Windows 10 may be coming this summer, but Windows 10 Mobile (for smartphones and small tablets) won’t be available to the public until a few months after that. But you can download the latest preview today by joining the Windows Insider Program… and the just-launched Build 10080 includes a number of new features including a new beta version of the Windows Store and downloadable apps including Office and Xbox apps.
Not only has the Windows Store received a visual refresh, but it also adds music, movies, and TV shows. It’s not just an app store. Build 10080 doesn’t support music yet, but a future build will add music.
So what can you download from the Windows Store Beta? Among other things, you can get the latest previews of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote as well as the new Xbox app which lets you view game achievements, friends, and other data.
Windows 10 Preview also has updated music, video, and camera app features. You can find more details at the Windows Blog.
For the first time, Microsoft is also making a Windows 10 Preview build available to users of a non-Lumia smartphone. If you’ve got an HTC One M8 that runs Windows Phone 8.1, you can sign up to try Windows 10 Preview. Most of the other supported phones are still Microsoft Lumia devices though.
Oh, and Microsoft has one more announcement: there will be a new game pre-installed on Windows 10 computers. Not only will you get Solitaire, Hearts, and Minesweeper. You’ll also get Candy Crush Saga. It’ll be pre-installed on any Windows 10 computer you buy, and when you upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, Candy Crush Saga will be automatically installed.
This is notable because Candy Crush Saga isn’t owned by Microsoft. It’s developed by King. I suspect some money changed hands to make this happen.
While it’s a hugely popular game, Microsoft’s decision to bundle it with the operating system makes it feel a bit more like bloatware than Hearts or Minesweeper.
I would have rather have FreeCell than Candy Crush.
The Edge just fell off the Edge during a U2 concert!
Apparently he didn’t see the Edge.
Someone heard him singing:
“I still haven’t found what I’m looking Flooor!”
Let’s hope the Edge didn’t break a “bono”…
This could be a Bad Omen for those living on the Edge.
Thank god that new Browser called Spartan…Oh no wait! XD LOL
Lets see, get Candy Crush but lose Windows Media Center. I think my Windows7 machine will stay a Windows7 machine.
I wonder how much space Candy Crush Saga uses. People with X86 Windows10 tablets may not be so happy. Space is usually at a premium unless you have a high end tablet.
The game download is listed as 46 MB at the iTunes Store and Google Play.
Gonna have to update the old canard: “Linux for servers, Macs for content creation, Windows for Candy Crush”…
I’m happily using windows for content creation, and plenty of the minority of mac users use them for mundane tasks – this OS snobbery is tiring. You don’t seem to have a problem with ipads being for candy crush and fart apps.
Dude, chizill — no need to get your victim on. Please find a dictionary and look up “canard” — I didn’t mean the winglets or the French duck.
LOL Candy Crush has been available on Android for ages.
Playing Catchup? XD
Available, yes. Pre-installed, not so much.
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