the Store, or sign up for a Music Pass for unlimited access to over 47 million* tracks across all your devices. Features:
- Browse and manage your personal music collection
- Create and edit playlists of your favourite songs. Even import the ones you’ve already made in iTunes
- Put your music on OneDrive and browse and play it on Xbox, or Windows 8.1/10 devices.*
- Get a Music Pass to stream millions of tracks, listen to artist radio, and download on multiple devices*
- * Not available in all regions. To see which features are available in your region, go to the feature list at http://support.xbox.com/apps/windows-8/xbox-on-windows-features
Known issues: The Music Preview app doesn’t support purchase of songs or albums. For the time being use the Music app to buy your tunes. There’s no context menu when you right-click or press/hold on an item. You can still access secondary actions by choosing “Select” and choosing an item
There are two ways to get Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049.
Those who are playing with Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041:
Via Windows Update
In the Start Search space type in windows update
Now click check for updates. If you don’t find fbl_impressive 10049 as update then click Advanced option and check the drop down menu under Choose how preview builds are installed. If there is Slow then just switch over to Fast.
Microsoft will publish ISO for this preview later when they push it out to the Slow ring. So those who like to go for a Clean installation have to wait till it is available for Slow ring.
Build 10049 is about a week newer than 10041, so besides Project Spartan what you’ll see in this build will be mostly small improvements and fixes, as well as a few new known issues.
Here are some issues we fixed in this build
- We’ve fixed the issue from Build 10041 for when the Photos app on your PC crashes when you tap on the circular icon (your camera roll – thanks Rafael) at the top left to view the photo you just took.
- We’ve also fixed the issue from Build 10041 where you might end up in a state where windows open on your desktop are accidentally visible behind the Start Screen, Task View, Snap Assist, and when rearranging windows in Tablet Mode.
- You will no longer get stuck when you manually lock your PC (Windows Key + L) during the initial out-of-box experience.
Here are some known issues for this build
- After logging in, you may see a blue screen instead of your desktop. To work around this issue, lock your PC (with the hardware button or by pressing the Windows Key + L) and try logging in again. You can also try Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
- Indexing of new email in Outlook is not working, so search results will be limited to when the last index was built.
- If you have Virtual Machines hosted in Hyper-V on your PC running Windows 10, you will want to move to the Slow ring and wait for the next build as this build breaks the ability to run VMs.
- There are 2 issues using Visual Studio 2015 preview on this build:
- The emulators will not boot and you won’t be able to deploy a Windows Universal app to the Mobile emulator.
- The XAML designer in VS and Blend will crash when opened.
- If you are a developer using these tools today to develop Windows Universal apps and need this functionality to work – we recommend switching to the Slow ring until we release a patch to fix these issues.
- Note – we won’t publish ISOs for this new build until we push it out to the Slow ring.
Microsoft has release a System Firmware Update update on 26th March.
What’s this update?
Surface Pro UEFI (v3.11.760.0) adds support for enterprise disk encryption, enhances the advanced configuration settings for device security, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
How will you get this update?
The update is available now and you can download the bits through Windows Update.
ISO files of the March Update (build 10041) are now available for download. You’ll still receive this update automatically via Windows Update, but if you prefer a clean install or you want to install on a virtual machine, you can download an ISO file instead. Here’s how:
Click one of the Download links on this page to download an ISO file that you can use to install the preview.
When the download is complete, transfer the ISO file to installation media such as a USB flash drive or DVD.
Boot your PC from the installation media, and then follow the steps to perform a clean install.