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Windows 10 build 10061 hands-on: Exploring the new Technical Preview's fresh apps and features

Brad Chacos | April 24, 2015
Even though its big annual Build conference doesn't kick off until next week, Microsoft dropped Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10061 late Wednesday night. Unlike the last Technical Preview release--which merely added the Project Spartan browser--this one is positively stuffed with tweaks, changes and news apps.

Wrapping things up

This is pre-release software, so Windows 10 build 10061 still has some rough edges. One cuts particularly sharp: Traditional desktop apps flat-out won't open when you click them in the Start menu.

"The workaround is to use search to find and launch these apps and pin them to your taskbar for quick access," says Microsoft's Gabe Aul — though to be honest, that's what I do with my most-used apps already. (That behavior prompted Microsoft to drop the Start menu from Windows 8 to begin with, but that's a whole other can of worms.)

That crippling flaw aside, Windows 10 build 10061 is easily my favorite Technical Preview build thus far. It's been far less buggy than past Preview builds, and the whole picture's really starting to coalesce into a smart, satisfying experience that successfully blends Microsoft's Modern-era ideas with the traditional desktop interface that users love for damn fine reason. In other words, Windows 10 is shaping up into the experience that Windows 8 should have been.

We'll likely hear more about Windows 10 during Microsoft's Build conference next week, especially considering that the operating system is slated to launch this summer — the end of July, if AMD's CEO is to be believed.

 

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