MICROSOFT HAS launched a series of major changes for Insiders that give us mortals a fair idea of what's to come for Windows 10 proper.
Build 15002 is the first to incorporate the new 'Green Screen of Death' which we're told is to help show what sort of build screenshots come from, but we suspect that it's because they've hired the pool manager from the Rio Olympics and he's added too much copper sulphate to the code.
This build won't include the new Neon design we saw leaked last week. That won't be around for some considerable time. Neither will we see x86 to ARM interoperability. Those will likely be in Redstone 3, due this autumn. But it is a beast of an update.
First up, there's a blue light filter to try and get those circadian rhythms back on track. The Edge browser gets pop-up previews of tabs as you rollover, a feature last seen in Windows 8, and there's also a "set aside" feature which allows you to close a bunch of tabs and reopen them later, meaning you can create groups of tabs for particular tasks (say a news story you're writing?) and come back to them later without them taking up valuable resources.
This is also the first build that has Flash as a "click to run" option, making it the last major browser to kick the outdated virus farm into touch once and for all. It also has a new way of handling the processes for each tab, which is the same Achilles heel much bemoaned by Chrome users.
For those who don't like incessant updates, you can now pause them for 35 days (gee thanks, Microsoft) and as long as you're not on the home edition on Windows 10 then you'll be able to opt out of driver updates entirely.
There's a whole bunch of other stuff you can read on the blog, but that's the bones. Unless you're very serious and don't mind stuff that borks, we'd recommend this only for a spare PC, not your everyday one, ok?
Build 15002 is available to Fast Ring subscribers now. There's no mobile version yet (sorry Kevin), this is desktop only. µ
Oh and it'll also help give aural pleasure
But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
Now you can talk to your silly-looking earbuds too