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Hands-on: Windows 10's latest build feels close to finished

Blair Hanley Frank | July 3, 2015
With just a month left until Windows 10's public launch, Microsoft's next OS seems on track for completion.

The past several builds have also brought small fit-and-finish improvements, like a change to Cortana that causes the virtual assistant's icon to bounce slightly and prompt a user to interact with it when they log in. The login screen has been redesigned to put a user's photo front and center, and Microsoft has added a new default wallpaper that the company created for Windows 10. Those are just a couple of the most obvious tweaks that made the operating system better overall.

Almost ready for prime time

With all this talk about stability and bug fixes, you may be wondering if it's a good idea to install the Insider preview of Windows 10 on a computer that's used daily, especially after Microsoft has boasted of improved performance in these latest builds.

In my opinion, it's still worth it to wait until the end of the month if you haven't jumped into the Insider Program already. While the issues remaining with Microsoft's new operating system are fairly minor, problems remain. My Surface Pro 3 is still waiting to get firmware updates from May and June because of a bug in the way updates are handled, and I recently erased its contents in order to try and get an update. If it had been my only machine, that would have been a serious drag on my productivity.

All of that said, if you absolutely must have Windows 10 now and you're not afraid to get your hands a little dirty with updates, this is the best time yet to give it a shot. (Just be careful.)

 

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