As Windows 10 hurtles toward its July 29 release date, a sneak peek at the next official builds shows this state-of-the-art operating system running--yes--Office 95. That's how backward-compatible the OS will be, bragged Microsoft's Gabe Aul on Twitter. Most likely your copy of Office 95 went to the thrift store with your acid-washed jeans. But just in case you still have the software hanging around, you can fire it up for old time's sake.
Overall, the latest releases--both leaked and official--show a focus on minor tweaks and polish. The operating system appears to be less buggy, and the biggest feature additions are merely shortcuts and customizations.
The latest official Windows 10 preview version is build 10130, though right now this is available only to users on the "Fast ring" of updates. It adds a keyboard shortcut to the virtual assistant Cortana (with Windows+C), a batch of modernized icons, and more configuration options for the Start menu. Check out PCWorld's deeper dive into build 10130 for the full rundown.
Moving into unreleased build territory, build 10134 updates the Snipping Tool so you can take screenshots on a timer delay, Neowin reports. For tablet users, Microsoft seems to have removed virtual desktops from the tablet interface--the Task View button that usually reveals these desktops instead opens an app switcher. This build also includes a way to stop receiving future preview builds, and to disable experimental features.
As seen in Aul's single screenshot, the upcoming build 10136 doesn't reveal anything new aside from a couple of updated icons, and a confirmation that Windows 10 should be backward-compatible with extremely old software.
The impact on you at home: In terms of major promised features, there's not much left that we're still awaiting, aside from Xbox-to-PC game streaming. Cortana and the Edge browser are both on board (though the latter won't have all features intact at launch). The new Start menu is fully functional, and built-in apps like Calendar and Mail have received much-needed facelifts. All that's left now is to make sure the operating system hums along, and it seems Microsoft is starting to get there.
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