Microsoft Just Dropped a Bomb … Surface Book 2

Making the rounds on the net are launch videos and initial reviews of the Surface Book 2. Improved processing performance, a 13.5″ and 15″ option plus available GTX1060 graphics and i7 8th Generation processors … this is sure to be on the hot list this Christmas. Based on my experience with the original Surface Book, might be time to gift it to the wife and upgrade ;).

Here is the launch video:

Even Windows 10 Is Sad to See Windows Mobile Go

Coincidence, I think not! After news spread yesterday and today that Microsoft has finally admitted to killing off Windows Mobile; this message was shown on one of my desktops in the Windows App Store today:

Windows 10 grieving now that Windows Mobile is officially pronounced dead.

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Windows Insider Build 16288 – “Not Quite Ready Yet”

Dona Sarkar announced late yesterday that Build 16288 was being released for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. The build addresses some stability improvements and fixes as the Windows team ramps up for the official release of the Fall Creators Update.

However, this build appears to have been released a little too soon as many Insiders (myself included) are being met with the following message during Windows Update:

Build 16288 Error
Windows Insiders have been experieincing an error while updating the latest build.

Multiple system reboots, running Windows Update Troubleshooter and deleting the Software Distribution so far has yielded no improvements. Anyone successfully updating to this build in the United States or anywhere else at this point?

Update 09/13/17 1:39PM EST
According to Dona Sarkar’s latest tweet a fix is coming for the above issue:
“#WindowsInsiders who are seeing the “can’t update” error from yesterday. Our fix is rolling out. Please give it till 5 pm PST today.”

Windows Insider Build 16251 Released for PC and 15235 for Mobile

Dona Sarkar tweeted that builds 16251 and 15235 have been released for Windows Insiders on the fast ring in the preview program. Some items of interest include:

Build 16251 for PC

  • Link Your Phone and PC – (According to the blog notes this feature will enable cross device web-browsing and will be currently available for Android with iPhone coming shortly)
  • Web Search Results in Cortana without opening web browser
  • Cortana Voice Commands to lock, sign-out, shutdown, or turn off your PC (Finally!)
  • Improved Boot Up Experience
  • A list of input improvements dealing with the touch keyboard, scrolling, pen, etc.
  • Additional Edge and Gaming improvements as well

Build 15235 for Mobile

  • Continuum improvements for displaying in portrait mode
  • A small list of bug fixes

I am currently downloading the desktop build on a Lenovo Edge 1580 and an Asus Desktop. Looking forward to trying out the Cortana feature but the phone link feature targeted towards Android and iPhone and the current state of the Windows mobile build is another clear message from Microsoft that the phone ecosystem is either dead already or dying.

See more about the latest builds here.