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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Build 14328 With Windows Ink, New UI (theverge.com) 141

An anonymous reader writes: Windows Ink is one of the many new features rolling out to beta testers as part of Windows 10 Build 14328. The build includes the new Windows Ink Workspace, providing access to new and improved sticky notes, a sketchpad, and a new screen sketch feature. There's also a new digital ruler you can use to create shapes and draw objects freely. The UI of the Start menu and Start Screen have also been tweaked. The most used apps list and all apps UI have been merged into a single view, creating a less cluttered Start menu. Microsoft also moved power, settings, and file explorer shortcuts so they're always visible. You can now bring back the fullscreen all apps list in the Start Screen, and you can toggle between the all apps view and your regular pinned apps. If you want things to feel less like a desktop PC, you can auto-hide the taskbar in tablet mode. Microsoft has detailed all of the new features found in Build 14328 in their blog post.
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Build 14328 With Windows Ink, New UI

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  • For the first time in a while, I have the feeling that Microsoft is going in the right direction.

    I have been using Windows 10 at home for a while and I really like it.

    • by cfalcon ( 779563 ) on Friday April 22, 2016 @06:35PM (#51968523)

      Microsoft is going in the WRONG direction. Their insistence on alerting the mothership every time you compile, open notepad, open your media player, view photos... it isn't good. At all.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        There just doing it for your own benefit to ensure they maximize the users level of pleasure. Microsoft and You have entered into a strategic life partnership. No longer do you have to go home alone in the middle of the night. Now you will go home with Microsoft. Want to make love to your wife. Now you and Microsoft will be making love to your wife. Need to find someone to watch the kids. Now Microsoft can watch your children for and with you. Need help trying to find the right software. Microsoft

      • Article: "Microsoft revealed at Build that it was planning to make Cortana a more central part of Windows 10"

        Even less interested in 10 than before.

        • This makes sense, because if those dev renders for some of the upcoming Apple Macbooks are accurate, we're going to be facing a slew of laptops, etc that have no keyboards at all and rely on voice commands and a touch pad for everything. I bet anything Microsoft has been thinking along those same lines, and I know Google certainly has. This would explain the focus on centralizing Cortana.

      • i disagree completely! Microsoft is doing a great job of encouraging people to give Linux a fair shot.

      • Microsoft is going in the WRONG direction. Their insistence on alerting the mothership every time you compile, open notepad, open your media player, view photos... it isn't good. At all.

        As well as the forced updates, some of which render your computer unbootable.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 22, 2016 @06:37PM (#51968535)

      I've been a Linux user for about 2 decades now, and I've never been more disappointed with it than I am today.

      Linux used to kick the living shit out of Windows. Linux didn't crash several times a day. Linux didn't suffer from numerous serious security problems. Linux offered more advanced filesystems and other functionality. Linux provided a better experience, with more choice.

      But I fear that those days are now long gone. Since Debian started using systemd, I've experienced a number of problems caused by it. There have been several incidents where I've done routine updates, and rebooted due to the kernel being updated, only to have the boot process break thanks to problems with systemd.

      The Linux desktop experience is awful. GNOME 3 is atrocious in every way. Unity is too dumbed down. KDE is too bloated. Xfce has kind of stagnated. Hell, I still have trouble getting my video drivers to work reliably at times!

      I recently bought a Surface Pro 4 for my wife, and she thinks it's absolutely great. I've started using it now and then, too, and I'm loving it. I can't believe how much better it is than Linux is today. It boots each and every single time I've chosen to reboot it. The software works flawlessly with the hardware. The Windows 10 desktop environment isn't great, but I'd much rather use it than GNOME 3 or Unity. The stability is great.

      I'm now thinking of getting myself a Surface Pro when my current computer dies. I never thought I'd say this, but I don't feel like I'm wasting my time when I'm using Windows 10. I do feel like I'm wasting my time when I use modern Linux distros, especially with how fragile they've become, and how terribly the UIs have devolved.

      And, no, I'm not "shilling" for Microsoft. I'm not getting paid for this comment expressing my opinion. But if you know whom I should contact to get paid, please let me know!

      • by Anonymous Coward

        2 decades of Linux and you apparently didn't learn anything.

      • Try Ubuntu MATE. Made for the noob, powerful enough for the power user.

      • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

        Er, moderators, this is a Microsoft shill, a copy/paste I've seen several times before. A well done troll, but a troll nonetheless. I never had a problem with KDE's bloat (it runs better than W7 on this machine) but they made the Microsoftian mistake of changing the whole damned interface for no reason whatever... and I absolutely HATE having the task bar at the top with no way to move it. Damn it, my task bar has been at the bottom of the screen since 1996 that's where I want the damned thing.

        It also seems

      • This sounds similar to my experience. I ditched Windows 95 after three months in favor of Slackware, and never looked back until recently.

        Then late last year, I gave into temptation and bought a Surface Pro 4 (and my wife bought a Surface Book). I considered putting Linux on, at least dual boot, but after looking at the state of HiDPI support and thinking about the parade of problems I've been having with my work laptop, I decided against it.

        It's embarrassing that individual applications still need to be

    • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

      Glad you liked it, I hated it. It was on this notebook for less time than it took to install it, I might have played with it for 45 minutes before rolling it back in disgust. What is it you like about W10 that W7 lacks? All I noticed was it was butt-ugly and slow as molasses, and installing it removed the MS Office that came with W7 (rolling it back restored Office).

      "My God! It's full of fail!" -David Bowman [slashdot.org]

  • Going from Win8 to Win10 meant I needed to find out where Microsoft moved a bunch of stuff I used. Now they're moving it all around again.

    I sure hope it's an easier search, but I'm kinda annoyed that I spend a month or two getting used to where Win10 stuffed commonly used things, now I get to spend who knows how much time figuring out where they should have put it in the first place.
    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      Going from Win8 to Win10 meant I needed to find out where Microsoft moved a bunch of stuff I used. Now they're moving it all around again.
       

      Yeah, it's a shame you can't just keep using what you're familiar with instead of upgrading.
      Oh wait, you can.

      • by dbIII ( 701233 )

        Going from Win8 to Win10 meant I needed to find out where Microsoft moved a bunch of stuff I used. Now they're moving it all around again.

        Yeah, it's a shame you can't just keep using what you're familiar with instead of upgrading. Oh wait, you can.

        Only because I refused the EULA, let it roll back, cancelled the second scheduled upgrade attempt and then marked it as a hidden update.
        Annoying.
        Time consuming.
        So confusing for the typical user that the MS fanboy excuse of linux being complicated goes out the window.

    • Going from Win8 to Win10 meant I needed to find out where Microsoft moved a bunch of stuff I used. Now they're moving it all around again.

      And how is this any different than the ever changing versions of Gnome and KDE?

      Sure, I get it, "Micro$loth Suxors" and "Embrace, extinguish", and all the rest of the Microsoft hate.

      But guess what? OS features change from version to version, and it's not just MS stuff. If you use a window layer such as Gnome or KDE, they too change significantly from version to version.

      Seriously, grow up. If you want an MS operating system that works pretty good and you don't care for "bleeding edge", I'm sure you can find a

      • by dbIII ( 701233 )

        And how is this any different than the ever changing versions of Gnome and KDE?

        No comparable since there are a few dozen alternatives. With MS it's their way or the highway.

  • by WaffleMonster ( 969671 ) on Saturday April 23, 2016 @03:38AM (#51970817)

    Just so I understand Microsoft has a full blown remote access trojan baked into their goddamn operating system enabled by default to exfiltrate whatever MS feels like from you without your permission or knowledge.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/... [microsoft.com]

    They force updates and collect data from you without any ability to opt out but hey at least you can now doodle all over your screens.

    Thank god we are starting to see a real uptick in people bailing on MS. They deserve nothing less than bankruptcy.

    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      They have completely lost it, I agree. How they expect to ever sell this to corporate customers is a mystery to me.

  • What the fuck - I'm gonna have to shut off more shit on Windows 10? Really?
  • Wow. Just wow. I would have thought Windows 8 would have taught them something. Crazy and stupid at the same time.

    Look, you Microsoft idiots, I DON'T WANT TO LEARN A NEW INTERFACE UNLESS IT'S A VERY VISIBLE IMPROVEMENT IN PRODUCTIVITY!

    And yes, slashdot, I am yelling. Microsoft constantly pisses me off.

  • I wonder how long it'll take before that's exploited...

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.

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