Windows 10 build 9901: Cortana, new Windows Store, updated apps and Lumia Camera
In Redmond continue to work on Windows 10, and we already know that in the past year the company has no plans to release a new build. However, this does not mean that the users of Technical Preview will have to wait a few weeks to see the new changes.
Yesterday saw the leak of a new build of Windows 10 (build 9901), which includes a number of updates. Some of them we told you yesterday (see here and here), and this article we continue our look at Windows 10 build 9901.
Cortana already works
Build 9901 includes many new features, but most of all stands out the presence of Cortana. We have already seen many screenshots that show how a voice assistant from Microsoft looks like on the desktop, but in this build you can personally see it in action.
Access Cortana are performed using the new search field that is located to the left of the start menu. Here we can directly write our query or click the microphone button to dictate the query voice. Then Cortana starts to work the same way as it happens in Windows Phone.
The similarity with Windows Phone also applies to the configuration of Cortana. As in the mobile system, here we can choose what we want to make available to the assistant. These settings will be synchronized between devices through the use of a Microsoft account.
Processing interface and updated applications
Another important set of new changes in this build is a set of updated applications – from simple calculator, which is currently only available in the modern user interface, to design the Windows Store. The latter has undergone quite a strong «facelift»: but a very attractive new interface, you’ll immediately notice the presence of partitions for music and movies.
On closer acquaintance with the store was discovered and the Make More Space app for HTC smartphones. To install it does not work, but it probably means that Windows 10 will run Windows Phone applications on the desktop. Moreover, it can be a sign of the coming unification of the stores, which Microsoft loudly and clearly announced at the presentation of Windows 10 TP in September.
Another pleasant surprise is the Xbox app, which is dedicated to the games and gives access to the entire console ecosystem.
An absolute surprise was the presence of the Lumia Camera app which has got Windows 10 inherited from Windows Phone. In terms of features it’s pretty poor, but this may change.
Also, there is an app called Remind Me with features that are somehow linked to Cortana.
As mentioned, several applications installed by default, has received a restyled interface, including Photos, which now has an interface, similar to that which we already know from Xbox Music.
Some time ago we wrote that Windows 10 build 9888 we have discovered a hint of the emergence of the possibility to choose where to install apps and games in the Windows store. In build 9901, this feature is available in Storage Sense.
The possibility to do a backup similar to one that already exists in Windows Phone. Ie now you can choose where you want to save the settings and app data in OneDrive or locally.
Yet was discovered new interface for volume control, which, again, is reminiscent of Windows Phone.
The control panel has also received minor changes: now it is less transparent and has a dark color by default. The presence of fields to search, which we discussed above, optionally, changes the appearance panel, although the search can be replacements on the Search button or Task View. Changed the appearance of the calendar and clock, which is invoked by clicking with the left mouse button on the clock in the notification area.
If you have no desire or ability to install Windows 10 build 9901, check out the video from WinBeta to see the new build in action:
These and other features will become part of the official build Consumer Preview which is expected in late January.